(Answered):Essential Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Photographer 1/5 | Brides

I came across this recent article in BRIDES Magazine and wanted to give some perspective and answers to the "questions" being asked. Are they really important to choosing a wedding photographer? In a nutshell, yes and no.

I will be fair, but understand that while it is the intent (I believe) of Brides Magazine to help future brides and grooms make great choices when it comes to finding photographers, as well as mine, many of the questions SHOULD already be answered by visiting most photographer's websites and seeing their work as far as style/editing goes. Questions like, "What kind of equipment are you using?" are akin to asking what is the brand of stove that your favorite restaurant uses to prepare your meal. If they said GE instead of Viking, would that stop you from going there? 

I do feel a bride and groom should CHOOSE their photographer, rather than "ending up" with one. (i.e. lowest price, only available, etc) These images will hopefully become family heirlooms that will be passed down for generations. So trust me, I understand the importance of getting it right! So without further hesitation, here are my answers and opinions on this year's Bride's Magazine Questionnaire. 

  1. What's your shooting style?

    • Opinion: If this question is being asked, have we taken the time to view the photographer's website to see their wedding photos? If we have, is the shooting style all over the place, consistent, or evolving? Even for an evolving style, elements of composition and perspective should be consistent. Brides' feels that a great wedding photographer should be able to all/many different styles of shooting. The reality is that many photographers choose to be specialist in a particular style/look. Similar to a doctor who only works on hearts, or a pilot who flies a a particular platform of airplane.
    • Statement: I would like to think of my style as an evolving hybrid of reportage (photo journalistic/in the moment) and fine art portraiture. Continuously looking for the moments that will be cherished far into the future.
  2. What technology will you use to shoot my wedding?

    • Opinion: This is a very valid question if digital delivery and/or speed of delivery is important to you. If the final product is the most important, then the question lends more towards a time where Digital cameras did not produce the quality of images that film cameras did comparably. Today, it is almost impossible to tell whether or not a wedding was shot with a Full Frame or Crop Sensor, and whether it was Nikon or Canon. As a matter of fact, there are many weddings that are shot with cameras that cost as much as Mercedes Benz, or some that are as small as a box of "thank you" cards. Of all the questions in this section that I think are important, the one that I would consider to be of great value is the one that asks how does a photographer handle images in low light. THIS might be where the technology comes into play as well as the skill of the photographer. 

      Statement: I use professional grade equipment from many different manufacturers around the world. This equipment has proven tried and true from Aruba to Afghanistan. I am always more than willing to discuss what is needed for your wedding. As far as low light, between the use of available light, artificial light, light shaping tools, and camera settings/limitations, I am able to not only expose for a low light situation, but will also maintain the correct colors as well. 
  3. To be continued.....

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!