The Importance of Good Wedding Photography

 

As a wedding photographer, I am surrounded by people (namely, my clients and other wedding photographers) who think the same way as I do about wedding photography: that it is really important! After all, wedding photographers take their craft very seriously. We feel that our clients have trusted us to with something very special, and we strive to reward that trust by doing our utmost to provide every couple with beautiful, thoughtful images.

This is why it was such a shock to me when my friend recently commented (on the subject of my own upcoming nuptials), Really? Isn’t the most important thing the dress? The hair? The make up?

I will admit that I was taken aback. This thinking is so foreign to me. For my own wedding, I have prioritised the things that will last beyond the day – the rings and the photography. My thoughts are, I am going to be looking at that ring every day for the rest of my life. And I am going to have those wedding photos on my wall; in an album on my coffee table; I am going to be showing these images to my children and my grandchildren.

And after enough time has passed, because it is the way of things, my memory of the day itself will fade, to be replaced by the images in those photos.

To my friend I said, Well, you can have a couture dress andย a hair and make up artist to the stars. You can look incredible and beautiful amazing on your day, but an unskilled photographer can still make you look bad. Bad lighting, bad angles, cheesy poses and cliched images. But you can have a simple dress and minimal make up and a good photographer will show just how beautiful you look. Will show the joy in your face and the love in your touch. The tear in your mother’s eye as she puts on your veil and the pride in your father’s face as he walks you down the aisle. And these will be your memories and the thing that, along with your love, will last.

So maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s just my perspective as a wedding photographer, but I believe in the importance of what I do. And when I see bad wedding photography, it really does hurt my heart. Choose your photographer wisely, my friends.

 

I am available to photograph your wedding in Brisbane, in Australia or around the world. To discuss photography for your wedding, email me on larissa@laralanephotography.com, go to my contact pageย or phone 0403 767 686.

5 Comments

  1. Jennie
    March 4, 2017 - Reply

    Hi

    My wedding is on 6th May in Currumbin , it will be a small wedding of 30 and I just want pictures for the beach ceremony and afterwards so for maybe 3 hours!?
    Do you travel that far? Looking for cheapest price as we have planned to get married very very quick

    Thanks

  2. Jennifer
    March 7, 2017 - Reply

    Hi Lara,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog!! I am currently going through the process of planning my own wedding and trying to take as many ‘lessons learnt’ from my friends’ experiences.

    Your comments really resonated with me. I’ve been to friends’ weddings where the bride has looked stunning, and the day has been a fantastic experience, but this is not reflected in the photographs. For me, I think a good photographer will not just bring out the best in his or her subjects, but will also capture the spirit of the whole day!!

    Just as an aside, there was a recent article in the Daily Mail in which wartime brides talked about how a beautiful photograph was most important: that it was a memory they could put on their mantle piece and captured the moment they felt like one of the great movie stars of the day. The proof of the matter is that even over 70 years after the weddings, it’s the photographs that we turn to.

    Jen ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. April 27, 2017 - Reply

    Your blog is wonderful. I agree with whatever you have mentioned in your blog about the importance of a good photographer for a wedding. Everything that you have mentioned in your blog is so relatable. I loved the experiences that you have shared through this blog.

    • laralane
      April 28, 2017

      Thank you, Salim – I really appreciate your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Anne-Marie
    September 10, 2017 - Reply

    Hi Lara

    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts about the different aspects of your wedding photography, especially when you describe capturing the first moments, in First Look. You have a lovely focus on capturing treasured moments, not only for the items such as flowers, shoes, rings etc but particularly in seeking to capture the emotions of all the people involved : family, friends, and not just bride and groom. For them, you seek to give them their very best moments to treasure forever, and to do it in a way that seems very is special, looking at these photos on your pages.

    That you aspire to this is really precious – as will be the precious photos that come from that. I find your work as a photographer incredibly inspiring !!

    Anne-Marie

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