wedding photography styles

Different Styles of Wedding Photography

There are different styles of wedding photography out there that may end up confusing the couples.  The style of photography you choose during the big day will depend on three things that is:  how much time you will be with the wedding photographer, the style of images you want and your comfort and personality.

Wedding photography styles

Traditional or Posed:
When most people think of traditional wedding photography, they think of photos where people look as stiff as a board. More formal posed photos take longer to set up and achieve. It is critical to ask the photographer how much time he or she will need to know how you will fit it into your big day.

There are some photographers who need a couple of hours to produce the best shots. You have to be comfortable giving the time the photographer ask for. If you are uncomfortable in front of the camera, the traditional wedding photography may be harder for you. A good photographer will try to make you feel at ease.

Reportage:
This type of photography is the exact opposite of traditional wedding photography. It is more of a fly on the wall documentary as it captures moments just as they happen. The photographer has to spend most of the time in the background. They are becoming popular as weddings are no longer very formal functions as they used to be.

Reportage wedding photography needs a different skill from what traditional wedding photography requires. Therefore, you have to make sure that your wedding photographer has the right photographic background. This type of wedding photography is more about a complete set of pictures during the entire wedding event rather than a dozen highlights.

Vintage:
Vintage can mean a lot of things when referring to wedding photography. It may be used to refer to using old film cameras to take photos during some sessions of your wedding or producing vintage looking digital files. However, you have to make sure that this is balanced to avoid files that will make your photos appear rather dated.

Editorial:
This wedding genre is inspired by the fashion editorials mostly associated with glossy magazines. The wedding photographer will need an assistant to help him, or her set up some of the shots in advance depending on his or her style. Make sure editorial wedding photography fits into your wedding schedule.

However, if you like this type of wedding photography but you do not want to devote a lot of time during your wedding, it is a good idea to book a separate session after the wedding. You will have the photos you need without having to use much of your wedding time taking these type of pictures.

Artistic:
This kind of wedding photography is an evolution of the traditional wedding photography as it provides a contemporary take on the traditional posed photos. If taken properly, it can produce appealing romantic images but can feel a bit impersonal if the photographer overuses the same poses.

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James Yule

My name is James Yule and I'm a professional photographer.