A couple’s first step in hiring a photographer is deciding what on their favorite wedding photography style; The Knot, WeddingWire and thousands of other wedding resources have created glossaries and quizzes to help brides find their preferred styles. Let me explain my approach to wedding photography using the vocabulary you’ve probably encountered elsewhere.
First, the easy bits in describing my wedding photography style: I work in digital photography and am primarily a natural light photography.
Film photographers deserve a lot of respect, and the end results are often gorgeous, but I love being able to show my couples how amazing they look in the moment just by showing them the back of my camera. This builds their confidence and turns a photo session into more of a collaboration rather than just having me direct them.
Natural Light Photography
Now let’s talk about style. My wedding photography style is adaptive, combining elements of fine art, editorial and documentary wedding photography depending on the moment. Why can’t I pick just one? Wedding days are long, involving different venues, groups of people and so many special moments. While documentary photography is totally appropriate for the ceremony and reception, I just don’t think it’s the most flattering approach for portraits or the bride’s getting-ready time. Let me break town how I’m using each term and when I usually rely on each approach.
Fine Art Wedding Photography
The term “fine art wedding photography” is used a lot to describe a wide spectrum of photographs. I really like Junebug’s definition: “Fine art wedding photographers are actively creating art while capturing the story of your day. Every moment has the potential to turn into a photograph that could be a stand alone piece in an art gallery.” Yes. Ring and flower shots, other detail shots, and bridal and couple portraits really speak to my creative heart. I make intimate images that capture the essence of these moments.
Editorial Wedding Photography
Editorial photography is also called Illustrative Photography by Here Comes the Guide. The best definition is rather long but worth reading. By editorial, I basically mean the final image looks like it could appear in a magazine. These photographs are somewhat stylized (certainly more so than in documentary photography) and posed but not overly so. I pose people just enough to ensure they look great on camera and then let them interact naturally. This editorial approach is great during a bride’s getting-ready time with her attendants as well as during couples portraits. Time for bridesmaids to toast the bride? Let’s make sure everyone is wearing their pretty robes and standing in good light, then pop that cork! An engagement session might be entirely editorial; I’ll pose the two of your but then just let you canoodle (yes, I just wrote canoodle) to get natural-looking images that reflect YOU.
Documentary Wedding Photography
Traditional wedding photography
Traditional wedding photography is often described as the posed shots. Of course I take whatever group shots the bride and groom want; I have a draft shot list we discuss ahead of time so I know how much time to allocate. These family pictures are such an integral part of wedding photography I don’t think they require a special explanation. I will try to make sure everyone looks happy!
Do you like what you’ve read about my approach to wedding day photography? Get in touch and let’s chat about capturing your day!