Understanding Wedding Photography Styles
Learning the different wedding styles can help you narrow down what type of wedding photographer you want.
Classic Wedding Style
It's not unusual to want to be hip, to be cool, to be in style. No one wants to feel like they are old fashioned. Classic is not necessarily old fashioned, even though this style is like looking at your grand parents old wedding photos. What classic really means is that you like formal wedding photos. Formal means that you prefer traditionally posed photographs of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and your family. The classic wedding photographer will guide and direct the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the families, to take all your wedding photos. You need to make a list of all the photos you want and the photographer will just tick through the list. There's not a lot of creative freedom from the photographer, so when you are searching look for the terms classic wedding photographer or traditional wedding photographer in your city.
Fine Art Wedding Style
Fine art is a creative and artistic twist on the classic style. Instead of having the couple looking at the photographer in full frame in the center of the photograph, a fine art wedding photographer may have the bride and groom posed to the side of the frame, or the photographer may include a tall sky around the couple. This fine art style gives a creative and artistic license to the photographer to be much more dramatic and creative. If the photographer can get the couple to interact with laughter, or show all types of expressions, this style can be quite powerful and emotive.
Photojournalism Wedding Style
Wedding photography shot in a photojournalist style, or documentary style, is shot by a photographer who shoots the event as things unfold. Rather than posing the bride and groom and wedding party, he or she shoots the action as it occurs. Besides having the photographer hiding in the background so as to be not noticed, this style as a 100% way to shoot your wedding can leave you with photos wishing for more. The best photojournalists also incorporate artistic bride and groom portraits with dramatic lighting to round out your day, and present you with powerful photographs you will cherish for years.
Editorial ( Or Fashion) Wedding Style
This style tends to be what I shoot the most. Not only do you get dramatic lighting within the photos, but you pose the bride and groom like they are on the cover of a wedding magazine. They may not even be smiling. The mood is more reflective, with an emphasis on getting a high-end feel. You should expect to receive bold, dramatic photos with dramatic lighting.
Modern Wedding Style
A modern style photographer shoots whatever is in style now. The current popular style is very bright, shooting into the highlights (a professional no-no) which creates lens flare, with the saturation dialed down for effect. A modern style is very pretty, but it is faddish.
A true professional photographer should be able to shoot in all styles, including the dramatic lighting. Lighting is, after all, the heart of professional photography.
I hope that I have provided some useful wedding style tips. You may also want to read how to choose a wedding photographer.
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