WHAT'S THIS PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE THING ALL ABOUT...
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE
Brides & Grooms, when planning their wedding, will be looking for a Wedding Photographer that fits their “style”. And there is no style that is right, or perfect for everyone. The various wedding photography styles are just a way or a thought process of how they go about their own wedding photography process. So before I get into my style and why I do what I do, I’ll go through a brief description of what each wedding photography style includes. For further reading, you can find an article here on wedding photography styles. Or here.
THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLES AS DESCRIBED BY MIKE ELFORD...
- Wedding Photojournalism. This is the latest buzzword regarding wedding photography styles. Everyone thinks they want the photojournalistic type. This type of wedding photographer will photograph exactly what’s going on without much interaction or direction. It’s wedding photography that’s as real as it gets.
- Traditional Wedding Photographer Stylings. This means that each image is posed to perfection. It’s a style that has been around for years and years. In fact, we’ve all seen this style in action as generally, our parent’s photographers were Traditional Wedding Photographers. Each image is posed and stiff-looking. Very technical. And in most of the images, the subjects are looking directly at the camera smiling.
- Artistic. This is a style that’s growing in popularity due to Pinterest and the uniqueness of the photography. Picture a bride and groom essentially hiding amongst a beautiful landscape portrait. That would be an example of Artistic Wedding Photography. Lots of play with filters and such.
- Lifestyle Photography. Another buzzword for a style of photography that is essentially wedding photojournalism refined. Images are taken to look very candid and non-obtrusive. Photographers using this style of wedding photography would give little to no direction.
LET'S DESCRIBE MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE...
I think that to be a great wedding photographer, you need to be well versed in all these formats. I liken it to Mixed Martial Arts. It used to be a battle of different fighting styles. Who would win? Nowadays an MMA fighter has to be well versed in each discipline. I tend to find myself falling within the photojournalistic style, except I definitely will provide input in my formal portraits. When it comes to the family formals, I definitely rely on a traditional approach, a) to keep it simple and b) I believe that’s what is expected from mom and dad… ’cause that’s what was done with/for them. Of course, there are times where the artistic style is need as well. Most of my portraits focus solely on my subjects with minimal background included, but sometimes you just cannot go wrong with a background-dominated portrait. I’m envisioning those stairs at the Ciociaro Club. Those big beautiful stairs, with a bride in groom that just falls into the scene.
So while I am well versed in the various styles of wedding photography, know that my vision is clear. I am going to create portraits that you will have developed, and hang on your walls. My images tell the story of your wedding day, and your connection to your better half. My wedding portraits are posed… each and every one of them. But they look natural because you trust me, and are having fun! Thus it appears like true wedding photojournalism, all while posed.
My images will be in true colour, with minimal editing with no filters applied. They will be sharp, and white balanced properly…. and you’re going to love them!