When the vows are said and done, your wedding photos will be the lasting reminder of your special day. Therefore choosing a wedding photographer is probably going to be one of the most important decisions you will have to make. I have been fortunate to photograph weddings at many stunning wedding venues. This post include natural wedding photos taken at venues including Tudor Barn, Cliveden, Stoke Place in Berkshire, Danesfield House and Lillibrooke Manor among others.
The style of photography is one of a number of things you will need to consider when searching for the perfect wedding photographer.
There is a myriad of wedding photographers with various photographic styles to choose from, including contemporary, reportage and traditional. It is therefore a good idea to take your time and do the research to help you find a photographer and style that suits your personality.
Photographic Styles Explained
Reportage photography involves a photo-journalistic approach, capturing the day as it happens and telling the story of your wedding day through pictures. The reportage photographer works unobtrusively and captures images in a candid manner. This is one of the most popular styles these days.
Traditional wedding photography is exactly what is says in the name, classic posed shots of the wedding couple, friends and family. This was the only style to choose from before the dawn of the digital era in photography. Traditional photographers rarely take candid photos, instead they focus on the key moments and take classically posed photos.
Contemporary wedding photography can best be described in terms of fashion magazines, which involves staged poses, funky backgrounds and cool lighting techniques – it’s all about making a statement.
When you have identified the style of photography you like it becomes easier to tailor your search to specific styles. Google images and Pinterest are two great ways of searching for specific wedding styles – both sites provide links from the images to the original WebPages; this will help you track down the photographer.
Once you find a photographer you love, look at as many images and blog posts produced by the photographer in question. This will give you a good overall feel for their work and the consistency of their style.
I would describe my style as reportage photography. I capture the narrative of the day through the photos I take, always focusing on capturing images with real emotion and natural expression. I combine this with an element of traditional photography where we invest approximately an hour for group shots of the wedding party and shots of the Bride and Groom in the venue grounds. I will always provide direction to capture relaxed poses with natural expressions.
This photo-journalistic shot above was taken at an outdoor ceremony which took place at The Pavilion wedding venue in Buckinghamshire. The photograph below was taken during speeches at The Pavilion.
Above and below are examples of candid shots, which captures the atmosphere and special moments of the wedding day.
Below is a good example of a group shot where I gave direction and captured a staged shot in a candid manner, avoiding stiff and unnatural poses. This photograph perfectly captures the personalities with natural expressions.