Wedding Photography Styles | Finding Your Style
Wedding Photography , similar to every other art form , offers a style to it that is certainly reflective of the artist . Despite the fact that everyone’s style is quite exclusive , wedding photography styles , generally , could be summarized into three-and-a-half groups ( sure , I written three-and-a-half… you’ll understand the reason in a moment ) .
Once you’re searching for a wedding photographer for your wedding day, you need to understand exactly what kind of pictures you really want to be able to identify your ideal complement in a wedding photographer .
- Also called “reportage” or “documentary” photography
- Gives a very “candid” appearance to the photos; it tells the story of the day as it happens, unobtrusively
- Heavily relies on the ability of the photographer to react to situations
- Some 100% purely photojournalistic photographers will not pose couples for pictures which may lead the the couple later regretting not having those few posed shots.
- A very relaxed form of photography for the bride and groom as a good photojournalistic photographer will rarely be seen during the day. This is perfect for couples who hate having a camera around.
- The parents of the bride and groom often do not like the end results of a photojournalistic wedding photographer as they miss that ‘traditional’ component.
- Photojournalistic photography has a great deal to offer but one of the most major drawbacks is that you never truly know what you may get in the end as the content of the photos relies heavily on the energy level and action occuring at the wedding.
Traditional Wedding Photography
- Can be described as “timeless”, however the photos end up having a very “posed” and sometimes unnatural look to them
- One of the benefits of a traditional photographer includes the use of a “must have” shot list
- One of the drawbacks; however, is that the photographer may seem to be “ordering people around” all day
- When a “must-have” list is involved, couples usually make unnecessarily complex lists of shots – this means longer photo sessions and less time mingling with guests
- Most couples generally love their photos; however, their wedding photos will look the same as everyone elses wedding photos. No uniqueness.
- Traditional photography is usually considered ‘out of date’ by many young couples; however the older relatives of the couples are likely happier with these kinds of images.
- Many truly traditional photographers will also opt to offer their clients physical prints as opposed to a DVD with electronic files.
Contemporary Wedding Photography
- Sometimes called “Artistic” or “Illustrative”
- Wedding photographers who take an “Illustrative” approach to their style often think in terms of the design elements of the photo and place their subjects in settings of interesting composition and backgrounds
- Good use of lighting – often uses extra (or off-camera) lighting for added effects and depth
- Photographer provides direction, but also encourges the couple to interact with each other and their bridal party to get a posed yet candid look to the photos
- More spontaneous feel than traditional photography but more predictable than photojournalism
- Illustrative photography will produce a unique record of your day – it will have the predictability and reliability of traditional elements but also the uniqueness of a photojournalistic approach too.
- Illustrative photography can be thought of as the perfect combination between traditional photography and photojournalism