Understanding the Different Styles of Wedding Photography
Not all images are made the same way.
Ok sure, they all require cameras but each photographer has their own perspective and way of telling a story with their images. There's more to a photographer's style than candid and staged poses. To better explain some of the different styles of wedding photography, I've made this short list. Consider which style appeals to your preferences when thinking about how you want your elopement or wedding photos to look.
Editorial - Editorial wedding photos often include beautiful images of the little details of the day - the dress, decor, wedding stationary and groom’s accessories. This is the most common style of images a bride can find in the Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings and other wedding publications, hence the name.
Light and Airy - These images are bright with a low contrast vintage appeal. These photos appear faded with very minimal color pallets, others.
Dark and Moody - Just like the name, these photos have a dark romantic feel to them. The details of certain elements in the images can often be lost because of all of the dark tones. Dark and Moody photographers sometimes add a slight fade to the images for a film look.
High contrast - These images have bold saturated colors, deep shadows and bright highlights. Sometimes called ‘dramatic style’, these images tend to have a cinematic appeal and requires a bit of acting on the bride and groom’s part. They are perfect for couples who love dark shadows, spotlights and dramatic poses.
If you know what style you most enjoy looking at, that’s the style of photography that you should look for in a wedding photographer’s website. Speaking of that, if you haven't already, take a look at my wedding photography gallery and try to guess what styles I use to document the love stories of my clients. I'll give you a hint, it's more than one!