Choosing a wedding photographer + important questions to ask!


Finding the right wedding photographer is almost like looking for a wedding dress: there are so many out there and they pretty much all look amazing when you see the photos. But it is not always clear until you see them in real life and find out if it fits.

There are important things to find out before you make your decision and sign the dotted line. We at Sheer have put together a list of key questions that you should always ask your photographer before you pay the deposit. The answer to these questions below should give you a much clearer picture (hehe)

The good ones can easily cost as much as R33.000 – and if you are hoping to spend under R100.000 on your wedding, that is already third of the budget. But there are ways to spend less: we chose an up and coming photographer that was recommended by a friend, and judging from the engagement shoot, the photos will be just as amazing as a fully established wedding photographer.

It is not only a matter of choosing the person who takes the best pictures; you and your groom also have to reassure yourself that you are happy with your photographers background, experience, way of working and that the package you pay for includes everything you need.To some extent, you also want to make sure that the personal chemistry also works!

The photography is a big part of the day and there are many ways the photographer can work. Some like to take charge and stage pictures and ask you to pose, whereas some will stick in the background and take the pictures as they naturally unfold.

Some styles quickly explained:

Reportage photography style: 
This style is characterized by a natural approach from the photographer who follows the couple and the guests throughout the day while recording the events of the wedding as they happen in an unobtrusive manner.

Traditional style:
Traditional wedding photographers concentrate on the key moments and group shots only and involves a great deal of staging and formal setups. Although the images document the participants, they may not capture the atmosphere correctly and the candid moments of the wedding day.

Contemporary style
The photographer aims to find interesting spots as a backdrop and unusual angles. Similarly to the traditional style, images may not fully represent the originality of the wedding, and the photographer’s style will dominate the overall atmosphere of the wedding day.

You might find that your photographer is able to give you a mixtures of all 3 styles. Decide as a couple what will suit you best.

Remember to  always take a good look at their portfolio and ensure that you are happy with their style and modus operandi.

Good luck! Print and bring along to your first meeting!

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Questions for wedding photographer






Wedding Photography – Art edition


It is a rainy autumn morning in Cape town. I got myself a generous pot of tea, the cat is purring on my desk and jazz is playing in the background. A perfect set up for focus on dreamy, moody, breathtaking wedding photography.

Being a bride-in-the-making, quite naturally I have headhunted around the web for inspiration, and by now got quite a substantial pinboard on wedding photography and all thing related. As I feel it is a massive component of the day, with the highest significance after the wedding, one does want to make sure that one feels confident that the guy behind the camera has a good understanding of ones wishes and vision when he/ she shoots away. What is as important as photography budget, is that one is happy with the style of the photographer and his/ hers preferred edit of the images, so that  once the album is in your hands you can more or less trust that you will be pleased with the result.

I’ve looked at many wedding pictures where I feel that this was just a bit over-the-top romantically styled and posed. I dont know about you, but sometimes it does make me cringe a bit! It will be hard to avoid I guess, but I really wouldn’t like too many corny shots (why I chose the awesome Mint Tea photography who’s operating with a more alternative and dreamy vibe).

So if one feels keen on a different style, I strongly recommend to discuss with your photographer about how you and your groom want the day to be shot. Photographers are artists – I do believe most of them will really enjoy taking more focused and serene pictures than what they are asked to do for the average wedding album – as long as it is within their capability of course. (Remember to never ask a photographer to copy somebody else’s work – it is offensive and a highly inappropriate thing for them to do.)
Take a good look at their portfolio and previous work before paying the deposit, and make sure than you love their portfolio and are 100% in agreement with the style of their work.

As a trained artist with a keen photographic interest, I do feel inclined to want to involve this alluring art form in my wedding. Ok – maybe I do want some “normal” pictures for the ease of capturing the day as it unfolds naturally without having to think too much about angles and those fancy things etc, but the fine art shooting of the photography could be aimed for a specific part of the wedding day, such as before the reception, when a bit more serious, dramatic and apprehensive mood is in the air.
As the photos below will reveal, it makes good sense for a Bridal portrait session, to capture that exceptional beauty of a bride waiting to get married. Your fine art bridal session could be part of the getting ready, and one can also visualize how perhaps a “First look” shoot where romance and levels will be soaring could work really beautifully. The style would lend itself very  well to all those emotionally charged and precious moments where you almost can touch the intensity in the air and the purity of your  love  – such as the ceremony itself of course, and any moments when bride and groom can be alone and treasure eachother. There is just so much poetry in that – why not capture the deepest sensations of the day with photos that would really give it justice, the moments when what you are feeling and experiencing are almost tangible?

I would definitely like to have a coffee table book like that!

So for all you photography-fans, brides and wedding loving people, today I’m bringing you the best of the best inspiration for fine wedding photography I have come across lately – I hope you enjoy the vibes as much as I do.

image via joyus


Images via Hey Wedding Lady and OnceWed

Images via and Junebug weddings

Images via and Wedding Sparrow
Via When He Found Her
via gregfink and photosbycaleigh
via lets get weddy and sibo designs


via wedding sparrow and happy wedd


via robert wojtowicz
via wedding sparrow and paula ohara
via hey wedding lady and matoli keely photography
via anna campbell and sortra
via the lane and mod wedding
via hi miss puff and confetti daydreams
via style me pretty


Equestrian wedding dreams


People have said it is a bad idea to mix weddings and animals, but as a sworn horse woman I feel quite adamant about including this beautiful, majestic and faithful creature on my big special day. Imagine an outdoors wedding, suddenly the music is playing, everybody rises, and down the lawn come the bride on horseback. What a spectacular entrance.

Just some things to think about:

  • Make sure that you have a handler, even if you are experienced rider
  • Provide some hay to pick on in between stage sets.
  • Build a step for getting off, and develop a technique to manage the ride without your or Mr Horse getting tangled in the train in the process of getting on and off
  • My advise is to borrow a horse you are already familiar with, or use one which is known to be spoof-proof with a solid temperament.
  • Definitely schedule in a few test rides with the dress prior to the wedding day, and get the horse to the venue early, allowing it to acclimatize with the settings and the arrival route.
  • Perhaps skip the heels for the ride – horses don’t like stilettos in their sides! Cowboy boots would be more appropriate for your grand entrance.
  • Make sure to have the horse wait around for the photo shoots to capture some magic images of this unforgettable moment.
  • Have a bag of apples and carrots for reward after.

Unleash your inner cowgirl!

All images in this post via Pinterest