Wedding Photography Styles
Wedding photography styles. When it comes to your wedding, you have every right to want the very best photographs to catch those magical moments that you never want to forget. The first step on the road to achieving your ‘dream’ wedding photo album is to know which style you should opt for.
Let’s take a look at the common wedding photography styles.
Wedding photography styles – Reportage
Whilst not new to the world of photography, the reportage style is a newcomer to the wedding photography scene and is one that has gained significant popularity in recent years. Acting as a ‘reporter’ of events, a photographer using this style will follow the happy couple throughout their special day, recording events as they happen, whilst ensuring that he or she remains unobtrusive and out of the way.
This wedding photography style is also known as photojournalistic or candid or natural.
If the wedding photographer you want is a “true” photojournalist/documentary wedding photographer they will invariably provide all your images in Black & White and will only do 2 or 3 group or family wedding photographs. The whole idea of this style of wedding photography is to be in the background, not seen, not heard, not helping, just recording the day as it happens. You will get some amazing wedding photographs that is for sure – but the same can be said for all the wedding photography styles.
Wedding photography styles – Traditional
Up until the digital age, traditional wedding photography was the only option. This style involves carefully setting up individual and group poses (which anyone who has been to a wedding will be familiar with), which can include the entire wedding party or smaller shots of just the happy couple.
This style is quite rigid and will require the photographer to do a lot of intervention to arrange the guests in just the right way. Key moments of the wedding are captured, but the true happy atmosphere may not be fully conveyed, due to the generic style. Those candid moments newlyweds enjoy that might be caught by other styles of photography tend to missed with traditional wedding photography.
This style of wedding photography will not go out of fashion. It has a timeless and classic look and feels to it. The photographer will more than likely be more vocal about helping out and getting the right people in the right poses etc for the wedding photographs – and that is something you need to bear in mind.
Wedding photography styles – Contemporary or Dramatic
The contemporary style has elements of both traditional and reportage wedding photography, as it does have some of the formality of set shots, but with a focus on creating visually striking images. Some of the shots are created in the moment and some effects are created afterwards in the post-production phase.
I prefer to call these “Created Moments” There are many examples of this style of wedding photography on my website – South Wales Signature Images
This is a bit of a mix between a more traditional style and a more modern style.
Wedding Photography Style – My Style
I get asked by potential clients all the time “what is your wedding photography style“. To be honest, I don’t have one set wedding photography. I use many styles and formats during the day and this depends on how the day is panning out.
At the bridal prep, I tend to a lot of product photography (rings, shows, dress, perfume etc)
During the wedding ceremony, I’m more of a “Do what I tell you” kind of wedding photographer! It is the vicar/priest or registers that are in control, so I just shoot what I see. Almost documentary in a way.
I LOVE LOVE group and family photographs after the wedding ceremony so I turn into a family portrait photographer. Still very relaxed in my wedding photography style though. Probably fit’s into the relaxed style of wedding photography
When I take the couple off for the intimate session (well – that is what I call it anyway) I use more of a Contemporary wedding style, but again it depends on the couple.
During the speeches, it’s all hand on the deck and finally a documentary wedding photography style. Loads of this hipster photojournalistic” stuff going on as well.
My wedding photography styles change as the day goes on, and for the evening it’s a mix of dramatic (I love my cloudy skies at dusk and the sunsets of course) as well as candid’s etc.
The first dance is more traditional in style and that is me off home after that!
Wedding photography styles – Informed Choice
The key to achieving a wedding photography album that will be a valuable wedding keepsake for you and your partner is to know the options available and I hope that this has helped make things a little clearer. For more information on wedding photography styles and all things related to wedding photography, give me a call on 01633 400 051 or visit my website Bristol Wedding Photographers
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Additional photographs below courtesy of Bom Knights, a leading UK documentary photographer.