What defines a Photographer’s creative style?
As you trawl your way through wedding magazines and photographers websites trying to find your perfect photographer, just what should you be looking for? You might want something a little bit different, something natural, relaxed, fun, modern, creative, documentary, photojournalistic, reportage, alternative, unconventional, boho, quirky… There are many styles of creative wedding photography.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?
Colour grading as a creative style of wedding photography should be matched to the environment of your wedding. Earth tones might be fantastic if you are getting married in an old stone church or a barn style venue. The Teal and Orange cinematic style might suit a seaside wedding either in the UK or in typically sunnier climes. It could also work well in a modern architectural environment. You might see some weddings shot entirely, or almost entirely in black and white.
The Look and Feel of Creative Wedding Photography
Often wedding photography themes such as those discussed above are not in themselves creative wedding photography styles. The style is something else that must be combined with the theme. But it is not always necessary to add the theme. A good wedding photography style stands alone, without the necessity for stylized colour grading.
I like to isolate my subject by throwing the background out of focus. Don’t get me wrong, backgrounds are important in lending context to a photograph, particularly portraits and particularly in wedding photography, but a nice soft background can still give that context whilst at the same time adding to the ambience of the occasion.
It is a special moment in a wedding ceremony when the exchange of rings takes place. I like to get some nice close ups at that time, and if I can get a soft background with fantastic bokeh like this then I will be really happy!
I like to shoot through items in the foreground. It gives a lovely soft effect and again, adds to the ambience of the day.
Aren’t kids just great at weddings. For them it can be overwhelming, fascinating, entertaining and exhausting all at the same time! I love to capture both candid and posed shots as the day progresses. Capturing their looks, expressions, moods, and all of the emotions that they let loose during the day.
Sometimes the best portraits are the ones caught between poses! But nice simple couple portraits are hard to beat.
I’m always on the lookout for an unusual angle.
And pure emotion!
Expressions are great. You can be sure this couple will remember what was being said at that moment!
These are a few examples that define my style of wedding photography. It is by no means an exhaustive list. It’s more about the look and feel of what I do. For me it’s about bringing more than just a documentary record of your day. It’s about bringing that, plus the moments. Moments that the Bride and Groom will certainly have missed. Emotional moments expressed by family and friends, the emotions between the couple, funny moments as secrets are revealed during speeches. All of these things that will bring back vivid memories of the Wedding Day.
If you liked this post you might also like my post, Is It Alright To Edit Wedding Photos. You can check out my Wedding Photography pages for more information about what I do, or you can see some of my Real Wedding galleries here.