No matter what you’re celebrating, having the moments beautifully captured by a professional event photographer will allow you to revisit these memories forever. Understandably, this may make the task of selecting a photographer feel overwhelming. We asked our dear friends at John & Joseph Photography for the inside scoop on what to look for when seeking the perfect photographer for you and your event.
1. What should someone look for when choosing an event photographer?
Look for a photographer with extensive experience in varying lighting conditions and moments. Most photographers’ portfolios are full of daylight and afternoon portraits but largely avoid extreme lighting situations in which most events occur. For wedding clients, unless the entire wedding is between 4-6PM, every couple should consider photographers who demonstrate mastery of high-noon portraits, backlit ceremonies, dim churches, candle-lit receptions and ballrooms bathed in LED lighting. In addition, look for the photographer’s ability to capture fast-moving and candid moments. Images worthy of cherishing for a lifetime happen just once and those moments usually only last for one or two seconds. Great photographers are versatile in any lighting situation and can anticipate the moments worthy of a great capture.
2. What is the one thing you wish people knew about event photography?
You want a photographer who is always moving around, yet remains discreet. A photographer who is constantly on the move will create attractive angles that result in the best images. Conversely, a photographer who remains in one position with a zoom lens will create multiple perspectives from one angle which yields dull images. Another aspect of a great photographer is their flexibility with ever-changing timelines, venue restrictions, and dozens of other variables that can change without notice.
3. How would you describe your photography style?
We incorporate both editorial and photojournalistic styles. Editorial style is best utilized in portraiture where natural and effortless poses along with beautiful lighting will result in timeless portraits. The remainder of our coverage is focused on capturing fleeting moments. Our unobtrusive and discreet style allows us to photograph our clients with a natural ease which yields gorgeous photographs.
We hope these tips help you to select the professional event photographer with the style and skill to perfectly capture your celebration. We know you will love reliving the memories of your special occasion forever.
John and Joseph are brothers and second generation photographers. Finding their passion for photography while pursuing a career in medicine, they launched John & Joseph Photography Inc. Ever since, they have relentlessly pursued perfection in the art of photography. Currently based in Los Angeles, the brothers have been servicing the most discerning clients and have garnered multiple national and international awards attributed to their work. (John & Joseph Photography, firstname.lastname@example.org)