When you are looking at wedding photographers, one of the factors that you should consider is the type of style that you prefer. It can help you to narrow down your options, and ensure that the photographer you choose is able to capture the types of photos that you want.
While there are many different styles of wedding photography out there, it helps to know about some of the more popular ones:
Traditional wedding photography
It is easy enough to spot traditional wedding photography, and it mostly consists of classic posed portraits alongside shots of key moments such as the ring exchange, first kiss, cake cutting, and so on.
Because of their nature, traditional wedding photography requires a photographer who is experienced at guiding and posing subjects. Although it can look a bit rigid at times, it is a style of photography that is still very popular.
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Candid wedding photography
In many ways candid wedding photography is the opposite of the traditional style. Its goal is to capture the moment as naturally as possible and in its purest and unadulterated form.
Generally candid shots are much more informal and have a ‘behind the scenes’ vibe. The photographer will need experience to be able to quietly mingle within the crowd and spontaneously capture shots that stand out.
Documentary wedding photography
One of the more popular styles in recent years is the documentary or photojournalistic type of wedding photography. Unlike other styles, the documentary approach aims to capture genuine moments and knit them into a story.
The skill required to pull off this style is definitely quite high. Not only will the photographer have to be able to quickly frame and capture key moments, but they must be experienced enough to anticipate reactions and capture them.
Normally the documentary wedding photography style does not include many posed shots or portraits, but it is possible to ask your photographer if you really want them included.
Contemporary wedding photography
The main difference between contemporary wedding photography and other styles is that it is designed to look more like a magazine editorial shoot. Typically it consists of posed shots against dramatic backdrops that have interesting lighting and features.
Nowadays contemporary wedding photography is the most popular style for pre-wedding photoshoots. And while it is possible to use this style of the big day itself, it may not be as genuine a reflection of the mood and emotion.
Fine art photography
On the surface, fine art photography may be somewhat similar to contemporary wedding photography. It often uses various traditional poses, but could incorporate candid shots too. At the same time the photographer will curate the light, backdrop, and other aesthetics.
The main focus of fine art photography is to creatively put a focus on the smaller details and bring them into the spotlight. Just like any type of art, its execution can vary quite a bit from one photographer to the next – so you need to find one with a style that you like.
Keep in mind that aside from the style there are lots of other things to look at when choosing a wedding photographer. However if you do nail down the style that you prefer, it will make it easier for you to find a match – and communicate what you expect.
It should also be noted that aside from the five most popular styles listed above, there are several other types of wedding photography out there. As such you need to take your time and slowly go over your options before you make a decision.