Wedding Photography Styles…Explained

Photo by Duncan Cox
Photo by Duncan Cox (an example of Documentary Style Wedding Photography)

It can be an incredibly daunting task, trying to search through a long list of wedding photographers trying to find the perfect one. In fact, some might argue that your wedding photographer is one of the most important vendors you’ll hire, so the pressure is definitely ON. There is one piece of research, however, that will make your search through multiple wedding photographers that much easier…and that’s figuring out what kind of style you like the most. One of the best ways to do that is to not only scour through different wedding photographs (our real weddings section is a great place to start) to get an idea of what you like, but once you identify the kind of wedding photographs you like, you’ll need to know the term for that particular kind of wedding photography style.

This infographic from Peter Edwards Photography does a pretty great job of explaining the various styles wedding photographers use. From Traditional/Classic wedding photography to Fine Art and Documentary style, there are slight variations in each that you might not be aware of. There’s also some super useful tips on how to pose, what questions to ask your wedding photographer, as well as a wedding photo checklist.

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  1. says: Cyndi

    #5 Really? The best photo locations according to the last photographer who shot there or the planner?
    I want my photographer to be able to see things other people cannot. I want them to have a fresh eye and I wouldn’t want my photos to be similar to a couple hundred others wedding photos.