Ok ok... I am wrong. Photography isn't about the photographer at all. But... good. No... great photography and great images are always about a few specific things. First off, the subject or "content" of the image. The subject of the image must participate in one form or another. Particularly when referring to Weddings, its the individuals attitude and amount of participation (your connection with the photographer) which can help to make or break the image.
Thirdly... Its the Photographer who you are working with which can make the world of difference. Especially with event or wedding photography, the photographer must plan ahead for each image. It requires knowing where to be, when to be there and what shot will make the difference between looking like a "snapshot" from a camera phone, and look like a moment frozen in time to be remembered. No automatic settings, or corner cutting. The photographer has to know how to shape a frame and shape the light to make you look your best.
I missed my second point?
No.... that one I wanted to wait on actually.
You see, even though it sits firmly in "2nd" place on my checklist, it is probably the most important part of a photo. Light. Good quality light.
Good light usually surrounds us, even on the darkest nights when the full moon has arisen from its slumber. but.... what happens when there is no quality light to take your images, or the room is just too dark? Your opportunity for consistently great images has dropped dramatically.
You see.... the image above is a behind the scenes shot I've not shown anyone (especially my father until now, if he's reading this).
It is a photo that shows the 3 basics (I described earlier) my father and I live by as professional photographers.
We were at a wedding with beautiful sunshine during the day, until a tropical storm blasted through this small town and campground and wiped out all our electric. You know what that meant...
Thats right no electric.
The only lights available were small bulbs powered by a generator, kerosene lanterns and flashlights. In the image above you see a lovely willing "subject", a wonderful family ready to get their picture taken. A professional photographer (my father, Richard) preparing the shot a moment before and beautiful lighting we setup before the shot. All of that light glowing was from our own lighting system. At 10:30 pm, and not a single sliver of moonlight (cloud cover) we created light for every image to finish off what was for us one of the most technically challenging and fun weddings ever created.
So remember if your a bride or groom or individual looking for a Professional Photographer for your day. Its about your connection with your photographer, the photographer's range of skill when adapting to many different situations.... and of course.... great lighting no matter what!!.