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Photo © Astra Creative
Years ago, if you wanted professional photos taken at your wedding, you had relatively few stylistic options available to you. All wedding photography was formal and posed, with very little variance within that. One photographer's work often looked much like that of another, and there was no need to spend much time reviewing different portfolios.

Well, no more.

Today’s bride had a wide variety of photographers and styles to choose from. However, among all the variety, three basic categories still arise: Traditional, Photojournalistic/Candid, and Hybrid. Many of today’s photographers fall somewhere in the ‘Hybrid’ category, although there is much variation in style and balance among them.

Let’s define the categories.

Traditional

Just as it sounds, this is your mother’s wedding photographer – perhaps literally. Photographers who fall into this category will focus mainly on posed, formal images. Think: various family and bridal party groupings taken at or near the church altar. Some candid shots may be included during the ceremony and at the reception, but even these often have a formal feel to them. Traditional photography is a good fit for the bride who has many family and bridal party members she wants to be certain are photographed, as well as the bride who dislikes having photos taken when she is unprepared, or un-posed (candid.)

Photojournalistic/Candid

Perhaps the biggest wedding photography buzzword of the last decade, true Photojournalistic photographers are actually hard to come by. This style includes absolutely no posed images – only the documentation of the events of the day as they happen – nothing else. Most brides fear that someone will get missed, and therefore shy away from a purely photojournalistic approach. However, if you always feel uncomfortable and smile awkwardly when you know the camera is pointed your direction, this might be just the right style for you.

Hybrid

As you might imagine, this is a combination of the other two basic styles of wedding photography. In general, most wedding photographers today fit somewhere in this category. They will do some posed group shots, sometimes in a very formal, traditional manner, and sometimes in a more artistic, informal manner. They will do both posed and semi-posed shots with the couple, often using the areas surrounding the ceremony and/or reception sites for interesting settings. Then, they otherwise work to capture the moments of the day in a candid manner, without disturbing you or your guests. Within this category, many different approaches exist, so if this is your preferred approach, you’ll have to do your homework.

Make sure, regardless of the shooting style category that is right for you, that you view plenty of samples from potential photographers, including at least one complete wedding album. It is important to see how a photographer covers the full event, not just the highlight shots from many beautiful days. Even grandma is sure to end up with at least one great image from the day – you want to be certain you’ll have bunches of great shots to memorialize your wedding day.

Cheers,
Heather, The Events Conciergetm




 
 
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On January 8, 2011, Erin Hession photographed Ashley and Othmane's wedding & reception in La Jolla, California. Erin is a dedicated photographer and loves to photograph destination weddings. She is amazing at capturing every detail, personalizing your photographs to make them unique, and preserving the memories you will always cherish. Here is a selection of our personal favorites from Ashely and Othmane's wedding in La Jolla, California! Enjoy!!

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Nice touch with some bling around the ring!
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I love the detailing this picture brings out!
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Beautiful bouquet
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A stunning picture of the happy couple!
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I LOVE this picture, how adorable & unique!
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Such a fun & cute idea!
Want to see more of this gorgeous wedding? Check out Erin's full blog post. And, be sure to "Like" Erin Hession Photography on Facebook for the latest scoop!
 
 
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Photo © Allison Mayer Photography
Years ago, it was customary for brides sit for a solo portrait session. Well, not anymore.

Today couples are embarking on a quest in search for the perfect shot, together. With studio pictures becoming more drab, couples are looking for more high-concept ideas to capture their love. Many unexpected locales are being sought out to showcase the couple's love.

How about shooting in a field of flowers, inside a bowling ally, or at a baseball stadium? These are just some of the endless possibilities couples are starting to explore for their engagement photos. Not only are couples choosing adventurous places to shoot their photos, they are also coming up with personal touches to enhance their experience.

Perhaps choosing a specific theme, or a particular time period that reflects your connection, or maybe shooting action shots that reflect your playful side. As well as capturing beautiful shots of you and your significant other during your engaged bliss, many photographers offer engagement photos as a part of their wedding photography packages. Not only does this let you test drive your photographer and initially get comfortable, but lets you know what to expect on your big day. 

Today, adding personal touches to your wedding is key, so why not start from the very beginning with your engagement photos?

Best,
Hilary

Photo courtesy of Allison Mayer Photography