Photographing every moment of a wedding day is no trivial task. Turning those captured moments into art on film? Even more momentous.
I see ‘fine art photographer’ on a lot of vendors’ websites these days. What does it mean? Put simply, I consider myself a fine art photographer, art director, and an artist. I may “coach” while I shoot classic portraits or groupings. As a fine art photographer, I want everything and everyone to look their best and most flattering. I may move a bride several ways, in order to find that most flattering angle (I believe this is almost a lost art!). I want to capture a stunning full length, three quarter, and close up of a bride that will stand the test of time. This will make moms happy, and the bride will love to have this when she is older. Adding candids is icing on the cake!
Will a film photographer be shooting exclusively in film, or will he/she have a digital camera there too? This is a great question! Every photographer is different, but personally, I always talk about this with my brides beforehand and go over the options for her specific locations. I will shoot film wherever possible (my favorite medium), but will carry my digital camera for times I feel it will deliver a better result (i.e., in a dark church or low light reception). At the end of the day, I am a photographer and want to deliver the best photographs possible to my clients. If you’re a bride who wants all film, consider an outdoor wedding and reception, or have your wedding during daylight hours.
Is the photographer going to be changing film, or will there be someone helping? Personally, I always have a professional assistant with me to change my film. I don’t want to slow things down, or have to think about changing film. This allows me to stay focused on what I am doing and continue working. This is not the same with everyone though! Some photographers prefer to change their own film and it works great for them.
Is film safe? Do film photographers back up images with digital shots? Nothing can be guaranteed 100%. Film can be damaged, memory cards can read error messages, etc. This is an important piece of information that should be present in the contract you sign with your photographer. It’s important to note that film has been around well over 100 years and digital has dominated the market the last 10-15 years! As long as your photographer is professional and competent, you’re in safe hands.
What is the turnaround time for film and how many images should we expect? Typically, I operate on an eight week turnaround time. Most film photographers will deliver around 800 quality photographs.
Should I expect to pay more for a film photographer? All great photographers, no matter what medium they shoot, should be priced correctly based on experience, demand, publishable results, brides having a peace of mind knowing everything will be beautiful, personality, products, etc. Some film photographers may be higher due to the fact that they have a higher cost involved.
You can see more from Lindsey and Jonathan’s real wedding here.