the art of subtle, timeless editing
**I want to preface all of this by saying that in the end, it all comes down to style and what you are personally drawn to. The same way we all like different kinds of clothes, jewelry, interior decor…our visual styles are all different as well. The most important thing is that you love your photographer’s work and can imagine yourself represented by it!**
As with most things, photography experiences trends and fads that take hold and become overwhelmingly present on social media. Presets and filters are made popular and many photographers fall victim to the pressures to fitting in with the “current” styles of photography. The problem with this is that your wedding photos aren’t just around for a year or so. These are photos you will be looking back on for 10, 20, 30 years to come. Your wedding photos should be timeless. It is so important to be aware of these trends while you search for your very own wedding photographer!
So here are three important things to look for when browsing different photography portfolios:
1. Overall colors!
Look at your potential photographer’s body of work and assess whether or not you feel like their colors are life-like. Are trees green (and not brown)? Is the sky blue (and not purple)? This will give you a good sense of whether or not your photographer has a good sense of colors & tones and will be able to capture your wedding and it’s environment accurately.
2. Skin tones!
Skin tones are everything. It is important that your photographer has a solid grip on how to handle different skin tones and how to edit their images so that skin tones remain true to life. Make sure your photographer’s skin tones don’t lean too green or too orange.
3. Is your photographer’s work consistent?
While it is normal (and good) for a photographer’s work to change and progress over time, make sure that your photographer does not jump around to different styles of photographer every 2-3 months. Take a look through portfolios and look for consistency. If you don’t see that, you risk not knowing exactly what you’re going to get in a year or so when your photographer delivers your own photos!
Move the slider side to side to see some of my before & afters!