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Ready, Set, Pose: Top Wedding Photography Styles To Try On your Big Day!

Feb Cortes
Feb Cortes
A newlywed couple taking photos in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Introduction

Tying the knot soon with the love of your life? Congratulations! 

Now, before you leave all of us for your honeymoon trip, you must first make a decision with your husband/wife-to-be – and that is to choose a wedding photography style that will suit your preferences! 

Sure, it might sound like a little thing in your wedding planning checklist (it’s not!), but when the decision itself is also key to finding the perfect wedding photographer, then you might start running through some options. Because whether you’re looking to take the most romantic wedding photos or want something more unique, there’s a style that should best fit you and your partner. 

So, in order to help define how you, your partner, and your family and friends, will remember how your big day was in the years to come, we’ll help you go through our favorite wedding photography styles that you can try today. 

No more dilly-dallying, let’s get started!

Traditional photos like this couple is one of the most common wedding photography styles.

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Visiting destinations is also one of the more popular wedding photography styles.

Traditional Wedding Photography

In case you want to go for one of the most famous wedding photography styles, then look no further than traditional. Classic and timeless, this type of photography is easily the most common type, meaning your wedding photographer should have no problem documenting all of the important moments you have. 

Pro-Tip: To add a modern twist, incorporate candid shots between formal portraits. Having a blend of posed and spontaneous moments helps you make a more well-rounded wedding album. After all, this should be fun, remember?

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography

A storytelling approach, photojournalistic wedding photography documents the day’s events in a candid and unobtrusive manner. The style itself is also sometimes referred to as documentary-style wedding photography, with your photographer acting as a stealthy storytelling ninja focused on capturing the unseen moments without making you feel like you’re at the center of attention (making it perfect for camera-shy couples!)  

Pro-Tip: Communicate key moments you want captured, but allow the photographer creative freedom to weave a narrative through spontaneous shots. That extra freedom should allow them to be extra creative with the way they approach the shots!

Fine Art Wedding Photography

Want your wedding photos to look like they’d belong in a high-class art gallery? Well… that’s not a thing sadly, but you can opt for the next best thing! With a focus on creating artistic and visually striking images, fine art wedding photography employs creative compositions and meticulous attention to detail, making your wedding album look like the modern version of a 14th century Renaissance album!  

Pro-Tip: Ask your photographer to experiment with different angles and incorporate unique elements, if only to make your photos look more unique and special.

Editorial-style photos like this couple is one of the more newer wedding photography styles.

Editorial Wedding Photography

Fashion-forward couple looking to add the same flair to your nuptials? Well then, you’d love the next entry on our list of wedding photography styles: editorial wedding photography! Inspired by high-fashion editorials, this style incorporates glamorous and stylized shots with careful attention to lighting and posing. So better strike a pose and give us your most high-fashion looks, high stilettos included! 

Pro-Tip: Plan wardrobe changes to add variety, and work with your photographer to capture dramatic and fashion-inspired moments. Think magazine photoshoots with your beloved… except the magazine is your wedding album!

Vintage Wedding Photography

Drawing inspiration from the past, vintage wedding photography uses filters and tones to evoke a sense of nostalgia, making your wedding album look like a real blast from the past! This is especially perfect for couples who want to have a themed wedding but don’t want to go too overboard with the styling and preparation (because lord knows that wedding checklist is already long enough as it is!) 

Pro-Tip: Enhance the vintage vibe by incorporating classic elements like retro clothing or using props reminiscent of a specific era, like older cars or classic architecture. You can even go to the city to look for older buildings!

A couple incorporating an older car model in their wedding photos to add a vintage look.

Candid Wedding Photography

Candid wedding photography captures genuine, unposed moments, reflecting the authentic emotions of your special day. Similar to documentary-style shoots, this style of wedding photography focuses on taking unobtrusive photos, opting for in-the-moment pictures instead of the usual fixed poses. 

Pro-Tip: Encourage your photographer to blend into the background, as this will make it easier for you to not mind them and focus on having fun instead.

Drone Wedding Photography

Looking to add cinematic shots to your wedding album? Well then, why not opt for drone photography? Providing you with breathtaking aerial shots, drone photography offers a very unique and… well, literally expansive perspective of your wedding day, letting you watch the bridal walk from brand-new angles! Aerial angles are particularly great for capturing large wedding venues, group and family photos, and so much more! 

Pro-Tip: Plan drone shots during significant moments, such as the ceremony or group photos, to add a dynamic and cinematic element to your album… or just use the drone to capture uncle john doing a funny dance at the side during the wedding reception. The sky’s the limit!

Drone wedding photography gives you access to plenty of unique and expansive angles.

Destination Wedding Photography

Ideal for barn or countryside weddings, rustic photography embraces the simplicity and charm of natural settings. What’s great about this particular style of wedding photography is it lends well to variety in your wedding outfits, as your colorful dresses and sutis get all the more highlighted when posed against the natural landscapes. So go wild with the colors! 

Pro-Tip: Utilize the rustic environment by incorporating details like wooden elements, wildflowers, or vintage decorations for an authentic feel. If you want, you can even go full barefoot on some of your photos!

Rustic Wedding Photography

Are you and your partner both mountain-lovers? If so, then an easy way to pop the question is after scaling a summit together! Just make sure to stay safe up there, and make sure you enjoy the panoramic views together! You can even take this to the next level by hiking during winter-time, as it makes for a more unique proposal! 

Pro-Tip: Be mindful of altitude changes, as they can affect how you feel and react.

Black and White Wedding Photography

Stripping away color, black and white wedding photography adds a ton of emotion in your wedding photos without asking a lot from you as a couple. Simply do the same wedding poses, and your wedding photographer will take care of the rest! Of course, it’s also perfect for couples that want to add a touch of drama in their wedding photos. 

Pro-Tip: Pay attention to lighting contrasts; black and white photos are particularly impactful when there’s a balance between shadows and highlights.

A newlywed couple taking black and white wedding photos to add plenty of dimension and emotion.

Dos and Don'ts When Picking From Our Wedding Photography Styles

Dos:

  • Reflect Your Personal Style – At the end of the day, make sure the style you pick from our list of wedding photography styles matches with your personal taste and complements the overall theme of your wedding.
     
  • Communicate Your Vision – Clearly communicate your expectations and preferences to your wedding photographer. Share specific shots you’d love to have, but also be open to their creative suggestions based on their expertise! Our team from Photo Kings, for example, have tons of varied experience under their belts, so they’re always ready to help realize your vision (so why not work with us? Pretty please? 👉 👈)
     
  • Explore Photographer Portfolios – Before making a decision, carefully review the portfolios of potential photographers. Look for consistency in style, quality, and their ability to capture diverse moments. This will help you gauge their proficiency in your preferred photography style.

  • Consider Your Wedding Venue – The setting plays a crucial role in selecting the right style. Certain styles may complement specific venues better than others. For example, an industrial loft may suit editorial photography, while a beach wedding may be perfect for a more candid approach.

  • Embrace a Mix of Styles – Don’t feel confined to a single style! Many photographers are skilled at blending different styles to create a personalized approach that suits your unique preferences. Discuss the possibility of incorporating multiple styles into your wedding album.

Don’ts

  • Overlook Lighting Considerations – Lighting is a critical aspect of photography. Discuss lighting considerations with your photographer based on your venue and the time of day your ceremony and reception will take place.

  • Ignore Your Comfort Level – If you’re uncomfortable with posed shots or stylized posing, don’t opt for a photography style that heavily relies on these elements! Remember that your comfort level comes first, as they also contribute significantly to the overall success of your wedding photos.
     
  • Neglect Photographer Expertise – While it’s crucial to choose a style of wedding photography that aligns with your preferences, it’s equally important to select a photographer experienced in that style. Look for a professional who has a proven track record in delivering exceptional results within your chosen photography genre.

  • Rush the Decision – Finally, take your time when selecting a photography style and photographer! Rushed decisions may lead to regrets later on. Schedule consultations, ask questions, and ensure there’s a strong connection between you and your chosen photographer.
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Conclusion

Now that you’ve gone through our list of the best wedding photography styles, we hope you’re finally able to take a pick, or at least consider a few options with your partner.

Just remember that at the end of the day, it’s all about finding a style that best fits your personality and vision for the wedding, so make sure you find a wedding photographer that can help make this come true!

And speaking of finding wedding photographers, why not work with us here at Photo Kings? As Canada’s largest team of photographers, we’ve made it our mission to make all of our clients get nothing but the best results, and we can’t wait to find the perfect wedding photography style for you!

Of course, all of our services also come with competitive rates, along with customer service that will always put you and your needs first. So, contact us today or fill up our quote form and we’ll immediately be in touch!

Happy wedding planning!

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