You may have already made a decision that you want a wedding photographer and you may even have a few ideas of who you are going to choose. If so then that is really only the beginning to realising the full potential of your special day. What you may not have considered is what style of wedding photography you would like.
Perhaps it hasn’t occurred to you yet or you may want to choose a mix of styles without it looking mismatched or messy. With many different photographic styles from which to choose from, how do you know which is the right approach for your wedding?
Traditional/Formal Wedding Photography
Almost everyone is familiar with the traditional album of wedding photographs. Most of us will have seen at least one wedding album and (probably) been invited as a guest to a wedding of a friend or member of the family. If you are looking for a set of photographs that include perfect compositions as well as flattering poses and a mixture of great family shots then a traditional photographer may be the best way to go.
You will be able to take your time getting the right poses and lighting as well as being able to choose your background rather than a photographer taking quick snaps of you when you’re not completely ready. There is little if anything else which can spoil wedding photographs then shots which are poorly organised; remember, these photos like any others, once taken, are forever.
However, just because these photos are planned and arranged it doesn’t mean that they have to be stuffy or overly formal. Wedding photography has changed little since the first wedding photographs started to appear in the 19th century. Although in recent years they have become less formal and more relaxed, there is still a startling similarity in modern wedding photos and the older earlier examples.
Traditional wedding photographs also have the ability to be creative and fun but a lot of this will depend on the photographer that you choose; so make sure you discuss this with a few photographers before you finalise any arrangements. Wedding photography is an art form like any other photography genre; remember, it is all about choosing the right photographer to get the most from the day.
Reportage Wedding Photography
Probably the most popular style of wedding photography in recent times, reportage photographers have the ability to look at your wedding in real time and capture the action as it happens in more of an observational way. That is not to say it will be at the expense of more traditional snaps; you will still be able to get a few formal pictures of the bride and groom as well as the family, however the majority of the photographs will be taken organically as and when is appropriate.
This type of photography might be just right for your wedding if it is perhaps more of a non-traditional event and if you are inviting a lot of friends rather than just family. It will provide you with a more realistic and fun interpretation of your day and probably give better results than those awkward poses and false smiles that you might find in your parents’ wedding album. The images taken in such a format capture the more informal feel of the day; as guests mingle and all the formalities are over with the photographer can capture the real ‘essence’ of the day.
Informal Wedding Photography
If you are looking for a mixture of both styles then informal wedding photography may be the key. Although your photographer may not specialise in either style of photography specifically, they will be able to take a mix of posed photographs as well as a few relaxed shots and candid pictures.
Which is the Style for You?
Now that you know a little bit more about a few wedding photography styles that are available it is important that you choose one that will suit the style of your wedding. These are decisions which only the couple can make between themselves, although it will help immensely if you have a helpful professional to give their input. Chances are the photographer will know the venue, and knowing the venue is half the battle of getting the photography on the day perfect.
If you choose to work with a photographer such as http://www.nickrutterphotography.co.uk they will be able to provide you with more information about their specific style and how they can incorporate your ideas into their photography. Some individuals and companies prefer to work in only one style as that is what they may be experienced in; however, do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have as they may be able to help you after all.
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