I know that there is more wedding photography styles, as first are two that I can think of, good and bad. Different parts of the day call for different styles. Trying to label a photographer as just one is very limiting. There’s actually only one, called wedding photography, a style that merge all styles in one. Or let’s say there are as many styles as there are photographers. Which means a lot.
But OK, let’s try it… traditional, photo journalistic, candid, portraiture or high fashion. Me personally, I don’t prefer any of them. But I do most of them. I have been doing mostly fashion and celebrity photography, for more than 21 years and that’s why I named my style and my wedding web page Wedding Meets Fashion. More about this concept here.
Usually I use Traditional, Classic style. The main idea behind this timeless style is to produce posed photographs for display in a portrait album. The photographer works from a “shot list,” ensuring he covers all the elements the bride and groom have requested. To make sure every detail of the shots is perfect, the photographer and her assistants not only adjust their equipment, but also the background, the subject’s body alignment, and even the attire.
For reception, party and Be-prepared I use mostly Photo journalistic and candid style.
Originally favored by the news media, this informal, reality-based approach is the current rage in wedding photography. Rather than posing your pictures, the photographer follows you and your guests throughout the wedding day, capturing events as they unfold in order to tell the story of your wedding. The photographer has to be able to fade into the background and become “invisible” to the crowd in order to get these candid, or unposed, shots. Since the photojournalist does not give direction, he’ll need a keen eye and a willingness to “do what it takes to get the shot.” But from this nice candid shots I can produce hight style fashion shots as well. Sometimes they are the most interesting pictures of the whole wedding.
I use Natural Light rather than the camera flash. Some photographers use the natural light found in a setting, usually daylight. The look is warm and well natural—yet the photographer must be skilled to deal with shadows and other lighting challenges. But by formal wedding portraits I use my travel pack lighting to improve the natural light and I’m available to create great pictures in every kind of weather. At the party I use my big flash lights rather then camera flash.
The really good professional wedding photographer should be equally comfortable in all three styles. It is up to you to decide what you want, and possibly request all 3 styles in your album.
My specialty is High Fashion Style. Trough my experiences I excel at creating striking, simple photographs that dramatize the subject and of course, her clothes! Though not a style generally included in wedding photography, you may want to choose a photographer with high fashion experience if looking artsy and glamorous while showing off your dress is important to you.
If you plan your wedding or engagement soon, visit our Wedding Meets Fashion web page and contact us.
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