Wedding Photography published April 2, 2010
The actual wedding day has finally arrived; all that planning and preparation is now being put into practice. The venue is beautifully decorated and Bride and Groom look stunning in their wedding attire. Now you need the day captured on film, so you can relive your special day over and over again, and look back on it with fond memories.
It's unlikely that your choice of wedding photographer will cause as much furore as the squabble between OK and Hello magazine over the photo rights to the marriage of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, but this is still one of the most important decisions you will make!
There are hundreds of wedding photographers available, and the most important criteria when selecting one is that you feel comfortable with both their personality and style of photography. Ask to see examples of his or her previous work, and make it very clear what you expect to see as the end result!
Traditional wedding photographers specializing in arranged poses, and recreating structured events of the day, such as ‘the kiss' and ring exchange, may be the style you are after. However, more couples these days are opting to create a more natural and informal style with their wedding photography. As there are only a few short hours to enjoy a day that has taken months, and sometimes years of planning, having to spend a couple of hours in forced poses when that time could be spent enjoying the wedding day seems quite sensibly, a more popular choice.
The trend in wedding photography is therefore towards a more contemporary style to give a true representation of the day. This is referred to as ‘wedding photojournalism', with the main idea being to capture the day's events without specific direction from the photographer. More spontaneous moments are captured, rather than structured poses.
As far back as 1956 America was shown photographs of a tentative but happy Marilyn Monroe on her wedding day, laughingly feeding cake to her playwright husband, Arthur Miller. That very same year, magazine coverage of Grace Kelly's wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, touchingly revealed candid shots of the pensive Princess Grace gazing over a balcony prior to the ceremony as well as the the more formal snaps of the happy couple exchanging rings. This wonderfully natural way of capturing the true feeling of the day has found it's way into normal wedding photography, with many ‘wedding Photojournalists' advertising their services on the web.
For family group photos, a combination of traditional and journalistic wedding photography may be an idea, as everyone (particularly grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles) would like to have beautiful pictures of themselves together with the Bride and Groom. This may be the only opportunity in years for you to get the entire family together for a group photo!
A more recent trend in wedding photography is to use more fashionable styling, turning your everyday couple into celebrities through artistic skill. Digital editing is used to create the look once the photos have been taken, to achieve the perfect look. It depends if you would prefer a styled look, or more natural poses to form those memorable albums.
Some couples choose to simply ask friends and family members to capture their day on camera, but you have got to be confident in their photography. It's a great idea to purchase a few 'fun' disposable cameras that complement your wedding theme, leave on the tables, and allow guests to take a few ad hoc photos, often capturing moments that a formal photographer might miss. This can easily and cheaply be done alongside the more formal wedding photography. Just remember to collect all the cameras at the end of the evening!
Black and white wedding photography is extremely popular as it creates a classic, artistic feel when used, especially with the photojournalistic styling. Many of the photos from the wedding of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston featured in black and white.