Thursday, September 29, 2011

2 Main Styles of Wedding Photography

Traditional and photojournalistic are the two main divisions of style in wedding photography. The approach and technique may differ greatly, although both styles use similar equipment. Which style to use depends on what you want and your budget.

Traditional Wedding Photography

Traditional wedding photography puts more emphasis on quality and posed pictures. You'll need time to set things up for the shots, getting people together, and relocating any equipment. This ensures you get the exact pictures you want, with a lot of control over the pose and location. A disadvantage to this style is the stress that may be involved with the set-up, and your pictures will look like they've been set-up.
If you decide to go with this style of photography, it will give you a great wedding album. Traditional wedding pictures turn out often looking like a photo shoot rather than a wedding day. This can be to your advantage to have pictures taken specifically to go on pages in a scrapbook or album.

Traditional photography is for you if:
  • You have time for the set-up
  • You know what kind of pictures you want
  • You want to avoid photos of silly or potentially embarrassing moments
  • You want a traditional, old-fashioned look to the pictures
  • You'd like posed photos of all the guests in their best dress

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography

Photojournalistic wedding photography involves the photographer being the bride and groom's shadow, following them throughout the day and taking pictures. You won't need any time for set-up or moving equipment, but you'll have less control over what and who gets photographed. Your pictures will be of people interacting and moving, like a storybook of your wedding day.
If you decide to go with this style of photography, you'll have low stress, high energy pictures. Every shot will show the excitement of your big day, and photos will be taken with the photographer's creativity and vision. Your wedding will be captured in a more natural and authentic way, going through the day, instead of a series of posed pictures.

Photojournalistic photography is for you if:
  • You don't want to schedule time for set-up
  • You want silly, potentially embarrassing photos
  • You want the pictures telling the 'story' of you wedding
  • You'd like pictures of people being themselves while in their best dress
  • You want the energy and excitement kept in the pictures

    No matter what style of photography you decide to go with, or even some of both, make sure it goes along with the way you want your big day to unfold. Not only do your pictures depend on the style of photography, but the photographer as well, because each person will pay particular attention to different aspects of you wedding.
    Make sure to openly communicate with the photographer you choose, so you get exactly what you want for your wedding pictures, with either posed moments or candid portraits, or both!
    I know how hard and stressful it can be to decide on every aspect of your wedding. It seems like EVERY decision is a major one from Catering to Wedding Photographers. But if you'd like other tips on how to choose a wedding photographer or for ideas on styles of photographs, as well as how to pick one that works for you.


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