Wedding Photography Styles – Which one suits you?

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Wedding Photography Styles – Which one suits you?

When it comes to looking for your perfect wedding photographer you shall see a few different photography styles, it is important to find a style that you like as it will help with your search and make it easier. We have produced a brief summary for each style you may come across to help you.



Photo by Will Langlands

Photo by Theresa Furey

Photo by Red Snapper Photography

This is your classic style dominated mainly by posed shots, be it the bride and groom, family and group shots. A lot of time is taken to carefully arrange the shots which are usually pre set and arranged with the photographer. With this style you miss capturing the atmosphere, fun and emotion of the day, you would rarely get candid shots of people showing emotion, unseen moments by the bride, the tears and joy of family members as the Bride walks down the isle.

This style is ideal if you want traditional, formal posed shots, of course if this style isn’t for you but you would still like a few posed shots then most photographers whatever their style shall accommodate this, which you should pre arrange with them before you big day so they know what you would lie taken and they can find the best spot at your venue for these.



Photo by Alexa Poppe Wedding and Event Photography

Photo by Neale James Wedding Photographer

St Simon Zelotes Church Wedding
Photo by James Gifford-Mead

An ever popular growing style is reportage, also known as documentary wedding photography or journalistic, it is the opposite to traditional photography as mentioned before. This style is a natural approach, capturing shots and recording what happen to tell a story of the day in an unobtrusive candid manner. This is about capturing real moments and emotion with people not even knowing the camera is there.



Photo by Khiria

Photo by Dino Jeram

Photo by Love oh love Photography

Contemporary wedding photography  (This style is also known as editorial, creative, modern wedding photography) usually consists of a less formal or rigid set of photos where the image are captured with interesting creative backdrops, striking lighting effects or shots from unusual angles. If you want some traditional style shots but with a modern twist then this is ideal, just make sure you find a photographers style that you are happy with and view a couple of wedding albums to check you are happy with the style throughout.

So what is your wedding photography style? Find your wedding photographer today…


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  1. Theresa Furey

    Great examples. I think clients will find that most photographers offer a combination of styles. I know I do; based on your descriptions above I fit into all three categories. Its very important for clients to discuss style with the photographer before booking. I highly advise that clients never book on price alone and expect that a photographer will photograph in any other way then what is presented in their portfolio.

  2. Tammie Louise

    A very interesting read and fabulous examples. I would actually fall under all three categories. I would describe my style as documentary/reportage but I also love contemporary fine art poses. I agree with Theresa that its important to look at a photographers entire portfolio as this will certainly give you an insight into their style and background. My style of work flows with everything I shoot including Maternity, Newborn, Children, Families and Boudoir. I think this is incredibly important.


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