Types of Wedding Photography You Want to Consider for Your Big Day

31st August 2020
Wedding Photography

When it comes to photography, the sky is the limit. Wedding photography can be done in many ways, so you might as well just choose a couple of styles you like the most. 

Traditional, fashion, fine art, black and white, documentary, digital, film—these are all things to consider when it comes to having the pictures you want. 

In this article, we will cover some of them, so that you have a better sense of what to look out for. Keep reading to learn more.

Traditional Wedding Photography

This is definitely a hands-on photography style because otherwise, these styled shots look lifeless. The photographer will plan in advance all of the locations and scenarios to photograph, and they will work closely with you to ensure that you have the correct positioning and poses.

This is good because you’ll know in advance what kind of photos you will get after the wedding. And in most cases, you and the photographer will work together to compile the shot list, meaning both parties should be satisfied with the end result.

Fashion Photo Style

An entire genre in itself, this type focuses on showing off bridal fashion for commercial purposes. However, this style is often used in engagement/wedding photos as well.

Through the use of lighting, expressions, backgrounds, and fashionable poses, this type of photography allows the photographer to express their creativity.

Even without experience, it’s pretty simple to try out. Using fashion magazines for inspiration is a great place to start, and you can take it further by dramatizing the subject with different clothes. 

If you can make the subjects in the pictures look stylish and glamorous, these photos should bring years of enjoyment.

Fine Art Photos

Another type of wedding photography that gets confused with others is fine art photography. It usually involves post-production, composition, lighting, and creative framing. 

Photographers will always anticipate moments in which they can use fine art techniques, leading to some unique images. There are no poses involved, even though it’s common for adjustments of posture to be made. 

However, placement of items is often very important, so expect to change outfits, move bouquets, show off your rings, and much more.

It’s similar to portraiture because preferences are often disregarded as it can limit the photographer’s potential. However, if you’re hiring multiple photographers, you can ensure that you get a variety of styled shots. You can have one photographer take fine art shots, and the other using another style.


This type of photography focuses on captivating moments that happen during the day. There is no posing or special lighting involved. This type of photography is quite literally photojournalism because it covers the entire story of the day. 

By relying on candid moments instead of orchestrating them, you get a much more genuine and beautiful photo album. The wedding day is about you, and the photographer is just the observer.

Dramatic Photography

Lighting is critical to the success of any photography, especially dramatic types.

One has to be able to create drama and tell a story with the picture in some unique way if the lighting isn’t working out as planned. Anyone can take a great photo here and there, but what differentiates the best from the worst is the ability to take stunning photos consistently, capturing each part of the wedding.

Off-camera flash is something photographers spend a lot of time mastering, so you might want to look more into that.

Digital Photography

Another important decision to make is whether or not you will be using digital or film photography. Digital is the most common, and the greatest benefit is that its quick. You can check your photos within days after the wedding. 

Digital cameras also take great captures in low light, something that film will have a hard time doing. And because of the display screen, the photographer can preview the shots and adjust everything accordingly. 

It’s easy to push creative boundaries with digital, and film is more restrictive.

Film Photography

Images that have been shot with film have a very natural and soft look and feel to them. Film has the best range when it comes to highlights, shadows, and whatnot. 

But shooting with film takes more time and more money. You will have to pay for rolls of film, processing, and editing, all of which cost quite a bit. Plus, just getting the photos from the lab and preparing them can take weeks.


Portraiture yields some phenomenal images, and that’s because they are great for amplifying the emotion felt by the happy couple or blushing bride. 

Portraiture can be a very natural and at-ease method for capturing movement and smiles of the groom and bride.

The key moments for portraiture are when the bride has her makeup on; when the couple has their suit and gown on, and when they can pose privately for pictures with their parents. These first moments are the best times to get this style of picture.

Wedding Photography Done Right

Are you tying the knot soon? Now that you know about the most important types of wedding photography, you are well on your way to deciding what type is best for your wedding. And in most cases, you’ll want a combination of several, and that’s truly the best way to go about it. 

The best photo album is the one that tells a story, conveys emotion, and uses a variety of styles that piece together all the events of your big day.

If you’re interested in working with a Sussex photographer for your wedding photography, get in touch, and I will happily accommodate you.

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