Photography itself found me and became a part of my life when I understood what moments pass through my eyes and get forgotten over time. I‘ve worked professionally for more than 10 years now, had the joy to work with the largest Lithuanian companies, famous people, but I‘ve found myself and my calling in wedding photography. Wedding photography encompasses all photography genres and heaps of emotions – that‘s what fascinates me the most. I‘m a member of the international Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, thus I work not only in Lithuania, but also abroad.
Magazine “Your weddings”
Probably everyone agrees that wedding is one of the most important events in a couple’s life, always pleasantly reminded of by photographs. Photographs preserve those joyful and radiant moments of the event. It’s wonderful when we’re happy with the photo shoot and gladly turn over the pages of the wedding album. Unfortunately, sometimes it happens that we’re not satisfied with the photos and start blaming the wedding photographer, who, according to us, wasn’t “good enough”.
We’ve talked with an experienced professional photographer Adomas Tirkšliūnas about the subtleties of wedding photography. He revealed, that there’s no such thing as bad photography specialists, you just have to know how to choose the one most suitable for you and, of course, don’t expect to be extremely happy if you trusted the photographer’s work to your amateur friends or relatives.
“Great wedding photography always lets you feel the festive mood, reveals emotions and feelings, so the photographer has huge responsibility. He touches the most sensitive moments, records the love story of two people for their children and grandchildren. I love history, so I’m very happy to have the opportunity to contribute to it, and it’s especially gratifying when not only the newlyweds are happy with the results, but me, too”, – relates the photographer.
The supply of photographers is very big and diverse nowadays, so everyone can find a suitable one according to own possibilities and needs. Adomas recommends: “First of all, you shouldn’t hesitate and start looking no less than six months prior to your wedding date, because if your event is during the summer – you might get very disappointed if you start looking later, as you won’t have much choice. Definitely look through the photographer’s workbook – every one of us has own working style. Consider if the style if acceptable to you, don’t base your decision on your friends’ or people you know opinions only”.
Adomas answered some of our readers’ questions – maybe these answers will help you choose a photographer for your celebration:
My husband and I spent most of our celebration posing for the photographer – it seemed I didn’t even participate in my own event. Even though I was happy with the photos, but is it worth “sacrificing” so much for beautiful photos? (Lina P.)
I’d like to mention, that wedding photographers are divided according to style: reportage (will try to interfere in the process as little as possible and will “catch” the moments) and directed type (will tell you how and what to do in different places). I’d like to offer after-wedding photo shoots that are getting more and more popular these days, as an alternative – then you can fully enjoy your celebration on the wedding day and the photographer will try to capture the moments as best as possible. The next day you proceed to the creative photo shoot wearing your wedding gowns. You should discuss everything with your wedding photographer before the wedding, especially how much time and for what will be allocated.
I didn’t like myself in any of the photographs. Who’s to blame: the photographer, or are just some people non-photogenic? (Aurelija S.)
You should look into why didn’t you like yourself: maybe it was the dress, the makeup or the hair? As we say, there are no non-photogenic people; we just have to choose the right angle in order to emphasize the beautiful traits.
Where do I look for a good photographer? (Jurijus T.)
What defines a good photographer? It’s like music: some people like classics, some – the alternative metal. Today most of the photographers have personal websites, so if you spend some time and search through them, you’ll surely find the one suitable for you.
I wasn’t able to explain the photographer what photos I want during my wedding, so result was a bit disappointing. How do I communicate my wishes to the specialist so he/she understands me correctly? (Diana L.)
You made the fundamental error, because you didn’t talk everything through before the wedding. Every photographer has own work specifics, view to the surroundings. You just chose the photographer that wasn’t right for you.
Wedding photography seems stereotypical to me: the newlyweds by the bridge, the crumbled-up wall in the Old Town and so on. Can this photography be unconventional? (Artiomas K.)
Modern tendencies have totally changed the view towards wedding photography today. If earlier it was important to capture the correct frame, as the photographers worked with film, so today the result mostly depends on the creativity of the photographer and the lengths the newlyweds are prepared to go to. Photography is a creative process.
Is it true, that it’s very expensive to hire a wedding photographer? (Vytautė Z.)
Each product has its customer – it all depends on how you interpret expensiveness: for some a few hundred EU is expensive, for others a few thousand isn’t. You won’t remember the taste of the cake after some time, but the photo will remind you the festive moments for years to come.