Five Gorgeous Photography Styles You’re Probably Not Considering for Your Wedding
When you think about wedding photography, themes like traditional, contemporary, and modern probably come to mind. Photographer Central Pro Evan Chung discusses five unique photography styles you probably haven’t thought of for your upcoming nuptials. Find out why natural light, high fashion, photojournalistic, whimsical and vintage styled photography will make for gorgeous and unique wedding photos.
The world is smitten with wedding photography. We post, like, tag, retweet, and pin our favorite wedding photos but never stop to consider the style behind certain wedding photography ideas until it’s our turn to say “I do.” So, before you start that Pinterest board with all of your favorite wedding photo poses, take a moment to explore the many styles of wedding photography out there. This may come in handy since some photographers will use the same words, but in reference to different styles of photography, while others will have similar styles and use totally different words to describe it. Don’t worry though, I’m here to translate. Here is a breakdown of a few different styles you may want to consider for your wedding pictures.
When Googling wedding photo ideas, keep in mind that some of the best wedding photos that come up in your search use natural light. A wedding picture produced using natural light is created using only light from the sun. This can include artistic solar flares, backlighting, window light, etc. No studio lights are used, and it can be characterized as casual and intimate.
This is the opposite of using natural light, but it’s just as awesome. In fact, most real wedding photos that make it into high end magazines and blogs are using a high fashion style. High fashion styled wedding photography is characterized by the use of studio lights and fashion-esque poses and expressions. Using the studio lights creates a glamour look typically found in commercial and fashion photography. This bold and dramatic style is perfect for a high end wedding photography blog that wants to tag all of the brands and labels that the couple is wearing.
Traditionally a black and white film medium, photojournalism has its roots in news reporting and tells a story using images—hence its name. With very little active posing, each event can be entirely unique. There are no restrictions on how to take wedding photos using photojournalistic style, so anything goes as long as you are telling the story of the day. Personally, I’m often drawn to the active and grainy aesthetics of this style.
This style is typically used in portrait and engagement sessions, but it can also be used to capture some of the most unique wedding photos that are out there. The whimsical photography style embraces embellishment and silliness, and in some cases even stretches reality. Whimsical style would typically include pictures of wedding parties being playful, wearing funny hats, colorful buntings, and chalkboard signs.
This is one of those terms that gets used fairly often but remains hard to define. However, it’s generally agreed that this refers to an older style of photography, in terms of editing technique, poses, or visual camera effects.
Regardless of your photography style preferences, Photographer Central lets you find a photographer who shoots in all of these styles and more. If you’d like some tips on how to choose a wedding photographer, check out this post on choosing a wedding photographer.
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