I don’t know about you but I could spend hours upon hours gushing over beautiful wedding images. My favorite photos are those that highlight the honest emotion of the day. However the idea of “the perfect wedding image” means something different to everyone. The question is what type of wedding photography speaks to you?
In an effort to help you answer that question, I have reached out to some of our absolute favorite photographers to discuss the different styles within the realm of wedding photography. The truth is there are many different types of wedding photography. So to begin, we broke it down into three general categories: Classic/Traditional, Artistic/Fashion and Photojournalist/Candid Photography.
Let’s look at these together…
Classic/Traditional photography is very clean. It focuses on the simple beauty of the subject in front of the lens without the need of any fancy effects.
This style of wedding photography is typically more posed and formal. However as Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography mentioned, it is important that everyone in the image look natural.
This style of photography is truly timeless. In fact, you have probably seen a variation of these images in your parents’ wedding album.
David Lee of Allegro Photography says these photos are the most common images to be printed and framed. I am not surprised! Who wouldn’t want an image that could stand the test of time?
Another photography style to consider is Artistic/Fashion Photography. To capture these images, photographers work with the elements around them to transform an ordinary moment into a work of art.
The use of sharp angles and lighting are just two ways for a photographer to enter the world of artistic/fashion photography.
A truly exceptional Artistic/Fashion photograph is creative and unique. It is a photo so compelling that you just have to stop and stare.
That is what makes this type of wedding photography so desirable. People love having a one of a kind masterpiece to portray their special day.
The next type of photography is my personal favorite! The photojournalistic/candid style of photography is not posed. It requires a photographer to go with the flow and capture the moments as they happen.
David Lee of Allegro Photography said something about this style that I truly loved. He said, “As a couple’s photographer you are their eyes. The way you see the wedding day is how they are going to remember it.” I could not agree with David more! As a couple stands hand in hand ready to say “I Do”, they won’t see the beaming smiles of pride on their parents’ faces. However, that is what great photojournalism will show them.
After all, as Marina Sun from LifeFusion Photography said, it is the emotion captured within a photograph that makes a truly spectacular image.
When you can look at the expression on the subjects’ faces and actually feel what they are feeling, that is when the image becomes something more than just a photograph it becomes an experience.
Now that we have run through the basics of Classic/Traditional, Artistic/Fashion and Photojournalist/Candid Photography, it is important to remember that these are very general categories. Wedding Photography isn’t so black and white. In fact, Jo Kaplan Lee and David Lee of Allegro Photography said that they don’t usually categorize the different genres of wedding photography because there is so much overlap between them all.
Take this photograph…
This image is both traditional and candid. The photographer has placed the girls in the right light with their bouquets for what would seem to be a classic/traditional shot. However, the photographer allowed the girls to take control of the moment and let their emotions shine through.
Then there is this image…
The photographer has taken a classic/traditional pose and enhanced it by incorporating the scenic views around the bride and groom. Using these techniques together make this photograph a combination of classic/traditional and artistic photography.
Finally, there are photos like this…
Where the photographer captures a candid moment in an artistic and unique way.
So, as you can see, there are many different styles of photography. The real secret is to work with a photographer who wants to learn about you and your personal taste. A good photographer will pull techniques from each of these different photography styles and combine them to make a photo that they know YOU will love. In the end, that is what’s really important!
Feature Image: Allegro Photography
Video Editing: Creative Heights Media