Getting the right photographer for your event or shoot is one of the hardest things you’ll have to do. While other aspects like décor and catering remain a memory in the mind, photography remains a physical memory. If you fail to get the best photographer, you are ruined for life- and so are your other memories.

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So say goodbye to Uncle Joe who got a Nikon for Christmas, or your friend Kim who has been practising on flowers, and purpose to find the best photographer for YOU. There are 3 questions to finding the best photographer:


You need to be comfortable with your photographer. It is advisable to have a one on one meeting where you can get to know them better. Being uncomfortable will result in you being overly cautious, and hence, you will not enjoy your day. It ends up in many awkward photos of you. Moreover, being comfortable will mean you feel you can trust this person to give their best on that day.

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There are a lot of many good photographers out there, but personality will play a big role in the outcome of your shoot, your event and even your photos.  Personality traits like time keeping, overall mood, etc play a big role. You do not want a photographer who is terrible at time keeping, or rigid to suggestions. Especially for events and weddings, you need a photographer who can LISTEN to your needs.


We are all attracted to different photography styles. Therefore, focus on photographers who specialize in your preferred style. Here are the different styles in photography:

a) Portraiture:

These are posed shots of participant. It can be in traditional spots (like at the ceremony altar or out on the lawn of the country club), have formal poses (standing as a group together), or dramatic composition (like the couple holding hands in the middle of a nearby dirt road, etc).

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b) Fine Art:

While these shots reflect reality, it’s the photographer’s reality. The photos are dramatic and gorgeous, but are—or look as though they were—shot on film with a grainier, dreamier, more muted appearance. Usually the object (or couple) is in focus and the background appears to blur. Mostly Black and White

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c) Documentary:

It involves candid or spontaneous pictures of people, decor and the action. You’ll very rarely see people staring at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story

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d) Edgy-Bold:

Instead of a straight-on shot, the photo might look tilted, with an object in the foreground. Or the photos done might be shot from above, with an emphasis on eg, the eye shadow brush rather than on her face.

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