You have chosen your date, you have reserved your place and you have started buying dresses. You are now looking for a wedding photographer. There are many styles of wedding photography, and although people in the industry may know these styles from the inside out, they can be confusing for couples. Also remember that you are not just choosing a photography style, but different types of wedding photography can make your time on the wedding day different.

Choosing the style of photography you want at your wedding comes down to three things. What style of images do you want, how much time do you want to spend with a photographer on your wedding day, and most importantly, your own personality and comfort in front of the camera.

There are many different photography buzzwords. Vintage, editorial, artistic or contemporary are just a few. Perhaps most confusing is that they are used by different photographers in different ways. Ultimately, it is up to couples to ask lots of questions and do a lot of research before choosing a photographer, and rely on seeing a full set of completed wedding photos.Don't rely on the best five or six shots from various weddings to make a decision.

Wedding photography styles are a compromise between producing fantastic work and sticking to a schedule. A photographer can produce brilliant photos, but if it takes too long to produce them, you will probably not enjoy the experience.

Traditional wedding photography (or posada)

Many people think of traditional wedding photography as endless sweltering group photos where everyone looks stiff as a board. Worse still, the different collections of people seem to last forever. I think there is a fad in traditional wedding photography, but the actual framework remains the same for most wedding photographers. Photographs may be more elegant, but the actual experience of the day for the bride and groom is very similar.

There is always a trade-off between the type of work a photographer does and the time it takes to photograph him. Photos of more formal poses will take longer to set up and achieve. Any photographer producing posed artwork will need a certain amount of time to produce their best work. It is important that you find out how long it will take and how it will fit into your day. There are photographers who dedicate a couple of hours to formal shots. Make sure you're happy to put in that amount of time on your wedding day. If you are not as comfortable in front of the camera, this type of photography may be more difficult. A good photographer should be able to help and reassure you, but for many people it can seem a bit overwhelming.

Wedding photography for reportage (Wedding Photojournalism)

If the traditional thing is about posed photographs, then reportage wedding photography is the opposite. It's based on capturing moments as they happen, and it's more like a documentary about the fly on the wall. This form of wedding photography means that the photographer spends most of their time in the background, which is why it has become increasingly popular with couples. Weddings are also becoming less formal than they used to be. Documentary wedding photography requires a different skill set than traditional wedding photography, so you need to make sure your photographer has the right photographic background and can show you entire weddings to support this. Wedding photojournalism is more about a complete set of all-day images than a set of a dozen highlights. There are photographers who jump on the trendy bandwagon to win business, but still wear the same old style. Wedding photojournalism is all about anticipation and being in the right place at the right time. It's not about directing people closely, which is why it places many traditional wedding photographers outside of your skill set. There are some less ethical photographers who will use the latest buzzwords to enhance their search engine presence, but will still take the same old photographs.

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If the traditional thing is about posed photographs, then reportage wedding photography is the opposite.