We caught up with the team at BOW Malta; a team of professional hard-working photographers whose talent goes beyond any success. They tell us how they go beyond the ordinary in capturing those picture perfect memories… making them impossible to forget.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
Being a young team, BOW is keen to shoot modern imagery and keeps up with current trends. Modern, Casual, Spontaneous, Journalistic, and many more titles have been given to our style. We call it the BOW style since we have taken all the elements one would expect and gave it our own twist.
SPONTANEOUS, POSED OR A MIXTURE OF BOTH?
If we had to pick one style, we would undoubtedly go for the spontaneous one. However, it is very difficult to say which is the best or what a couple should opt for. This depends on the couple itself. Some prefer to be guided on their wedding day whilst others won’t want intrusive photographers on their big day. At BOW we try to create a fusion between both styles. When it comes to the formal family photos, one has to shift a little bit more to the traditional side, and believe us, it’s difficult to capture about fifteen drunk people trying to smile, talk, eat and search for the missing cousin at the same moment while trying to look decent for that one shot! Other than that, we keep it on the fun side!
WHAT SHOULD CLIENTS BE AWARE OF BEFORE CHOOSING THEIR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
We feel that quality and the company’s constant reputation should be the first thing to consider. Obviously, style also plays a huge role in the choice. All in all, the three pillars on which a couple should choose their wedding photographer are the style, quality and reputation.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU’D LIKE EVERY BRIDE AND GROOM TO KNOW BEFORE THEIR WEDDING?
Knowing your style is a must! Even before quotation level, one would need to see what’s available in the market. Sometimes, couples tend to get multiple quotes just to compare, however, it is very difficult to compare two different photographers if they are offering two completely different things. Another point would be to let the photographer you have chosen do his job in terms of creativity. Everyone is aware of social media nowadays, and it is the very basic medium on which couples base their research. For us, this could be a killer and a deal breaker. Our ideal scenario would always be to let us think and create your “Pinterest” images rather than to try and copy your existing Pinterest board.
HOW DO YOU START TO PAINT YOUR CANVAS WHEN PREPARING FOR A WEDDING?
Planning is key. At the beginning of every year, each couple gets to meet their photographer in order to discuss their wedding schedule. At that point, we would already know what’s coming up at the wedding and what is to be expected. Meeting the couple also gives us an insight of their personalities, their limitations, their no-go areas and many other details that will help us know exactly what they are expecting from our final outcome.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE A WEDDING AND YOU ABSOLUTELY DO NOT LIKE THE SETTING?
When our clients trust us to have a say in the venue’s aesthetic, it is one of our duties to give opinions on what would look best. One would also have to be careful to not mix personal tastes with those of the couple. Our work is to capture a story in the best way possible! Obviously, we have our tricks of being at the right place at the right time to produce beautiful outcomes. Sometimes the simplest flower, shade, or wall in the location can give us the best foreground and background.
NOT ALL CLIENTS ARE CREATIVE. NOT ALL PERFORM WELL IN FRONT OF A CAMERA. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR CLIENTS’ EXPECTATIONS AND/OR ENCOURAGE THEM TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX TO WORK WITH YOU?
Leaving the couple in their comfort zone is very important. If this would not have been our “trick”, every wedding would be the same for us and that would kill all of our creative ideas. Sometimes, couples suggest locations and themes themselves- for either a pre-wedding or post-wedding shoot. It is safe to say that the majority of couples aren’t experienced in modelling and posing, but it’s our job to let them be.
WHAT WOULD BE THE TOP 3 ELEMENTS NEW PHOTOGRAPHERS BREAKING INTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOULD PRIORITISE?
Newbies are our next generation and it is within professional interest to give them the opportunities and good guidance in order to succeed. Some of the good tips we also used for ourselves in the past are the following:
Start small: It’s useless to book a lot of weddings without the basic knowledge of how to deal with the first one, without knowing what sort of equipment is needed and not knowing the limitations of each part of your gear.
Know your gear: The user manual of your camera should be your one of your best friends. YouTube and online articles should also be visited regularly.
Practice: This is the most important element. As the saying goes; practice makes perfect.
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