Finding a Photography Style That Suits You
Guest: Mindy Hulett | Wedding, Elopement, and Lifestyle Photographer | Mindy Hulett Photo
Having a clear idea of the style of photography that you like will make choosing your wedding photographer so much easier. A photographer's style ranges from traditional, photojournalistic, natural light, fine art, illustrative, and the list goes on and on. On top of that, each photographer usually has a distinguishing editing style. Many range from bright and airy to deep and moody.
To start, look at some examples of photo editing styles you are attracted to. If you're not sure where to start, try Google searching or browsing Pinterest for key words like "wedding photography" or "engagement photography". Choose a style that best fits what you love and how you feel. Your wedding photographer should capture every detail of your big day. It is one of the most important aspects of your wedding, the one that will provide memories for years down the road.
Don’t just choose your photographer based off of a friend’s referral because they got married before you. This decision is more than just doing a good job. Your photographer is with you for a majority of your day, so your decision should also reflect if your personalities match, if you’re comfortable around them, and how professional they are in the presence of your guests.
So how do you choose?
Review some of the styles listed below and determine which best tells your story.
A traditional photographer generally treats every image as a posed portrait. The main idea behind this timeless style is to produce posed photographs for display in an album.
Photojournalism on the other hand, disgards posing your pictures and rather your photographer follows you and your guests throughout the wedding day, capturing events as they unfold in order to tell the story of your wedding. This type of photographer has to be able to fade into the background and become “invisible” to the crowd in order to get these candid or un-posed shots.
Natural light photographers use natural daylight opposed to camera flash. The look resembles warmth, however, the photographer must be skilled to deal and work with shadows and other lighting challenges.
Illustrative photography, which is often used for engagement photos, is a pleasing blend of traditional and photojournalistic, with an emphasis on composition, lighting and background. The photographer places subjects together in an interesting environment and encourages them to relax and interact. Illustrative photography captures some of the spontaneity of candids, while offering the technical control of posed shots.
My shooting style is a mix of illustrative and photojournalistic. I pay close attention to capturing authentic emotive moments and details that will later give my clients the sweet moments relived. The first look of your groom as you walk down the aisle. The way your parents hold hands during your vows. The tears of your bridesmaids, it’s all the ways that your day should be documented. The way these tender moments are edited can really make them stand out. I love the dark, rich, moody tones which give my photographs a deep sense of "romance". In post processing, my goal is to create photo edits that are natural, organic, romantic, warm, and moody.
So the question is, what is your style?