Choosing Your Wedding Photographer - Photography Styles Explained
You have selected your date, booked your venue and started shopping for dresse s.
Now you are considering a wedding photographer. There are plenty of styles of
photography out there, and while people the industry might know these styles
really well they be confusing for couples. Remember too that not only have you
been picking a style of photography, but various kinds of wedding photography can
make different demands on the time on your wedding ceremony.
Picking the style of photography you need at your wedding boils down to three
things. What type of images you want, the length of time you want to spend with a
photographer on your own wedding day, and most importantly of most your own
personality and comfort in front of the camera.
There are numerous different photography buzzwords around. Vintage, editorial,
artistic or contemporary are only a few. Perhaps more confusingly they are used by
different photographers diversely. Ultimately it is up to couples to ask lots of
questions and do lots of research before picking a photographer, and to depend on
seeing full list of photos from completed weddings Usually do not rely on the best
five or six shots from several weddings to make a choice.
Wedding photography styles really are a compromise between producing fantastic
work and sticking to a timetable. A photographer might produce brilliant photos,
however, if he takes too long to create them you probably won't take advantage of
Traditional (or Posed) Wedding Photography
A lot of people think of traditional wedding photography as endless stuffy group
photos where everyone looks stiff being a board. Worse still, the several collections
of people seem to go on forever. I believe there is a fashion to become down on
traditional wedding photography, but the actual working framework is still the same
for most wedding photographers. The photographs may be more stylish though the
actual experience at the time for the bride and groom is extremely similar.
There is always a trade off between the type of work a photographer does as well
as the time it takes to shoot it. More formal posed photographs will need longer to
set up and have. Any photographer who produces artistic posed work will require a
certain amount of time to produce his work best. It is important that you find out the
length of time he will need, and work out how it will fit into your entire day. There
are photographers who spend an hour or two on formal shots. You should always
be happy with giving over that quantity of time on your special day. If you are not
that comfortable as you're watching camera you may find this sort of photography
more difficult. A great photographer should be able to help you and put you at the
ease but for lots of people it can still seem a bit daunting.
Reportage Wedding Photography (Wedding Photojournalism)
If traditional is focused on posed photographs, then reportage photography is the
opposite. It utilizes capturing moments while they happen, and is much more a fly
on the wall documentary. This form of photography means that the photographer
spends almost all of his time in the background, and so has become ever more
popular with couples. Weddings will also be increasingly less formal than they used
to be. Documentary wedding photography demands a different set of skills from
traditional photography so you have to make sure that your photographer gets the
correct photographic background can show you full weddings to back this up.
Wedding photojournalism is a bit more about a complete pair of pictures from the
whole day compared to a set of a dozen highlights. You'll find photographers out
there that will jump on the latest bandwagon to realize business, but still utilize
same old style they have always. Wedding photojournalism is all about anticipation
and being in the right place at the proper time. It is not about closely directing
people, therefore it puts many traditional professional wedding photographers
outside of their expertise. There are some less ethical photographers which will
use the latest buzzwords to further improve their search engine presence, but still
shoot the same tired old pictures.
If you are reticent about having your photo taken, wedding photojournalism might
be your best choice. The photography happens without you truly realizing and
you'll look your natural best.
Although these approaches might appear polar opposites, actually most wedding
photographers will give you a blend of these two styles. There are not many
wedding photojournalists who don't shoot at the very least some formal
photographs and traditional professional wedding photographers will shoot informal
pictures as well. Find out what proportion of each a photographer likes to shoot,
and better still inquire further what they like to shoot one of the most - chances are
this is exactly what they are best at.
Vintage Wedding Photography
Vintage wedding photography is often a style that has been coming into vogue
recently, but in lots of ways its a difficult one one to quantify. Vintage can often
mean anything from using old film cameras during a few of the wedding to just a
different approach to post production to make 'vintage' looking digital files. There
are some great photographers out there, but bear in mind that if you receive files
that are heavily edited in the certain style, you take the risk of your photos looking
rather dated a few years later. If I was getting a vintage style photographer,
Personally, i would want at least a number of the wedding shot on film, I'm not a
huge fan of faking things. As always ask questions, see examples and earn an