Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Choosing Your Photographer

Would you go to a hairstylist who specializes in funky fresh colours, modern trends and edgy cuts if you wanted a classic romantic look for your wedding day? Probably not. This is the same kind of attitude it's important to bring to choosing a photographer.

Everybody has their own style; from the 7 year old taking Instax snapshots to the tenured Photography professor. Our visions are all different because we see the world differently, and that's what makes each artist unique. I say artist because at the end of the day, we're in the business of creating smiles, capturing memories and producing gorgeous images.

So here are the things to consider when browsing through the never-ending stream of portfolios you're sure to find on the vast interweb, and a sneak peek at the differences in our staff photographers available through Banff Photography.

Consider the style you want your most memorable moments to be captured in; 
Are you traditional or contemporary?
Do you prefer candid smiles or classic poses?
Is colour very important or do you prefer black and white?
Do you like high contrast or muted tones?

Every photographer not only has a certain way of shooting, but also a signature way of editing. It's important to consider what you want the final results to be! The biggest part is really deciding if you want a formal (classic style) or informal (lifestyle) photoshoot.

Look at the people in the photos and their expressions. Chances are if the portfolio you're looking at only has landscapes, plants and architecture, you won't get the same kind of interaction you would with a portrait-specific photographer. With a professional portrait photographer, you're going to see a lot more natural smiles because that's what they specialize in! 

It's also important, especially for weddings, to note how many different examples the photographer has of their work. Consider this, a photographer only posts the best of their best on their portfolio, as this is what draws in clients. All of the images might not be "wow" worthy, but it should be a good balance. 

Over the course of the last year we've had a few of different types of photographers, and in the coming months we'll have a few more on board who will bring their own styles to the Banff Photography table. 

Whether you're looking for photo-journalistic, romantic, candid, classic or dynamic portraits -- you can be sure that our in-house photographers will always go above and beyond to create stunning images that capture your most important memories in the Bow Valley.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A White Wedding: Erica & Tim

    The weather in Lake Louise can be unpredictable, at best. What starts off as a hazy morning can be a blizzard by lunch time! When guests are coming from all around the globe, Victoria Glacier could be hiding behind the clouds the whole duration of their stay -- which is not so great when you're getting married and things are (kind of!) on a schedule.

   For Erica and Tim's wedding the climate was certainly not ideal (still better than -25!), but these two tough lovebirds stuck it out for an hour with intermittent bundling up. That being said, I had been dreaming of a winter wedding just like this! I'd been looking at awful weather weddings and it can make for some of the most intense portraits. Especially with the wind blowing snow drifts all around, the elements made for some truly epic images.

    The most important element that made this shoot one of my favourites was that our Mr. & Mrs. knew what they were signing up for and had prepared (mentally and with helping hands for jackets) for an hour out in the cold. The smiles could hardly be swept off their faces by a little bit of wind, and so it made jumping in snowbanks all the more worthwhile to get the shot. The trickiest possible part of photographing portraits outside in winter is when your subjects are unprepared, frozen and wanting nothing more than to go back inside and warm up with some hot cocoa. 

     The biggest tip that I can give anyone is to talk to your clients/photographer as much as possible before your photoshoot to make sure everyone is on the same page about the day. I got lucky that when I met Erica & Tim for the first time, she had already put on winter boots and had some helping hands to carry gloves, coats and scarves. I have had other winter shoots where someone was missing a coat, or not wearing winter-proof shoes and it doesn't do well to rush those intimate moments or catch a grimace from a shoe-full of snow (though, it certainly makes it a memorable experience)!

    At the end of the day, smiles shine through the snow falling and wind blowing. Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful places in Canada, no matter the weather. Winter won't last forever but your photographs will. so be sure to book your portrait sessions well before the end of the season!