When it comes to alternative wedding photography, the term is pretty suggestive of two possibilities: either there’s the expected route and then there’s the unknown alternative. The problem has been that over recent months, when it comes to alternative wedding photography there really are more than just two routes you can take. These include the classic, the new school and even the crazy side of things. However, all this needs to start with a clear understanding of exactly what alternative means. Once you have that understanding in mind you can then move on from there.
Now, one of the first things I want to talk about is why you might be interested in alternative wedding photography. This should be relatively obvious but if you’re a traditional bride, chances are you’ve probably heard of some of the top tips and tricks in photography that suggest you should avoid using anything other than film. The reasoning behind this advice is simple; most traditional images are actually captured on film and thus cannot be moved on to an online service such as Flickr or Picasa. The good news is however, there are now a huge range of services that offer film cameras and lenses which mean that traditional imagery is perfectly viable for both shooting on film as well as being stored on digital media and being shown online.
Another tip when it comes to alternative wedding photography is to steer away from the more mainstream services and go with something more creative. The good news here is that the big names are starting to jump back into the game with more experimental services such as Dye-Sub type cameras and advanced photographic techniques. There’s also the ever important factor that traditional wedding photographers are often extremely busy so if you have an idea for a unique photograph and need a photographer you can trust, the alternative photographer might just be the solution you’re looking for.
One final tip worth mentioning is to think about the kind of photographs you want. A lot of people assume that all weddings need to be formal affairs but this simply isn’t true. A lot of people want informal, quirky and contemporary weddings and photography sessions. By thinking about the kind of images you want to capture, you’ll be able to find a photographer who can provide this in style.
Whilst this may not apply as much to wedding photographers as it does to the couple themselves, it is important to keep your options open. There is a huge range of alternative wedding photography out there so finding a photographer with a proven track record is certainly possible. Just make sure that you do your research and speak to any potential clients so that you don’t end up with someone who is only in it for the money.
Of course, this is all information you’ll need to look at in order to find the right photographer for your unique event. The above tips should help you get started on your search and hopefully provide you with a clearer idea of what type of alternative wedding photography is available to you. Just remember that your wedding is very special and will be something that you will always be proud of. So take the time to consider all of your options carefully. You’ll never know what options are available until you start looking!