(also known as Contemporary)
It’s time for some artistic flair. The photographer’s goal with lifestyle photos is to capture a subject or a moment in a unique, artistic way. Just like any other art form, the methods used are as varied as the artists themselves. The photographer may use posing, lighting, architecture, layers, different angles, props, etc. to achieve her goal. The process is freeflowing, with the photographer often coming up with new ideas on the spot, as inspiration strikes.
The types of images produced tend to be eye-catching and visually pleasant. They often highlight the personalities of the bride and groom. Because of this, lifestyle photos tend to have more variety than the other styles. The moments often captured using lifestyle photography include getting ready, bridals, engagements, and wedding party photos.
(also known as Editorial)
Lights, camera, action! The dramatic style of wedding photography uses lighting, posing, and angles to capture stunning, magazine-worthy images. The lighting in this style tends to be more sharp, creating a high contrast between the subject and their surroundings. Posing is heavy in this style, as the goal is to give the subject a larger-than-life appearance. The photographer will often take a different angle than straight-on in order to achieve a more striking result.
True to its name, this style tends to produce images that are dramatic. The resulting images often look like they could be a full spread in a magazine. In many instances, the subject does not smile in order to achieve a more dramatic result. Moments typically captured in a dramatic style include bridals, engagements, and couple photos in which the couple prefers a larger-than-life look.
(also known as Documentary, Storytelling, & Candid)
Wedding photojournalism is like a media assignment. A newspaper photographer is hired by a newspaper to document an event. They don’t interfere with the event in any way; they simply document what is happening as it happens.
That is similar to how things work with wedding photojournalism. With this style, the photographer isn’t telling anyone how to pose or worrying about a special angle; they are capturing events as they happen.
This style tends to produce shots that allow the personality of the subjects and the emotion of the day to shine through. Since you aren’t thinking about being photographed, you’re just being yourself. That’s why this style often has the most genuine smiles and laughter. Examples of moments typically captured by the photojournalist wedding style could include action shots on the dance floor, a shared hug between you and a friend that you didn’t think anyone else saw, and the ring bearer swiping icing from the cake.
(also known as Classic)
Say cheese! Whenever you think about getting photos taken, the traditional photography style is probably what comes to mind first. This style is straightforward and classic. The photographer’s goal is to pose you and to get everyone looking at the camera with their eyes open. The angles, cropping, and lighting are typically consistent with each photo. The result is predicable and proven. You will know what to expect, so there will be no unexpected surprises.
The traditional style produces images that are timeless and conventional. This style is typically used to capture bridals, couple photos, and group shots.
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