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Wedding Photography Styles Explained

Wedding Photography and the differences between reportage, traditional and creative styles.

Wedding photography styles explained

Wedding photography styles generally fall into three main categories.

Reportage wedding photography

Traditional wedding photography

Creative wedding photography

There are significant differences between styles and one of the main questions that has to be answered before you book your wedding photographer is; which of these wedding photography styles suit you best.

Many photographers combine styles for better coverage.  Reportage wedding photographers for example usually accommodate a small number of formal group or portraiture shots, just like many contemporary wedding photographers take informal reportage style photographs. Let’s go through the characteristics of the three main wedding photography styles.

Reportage wedding photography style

Also known as documentary wedding photography.

This style of photography is relatively new to wedding photography. Reportage photography is the art of telling stories through pictures. The photographer adopts an unobtrusive approach to capture spontaneous, natural moments, resulting in photographs that are both unique and contemporary.

This style of photography allows you and your guests to enjoy your special day with minimal interruption. Your photographs will convey genuine emotion with an added charm based on the photographer’s artistic vision and perception.

Traditional wedding photography style

Also known as classic wedding photography.

Traditional wedding photographers rarely capture candid moments, they usually concentrate on the key moments and group shots only and they shoot a set list of photographs. This style involves a great deal of intervention from the photographer and a significant amount of time spent on the formal setups. The resulting images although document the participants, may not reflect the atmosphere of happiness and the excitement of the wedding day.

Creative wedding photography style

Also known as creative, modern wedding photography.

Creative wedding photography is based on creating high impact visually striking images. Although shots are set up, they are less formal or rigid. The photographer aims to find interesting spots as a backdrop and may use strong light effects and unusual angles which can make this approach fun and very open to ideas from both the couple and the photographer.

Steve Barber Photography Style explained

I can whole heartedly say I’m not the traditional wedding photographer type, my style is a blend of unobtrusive reportage photography with a side order bunch of awesome portrait and group photos.

My approach to wedding photography is fun, open and relaxed, and combines a blend of both reportage and creative styles . This distinctive approach allows for better variety of imagery, shown throughout your wedding photos.

When planning your wedding day choosing the right wedding photographer will be one of the most important decisions you will have to make. After all the planning and attention to detail you have put into making your big day so memorable, you will want to be sure you capture all those special moments.

Make sure you get along with your photographer

Don't underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer. Remember: They'll be shadowing your every move, and the more comfortable both of you are with the photographer, the better the photos will turn out. Likewise, you don't want the photographer to offend or annoy any guests, but to shoot them in their best light in an unobtrusive way. To get the best photos, your photographer needs to be assertive enough to seek out great moments, coax relaxed smiles and natural stances from guests. They should ask lots of questions and be a good listener.