Whats the best style for wedding photography?

posted 2 weeks ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Honey bee

I know what I DO NOT like. I really can’t stand that vintage or boutique style of wedding photography. It’s the one when the picture is not so vibrant or colorful and it has a lot of brown undertones. Plus, the surroundings always look dark. Not sure if I used the correct term so please correct if I’m wrong anyone. 

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

You just have to look through their recent work and pick what looks good to you 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I don’t like the moody style that’s popular right now, personally I like a very natural/bright photo with very little editing

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Are we talking about the same thing? I just googled more info after my reply. I’m trying  to identify the name of this photographs style and the closest I can come up with is “dark & moody”. I like really vibrant photos.

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2020

I love natural, candid, photos that are taken without the person’s knowledge. Photographers can capture the most beautiful smiles when everyone is laughing.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

There is no “best style” it is just personal preference.  I preferred a documentary style shooter with lots of candid photos of the day.  Even our couples photos were natural and not very posed. Imo this turns out the best, expressions and smiles are much more natural.  

We got married in Ireland and I purposely found a photographer who worked well with a really gloomy day and who could capture Irish landscape well. I didn’t want someone who was going to blow the exposure in editing and try and make it look sunny when it wasn’t. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Personally, I think natural “non-posing” pictures are the best. I know those were my favorite from my wedding and thankfully our photographer gave us alot of those since we requested it. There is nothing like capturing the natural emotions. I find it beautiful. 

I hate statue-like posing pictures and headshots. I currently saw wedding pictures of a friend on facebook where there was alot of strange headshots of them. It was a really odd choice. They looked like they were taking pictures to get an ID. 

Post # 10
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Newbee

I’m not a fan of the dark, drabby, heavily edited “vintsge inspired” photography. I am looking for natural, minimally edited/ enhanced photography that captures the day in its truest form.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Things I’m not a fan of super artsy photography with lots of canned moments – i.e. us laying in a field, wide angle shots where we look teeny tiny in a beautiful landscape. It’s a wedding, not a photoshoot and I wanted them to capture the day as it actually happened. Also not a fan of overly dark and stylized editing.

I wanted to see photographers who featured diverse couples. As in, couples who looked like real people in a variety of shapes and sizes, races, etc. It’s easy to capture people who look like my models but I wanted to make sure a photographer wasn’t going to make me feel less than for not fitting into a mold (I uhhh don’t reallly like having my picutre taken).

Another piece of advice I was given was assessing photographers was to ask to see a whole album – it’s much easier to pull out 1-2 pieces of “sample work” but seeing them go through the whole day is very important

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

It’s definitely about personal appeal.  For me, I really think photos that are a landscape that just happen to have a bride and groom in them are gorgeous.  I think ‘journalistic’ is better than posed.  My best friend was just the opposite though – I think her photos are dull and cliche, she thinks mine aren’t well done (which is partly true and brings me to my next point)

Whoever you pick, get examples of their work in all weathers, both inside and outside.  My photographer had gorgeous photos outside in the sunshine.  She rose to the occasion when it rained (in the freaking desert) but her indoor shots left something to be desired – maybe lack of equipment, maybe lack of experience, but they are grainy and not well taken.  Make sure they can shoot well both day and night, sun and rain.  Make sure you don’t like just a few in each album because the work they post online is their absolute best.  If it’s mostly mediocre, skip them, even if there’s just that one photograph that totally wows you.  Also if you cheap out as I did, prepare to not be over the moon about them all – I only wanted a few shots to blow me away, so it was fine with me that my less expensive, less experienced photographer didn’t take a million amazing shots – I only regret her ability to shoot in all weathers.

I suggest finding a few in your price point that you like and sending the links our way.  Bees are usually happy to look them over and say who they prefer and why.  It’s a lot easier than getting our wildly varied opinions on style in general.

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