I still remember when we got engaged, and I (Sandra) felt so much excitement about picking a wedding photographer. I was already dreaming up the images that I would own, and would be enjoying and sharing over the years to come. The thing is, I wasn’t a wedding photographer back then. I knew what I liked and didn’t like when I saw it, but it was hard to put words to it, and I didn’t know where to start. Sometimes you just don’t know what you want until you find out what the options are!
Photographers typically pick one of three editing styles. The main thing to consider when picking your wedding photographer is, of course, their personality and portfolio, but here’s a BIG question to consider. Will your images stand the test of time? Does the style look natural, does it look timeless, and does it capture how you and your day actually looked? No one wants to look back at their wedding day photos in heartbreak and think, “Wow, those photos look like they stepped out of a time machine!”. So how can you safeguard yourself? Know the trendy ways that some wedding photographers use to edit their images. Keep reading for photography trends to watch for because those trends are the things that will absolutely date your photos in 10, 20, 50 years time.
1. THE ULTIMATE ROMANTIC: Light, bright and airy
You love images that have a dreamy quality. Light bright and airy gives you all the beautiful pastels tones. Think blush, muted green, muted blues, and images with a lot of white and cream in them. You love images that are well-lit and favour a brighter and lighter feel. The lighting is always soft, natural, and typically there are clean and uncluttered backgrounds in the photographs. Trend alert: Beware images that look blown out or washed out!
2. THE WILD CHILD: Dark and moody
You love images that have drama, feel raw and moody. You probably have a little emo in you, too. Dark and moody images have a shadowy, darker look giving them a brooding quality. The colours and backgrounds are in the darker spectrum, with more of a focus on muted and shadowed deep jewel tones and neutrals. The lighting can be harsh, golden, or even, but never bright, adding to the emotion and drama. Trend alert: Beware image that have a lot of grain, a hazy low contrast look, or are very dark with little definition.
You love the vibrancy of deep and bright greens and saturated colours and are a glass-is-always full kind of person. This style has a focus on capturing the world as it is, plus there is typically some extra vibrancy and contrast added in. This boost in colour and contrast makes the photos feel really alive. Trend alert: Beware images that have unnatural neon or emerald green tones, glowing almost neon colours, and obvious HDR.
Which kind of bride are you? Now it’s time to pick your favourite posing style in Step 2! Most brides have a primary preference, and then secondary preferences. Which posing approach(es) do you like the best?
Are you the Ultimate Romantic and love classic and candid shots with some traditional photographs, too? Or are you a Nature Girl or a Wild Child and are all about just documentary storytelling? Now that you know your Wedding Photography Personality, it’s time to hone in your search! You will hear a lot of advice on how to make sure your photographer is the perfect fit for you. But here’s what we suggest: have a look through your photographer’s website and blog/portfolio to see that their indoor, outdoor, full-on sunlight, low light and reception images are ALL lit well. Why? Lighting is one of the key factors that separates great photographers who will deliver consistent results from someone who does not know how to operate flash or what to do in full sunlight. Photography and working with all kinds of lighting is an incredible art form. Bonus points if your photographer can provide wedding albums, because it’s one less thing for you to worry about and it’s so nice to have soon after your wedding! (Trust us we finally got our album finished 6 LONG years after our wedding!). We hope this has been helpful in finding your perfect photographer!