This last weekend my family and I went down to Florida to visit my parents. While we were there we had lunch with a dear friend of mine from high school that is getting married next year. Naturally the conversation turned to her wedding plans. She told me that she had recently gone to her first bridal show and was so overwhelmed with all of the questions that the vendors asked her about what she was looking for. One of the most confusing questions was about the style of photography she was looking for. Did she want a photojournalistic type photographer or a more traditional photographer? She had no idea what all of this meant.
So I thought it would be a good topic for today’s blog to talk about the different styles and where Dove falls in regards to this question.
There are two main styles of wedding photography that are referred to the most: Traditional and Photojournalistic. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia that I feel explains them both in a short and simple paragraph.
“Traditional wedding photography provides for more classically posed images and a great deal of photographer control and interaction on the day of the wedding. Photojournalistic wedding photography takes its cue from editorial reporting styles and focuses more on candid and unposed images with little photographer interaction.“
There is also a third style that is becoming more and more popular and that is the Editorial/Fashion-based approach. Again, I think Wikipedia says it best:
“In contemporary/fashion-based wedding photography, photojournalistic images of the events of the day are combined with posed images that are inspired by editorial fashion photography as would be found in magazines like Vogue or Vanity Fair.”
There are different benefits to all of these styles, and some people like one more than the other.
So where does Dove land when it comes to our style? I would say that we are somewhere in the middle of the Photojournalistic and Editorial/Fashion styles. The traditional style is what we shoot the least of, but we understand that sometimes these shots are necessary. As we state on our website: “We want your photographs to capture the essence of the day… the funny moments, the happy moments, the moments when people cry. We also want your photographs to be creative, to be modern, elegant, romantic, fun – but more importantly, we want each photograph to reflect your style and personality.”
Below are examples of all three styles from Allison & Mark’s beautiful wedding.
I hope that you all have a fun and safe weekend.