You’re getting married! Congratulations!
It’s exciting and occasionally challenging to organise a wedding, I understand that so we work together to make the photography side of things easy, successful and enjoyable.
This is one of THE events of your life. There is much to think about, and photography of your very special day is right up there on the list. I’m really happy to talk through it with you, to help you sort through your ideas and discuss ways we can achieve exactly what you want, and more.
Styles of Weddings and Wedding Photography
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There are so many styles for weddings these days and they all have the potential for a distinctly contemporary edge. Your style choices are reflected in everything from your choice of garments, locations, time of day, bouquet and ceremony, and definitely in the feel and look of your photographs.
Couples are selecting style elements they love, rather than following a list. The look and feel of your photographs is just as flexible, but to achieve the images you want communication is key. Part of our consultation is actually translating your preferences into words.
Posed VS Lifestyle VS Journalistic Photography
More terms! Just think of it like this, Journalistic or Reportage Wedding photography is, in its purest form, an observation of your day in images, with no interaction between the photographer and the subjects. Classic or posed photographs, where the photographer is directing the moment, is closest to the wedding photography we have known for many years. It used to be static, but not any more. These composed images can range from a beautiful formal creations with a strong, refined Fashion influence, to more relaxed images of the couple, groups and stages of the wedding day.
And in between the two we have the delicious zone of Lifestyle or Editorial style wedding photography. The photographer observing and recording candid moments, and also skilled at styling a shot within a location, at directing people – or at least guiding them. Skilled at creating opportunities for great photos, pointing people in the right direction, then photographing the natural moments within the setting. This is my instinctive approach to wedding photography because the combination of classic and reportage gives you the best of both worlds.
Remember too, when you look at a magazine and see those gorgeous shots that seem to be ‘in between’ moments, the bridal party sharing a laugh in a beautiful setting, the sneaky shot of the groom as viewed through a window, or around a corner, or through branches… many of these are actually directed to look spontaneous – so a bit of direction can be a good thing!
Capturing the planned and the unseen in one collection provides you with a visual document of each stage of your day, plus an insight into your guests’ experiences. At the viewing of the images, usually 3-4 weeks after the wedding, my brides and grooms enjoy their day all over again and love to see photographs of the activity that was unfolding around them. This is the art of storytelling.
How do you want your photographs to look?
Imagine a huge wall print in your home that you walk past every day, or one that you gift your parents for their home. What do want to see there? A wide shot of you both, newly married, featuring the beautiful location you chose? A beaming close-up of your smiling faces? An editorial-style candid image of you exchanging glances, with maybe an afternoon sun shining through overhanging branches? Urban chic – you and your wedding party having a blast walking together through your everyday streets, past your local cafe?