Before you meet with photographers, be sure to review their galleries, have some kind of idea as to what style of photography they shoot AND have an idea of what kind of photos you want for your wedding. Here are 5 wedding photography styles you should familiarize yourself with before you start talking to photographers.
Documentary/photojournalism – This style tells a story through photographs taken as the moments happen. There is no coordination, posing or guidance. The photographer should have a creative eye to watch for those spontaneous moments and be able to blend into the background with your guests.
Traditional/classic – The traditional style is coordinated, posed and guided by the photographer and is focused on capturing photographs of family, details, decor and other images on your “shot” list, if you provided one.
Lifestyle – This is a mix between documentary and traditional. With very little direction, this style captures the events as they unfold in an artistic manner.
Artistic – Every photographer has his or her own unique style created out of their own vision, something that lives only in his or her mind; this is artistic photography. This may include a little to no coordination, posing and guidance as well as some documentary style photography but one thing for sure is you won’t get what you see on social media such as Pinterest.
Editorial/Fashion – Not a popular choice by couples, editorial/fashion photography is generally used for publication purposes. Think Vogue, Elle, GQ… Everything is creative, coordinated, posed and directed by the photographer; this style is commonly dramatic and edgy and there are no candid or in the moment shots, so you won’t get photos of the first dance, bouquet toss, cake cutting etc…