The Deep Dive into the Photography Styles That Will Actually Leave You Knowing the Difference
Let’s be honest, unless you’re a photographer or knee-deep in the happenings of the wedding industry, then you’re not going to know the difference between a photographer who claims to be “contemporary” versus the one that boasts they have a more “fine art” style of work. Before this, when I was helping my bestie plan her wedding, I was the first to tell a photographer “well, good for you,” when they said gleefully their photography style. And they should be happy about it, it’s their work, it makes them stand apart, makes their work stand out. It’s all great, except for the couples that are looking to hire one and have no idea what the difference is in the type of photography styles.
So, let’s nose dive right into this, shall we? Scroll for the *all* the photography styles, what they mean, and a visual example of each because do we ever really grow out of that “ooh, pretty pictures” phase? Me think not so much. 😉
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This is for the couple looking for those modern wedding vibes. They will be modern and the style of the photos will be true to the time they were taken.
Photo by Bozena Voytko Photography
These are more so those sepia or black-and-white photos you’ve seen time and time again. They appear old-style and have that “back in the day” vibe.
Photo by Green Apple Photography
These type of photos will typically be the ones you see gracing the pages of magazines. They’re perfectly posed, captured, and touched up. Not a hair is out of place (unless that was what the photographer wanted), the hand is resting on the man’s chest exactly the way it was meant to, the woman’s face is slightly tilted to the side just like they were instructed to have it. And, while you may be thinking, that sounds too fake. The emotion is still captured and when you see those photos you’re going to *love* them. You really can’t go wrong and they always look like you and your partner are professional models at your own wedding. Think fashion magazine like Vogue. Typically the couple who chooses this style will also be going for more of a luxury wedding vibe.
Photo by Brittany Navin Photography
This style is most common when the photographer utilizes film. The photos look light and airy in nature. They’re clean-cut and bright.
Photo by Samantha Robshaw Photography
Posed photos are great, but this style leans more toward documentary. These photos will catch you and your guests in-action, moving about throughout the wedding. Mid-dancing they’ll snap a picture. Not just at the dip but when you’re crouching down ready to get low. When you go through your gallery, you’ll be able to replay all of the memories in your head like a memory reel, because the photos will remind you of each thing that occurred that day or night. It’ll all be there, and you may even laugh at one or two of them remembering when you or your partner moved like that. Perhaps you’ll see a picture of your aunt snagging an hors d'oeuvre and laugh because you missed it on the day-of but got to see it now.
Photo by Della Bella Photography
The use of film versus digital, typically gives the photographer the ability to capture the colors true-to-tone, that way the coloring doesn’t look too subdued or played out (touched up).
Photo by Dee Olmstead Photography
More often than not, this means that the photographer depends on natural light versus utilizing their camera flash or artificial light.
Photo by Kate McCarthy Photography
Aka the style that was prominent when your parents got married. They’re classic in the sense that they’re timeless. There’s nothing stand-out or trendy about them. The poses aren’t overly seductive or sultry, they are what they are and that’s it. You will certainly never look back at these photos forty, fifty years from now and think “who were those people?”. Usually taken from an eye level, there are no dramatic poses or dramatic touch-ups.
Photo by Jillian Dodd Photography