Tips from Photomuse to Help You Choose Your Wedding Photographer
You said “yes,” but before you say “I do,” check out these tips on getting the most out of your wedding photography from Photomuse. We will be breaking down the tips over a series of posts, so be sure to check back often to catch them all. And as always, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions on what you would like to know from the photographic perspective of your wedding day.
Wedding Photography Styles
One of your first steps in choosing a wedding photographer is to choose a style that you like. I’ve assembled some of the genres that you can find out there today. Be aware that these terms can vary broadly across the internet. Try not to allow yourself to be too caught up in these terms. Most photographers today are a hybrid of these styles. The important thing is to find the images that move you the most, a photographer that fits your personality and budget and when you do, book him/her right away! Photographers get booked up quickly.
Wedding Photojournalism: The photographer captures candid moments without direct interference. Consider the moments as pieces of a puzzle that later come together to reveal the whole picture. Often you will see B&W, angled images, voyeuristic viewpoints and an increased use of natural light. A hardcore wedding photojournalist will never arrange details or pose images. He/she is strictly a silent observer, “unobtrusively” shooting in the background. Documentary or reportage is another word used to describe this style. Many wedding photojournalists have a background in storytelling or news/issue reporting.
Traditional: With a solid background in posing and portraiture, this type of photography is often seen as classic and formal. The photographer will be more hands on, guiding and directing to create the shot…more akin to your parents’ wedding photography. Traditional photographers will typically utilize more control over lighting, posing and backgrounds to make you look your best. If you have a “shot list,” then you want might a traditional photographer. I often think about Renaissance paintings or formal wedding portraits that the Royal Family might have taken when I consider this style. Many traditional photographers have a background in studio portraiture.
Contemporary: Okay, this is where I’m going to insert my opinion a bit. I consider the above styles to be the Adam & Eve to today’s wedding photography. Most photography today stems from these two styles and are simply infused with another element which can be derived from other genres of visual art out there. I consider all of the following sub-genres to be classified under the “contemporary” heading with their roots based in one of the above.
Fine Art: Fine art photographers are basically looking at the wedding day from their own unique perspective. No two weddings are alike and they employ creative vision, posing and more increased post production in Photoshop. Think textures, use of graphic elements, and unique color palettes, composites, intentional blur. Fine Art could be classified under the trendy category as well.
High Fashion: You may also see the terms: editorial or high end. Here you will see images infused with sexy and glamourous poses reminiscent of fashion magazines. Posing is a key element here.
Trendy: With wedding blogs setting trends in today’s planning, it only makes sense that the photography seen in these blogs would be considered trendy. I consider examples of trendy to include things such as: large amounts of details, highly stylized shoots, muted or monochromatic colors, vintage and lots of posing and individualism.
A huge thank you to our friend Kristin Reimer at Photomuse! Want some more wedding photography advice? Check out her other posts on our blog and continue to check back for more!