Choose a wedding Photographer whose style works with yours
It can be difficult to know how to choose a wedding photographer with so many wedding photographers of different styles out there. I hope this blog post will give you a little insight into the style of photography that could help you to choose a wedding photographer to suit you best.
Classic wedding photographers
Photographers working in the ‘classic’ style are most likely to be the style that your parents’ photographer was, bak in the day. Photographers describing themselves as ‘classic’ tend to be more formal than the other styles. They’re more likely to step in and make adjustments to a scene, rather than letting it unfold naturally. They’re keen to have everyone in position in the right light with the right backdrop. They’re most suited to couples who are looking for lots of stylised formal group shots.
Lifestyle wedding photographer
Lifestyle photographers like to work on natural moments that they’ve ‘refined’. I recently read a post by a lifestyle photographer quoting that the best thing a couple can give their photographer on their wedding day is time. So if you’re up for a slightly less formal approach to the classic style of photography, this may be the style for you. Lifestyle photographers like to set up curated photographs, directing a part of your day in a particular space, specifically for the photographs. So you’ll need to give them your time!
This is my own style of wedding photography. Documentary photographers are good at capturing the day as it unfolds. They’re into shooting the spontaneous, capturing the emotions, documenting the moment exactly as it was. It’s more about the reality of the moments, less about taking time out of your day to create them. Good at anticipating the moments, documentary photographers are likely to be the more experienced. I still allow time during the day for a few group shots after the ceremony, and I like to spend a little time with the newly weds to capture some authentic moments together too. I keep posing to a minimum, every couple is different, and will interact with one another differently to the next. I don’t ask for your time, I ask for you to enjoy yourselves. The more fun you’re having, the greater the pictures will be.
Of course, if you’re into something dramatic, there are some beautiful shots to be created too. As an artist, I’m up for that! In the dark, in the rain for example. But my main aim is to document your wedding day naturally, creatively, authentically. With added magical realism! Here’s a few examples of my artistic documentary style of wedding photography: