Supplier Spotlight – Weddings by Michael
Weddings by Michael are long established wedding photographers with a strong contemporary and creative element. Each wedding is recorded on its own merits, with the images unique to each couple and their day. Michael’s specialist and low lighting skills enable the capture of unique and evocative images. Whilst some may see an overcast or rainy wedding day as being blighted, Michael relishes the challenge and manages to turn the most abysmal drab scene into something quite captivating. It’s these same skills and knowledge that has brought him to the attention of some of the most famous UK hotel brands, who retain Michael to produce their wedding brochure images.
The demand for Michael’s work has taken him the length and breadth of the UK, and new venues are a challenge he relishes. Changing weather or venue circumstances are also challenges that Michael seems to excel with, managing to create images that perhaps were completely unexpected by the bride and groom. We all hope for the best, yet Michael prepares for the worst.
Michael’s top tips for successful wedding photography:
> When researching for your photographer, don’t shop on price. The product you are purchasing is a combination of the photographer’s skills and the images created. Keep your budget in mind, just don’t let it be the decision maker.
> Arrange to meet your chosen photographer and view their work. Do they seem easy to get on with and quite relaxed? Are the images typical of what you would like in your own album? Don’t be afraid to ask about specific styles such as sepia, black and white or bleached.
> Examine the types of albums available. Some photographers specialise in storybook albums, whereas others will produce a more traditional style. Ask your photographer which styles he has available and if he can cater for your preferred style.
> Be prepared on the big day. Have a list prepared in advance of the group shots you require. It’s a busy and long day, and some groups can be overlooked. Give a copy to your photographer at least a week in advance. That way, should there be an anticipated problems, such as the time factor, they can be addressed in good time.
> Your photographer should be able to provide creative ideas for any informal portraits, but don’t be afraid to suggest some of your own. If you’ve seen images elsewhere that you would quite like to recreate, say so.
> The images and album are one of the few things you keep as a reminder of your day, so it’s worth putting some time into choosing the right photographer and helping them get the images you really want.