This article is designed to give you an overview of different wedding
photography styles, and other thoughts of wedding photography today. Including
brief definitions of each style, what is popular, and a few questions to help
you choose the photography and photographer that is right for you. This article
is not designed fully for choosing a wedding photographer. Even thought there
are technical details listed herein to look for; they are only briefly covered.
There will be a multitude of various questions you will want to discuss with
your potential photographers that is not covered in this article.
Styles of Wedding Photography
We all know that the wedding day will not last forever, and most once valued
memories will be forgotten. In fact, the only thing that is left to remember
this special day is your photos. Your wedding photographer must be a person that
you are comfortable with and that you enjoy. You will not only be investing
money into him/her, you will be investing time as well. During your wedding day
you and your family will be interacting with this person all day. Therefore, you
should not settle on the most economical photographer, however one base on their
style and personality.
There for four different approaches that photographer’s use: Traditional,
Photojournalism, Illustrative and Creative.
photography are any formal or informal portraits of the
bridal party, family, and friends in close-up and full length, as well as candid
photographs of key events at the wedding. Most brides choose this mixed version
of photography for their wedding day.
Photojournalism means no posed photographs - all pictures would be
taken without any instruction from or awareness of the photographer.
Illustrative photography looks like the photos that you see on
billboards, and magazines. This is set up like a commercial photography shoot;
the photographer arranges every detail of the image.
Creative or Artist photographer takes pictures from unique angles,
lighting, etc. This type of photographer creates his or her artistic impression
of your wedding day.
When meeting with photographers view not only a portfolio of a mixture of
weddings, also ask to view a album of a full wedding; and make sure to the
photos were from current weddings and that he/she was the photographer. (Larger
companies and even some smaller ones may have multiple photographers that shoot
for them, or even sales representatives that meet with you.)
While looking at the photographs ask yourself these questions about style:
Are the posed photographs well lit, and pleasantly arranged?
Does the candid photos show emotion, and free of blur?
Does the illustrative photos have a focus point or convey a meaning of romance?
Are these the type of photos what I would what taken at my wedding?
If any of the photos do not please you, ask the photographer why the picture
is this way or that. It may come to the point their view is not the same as
yours. It is best to choose a photography that will incorporate with your views,
or him or hers view you are pleased with.
While looking at the photographs ask yourself these technical questions:
Is the light good; not to bright or to dark?
Is the lighting flattering to the mood it conveys?
Is the posing flattering?
Ask the photographer this one: Was there is flash used?
(Most all professional photographers use flashes, due to low lighting in
churches, or unflattering shadows in an outdoor wedding.)
Again, if any of the photos do not please you, ask the photographer why the
picture is this way or that. If you are viewing their portfolio just about very
photo should be pleasing, free of distraction, and convey emotion.
Interviewing a photographer is almost always in person. If you will be
traveling to another state for your wedding or a photographer is flying in to
you, you should view on online gallery that consist of their resent wedding work
and a full wedding, as well as talk to them over the phone. Most brides
interview three different photographers before deciding on the best one that
they enjoy, and like the style of. Budget wise, expect to invest 10% or more of
your wedding budget on a