Post # 1
Okay, so I need your input on what your favorite type of wedding styles/photos are to look at. I’m a photographer and am putting together a stylized photo shoot with several bridal-models. I’m needing some advice on how to “style” the brides in ways that will appeal to other potential brides. When looking for a wedding photographer, what do you look for? What’s your favorite wedding “genre?” Vintage? Offbeat? Classic? Modern? Traditional?
An acquaintance of mine recently did a similar photo-shoot and I loved the styling she came up with, and am looking for some equally creative ideas! This was my aquaintance’s photoshoot:
Source: Andi Grant Photography
Post # 3
I love the vintage feel. I love all the pictures that they use on http://greenweddingshoes.com/ and http://www.stylemepretty.com/
I also really love offbeat too.
Those are the styles that appeal to me anyway.
Post # 4
I’m not so sure on the lines between Classic and Traditional, but I would guess that Classic is more black-tie, red roses sort of thing, which I find a little boring (just me!). I guess the sort of wedding I like to look at would be one like my own (surprise!), with lots of traditional conceits (it’s formal, in a historic mansion, I’m wearing a big white dress, etc.), but some things to mix up that feel. We’re using colors that wouldn’t really be considered “classical”, I guess, and I hope that makes it less stuffy, more fresh (pale blue, lavender, navy, ivory, gold, fyi), along with some other personalizations. So traditional with twists. I also like period-inspired weddings. I also really love to weddings in incredible outdoor settings/with beautiful vistas/etc. Offbeat weddings can be really fun to look at, and I love the image you posted, so colorful, but there’s a point when things start to get really contrived and seem as if they aren’t genuine, just REALLY TRYING TO BE DIFFERENT for the sake of being different and the end result is not actually a display of a real personality (didn’t we all know that sort of person in high school?); looking at weddings like that just give me a headache. Frankly I’m a bit tired of the rustic/”vintage”/Anthropologie sort of look, it’s also feeling fairly contrived at this point, at least to me. Yes, it’s pretty, but it’s really hit saturation point on the internet.
Hope this helps.
Post # 5
Thanks! That’s definitely helpful.
At this point, I have three bride models, so I’m thinking I’ll do one traditional bride, one vintage bride, and one modern/slightly offbeat bride. 🙂
I appreciate the input.
Post # 6
Honestly when I was looking for a photographer I didn’t care too much what the subject matter of the photo was, I just paid attention to the technique. My photog could’ve taken photos of her coffee mug sitting on some grass and I would’ve picked her because she would’ve found a way to take it at an interesting angle and she kicks ass on colors in a way I can’t even explain!
Post # 7
I pretty much agree with Corgi. In picking out a photographer, if she’s done ONLY one style of wedding and it’s dramatically different for what I’m envisioning for my own, it might sway me away from her because I worry that we won’t get along and she won’t understand my vision and what I want to see in photos. But if I see a variety of wedding styles in her portfolio, I’m okay with that as long as I’m impressed by the style of her work in general, the way she tends to capture things and what things she captures. I also tend to look at a photographer’s non-wedding shoots to get a better feel for what they’re capable of if I decide I’m especially interested in a photographer. So I think a balance of styles will be great for your portfolio because it won’t alienate any particular bride and will simply display your artistic sensibilities in a variety of settings. Good luck with everything!
Post # 8
Good luck. I think its a neat idea to look at a few different style weddings but I would really focus how you can adjust YOUR style for those three brides styles.
Traditional Bride: Make sure there is an awesome portrait of the bride, think about classic shots, angles, soft edges
Vintage Bride: Use to editing effects to make it feel vintage. Do some poses that are “old style”
Modern: Obviously using edgy poses for the girl (leg around her husband, lounging on a bench, etc) and different effects, angles and colors.
Post # 9
Here is my favorite kind of “style” but I’m not sure how I would classify it.
Post # 10
I’m not sure what “style” I like, but I love photos with fun colors, whether a brightly colored background, or brightly colored clothes, or something in the picture that draws your eyes. No matter the style, those pictures are always my favorite.
Post # 11
my favorite style is photojournalism. i’m not a big fan of photos that feel overly dramatic, posed or stiff. i love how creative and candid photojournalism is — it captures those little moments & details and really tells a story! this is our photographer as an example:
another one i love is: http://www.olivejuicestudios.com/wedding-gallery.html
Post # 12
@hsearle – me too…
I love photojournalism but my family and fiancé are more into the traditional stuff…photos of sunsets and dramatic poses. ):
Actually trying to decide which photographer to get right now..