As you start to look into wedding photographers, it’s important to land on one whose style matches your vision. That includes their style of photography, what kind of shots they typically take, and even editing in black and white.
Black and white wedding photos are a beautiful addition to your wedding album. Photographer Abby Jiu says by eliminating color as a distraction, black and white photos make it easier to hone in on the details. They can add a regal and timeless touch to your photos that you will cherish for years to come.
“To us, some photos just are black and white photos,” says Dana Curran of Henry + Mac. “There is such a timelessness to black and white, it makes us all think of our grandparents or being grandparents ourselves. You can really focus in on the moment—either small and emotional or a sweeping grand gesture.”
While all of your wedding photos are sure to be stunning—you’re in them after all!—there are a few shots that will look particularly powerful in black and white. "Essentially, it's the emotional moments that are most powerful as black and white," says photographer Sarah Falugo. Falugo has shot entire weddings in black and white at a client’s request, but on a shot by shot basis, she reminds couples that the final finish of the image is up to the photographer.
“Ask for examples of full weddings and you'll see which kind of images are usually black and white and in which percentages,” Falugo suggests. “If you had something different in mind then ideally this should be discussed before you book them or prior to the wedding.”
Before your big day, and even before you book your photographer, discuss what mix of black and white photos you’d love to see in the monochromatic hue. We talked to 7 photographers to find out which wedding day moments are their favorite to see in black and white.