Post # 1
So I was surfing today looking at wedding pictures for fun and I was on Jose Villa’s site. I was reading his bio and I noticed his approach to photography was as fine art and he felt it necessary to coordinate and direct and insert himself if need be to make the most beautiful pictures.
Hmmm not sure how I feel about that as hobbyist photographer – this is supposed to be a wedding not a photoshoot BUT everyone has their own opinion. So I was curious as to what the normal bride wanted from their wedding pictures.
Do you want a fine art style where the pictures are highly stylized.
A traditional style where you get clear snapshot style portraits and important moments
Do you prefer photojournalistic style which documents the day with an emphasis on capturing what happened with the people being part of that but not necessarily the entire focus?
What do you want to see captured?
Post # 3
I’m not a big fan of the overly posed pictures that I’ve seen done to death. I love the candid ones that capture a moment and evoke feelings when looking at them. So I picked photojournalistic. 🙂
Post # 4
I hate overly posed prop photos. The remind me of a magazine shoot or something. I want a few formals for the my parents and fmil, but I don’t want any staged, random shoots of me and the bridal party standing in a field somewhere. We might get some pictures walking around. But I don’t want to spend two hours talking photos all over the place.
Some photographers were surpised that I said I more or less just wanted pictures of things as the happen rather then setting time aside ot take photos. Anyways the photographers I liked and the people I picked ended up being photojournalistic style.
Post # 5
when i was looking into photographer’s, i liked the whole concept of photojournalistic. but i also knew i wanted the traditional portraits. a year later when i look at my wedding pics, i think what stands out to me the most are the photojournalistic ones since they are the ones that captured the actual fun memories. I was of course happy to have some nice traditional ones to frame, but i wouldn;t have wanted them to be the only pics we got.
Post # 6
A mix of photojournalist and posed shots are what I wanted. I like photos that capture the emotion of the day, but I also wanted to make sure that there were photos of certain family members and friends. I’m not anything anywhere near being associated with being a model, so I don’t think stylized shots would have worked for me. Although the stylized photos are neat to look at!
Post # 7
Well, we had a photographer who is more traditional for sure, and while for a while I was a little sad I didn’t have any of those “fashon model” pictures, I ended up being very happy with them. The ones I wanted framed were mostly the posed ones anyway, which she did wonderful on. And in 50 years none of my great grandkids will wonder why we had our wedding in sepia and green skys.
Post # 8
I think the “stylized” photos are the ones that will end up looking really dated over time – whether it be the posing, editing style, lighting style, etc. You’ll be able to look at that photo and so “ohhh that wedding definitely happened in 2012!” Like for instance the photos where the couple is lit by a flash against a really dramatic sky but they’re looking away from each other with smile-less faces . . . the photo is, from a technical aspect, a great photo, and it “looks cool” now to some people, but I think those photos are going to be the ones everyone looks back on and says “what were we thinking??”
I think this tends to happen when an image becomes more about the pretty than the connection. If the emotion is lacking it’s hard for a photo to ellicit a strong, positive feeling 10 or 20 years later. You’re just kinda looking at your hairstyle and clothes and pose and probably saying “huh?” Journalistic images tend to have much more staying power over time because it elicits strong emotions and memories over and over when you look at it. The dated hairstyles and clothing becomes secondary to the action in the photo and I think that’s why I love them. Their impact grows over time while the impact of most super posed, styled photos diminish over time.
Post # 9
I love Jose Villas photos, so I am biased. His photos are beautiful.
Post # 10
I looked at a fine art phtographer early in the process, and her photos were beautiful. Then she showed me the before-and-after as to what she does to retouch them, and the grrom was dancing with all this sweat in the first, but no sweat in the second. I realized then and there that I want to see the sweat!
Post # 11
@louisianablue: Oh I totally agree and I love his style but then when I read that he would direct and insert himself I was wondering how brides would feel about that? Would you want his active participation in your wedding day? Bridal portraits, TTD yes but the day of made me wonder. I certainly am not bashing his work – it is beyond amazing.
One thing we had to say about our photographer that we appreciated is that she was a stealth ninja – you just did not really see her but she captured some truly amazing shots. We did not get as many artistic pictures of just the two of us but may do a TTD session just for that purpose – she is truly a talented professional that can also do the Fine Art photography.
For us having pictures of the wedding without the photographer being obvious was very important to us. We took a risk by only having 1 shooter not for budget reasons but for the fact that we did not want it to be something our guests noticed at our wedding which only had 60 guests and a smaller venue.
We had attended a couple of weddings recently where during the ceremony you could not focus on the couple because all you could see was the photographer up there with the officiant and couple – and we were horrified LOL
Everyone is different and I love hearing all the different perspectives 🙂
Post # 12
It’s very very difficult to find clients who truly understand and want a true photojournalistic approach. Most want a mix of all three styles. That being said I think that there is a way to set up a moment to be photographed that can still be a real moment.