Guest post by: Jonathan Griffiths
As you probably know by now, planning a wedding takes a lot of time and effort into making it perfect for you and everybody else. Many couples have their own views about which is more important for them, but I can assure you choosing the photographer is high up on the list. You want a professional photographer who knows what they are doing and how they do this, most importantly you want to know there style of capturing these precious moments.
The traditional approach is more formal and requires guests to situate around an area for certain periods of time. This was the most popular approach 10-15 years ago, but as new styles emerged this has fallen behind. For a more formal approach, this is the choice for you.
Puts you in charge, you choose when and where you want the photos to be taken.
The end product may feel or look forced and not appear natural.
Working to a specific deadline, guests may not like constantly being taken away for more and more pictures.
A lot of the images require posing, which can eat up time and take away the fun.
The contemporary approach:
This approach is far more relaxed than the traditional, but does require small bits of interference from the photographer. The photographer is more than likely looking for the moments that are important to the couple, such as the I do’s and the first dance. Both are important times of the day and I’m sure you want these to be captured in the best possible way.
Less of a formal approach most of the time you will forget you have a photographer.
The photographer is likely going to spot the important moments and make them look that much more special.
You are not in control as much as you could be with the traditional approach.
Some photos you may not like, therefore feel like they were a waste.
The popular reportage approach:
Unlike the traditional wedding approach, this has grown in popularity over the last few years. Characterised by a hands-off approach by the photographer who will record the events of your big day as they happen in the manner of documentary television crew. You may forget the photographer is there, making you forget and helping the images look as natural as possible.
The least intrusive style, lets you and your guest relax throughout the day.
All of the finished images will look natural and will show the happiness of the day
You may see pictures that you were not expecting to see, maybe a grumpy relative who’s smiling for once? Adding to the WOW factor.
Again, unlike traditional you are not in charge therefore your input won’t really be needed.
The finished product may not be hat you expected, depending on the photographers experience they may not be high quality shots.
These styles are the most tried and used approaches by many couples on their wedding day. Depending on what you want and what you are expecting you need to ask your chosen photographer about their wedding style and see if this suits to what you are expecting.
Written by Jonathan Griffiths- Wedding photographer based in Buckinghamshire UK