One of the biggest expenditures of the wedding budget is usually the wedding photographer, and for good reason. Ten, 20, or even 50 years down the line, when memories fade, those images will help you remember the magic of the day. As well as all of the special moments, photos will feature loved ones, including those not with us anymore, and fashions that almost certainly will have departed as well.
Tips for choosing a wedding photographer
Research – trawl through photographer’s websites, blogs, Instagram or Facebook to get a feel for the style and quality of their photography. Look at the lighting, composition and angles. Does the photographer favor candid shots, classic portraits, a fine art or edgy style, and is this what you want?
Book early – start your search well ahead of time as good photographers book up early, especially if your date is during high season and/or on the weekend. As soon as you know your wedding date, make your choice.
Ask around – ask your friends and family who they have used for photography. You may be able to flip through their wedding albums to get a feel for some of the options.
Compare packages – different photographers will include different details in their packages, and of course charge very different prices.
Make sure you get on – meet with a few photographers to look through their portfolios and full wedding albums (not everything will be on their website). Take this opportunity to make sure you get on with them – they will be by your side for most of the day.
Confirm the details – what time will the photographer be there from and until? Will they split their time between bride and groom before the ceremony? Will they have an assistant? Are there any shots you definitely want taken? Also, double check who owns the rights to the photos once they are taken and what the timeline is like from the event until you have the images in your possession.
Cayman’s camera connoisseurs
It might be due to our stellar island backdrops, but we are incredibly lucky on such a small island to have a wide range of talented photographers. From one man bands to larger companies, here are a few examples of wedding photographers Cayman has to offer.
Rebecca Davidson Photography
Rebecca Davidson is extremely well known on-island, having been a professional photographer here for over 15 years. She has lived in Cayman since she was a teenager. Her shots have been published in local and international publications and she is a favored professional of both locals and visitors. Clients rave about Rebecca’s professionalism, personality, and her ability to go above and beyond for those she is photographing.
Picture This offers the full gamut of photography and cinematography, from newborn shots, to weddings, to pets and real estate. They have a team of exceptional photographers to choose from, ensuring you will find one that you click with both stylistically and personally.
Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre, and offers wedding and portrait photography and videography as well as a range of other photography services such as events, corporate, baby and children’s photos and more. Their packages span any occasion and budget.
The team is led by Emmy award winner Tony Mark who has 20 years’ experience as a photographer and filmmaker, after training at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Jenna Leigh Photography
A relative newcomer to Cayman’s photography scene, Jenna aims to “create romantic and timeless imagery” and her portfolio, focusing on wedding, engagement and portrait photography, shows she has succeeded in this.
World traveler Jenna graduated from a photography program centered in the fine arts and has shown her work in galleries across Canada and Europe. She photographs in both color and black and white, and makes use of natural light as often as possible.
Touted as a boutique photography firm, the team at Better Angle are headed up by founders David and Melissa Wolfe.
David has been photographing in Cayman for over 20 years, and focuses on weddings, family portraits and commercial photography. Melissa is mainly a natural light photographer and specializes in weddings, portraits and events.
As well as having their own photography endeavors, their combined brand – Better Angle – and the team that comprises it, offers top quality photography and videography.
David Goddard Photography
David Goddard can often be spotted at the island’s biggest events and celebrations, expertly capturing the atmosphere and the attendees. David has been photographing for over 15 years, since leaving high school, and describes his style as modern but with a love for all things vintage. He adapts his style to suit clients’ needs and shoots both natural light or more dramatic shots. “At the core I am a storyteller, so I tell the story from a journalistic point of view,” he says.