September 26, 2023

A Guide to Different Wedding Photography Styles

You have set the date and arranged the venue, and now you need the wedding photographer! But what kind of wedding photographer are you looking for? Wedding photography has blossomed into various styles, each with its unique brand and storytelling approach.

Below are some of the most popular wedding photography styles you need to know and consider for your big day!

CANDID PHOTOGRAPHY

Also known as documentary or photojournalistic photography, it focuses on capturing unscripted moments as they naturally unfold. Photojournalistic photographers are skilled storytellers who freeze genuine emotions, stolen glances, and heartfelt interactions. These photos bring to life and narrate the true essence of the day, making you feel like you’re reliving the event.

Candid photography captures the unfiltered heart of various moments, presenting life as it truly happens.

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EDITORIAL 

If you’re looking for inspiration from fashion magazines, editorial wedding photography is for you. These images elevate your wedding album by adding a glamorous touch. This style often incorporates unique angles, artistic poses, and creative lighting techniques to make every shot a work of art.

Editorial photography takes more time since it requires more directions, but the images are worth it!

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TRADITIONAL

The traditional/classic style is the epitome of elegance and timelessness. These images capture the essential moments in a polished and posed manner. Think of beautifully arranged group shots, perfectly aligned bridal parties, and the classic kiss at the altar. Traditional photographs exude a sense of nostalgia and grace—and will give you the perfect portrait prints for your mantle.

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DARK AND MOODY PHOTOGRAPHY

If you’re drawn to dramatic and atmospheric visuals, the dark and moody style might be perfect for you. This style uses rich, deep tones and shadows to create a sense of mystery and intensity. The result is a collection of images that feel pulled from a romantic film with a mysterious touch.

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FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Fine art wedding photography emphasizes creativity and artistic expression. Photographers use imaginative composition, soft focus, and dreamy lighting to create images that resemble paintings. This style produces visually stunning images that are perfect for framing and display.

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BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s a timeless elegance to black and white photography that never goes out of style. By stripping away colour, photographers focus on emotions, expressions, and the interplay of light and shadows, adding a dramatic touch. This style is more of an editing choice on images that can drastically change into pieces of wedding art.

Removing colour allows us to focus more on the subjects’ expressions, emotions, and the story the picture tells. It can evoke feelings of nostalgia, intimacy, and raw emotion without distractions.

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What photography style does Everglow Photography have?

At Everglow Photography, we believe having a healthy mix of different styles is the best approach to your wedding day.

We always talk with our couples to understand what feels most special to them. Although we believe that different moments on the wedding day require a slightly different approach, your wedding gallery should include many candid images. If you are drawn to a more fine art style of photography, that is how we will capture your day.

Using different photography styles, playing with light, and unleashing our creativity allows us to create beautiful, raw images.

You can read more about our approach here: “Your Wedding Day Is Not a Photoshoot – How We Ensure That Our Couples Enjoy the Day.”

By using different photographic styles, playing with light and unleashing our creativity, we don’t treat your wedding as a photoshoot. Working in sync with your wedding schedule, we encourage our couples to split their session up and to use different lighting. This split session helps the wedding couple avoid becoming tired in front of the camera and allows them to spend time with their family and friends.

If you want to learn more about our approach, contact us!

 

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