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Wedding Photography Styles

There are three main areas of wedding photography :

Traditional Wedding Photography
Contemporary Wedding Photography
Documentary or Reportage Wedding Photography


The style you want all depends on what you want from your wedding day and your wedding photographs.

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Traditional Wedding Photography

This style has various advantages. You will know what you are going to get and the photographer will be working in an efficient and professional manner to get the shots you need from your day. The photographer has to assume quite a large amount of control on the wedding day, ordering guests and you and the groom around to get the right shots. This style was pre-digital photography days but many people still like and request this style of wedding photography. Digital has provided a way to lower the cost of development and allow a greater freedom of what is shot during the day.



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Contemporary Wedding Photography

This style has a more fashion and artistic approach. The photographer can get more creative with poses and lighting to get the very best and most stylish wedding photographs. Similar to the traditional style, it does involve posing for the camera, but the wedding photographer will more than likely visit the venue before hand to decide the best locations on the day. This style is inspired by fashion magazines and editorials and each image will be retouched to bring out it's best.

Expect to be directed by the wedding photographer to ensure the very best and stylish images.



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Documentary or Reportage Wedding Photography

This style is a more recent form of wedding photography. It uses a photojournalistic approach. It is a more natural and unposed form of photography. Although many brides can request some formal shots of family at some point during the day. The wedding photographer will follow the days events, capturing key moments throughout the wedding day. The digital era lends itself to this form of wedding photography as numerous shots can be taken without the expense of film development.

Which wedding photography style is right for you?

It really all depends on what you want. Only you can decide that by looking at various wedding photographers and various styles. If you hate posing then the traditional and contemporary root probably aren't going to be for you.
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