Wedding Photography Styles
If you google wedding photography styles you will find endless categories; traditional, photojournalistic, reportage, fine art, the list goes on!
I’ve often reflected on what my approach is, so that I can try and explain it in just one word, but the reality is, I don’t think I can!
For me, photographing a wedding day requires different approaches at different times. It’s about reading the situation and trying my best to predict moments before they happen, so I can try and get into the right place at the right time.
If you’re considering booking with me then I’m guessing you already like the look of the images in my portfolio, but maybe want to know more about how I approach wedding photography, so in this post I’m going to try my best to explain that.
My approach to wedding photography
My approach is simple; I aim to capture natural moments in a creative way, so that it captures the atmosphere and tells the story of the wedding day.
What I do
- Spend most of the time capturing the day candidly, this is what helps me to deliver a gallery to you that tells the story of the wedding day.
- I will offer a bit of direction when it’s appropriate, particularly during the couples portraits or if I see something that I know will look amazing on camera.
- Act like a ninja (you’ll forget I’m even there).
- I am always on the look out for photo opportunities, especially later on when the light is low and pretty, so I may come and find the two of you and take you away for photos at different points throughout the day.
What I don’t do
- Take over your day or get too bossy! As a photographer there are parts of the day where I may need to step up the bossiness a notch, for example I will help organise people for confetti so I can get a shot of the confetti chaos, and if the light looks amazing during your reception I might come and ask you for ten minutes to get some nice pictures, but for the most part I will simply try to blend in and capture your day as it unfolds.
- I won’t ask you to pose in a way that is uncomfortable to you. During the couple portraits I will give you a bit of light direction, I like to call them ‘unposed prompts’, and these are usually welcomed by couples as it’s not easy to know what to do once a camera is pointed at you, plus this is what helps to achieve the movement and natural look you see within my portfolio.
- With the exception of the family formal group shots, I don’t work from lists. Weddings are really dynamic, fast paced events and one single shot can never be guaranteed, plus working from a list becomes a huge distraction from capturing real moments from the day and limits the ability to deliver images in the creative style you see within my portfolio.
- Take pictures of people eating – nobody wants that!
I hope that gives some insight into how I approach wedding photography, and gives you an idea of what to expect from me if you hire me to capture your big day.
If you’d like to find out more or have a chat, you can contact me here.