June 22, 2018

5 Wedding Photography Styles Explained

Wedding Photography Styles Explained

When it comes to choosing your wedding photographer before you even begin searching you will want to know just how you want your wedding to be photographed. Each photographer will specialize in a specific style so knowing what style you prefer can make finding a photographer a whole lot easier. Most wedding photography will fall into one of these 5 styles.


When you choose a classic style the results are images that stand the test of time. These are the traditional black and white images, carefully posed and meticulously planned out. Most often the photographer specializes in capturing ordinary moments in a beautiful and elegant way. This style tends to be a bit more formal but can always be given a modern twist.

Bride and groom portrait at on a bride at the Cedarbrook Country Club


If you want something that is more personal for you, then an artistic style may be your ideal choice. These style of images tend to capture unique, special moments and tend to utilize a lot more of the space around the couple instead of just capturing the couple full frame and up close. If you are open and willing to have a bit of fun with your photographer you will be amazed by the results.

Wide cake shot with flowers besides a tight cake shot that says "love is sweet" on the table.


Lifestyle is a type of photojournalism photography with a bit of a twist. Most images will appear to be candid, and most often they are. This style is a mix of candid, natural shots and images with some direction and staging provided to get the perfect shot.

Dramatic bridal portrait before the ceremony


While all styles will use different types of lighting, dramatic images make it a key component. This style will showcase a variety of different lighting techniques that the photographer has mastered to create truly breathtaking portraits.

Newly engaged couple walking in Manayunk by the river.


If you are not into the traditional posing or styling of shots, then a documentary wedding photographer is probably one you will want to consider. The documentary style focuses on candid and spontaneous images that truly capture the entire essence of you wedding day.

Bridal party portrait with bride and groom kissing at a wedding at Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

In general, most photographers will specialize in one of these 5 areas, but are also capable of doing a mixture of different styles. Personally we shoot Lifestyle-type photography. We think it gives the best of both worlds. It is best to let your photographer know which style you prefer most and ask if that is a style they enjoy shooting; having this laid out will save you any unpleasant surprises when you get your photos back!

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