This post is for those of you avoiding a cringe-fest wedding and who see through the facade of the industry standard, carbon copy model that many couples fall into. Instead, you plan to celebrate your authentic selves and embrace the individual. Dare I say it, you're being UNIQUELY CREATIVE. An alternative wedding photographer is a professional who likes to do things THEIR OWN WAY too. They run their business AGAINST THE GRAIN of what the industry tells them to do. They recognise their OWN UNIQUENESS of approach and style and want to CONNECT with couples who understand that. They do things DIFFERENTLY. This is the individual - or pairing if they work as a twosome - who are more likely to get your approach for your day and communicate that by way of the images they make for you.
Now, let's just acknowledge the challenge of finding a really strong photographer. The process is made all the more complicated when terms such as fine art, story-teller, luxury, candid, documentary and so on are attached to their approach and final images. Avoid getting caught up with those labels. They don't matter. What does matter is that you find a photographer who suits your vision for your wedding day and who can articulate that vision through timeless, striking, technically accurate, photographs.
Whilst I promote the fact that I'm an alternative wedding photographer, in the end it doesn't matter too much. What does matter is that my couples are genuinely enthusiastic about my approach to their wedding photography, that they like me and are excited about what I'll produce for them. Look for that in your photographer.
In general, an alternative wedding photographer is more RELAXED, more CREATIVE, operate with a higher degree of SUBTLETY. We produce an HONEST depiction of your day and avoid distasteful post-production alterations of the reality. We don't make you pose - although we may offer you GENTLE DIRECTION where appropriate. We don't insist on lots of formal shots. We do our best to create an INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE for you. It is, after all, about the two of you. Again, you're not a carbon copy of everyone else. Harper Scott is not a conventional photography business.