William Arthur has been a professional photographer for 5 years. He started his career apprenticing with photographers that had over 19 years of experience which have him the opportunity to know exactly how a wedding should be shot and not learning from mistakes, which can ruin a wedding.
We asked William a few questions about wedding photography tips, trends and advice. Read below for his thorough and insightful answers.
Reunion: What advice would you give to a Bride and Groom for hiring a photographer?
William Arthur: There are so many thing I have to say about hiring a photographer.
- Ask to see a full wedding that they have shot. There are many people that second shoot for professional photographers and try to pass those professionally posed shots off as their own. There are also a lot of photographers that offer workshops where they set up the lighting for them and hire professional models to come in and pose for them (which are good because they learn how to properly shoot). Unfortunately they use this photos on their website as their own. Also seeing a full wedding will show you what you will likely receive. Most photos you see on a website are the best of the best and you want to make sure that all the photos you will get will be up to your standards.
- Make sure you pick out your photographer by how much you love the photos and not by who is the cheapest for the most amount of time. Photography is one of those thing in life you get what you pay for. Don’t get me wrong bargains are great. However if you are in the mood for steak and you walk into a fast food restaurant don’t expect to get a filet mignon on the value menu. This is a once in a lifetime chance to capture all the memories of everything that you put your heart and soul into for the past year or so.
- Meet with your photographer if at all possible. You want to make sure you can get along with your photographer. You are going to be around your photographer for nearly your whole wedding day and you want to make sure that they don’t get on your nerves or rub you the wrong way. If you can’t get along with your photographer it will show on your photos and you will remember it forever.
What is a wedding photography trend that you are seeing this year?
This year I see more and more of my couples taking advantage of doing a first look. A first look is a very intimate moment when the Bride and Groom get to see each other for the first time on their wedding day in a private location (minus the fact that there is a photographer and videographer there). More and more couples are breaking the tradition of waiting to see each other on opposite ends of the Isle. As a photographer I love doing a first look because it allows us to take more time for photos instead of being rushed immediately after the ceremony and we also have the ability to be right there for all the emotions of a bride and groom seeing each other on their wedding day.
What are 3 tips for the Bride and Groom when taking their engagement and wedding photos?
- Pick a location with your photographer that is you. If you don’t like city life, don’t take your photos downtown. If you can’t stand nature avoid a field. You will have more fun at a location that is more you and it will show.
- Talk with your photographer about all the ideas you have no matter how weird they sound. Some of the best shots I have every done are concepts that my couples helped develop. If your let your photographer know what you had in mind they will most likely be able to over deliver on what you envisioned.
- Have fun! Pretend you photographer isn’t even there. When you start to over think everything it shows on your photos. Your face tenses and you feel and look awkward. Your photographer will let you know if you are doing something that doesn’t look good. Try not to over think it. Hug up on each other like now one is watching!
What are some favorite locations at Reunion Resort to take pictures?
As far as what are my favorite locations to shoot at reunion…. That is a hard one. Let’s face it if you have stepped foot onto Reunion you know you could blindfold yourself and throw a stone and find a great place to take a photo. If I had to narrow it down though I would have to say the front of the resort because of the amazing look of having Reunion in the background and the awesome landscaping of the amazing palm trees. Also I love the bridge over the lake with Reunion in the background. It is such an amazing spot to do a first look at!
What is one piece of advice you would give to a Bride and Groom for their wedding day?
If I could give a Bride and Groom one piece of advice it would be this. Enjoy it! You have spent a very long time planning your wedding and the day is finally here. You are marrying the person of your dreams in front of all your friends and family. Soak it all in and don’t worry about anything. Focus everything on your new husband or wife. Because when it’s all said and done it’s about celebrating your love for each other and your union forever!
William Arthur is a great partner and we love the photos that showcase the weddings and our property so well!
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