How to Find Your Wedding Photography Style

Planning Tips, Wedding Photography

Thanks to social media your wedding photos are no longer just displayed in a big bound album on your bookshelf. You're now able to share tons of snaps from your big day with just the click of a button, so more and more brides are focusing on what look they want from their wedding pictures. And since every wedding photographer has their own aesthetic, it's more crucial than ever to know which style you like so that when you start searching for a photographer, you know exactly what you want and need.

Classic (a.k.a. traditional)
This includes composed portraits of friends and family, plus styled details (wedding rings stacked together) and posed moments (cake cutting and bouquet toss).

Photojournalistic
The photographer captures the day exactly as it occurs — your maid of honor laughing as she struggles with your bustle; you and hubs beaming after your first married kiss.

Artistic
Dramatic lighting, blurred move-ments, and unexpected angles are typical here. Images look as much like gallery pieces as wedding photos — and will be fab hanging above your sofa.

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Considering going old school?
"Blame Mayfair and Valencia, but people are burning out on heavily filtered photos," says Charleston, South Carolina, photographer Corbin Gurkin. If you want classic, elegant wedding images, hire someone who shoots both digital and film. You'll have the benefits of technology and the nostalgic appeal of analog negatives. Hybrid pros command a premium (film and development are $2 to $3 per click), but you also get:

- Better retention of natural light. "Film picks up highlights and shadows in a single frame, so the quality of light is amazing," says SoCal photographer Rebecca Yale. "If you're married on a sunny beach, you'll see bright blue sky plus details in the clouds and the sand."

- A soft, textured finish that can't be replicated on the computer. "You can take crisp, pixelated photos on your iPhone," she says. "The point of film is to achieve those warm, painterly tones without filters." And digital files. "Labs will scan the negatives, so I can still crop and edit film shots— and you still get files to store and print at will with your other photos," Yale says.

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