The best wedding photographer doesn’t mean they are the right one for you. Let’s look at the different styles and which one is right for you.
The Best Wedding Photographer In Ireland?
There’s many things to sort and arrange for your wedding – the venue, the dress, the guests, and that’s just the start. A lot of these things can be easy to sort because you know what you want. When it comes to the wedding photographer though, it can be very confusing as we have no idea what we want or need!
Most people will just google “best wedding photographer” or “top ten wedding photographers” etc. But just because they are hailed as the best, does that mean that their style will work for you?
Whatever your budget the photographer is deemed an essential for any wedding day. This article is to help you narrow down what style best suits you so you can be happy as you look back at your wedding day in years to come. There’s three main styles – Traditional, Contemporary & Documentary.
Traditional Wedding Photography
Traditional wedding photography is the one we all know. Pretty much every wedding you’ve been to would have been this style.
Traditional would be characterized by mostly shots of the groom & bride and group photos. The photographer would be working to a “shoot list” with set pictures being choreographed and captured as similar as possible at every wedding they shoot.
It’s traditional because its a tried and tested formula that works and that means you wont get any surprises as to what pictures you’ll be getting.
Contemporary Wedding Photography
Contemporary wedding photography would be influenced very much by fashion magazine photography.
It would be traditional wedding photography but with the shine,polish and extra professionalism that high fashion photography has.
This style does need extra time with the bride & groom to capture that high end look. It also means the couple being very comfortable posing in front of a camera for an extended time.
It will result in amazing looking portrait bride & groom photos for you to print out and hang above the mantle piece.
Documentary Wedding Photography
Documentary wedding photography involves capturing what happens on the wedding day without interfering with it. It means not asking anyone to pose, capturing the best and worst of the day.
Its a very hands off style with little interaction with the photographer, letting you enjoy your day.
This is my favourite style, as it means really capturing the memories from the day, not forcing a glossy version. To me these are the pictures that in years to come will help take you back and relive your wedding day again and again.
Which style of wedding photography should I choose?
Which style you choose to capture your wedding day should be one that excites you. Whether you want the fairy tale contemporary portrait shots , the raw documentary, or the safe traditional, choose a style that will bring you a smile years down the line.
Perhaps to help you get an idea what style you like, look through your friends wedding albums and see what pictures stand out to you. Think about what pictures you have in your house, the style that they are. Look on wedding blogs at featured weddings and also images on Instagram and Pinterest that speak to you.
Understanding the different styles when you look at photographs will help you decide which style to go for.
Of course all these styles can be done together. All the photos in the examples are ones I took. I like to think there’s a time and a place for each style. My priority is to capture the raw emotions of the day with documentary, add some beautiful portraits for the couple (although I aim to do it with a “hands off” approach to posing) and still get those traditional group shots to put on the mantle piece.
Get in contact to discuss what you’d like and we can see what we can create together.
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