Each photographer has his or her own photography theme. Generally after many years of training you will narrow down the different techniques and strategies into different categories of styles. I’ve narrowed it down to four typical wedding photography formats which we cover. We are each shooting absolutely and easily and let the couple choose which style best represents their personality and personal flair! Have a look at my company for more info on this.
- Wedding Photojournalism A photojournalistic photography style for a wedding involves the photographer not being involved almost as much as normal. The story is told though the images and focus are taken off the traditional photos framed and expected. We tend to stand on the sidelines with this style of wedding photography and shoot from the background, becoming as unobtrusive as possible. The photos we capture, though, put the viewer right in the mix of what’s happening. We capture natural moments that occur in reality without the typical setup and picture posing. They call ourselves “photographic storytellers” with this form of photography, leading the audience through the “story” of your wedding day. That’s our wedding photography style of choice. We also enjoy finding those clear moments of sense that often go too quickly, and catching them through our scope.
- Classic Wedding Photography This type of photography has a lot of input from the director as opposed to the photojournalistic form of the wedding. Many of the photos, taking a more traditional approach to wedding pictures, are set up and framed. The wedding photographer serves as kinds manager, directing the wedding party and visitors to positions and posing for photos. Although the Wedding Photojournalistic style is the main shooting style for our studio, we have experience in directing and leading wedding parties in the posed group and individual formal pictures.
- Fashion Wedding Photography This wedding photography style rings true to its name-it’s based on the fashion aspect. Brides that call for fashion wedding photos to be taken outside of a normal wedding day session also book studio time. This encourages the artists to schedule a project that will include more illumination and innovative techniques. Doing a studio model wedding shoot often allows the bride the freedom to move into traditional positions in fashion (such as the hands on the waist, hunched back pose) combined with a more intense and “street-like” facial expression. This style of wedding photography is requested by both brides and grooms to add something different and dramatic to their wedding photo album.
- Trash The Dress Wedding Photography Synonymous with its name, this photographic type of wedding entails the “dirtying” of wedding dress worn after the event. This wedding photography theme is also referred to as “fearless bridal” or “rock the frock.” Brides usually choose this after all is said and finished to provide a fun solution to putting away their wedding dress that they will never wear again. A bride may go out to a beach or a lake, take pictures on city streets or railroads, in abandoned buildings or fields, or even get muddled up in the woods. Sometimes, brides believe this lets them release the intense anxiety from the wedding. It can be a statement from a bride that the wedding is done and the dress is never going to be worn again, so why not be creative and artistic with it? We are more than delighted to be collaborating with brides in our wedding photography workshop who want to “Trash The Suit!”