Your big day is fast approaching and you're probably scrambling to gather the vendors you need! If you haven't found a good wedding photographer yet, then you're in luck! To help make it easier to check that item off your wedding list, you can use your bridal style to help narrow down your options! First, take the quiz here to determine what your bridal style is, then once you've figured out what photographer style best matches up with what you'd like, you can read on below to see what you should be looking for in their portfolios to determine if they're a right fit!
Candid Photography Style
A candid photographer is able to capture moments as they pass, skillfully freezing those spontaneous instances in time. The subjects typically are unaware of the photographer's gaze, and so the pictures are natural and capture the essence of the moment beautifully. Wedding photographers should be adept in this type of photography when capturing the guests' reactions to the couple, the entertainment, or the atmosphere in general. But some brides would prefer more directed shots of important people and less random pictures of their guests. I love Theilan Photography and their magically unrehearsed collection of photos. Check them out here!
Artistic or Conceptual Photography Style
Conceptual photography is the art of portraying ideas through illustration. Those types of photographers who tilt to the more conceptual style, use creative poses to tell stories, and heavily edit photographs with lighting and colors to dramatize the concept they are trying to convey. These types of photographs are typically thought provoking and generate great reactions, however they might not always capture the faces of the subjects. Though they might be a good topic for your annual Christmas party, you won't be able to see what you looked like 20 years down the road. This type of photographer is one you should approach if you aren't looking for the classic wedding photographs. I love Adam Alex! His breath taking photos all tell a different story. Check out his work here!
Portrait Photography Style
Portraiture or portrait photography uses lighting and intentionally planned out poses to capture the unique personality of the subject. The subject’s face and their expression are usually the most predominant factors in a portrait. Photographers who slay the portrait game are skilled in getting all those critical shots of the newlyweds and their respective wedding parties, and aren’t as focused on capturing shots of all the random guests your mom forced you to invite. These types of photographers are usually natural photographers who don't go so heavy on the lighting and editing, and will leave you with natural looking wedding pictures. Megan Blank Photography does a great job with her wedding photos! Notice how beautifully lit and polished her photographs are. Check out her work here!