February 25, 2016

Wedding Photography Styles Explained

*The images used to demonstrate different wedding photography styles have been screen captured from the respective photographers websites.  Links are listed below the images.  My images were captured while second shooting for Candice Adelle Photography*

Traditional Wedding Photography

Traditional wedding photography is heavily influenced by classical art.  Lighting is very important to traditional wedding photographers and focuses on sculpting the face of the subject.  Posing in traditional wedding photography is typically static (not a lot of motion) and posed rather than candid.  Traditional wedding photography focuses on only capturing the couple in poses that provide symmetry and are classicly flattering.  The couples will often be looking directly at the camera and smiling.

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Dramatic Wedding Photography

Like traditional wedding photography, dramatic wedding photography also places great emphasis on lighting, but dramatic wedding photography fuses that with more candid, editorial posing in a way that is more modern.  Dramatic wedding photography is charecterized by bold colors, high contrast, and artistic angles.  This style is a bridge between two world; the old style and the new style.

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Film Wedding Photography

Film wedding photography has several sub-sets; wedding photographers who shoot only film cameras, those who shoot both film and digital and process them to have a film look, and those who shoot digital but process their images with film look presets.

Film wedding photography is charecterized by a light, airy images that are usually low contrast, slightly desaturated, and have vintage color shifts – especially in the green and blue tones.  This style is defined by the finished “look” and can be shot in a style that is anywhere from traditional to candid.

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Photojournalistic Wedding Photography

Where as film photography is defined by it’s “look”, Photojournalistic Wedding Photography, also know as wedding photojournalism, is defined by shooting style.  A true wedding photojournalist shoots the entire wedding day in a completely candid manner, often with no posed or formal photos.  Some wedding photojournalists do a hybrid and still shoot some posed images, so be sure to ask what you an expect so that you are both on the same page.  Wedding photojournalists capture the whole day – the good, the bad, all of it.  It is a complete story of your wedding day.

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Editorial Wedding Photography

Unlike wedding photojournalism, editorial wedding photography captures your wedding story in a curated way.

An editorial wedding photographer shoots your details, events, and portraits in a way that maximizes the good and minimizes the less than ideal elements on your wedding day.


I choose to shoot wedding in an editorial style because I want my couples to always look their absolute best.


Editorial wedding photography fuses joyful, candid moments with relaxed casual posing.

I know that having your photograph taken is stressful and intimidating.  When I am photographing my couples, I want them to know that their only job is to focus on each other and be in the moment.  I will take care of guiding them into beautiful poses that are natural, joyful, and genuine.stone-tower-winery-wedding

Editorial wedding photography also puts emphasis on carefully staged detail shots.

I know that you spend hours searching for, planning, and agonizing over choosing the perfect details for youe wedding day.  That is why I always schedule at least 30-45 minutes that is dedicated entirely to creating beautiful images of your wedding day details – shoes, dress, jewelry, invitations, flowers, and decor.


Your wedding details, your love and connection, your friends and family, and the story of your most important day are collected and curated in a way that you treasure forever.Virginia-rustic-wedding-photographer

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