Wedding Photographic Styles

21 Feb 2014

Wedding Photographic Styles

Do you know what style of wedding photography you want? Aphroditenet explains...

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As a wedding photographer I am often struck by how many different terms are used by photographers to describe their style of wedding photography – traditional, contemporary, reportage and fashion photography currently being the most popular. For some couples it can be a minefield trying to work out what each style means for them. Here’s an explanation of style...

Traditional wedding photography - tends to consist mainly of carefully arranged and staged posed shots of key groups e.g. bridesmaids, family and friends, whereas reportage photography tends to be more ‘fly on the wall’, capturing those informal and unexpected moments which arise during the day.

Fashion photography - tends to reflect the more aspirational style of wedding photography favoured by glossy magazines, combining carefully planned semi-directed shots which still achieve a natural, often artistic, look.

Contemporary wedding photography is possibly the hardest to define, but tends to combine the best aspects of all styles to create a ‘storybook’ record of the day showing key events and formal and informal shots as the day progresses.

Such definitions may help you as you start to search for a wedding photographer but it’s important not to get too preoccupied with labels and styles, and instead choose a photographer who you feel you can build a rapport with and whose style of photography you like, regardless of the label!

Article by Tony Jones

Contact Tony via his website


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