A Guide to the Different Styles of Wedding Photography

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This post is all about explaining the different styles of wedding photography available to you. Whatever style you are looking for make sure you are comfortable with your photographer and if you are camera shy I would advise taking up the offer of an engagement shoot to make sure you get some great images on your wedding day.

Artistic – shots of the bride and groom which are arranged in an artistic way. If you want shots like these make sure you are keeping your guests busy while you are off having your photo’s taken, as these could take a while….

Artistic Wedding Photography

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Artistic Wedding Photography

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Candid – images of the bride, groom and the whole wedding party taken while guests are unaware they are being ‘caught on camera’. Great for camera shy couples and those that want laid back images. You might want a few set up shots and also let the photographer know who the important guests are so that they get images of them.

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Candid Photography

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Contemporary – most photographers refer to contemporary photography as combining both artistic and candid images, that way couples get a nice mixture of formal and informal images.

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Documentary – also known as photojournalistic or Reportage. As the title suggests the photographer will take images of your wedding day from start to finish, capturing all the important parts of the day and some ‘behind the scenes’ action that you may have otherwise forgotten about. They tend to blend into the background so that you aren’t aware they are around.

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Fashion Style – these images are usually pre-planned with the couple and are more involved than the artistic shots. The below example is from a ‘trash the dress shoot’, the images will be high end and what you would expect to see in a magazine. I would advise that if you are going for this style that as a couple you are very comfortable in front of the camera, otherwise these images might come off awkward and uncomfortable.

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Formal – formal images are those you would expect to see of your parents wedding, group shots of everyone. A great way to make sure you have an image of everyone, but I wouldn’t only have this style, as it may end up being a bit dull.

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So there you have it, a break down of the main photography styles. I hope you find it helpful and if you have any questions then please leave them in the comments below!

 

One Response to A Guide to the Different Styles of Wedding Photography

  1. Bellenza Wedding Bistro September 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Helpful advice for couples-in-planning!

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