Photography is the creation of future memories. Your story is precious and can be captured only once. The creators of imagery and art, photographers hold in their hands the power to stop time and create images that are as immortal as romance itself, so picking a style that suits you is important.
Within the wedding photography genre there is a plethora of photographic styles. Some photographers like to photograph traditionally; setting up posed scenes. Others like to document the celebration akin to a photo-journalist – very little direction is placed on the couple, the photographer captures the story of the day without interrupting. Weeks later when it comes time to see the wedding album, the results are very different, hence the importance of choosing a photography style that reflects both your wedding and your personality.
Modern Wedding recommends flicking through the pages of our magazine and noting the wedding photographs that most appeal to you. From there you can garner an idea of what style would best suit your wedding day. Remember, your wedding photos can only be taken once so choose a photographer that you trust. Interview a few candidates before you make your final decision and make sure you read the full contract before handing over a deposit.
Some wedding photographers like to set-up and ‘style’ each photo. They will capture the predictable moments of the day, arrange the family and group shots and give a lot of direction to the newlyweds and their bridal party. The result is a collection of photos perfect for those who like posed captures in beautiful settings.
Candid photographs are taken without the subject’s knowledge and therefore they are not posed. In the last decade candid photography has become incredibly popular in the Australian wedding industry, receiving many accolades because of its ability to capture true emotion. Most photographers who advertise themselves as candid photographers will also take a few staged photos to ensure there’s a few expected shots within the emotive captures. Indeed, candid photography requires skill and a good eye so look for a photographer with a lot of experience and a superb reputation.
It’s definitely a niche part of the industry but fun photography is delightful for those with a good sense of humour. Props can include stylish hats, fake mustaches and empty photo frames. Balloons and streamers are wonderful too. A styled shoot like this requires forethought and will usually happen after the ceremony and before the reception.
For the bride who has always wanted to be featured in a magazine shoot. The photographer will offer direction and perhaps even light the area to ensure a beautiful result. For picture perfect images Photoshop will be used to enhance the look of the bride and groom – flawless skin is guaranteed.
If you hire a photographer who describes himself as a photojournalist chances are you won’t be aware of his presence on your wedding day. Perhaps that’s a little presumptuous but you get the drift. The wedding photojournalist will never orchestrate an event or set-up a photo. Subsequently your wedding album will be a series of moments that tell the story of your day. Of course, your photographer will be open to specific photo requests – just remember to ask!
Remember, your wedding photos can only be taken once so choose a photographer that you trust. Interview a few candidates before you make your final decision and make sure you read the full contract before handing over a deposit.