Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography Styles

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My main focus on your wedding day will be your wedding. Telling the story of your day, what it “looked like” and what it “felt like.”

Wedding Photography Styles

Although wedding photographers use many different ways to describe their work, there are three basic styles used with Wedding Photography:

Traditional Wedding Photography – this style is very formal, and the photographer is generally focused on creating a pre-determined set of classic and timeless photos. On the plus side, you get all of the photos you wanted from the day, but generally nothing more than those photos. On the minus side, the images are generally posed and this approach is often characterized as cookie cutter and/or a one-size-fits-all approach.

Fashion/Artistic/Fine Arts Photography – this style seeks to add elements of artistry, fashion, and creativity to your wedding day photos, e.g., intimate photos of you walking barefoot on the beach at sunset, photos of intimate moments with a strong sun flare (dreamy/sun yellow) in the background, photos using creative lighting, unusual poses and angles in unusual locations, a wedding where the bride is wearing a couture gown, etc. On the plus side, this style can guarantee that your wedding photos look unique, add a dimension of artistry to your wedding photos, and create a look that is cutting edge. On the minus side, while a certain amount of artistic effects can be managed in post-production, it takes time, lots of planning, a lot of attention to extra details, and technical expertise to make these kinds of photos happen.

Photojournalistic/Documentary Photography – this style of photography places the emphasis on the “journey” of the couple throughout their wedding day. Whereas the emphasis with the Traditional style is on the photographer getting a set of pre-determined photos, the photojournalistic style follows the couple throughout the wedding day, capturing the “right moments” and those fleeting moments of intimacy, humor, and sentiment. On the plus side, the couple is freer to enjoy their day without the constant interruption and scrutiny of the camera. On the minus side, unless some kind of balance is struck between having some structure and having no structure, you might not get all of the photos you would have liked, e.g., formal family photos.

My Approach to Weddings

My main focus on your wedding day will be your wedding. Telling the story of your day, what it “looked like” and what it “felt like.”

From the Traditional Style, I like to have a checklist of the “must-have” photos I absolutely need to get from the day, e.g., a list of the family photos at a wedding, etc. Many times, these photos can be done prior to the actual start of the wedding when people are looking their best and waiting for the event to start. Taking certain photos ahead of the wedding ceremony can also streamline a lot of the work in a single effort so that the couple is freer to enjoy the day and the photographer has more time to pursue the “what it felt like” moments of the day.

From the Photojournalistic Style, I think a primary role of wedding photography is to document the events of the day in such a way that people can look back at the photos, recreate the meaning, and relive the special moments of the day.

From the Artistic/Fine Arts Style, I try to use as much creativity as is possible – both planned and spontaneously incorporated – throughout the day. The level of pre-planning we do will greatly affect the level of artistry we are able to add to the wedding photos, e.g., having done a detailed walk-through of the venue ahead of time so that we know where more interesting and/or artistic types of photos can be taken during the day, having lights set up ahead of a particular shot, etc.

I almost always photograph weddings using a second photographer so that key moments can be covered from multiple perspectives (e.g., exchange of vows and rings), and so that multiple concurrent activities can be covered throughout the day.