I am going to share something that errs delicately on the side of controversial.Full disclaimer: I will be grossly generalising the opposite sex… but hear me out!
Any male photographers out there throwing me shade – I’M SORRY!! But I gotta stick up for my gals here!
So first up, here’s an easy one to win you over with. It is way less awkward having a female photographer in the room while you’re getting ready for your big day. I mean, you’re likely to be half-naked whilst being buttoned or corsetted into your gown – you may have to deal with the dreaded nip slip at some point and you might feel more comfortable knowing it’s just girls in the room. When it comes to the groom and groomsmen, we are like that fly on the wall, letting boys be boys and capturing all the bromance in its most candid form.
Now, let’s call a spade a spade – wedding photos are almost always for the pleasure of the bride. Female photographers are down to shoot FOR the bride because we can empathise more closely with you. We know you have visualised and romanticised this big day for so long – that you have imagined the look on your groom’s face and that first moment (almost) alone as husband and wife, the nervous laughs as the best man makes an inappropriate joke and the crazy moves you’ll pull on the d-floor. Those moments are the ones we hunt down to capture for you.
(And bonus points here if you have a female photographer who is already married! Because we intimately understand the emotional geography of the big day. We know first-hand the nerves leading up to the “I dos” that fade rapidly as you transition over to the party!)
Now I’m not saying that male photographers won’t get these moments – but to casually generalise for a moment, male photographers love to shoot for technique and composition. They may get the overall shot – but they might miss those finer details that we won’t.
I’m talking about those little sensitivities a bride might have that only another woman can understand – like when you tilt your head a certain way and it (not so) miraculously creates a double chin! Or when you’re standing at a particular angle that adds ten pounds to your arms. Female photographers keep a keen eye out for those unflattering angles and poses and not just of you, but of all your loved ones too. We want to get that moment but also make sure everyone is looking their best! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… female photographers shoot for the bride first and foremost. Think of it a sisterhood where you can trust we’ve got your back.
So what do you think? Would you consider a female photographer over a male photographer?
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