• Steve

Wedding photography styles and trends

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

There has been a big trend towards candid documentary style wedding photography. This is where the wedding photographer documents the day by taking natural candid photographs of the full day and nothing is posed. There is also a trend for wedding photographs to have that washed out look or have instagram filters applied. I think these trends have their place and it is ok to have a few of these, but I worry if this is what the client wants or it is what the photographer has sold them because it is a bit trendy.

I like to talk to my clients and ask them what they want. When they talk it through in almost every case, they do want some candid wedding photographs and some with the instagram type filters applied, but they still want some formal images of family and relatives and make sure that grandparents and people who have travelled a long way for the wedding are not missed off the wedding pictures. I also find that parents and grandparents really appreciate these type of pictures for to display to remind them of that special day.

Special moment with John Lennon looking on

This was taken at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool. It was impossible to take pictures outside because it is the middle of a busy city, but I managed to use the setting to get some nice atmospheric shots. You can see more of this wedding by clicking here and scrolling down to the section Jim and Helen.

This is an unposed picture of the Bride just taking a look into the room before she goes in for the wedding breakfast, with here bridesmaid faithfully taking care of the dress.

Just taking a quick break

This is a great example of the documentary style, it is being aware of everything that is going on around me. This was actually taken during the wedding ceremony. Just taking a break watching a video and having a sandwich!

Posed or not posed?

This was initially posed, but the interaction made it more interesting

This was unposed, and taken as the newly married couple were leaving the church. Friends and relatives were throwing confetti.

Just Married!

This is exactly the same picture as above. However, filters have been applied during post processing to give that instagram style filter look. Note also that the confetti on the brides face is a distraction. It was removed on the picture above using photoshop.

Just married!

This is the exact same picture again. This time instead of applying instagram type filters it has been converted to black and white.

Hopefully from this you can get a feel for the different styles and also different end products of the same picture. The photographer has to get the best photographs, but also has to have the skill to process them to give you enhance and really bring out the best in the pictures to give you a great set of wedding


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