This is a question every bride asks herself as soon as she begins to think about her wedding videography or photograph.
Every day another photographer invents another term to describe their photography style and no two are alike! “Modern, Classical, Fresh, Contemporary, Romantic, Photo journalistic, Lifestyle, Documentary, Fashionable and…!
Here is a quick explanation of the different styles for you and I hope this helps you excited bride and grooms in choosing the right style for your glorious day!
Let’s start with wedding photography Styles…
Traditional/ formal Wedding photography:
This style of photography is characterised by a very formal approach. The images are usually highly posed and will require a good deal of intervention from the photographer (unless the bride and groom are experienced models and know how to pose). Be aware the photographer will work to a time line – often with specific shots being organised at a very specific time.
Contemporary wedding photography:
The word itself comes from the Latin and has the same meaning as modern, this style is characterised by a far greater degree of informality and a more relaxed approach by the photographer. This can result in a greater level of spontaneity and is capable of capturing the spirit of fun, as well as some of the more formal elements – as the photographer will not be posing people to the same degree.
Photojournalism wedding photography:
This is what we hear a lot this days and as I says before “When something becomes popular, everyone wants to offer it” Due to its high demand, some form of photojournalism is offered by many of today’s wedding photographers. Today there are more definitions of what photojournalism photography is than there are photographers who practice it!
So what is photojournalist? Photojournalism is a term that actually used to describe a style of journalism accomplished through photography that is used for story telling in magazine and other publications, around 1990 a group of photojournalists move into the wedding photography industry and created style of wedding photojournalism, and now it seems every single wedding photographer today appears to be a wedding photojournalist. Despite the usage of photojournalist, there are many photographers out there, who have no experience in wedding photojournalism at all and they don’t even know the difference between wedding Photojournalism and Candid shot.
Anyone can take candid photographs, just don’t pose the person and be sure they are unaware that you’re taking their photograph. But without good composition, creative vision, and capturing the right moment in an honest way, the photograph may not say anything about the person or the event.
A lot of wedding photography studios out there, in an attempt to keep up with the latest trends, have been promoting their photography as “photojournalistic” when in reality, their imagery is simply candid. Additionally, the photographer may have no experience as a photojournalist, but know that most of their [potential] clients don’t know the difference between candid photos and storytelling ones.
Lastly as I mentioned at the beginning there are lots of different type of self made style which some photographers use as a selling point when they don’t even know the meaning or have any experience in that style, therefore I strongly advise you to make sure the samples you see in their web page or at the studio is the photographers own genuine work.
Don’t let a scammers ruin the final memories of the most special day of your life…