HOW TO DECIDE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE

 
 
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What style of photography do you want for your wedding?

Before finding the perfect photographer, you'll need to decide what style of photography you prefer. This will determine who you'll want shooting your wedding as their photography style may not be what you had in mind.

The best wedding photographers have a balanced approach and will generally utilise several of the examples shown below. Couples are ill advised to choose a photographer that specialises in just one style, unless they have very specific requirements.

Many wedding photographers can do a blend of portraiture and documentary-style shots, and will do a mix of black-and-white and color images, but if there's a special style you love, make sure to focus on photographers who has experience in it.

 

Documentary

Instead of a series of posed photos, these photos are journalistic in style - it captures the day as it happens with minimal intrusion of people, decor and the action.

With a purely photo journalistic photographer, you'll very rarely see people staring at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened instead of taking pains to feature anything specific.

 

Portrait

Portraiture photographers use posed shots of the bride and groom, and their friends and family in front of various backdrops or a specific location - group photographs typically fall into this category. 

While some photographers will pose subjects in more traditional spots and formal poses, other photographers take portraiture further into the creative realm with more dramatic styling, poses and framing of the subjects.

 

Fine Art

These photos are dramatic and gorgeous but documentary in nature - licence is given to the photographer to achieve unique points of view.

They are — or look as though they were — shot on film with a grainier, ethereal, more matte or muted appearance. 

 

Contemporary / Modern

This style of wedding photography is an offshoot of fine art. It is marked by outside-the-box, tilted angles (called “Dutch angles") and unconventional framing.  Even a single portrait of a bridesmaid might be shot so that her face takes over only the bottom right of the photo and the rest of the space is filled with the wall or whatever's behind her.