Wedding Photography Styles
According to The Knot wedding magazine, there are four different wedding photography styles: Artistic, Lifestyle, Dramatic and Documentary. I agree that these four styles are very prominent within the industry. With a first look at a wedding photographer’s website, you would be able to put them into one of the four categories. But I also believe that not all photographers fit a single style.
When choosing your wedding photographer you need to review the style to see whether or not if fits your personality. Do you want to hire a wedding photographer to capture natural moments, or to set scenes up for the day? Making this decision before your wedding day ensures that your photographer’s time is being maximized to take the kind of shots you find most important
In my own experience, when photographing an engagement shoot I become a lifestyle photographer.
"Lifestyle photography is photojournalism redefined,"
says photographer Allan Zepeda. "It’s candid, yet done so with some direction and styling—it has an approachable feel and a relaxed result." He adds that a good photographer will not only look for moments but also set the scene.
When I am photographing the wedding day, I take a documentary approach. Documentary photography captures candid or spontaneous pictures of people, rather than posed or highly styled shots. With formal portraits, I switch back to lifestyle.
This is also evident in the work of wedding photographer Susan Stripling, a documentary and artistic photographer. Her artistic side comes out when she stands back and sees the frame as a painting or a scene to set.
A good example of dramatic style is Vanessa Joy Photography. Lighting is the key component, with high contrast and magazine quality.
Anyway my point is do a little research to find out your personal style, photographers can't photograph every style - even if they like to think they can 😉