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The Art of Wedding Photography

Photography is an art and photographers are artists. Just like any other type, the art of wedding photography too requires a lot of patience to learn and master. After all, a wedding is the most important occasion for the couple-to-be and their families and the photographs taken on this day shall serve as memories for the couple and generations to come.

If you too are going to get married soon you need to quickly hire the best photographer and also decide on the type of photography you want. Yes, there are many styles as far as wedding photography is concerned and we shall help you discover them right away. If you're looking for more tips after reading the ones below, check out other educational resources like Táve to learn more wedding insights.

Classical/Traditional Wedding Photography
Classical wedding photography is the oldest style and belongs to the time when photos were taken using a film camera. There are particular types of wedding photography poses that are used by old school photographers everywhere. Group family photos, pictures of signing papers, the first kiss, and ring exchange are sure to be a part of your album if you choose this type of photography.

Illustrative/Artistic Wedding Photography
This kind of photography is a combination of different styles. It usually includes natural lightning, creative framing, composition, and tricky photograph manipulation methods. The couple generally is asked to give a candid pose in a beautiful environment and this makes the illustrative photography a unique blend of photojournalistic and traditional wedding photography. To master in this art of wedding photography a photographer needs to have some knowledge in landscape photography, aerial photography, and also must know how to use wide-angle lenses.

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography
This is yet another immensely popular shooting style. Photojournalism is generally combined with traditional photography and it looks like a documentary shoot or reportage wherein the photographers try to tell the story of the wedding day following an informal approach. The photographers need to be really creative here and display his/her advanced skills of fast focusing, cropping, and camera setting. They also, at times, will need to disappear in the crowd to be able to create the perfect candid wedding photographs.

Lifestyle Wedding Photography
This photography style involves taking photographs that are not posed. It is quite like photojournalism, is candid, but with some styling and direction. Professional lifestyle photographers will wait for the right moment and at times will also set the scene. They simply photograph the couple and the guests dancing, talking, smiling, and laughing, and so on. Nature-filled compositions and natural light are the backbones of this type of photography.

Portrait Wedding Photography
Wedding portraits surely help create some of the most amazing images, particularly when it is of the happy couple or the beautiful blushing bride. This is a little like the traditional wedding photography as the photographer will arrange the couple, family, and guests in his/her chosen way and ask them to pose. Though it is not really treated as some separate style as it otherwise can limit your photographic results, nonetheless, a photographer must include this no matter what type of photography style he/she is following.

Black and White Wedding Photography
If you want to create timeless and classic images then black and white photography is your best bet. Though shooters usually like colorful images, there are some who know how a photograph can spring to life with lack of colors. Photographers who are experts in this style can create amazing results.

Natural Wedding Photography
Natural wedding photography is generally combined with other styles and herein no artificial light sources or flashlight is used and instead photos are taken using natural light. Usually, this style is opted by those who have planned an outdoor wedding and the time to get the best results are before sunset and after sunrise, or any other time through the day when the sun is not too strong to cause an unflattering shadow on the face of the subjects. If you reside in Philadelphia or are planning a destination wedding here then your natural wedding photographs will turn out all the more beautiful as this city is abundant in natural beauty and the Philadelphia wedding photographers know perfectly well how to make the most of it.

Drone/Aerial Wedding Photography
Drone or Aerial wedding photography is a very popular yet expensive style of wedding photography. Such shots help show wedding venues perfectly and also are used to show couples in beautiful remote locations. Image composition is not given too much importance but a photographer must make sure to exclude any elements that look a misfit.

Each of these styles that form a part of the art of wedding photography is beautiful in their own ways. Before you select one, it will be best to plan a meeting with the photographer, understand their ideas and plans, and also view their earlier work so that you get an idea of how things will likely be.

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