Different Styles of Wedding Photography
Traditional, or sometimes called Classical wedding photography captures the traditional wedding day pictures including the unforgettable moments of your wedding day including the exchange of rings, signing the marriage register, walking down the aisle as husband and wife, family groups and the cutting of the cake to name a few.
Weddings are still considered formal occasions and this type of wedding photography has stood the test of time. With careful lighting and expert posing traditional wedding photography creates a perfect record of your family gathering. A good photographer will be able to work quickly and be able to put people at ease to ensure the posing doesn’t look uncomfortable.
These are the type of shots Mum and Granny expect to see from the wedding photos and can often be found on display in homes on the wall or mantelpiece.
Traditional wedding photography has sometimes had a bad reputation caused by bossy or grumpy photographers or photographers taking ages to complete endless group shots with the bride and groom ending up spending more time in front of a camera and less time with their guests enjoying their wedding day.
Reportage wedding photography
Reportage, sometimes called Photojournalistic wedding photography, means literally “to report”. The photographer blends into the background and photographs events as they happen and you often don’t even realise photographs are being taken.
This style of photography really is the hardest to perfect. It takes many years of experience and lightning fast reactions to expertly capture a wedding in this style. This style is not to be confused with well executed traditional photography where the skill of the photographer makes the photograph look natural and not posed.
The growth of Reportage wedding photography appears to have coincided with the growth of digital photography due to the low expenses per photograph that reportage style of photograph thrives on. Unfortunately, many new or inexperienced wedding photographers use the “shot gun” approach shooting thousands of pictures during the wedding day in the hope that they capture a few good shots.