Wedding Styles & A Wedding Guide
So What Are the Different Wedding Photography Styles?
As with every popular photography niche, wedding photography allows photographers like myself to explore our artistic freedom while seeking inspiration from others. This results in wedding photography having several “specific” styles, depending on its intended purpose.
These approaches are not strict standards, especially since every style tends to blend with other styles. But of course, it’s a good idea to understand them if you’re interested in a unique style or a general preference.
There are 10 different wedding photography styles:
Traditional Wedding Photography
If you look at wedding photo albums, they tend to include a lot of traditional shots. These are usually classic and posed, such as group shots of the couple with the entourage and their families, shots of the cake cutting and wine toasting, and the first kiss of the couple as husband and wife. Though photographers have been practicing this style for decades, both shooters and clients find that it’s the best way to achieve “key shots” of the day and timeless photos of the couple’s friends and family together.
This style typically requires guiding and directing and posing the wedding party for photos, so it’s important for the photographer to be experienced beforehand and be comfortable with taking charge. But to take more priceless photos, it helps to also capture real and unguarded moments.
Photojournalistic Wedding Photography
Another popular shooting style is wedding photojournalism. Often mixed with traditional wedding photography, this style resembles reportage and documentary shooting, in which the shooter takes on a more informal approach in telling the story of the day.
A lot of creativity is required for this wedding photography style, not to mention some serious skill in quickly aiming, adjusting camera settings, framing, and shooting as moments unfold around the photographer. Aside from that, photographers will have to blend in, sometimes with a telephoto camera to easily capture candid moments from afar.
The results are real and natural images that will evoke a flood of emotions.
Illustrative Wedding Photography
Often used for pre-nuptial photo shoot sessions, illustrative wedding photography places emphasis on the composition, lighting, and background. The couple is asked to pose “candidly” in an often picturesque environment, which makes this style an interesting blend of traditional and photojournalistic wedding photography.
More often than not, illustrative wedding photography requires some skill in landscape photography, as well as in the use of wide-angle lenses and sometimes even aerial photography. Specialist direction creates more spontaneous-looking moments for the camera.
Portrait Wedding Photography
Portraiture certainly yields some of the most beautiful images, more so when it’s of the blushing bride or of the happy couple on their wedding day. This style is also considered formal wedding photography in the way that subjects are usually directed and posed for the camera. It’s definitely a must to include when shooting a full wedding feature. After all, it’s these images that end up showing the most emotion, and they’re usually the ones that end up being framed and displayed.
Natural Wedding Photography
Often mixed with other styles, natural wedding photography basically involves taking photos using natural light rather than with your camera flash or other artificial light sources. The result is obviously more natural, although it’s usually best for outdoor weddings after sunrise and before sunset, or anytime in the day wherein the sun isn’t too harsh so as to avoid unflattering shadows on the subjects’ faces. However, the photographer will have to be very skilled in dealing with shadows and other lighting difficulties, the colour temperature of sunlight will naturally result in warm photos and nice skin tones.
Fine Art Wedding Photography
Another style that often gets mixed with other styles is fine art wedding photography. This one usually involves creative framing, lighting, composition, and post-production techniques. Artistic wedding photography involves anticipating moments where they can use fine art techniques and capture unique images. There’s no real posing involved, although it’s become common for shooters to slightly change the posture of their subjects and the placement of items—particularly wedding paraphernalia like rings, bouquets, and the outfits—to achieve their desired composition.
This style is similar to portrait wedding photography in the way that it’s not commonly preferred to be the only approach used for a wedding as it can greatly limit results.
Fashion Wedding Photography
Also considered a genre in itself, this wedding photography style focuses on showing off bridal fashion for commercial purposes. However, we’ve seen this style cross over to a lot of actual wedding and engagement photos in the past few years. With the use of lighting setups, fashionable poses and expressions, and beautiful backgrounds, this style gives photographers a chance to be creative with their posed shots and for couples to be “models” for a day.
Black and White Wedding Photography
Black and white wedding photography is a good way to capture classic and timeless images. Some clients prefer colored images while others greatly appreciate how lack of color can enhance the mood of their photos—it’s all a matter of preference. Monochrome imagery may not be appealing to some people, but it can actually yield vastly more compelling photos as it allows the subject and the composition to shine.
It’s a great technique that all photographers should practice. Take the photo above, for example. By taking out color, the photo becomes less distracting and the viewers’ attention instantly goes to the couple. Although, leaving colour in strategic places also enhances an image. Therefore the possibilities are only limited by your own creativity and/or preferences.
Vintage Wedding Photography
Thanks to the popularity of vintage photo filters, there’s a huge market for couples who prefer vintage wedding photography. There’s just something about old and timeless images that appeals to people—perhaps due to the feelings of nostalgia that they can evoke. This kind of photo treatment using color distortion filters instantly turns mundane images into artistic works of art, which is why people keep on using them even for daily snapshots.
Many weddings of today are incorporating rustic themes, further proving that there’s a pretty huge market for retro-loving clients.
Aerial Wedding Photography
Aerial shots are great for showing outdoor wedding locations and the couple in a remote area with beautiful sceneries. Image composition is not that crucial as bird’s eye view shots are usually always very interesting, as long as you exclude elements that look out of place.
How to get your dream wedding without breaking the bank
Weddings can be eye-wateringly expensive, as any bride and groom will tell you. With the average couple now spending more than £18,000 on their nuptials, according to research by Sheilas’ Wheels, there are countless sites offering tips on how to get married on the cheap. But can you really achieve your dream day, without having to make paper flowers or crochet your own bunting?
Just as with everything in life, weddings are no exception, you get what you pay for. But that’s not to say you can’t make considerable savings along the way.
Budgets can quickly spiral out of control but you can still achieve a day that friends and family will remember without breaking the bank.
To haggle or not to haggle?
You’ve spent considerable time sourcing the right professionals to help create your perfect day – so should you try to haggle to get the cost down? Avoid doing so.
Trying to bargain down suppliers is insulting to their trade and experience. Just as you wouldn't go into a designer store and pick out a £2,000 dress and ask for it at half the price, the same applies with your wedding suppliers.
However, that is not to say there isn't room to manoeuvre.
For instance, paying cash instead of using a credit card saves your supplier the transaction cost and therefore they most likely will offer a small reduction. Similarly, if you are buying in bulk – for example, buying wine for your event - asking for a discount is not unreasonable.
The venue may also be willing to throw some extras in for free – such as chair covers or cutlery hire, which can be a considerable saving.
Rather than compromising your carefully chosen expert suppliers, here are far more creative and effective ways to save money on your wedding day…
Stick to your budget
Most importantly, if you want to prevent costs spiralling out of control, you need to keep track of what you’re spending. Make a budget, decide how much you have to spend on each aspect of the day, and stick to it! Oh yes…and most importantly of all…don’t forget to book the Wedding Photographer, I'm sure they'll offer you a great deal.
You have just been proposed to, you said yes and then you think ‘Where do I start?!’ Planning your wedding can be an overwhelming experience. Here is a 12 month wedding checklist which you can follow leading up to the months of your wedding day. Everything from hiring your venue, buying your wedding and ordering your wedding flowers just to stop your mind from going overload!
12 Months Before Your Wedding Day
Announce that you’re engaged
Choose/ Resize your engagement ring
Determine the colours, style and theme of your wedding
Make a list of what is important to both of you for the wedding, this will help with your plan your budget
Discuss the budget for the wedding and who will pay for which parts
Finalise a wedding date and start searching for a wedding venue
Find a wedding officiant or celebrant (the person who will marry you) and apply for any necessary licence’s
9 To 11 Months Before the Wedding Begin your search for vendors:
Formal Suit Hire
Reception Entertainment i.e Live Band, DJ, Disco, Entertainers
Catering or Buffet Stations
Venue Decoration/Chair Covers
Hair and Beauty Stylist
Shoes and Accessories
If the vendors are available on your chosen date book them IMMEDIATELY!
Get as much inspiration for your wedding day as possible, visit wedding fairs, look online and through bridal magazines
Finalise your wedding colours, theme and style
Compile a preliminary guest list
Choose your maid of honour, bridesmaids, best-man, ushers, flower girl and ring bearer and ensure they are aware of their duties
Begin looking at honeymoon destinations and discuss where you both would like to go, make sure you check the weather first!
Choose and purchase your wedding rings
6 To 8 Months Before the wedding
Send out your 'Save The Dates'
Start planning ceremony and reception music choices
Finalise all purchases of your wedding gown, veil, shoes and accessories
Start looking at invitation designs
Create gift lists and honeymoon donations
Finalise and purchase attire for your attendants
4 To 5 Months Before the Wedding
Order Wedding stationery (invitations, envelopes, order of service, place cards etc)
Contact your florist and finalise any arrangements
Book your wedding transport
Start looking and buying wedding reception decorations including favours
Book a cake tasting session and choose your wedding cake design
Arrange accommodation for guests who are travelling far (book hotel rooms nearby)
3 Months Before The Wedding
2 Months Before The Wedding
If you are changing name, complete any formal documents
Finalise music selections for the ceremony and wedding reception
Meet with officiant or celebrant to finalise all the ceremony details
Send out your wedding invitations
Meet with your vendors to finalise arrangements and times
Schedule a hair and makeup trial with a consultant
Start making or buying wedding favours and disposable cameras
2 Weeks Before the Wedding
Try and have something to eat and drink, it’s going to be a long day!
Have your hair and make up done
Begin dressing two hours before ceremony is scheduled to begin
Have any pre wedding photographs taken
Get married and enjoy the day!
If you are leaving for your honeymoon straight after the wedding day then you will need make a few more arrangements prior to the wedding day:
Couples who regularly give each other affective affirmation - meaning compliments, help and support, encouragement and subtle nonsexual rewards, such as hand holding are generally more content. Men crave affective affirmation more than women, because women typically get it from people other than their husbands.
Forget about the dirty dishes
Happy couples talk to each other frequently - not about their relationship, but about other things. Set aside ten minutes every day to talk about anything other than work, family, the household or the relationship. Pretend the household bills have already been paid, the in-laws already called - just for ten minutes. Ask her what her favourite movie is, and why. Ask him to recall a happy memory from childhood. Ask her what she’d like to be remembered for. This small change infuses relationships with new life.
Stay on your toes
When couples say they are in a relationship rut or feel bored, they are less happy over time. So escape the rut by mixing things up. The changes can be small, but they have to upset the routine enough to make him or her sit up and take notice.
Similarly, couples should be doing novel things together. Novelty drives up the dopamine system in the brain and can help to sustain feelings of romantic love.
Marriage is like a credit card
Sustain your ‘positive illusions' about your significant other. When you begin to feel irritated at your partner, instead of reviewing everything you don’t like, turn your thoughts to all the good things about him or her.
Newlyweds automatically know how to speak to the positive and make each other feel special and valued. The more enduring the marriage, the more you’ll find yourself noticing and speaking about what you don’t like. No one can survive in a marriage, at least not happily, if they feel more judged than admired.
Relationships, like the economy, run on credit. This means that both 'giving credit,' or expressing gratitude, for the things your partner does that make your life easier, things we often take for granted and 'advancing credit' by assuming that your partner has good intentions and would like to step up to the plate, rather than assuming that you need to be overbearing him or her in order to get what you need.
Bridal Make-Up Tips: The 10 Do's And
Don'ts You NEED To Pay Attention To
You've got the dress sorted, now it's time to think about wedding beauty. Here are 20 bridal make-up tips to make sure you look flawless on your big day.
1. Make sure you have your trial at least three weeks, but no more than 5 weeks, before your wedding. If you plan on using fake tan for the big day, have a test run before your make-up trial so that your artist can see what colour your skin becomes with the tan.
2. Wear a white t-shirt if you’re having your make-up test in a store so that you can see how the make-up looks against a pale colour and take a picture of yourself in day light (with no flash) to see how it looks before you purchase anything.
3. Emphasize your eyes by brightening any darkness under them with corrector and concealer.
4.Bring references to your make-up trial. Start looking for images of make-up that you really like and bring them with you on the day. Try to identify what it is you like about the make-up in the image and take into account that if you have the skin colour of Dita Von Teese then the make-up of Kim Kardashian won't necessarily translate onto you.
5. Remember that bridal make-up needs to have enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. There’s a big difference between everyday clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be difference in your make-up, too. Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add colour to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow.
6. Use individual eyelashes – they’re a brilliant way to make your eyes stand out and look far more subtle than a full strip. Go for differing lengths to create a really natural fluttery look and nestle them in between your natural lashes rather than fixing them on top.
7. Focus on the most important elements of your look, such as beautifully natural-looking skin, softly groomed brows and feathery lashes. If you get these basic factors right the rest of your make-up will fall into place.
8. Research application methods as they might differ slightly from your everyday make-up routine. For example, if you prefer to line with a shadow, make it last longer by applying it with a slightly damp eyeliner brush.
9. Go pro. The best wedding make-up should last as long as you do, so that it will see you through your wedding day and night.
10. Finish your make-up off with a highlighter shade on the browbone to make the eyes really pop. Go for a light matte shade, and pat onto the outer corner of the brow bone so subtly draw attention to this area of your face.
1. Have your make-up test done anywhere with overhead fluorescent lighting. If you have a professional make-up artist coming to your home, arrange a time when it’s still daylight outside.
2. Let a make-up artist hijack your look. For a lot of people, their wedding is a time when they can really take pleasure in having someone else do their make-up, there can be a temptation to just indulge in the experience and take on all sorts of suggestions from the make-up artist - someone who may not know you or how you like to look particularly well. Be cautious here; you don't want to surprise your intended at the altar by turning up looking like someone else. Whether you're hiring a make-up artist or doing your own, the best bridal make-up is simply the most exquisitely polished version of how the bride usually looks - after all, you want to look beautiful rather than your make-up.
3. Trowel it on. It’s a total myth that your make-up has to be plastered on for the photographs. Lots of wedding photography is done in natural light, and if you choose a heavy base the make-up will look obvious. In terms of flash, you just need to ensure that your T Zone is matte and that can be achieved with fine translucent powders and blotting powders, not layers of make-up.
4. Go for anything too trend-led. It's worth bearing in mind that you'll have to live with photos from your wedding for the rest of your life, so it's best to avoid statement looks and opt for something more classic; that glittery eyeliner you saw on a Parisian catwalk might look super pretty and modern now, but chances are it'll look tired and dated in twenty years' time. This isn't to say that you'll have to make yourself up in a symphony of beiges though if you're used to a more punchy make-up - vintage wedding dresses in particular can look breathtaking with a classic old Hollywood lipstick colour.
5. Be scared of going a bit brighter. Neutral, brown, and pale lip colours can look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. If you usually wear a neutral hue, it should be worn as a base, with a pink or rose colour on top. If you typically wear dark lipstick, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top to give the colour a lift. Pinks, roses and plums are all great, classic choices for brides.
6. Just apply make-up to your face. Instead, extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, this will ensure you face is not a different colour or even texture to your body. Everything should look uniform to create the most natural look possible. An easy way to blend uneven skin tones together is to use a light fake tan. Do this the day before your wedding not the night and beware of darkening your skin tone too much as the effect it actually the deaden the look of your complexion.
7. Forget to decide what kind of maintenance you’d prefer for the day. For example, are you happy to check you're looking okay throughout the day, or do you want to just forget about your make-up once it's on? Waterproof mascara is an obvious requisite, but it's also worth considering cream eyeshadows that really set - you can be sure they'll stay where you put them.
8. Go too dark on the eyes. Define your eyes by applying colour in the crease, but avoid using a shade that’s too dense, as it can detract from the eyes themselves.
9. Go too glossy or too matte. It's best to avoid lipsticks at either end of the texture scale; too glossy and they'll only last five minutes whilst too matte and they may leave your lips dry and cakey by the time it's the moment to kiss your groom. A moisturising, satin-y finish lipstick is best for a wedding - this kind of formula will keep your lips looking their best and will wear off the most evenly and naturally; several thin layers, blotted between applications will give the most long-lasting finish.
10. Rush. Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour for make-up application on the wedding day.
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