I recently posted an article about the different styles of wedding photography and I thought it might be worth spending a little time examining one of those – fashion.
Now, fashion in wedding photography isn’t something new. In fact, if you look back at high-end wedding photography in years gone by, you’ll see it was around then, but it was known as style. What’s changed is that more and more people are looking for fashion wedding photography as part of their coverage. Fashion gives you the chance to work with your photographer to create images similar to those you’ll see in wedding magazines, or Vogue, or Vanity Fair. It’s a chance to step away from the “reality” of the wedding day and create images that really stand out.
However, fashion wedding photography is NOT for everyone! Why? Let me explain …
Over my years as a Bournemouth wedding photographer I’ve photographed weddings at loads of venues. Some good, some bad, some indifferent. In order to create stunning images you need a location that’s photogenic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to hire a swanky venue in order to get great images, but the areas where you’ll have your photographs taken need to look “decent”. Take this image above from my recent trip to Venice as an example ….. this is a beautiful old building with marble floors, shuttered windows, carved doors and more than a hint of decay. I could recreate this shot anywhere that had a similar room setup, but imagine there’s some 80′s wallpaper and carpets, fire exit signs, a couple of radiators ….. I think you get the idea. Good wedding photographers create gorgeous images but we need locations which allow us to place our couples in the photograph without having too many distractions. True, we can adjust our angles to hide certain elements of the room, but we can’t physically change it. That’s why, IF, you believe wedding photographs are important, you should ask the venue to show you where photographs are traditionally taken (although I have to admit we don’t necessarily agree with where other photographers have taken their shots!), and imagine what they could look like.
So, the venue and it’s options for shooting locations are important – is that all? NO. The key part to successful photography (of any type) is ….. YOU. I lost count many years ago of the number of couples who said they didn’t like having their photographs taken! The fact is, on your wedding day, you are the centre of attention – there’s no getting away from it. In order to get good photographs you have to be relaxed, and want to be an active participant. If you’ve made up your mind you don’t like having your photo taken then that will show in the photos! To get the best out of your wedding photo sessions you have to relax and get on well with your photographer. Now, there’s an additional requirement (or two) for having fashion wedding photography ….
First, you have to be comfortable with posing. I’m not suggesting you enrol on a modelling course, but in order to get stunning fashion style shots you’ll be adopting poses that might take you out of your comfort zone. You have to be committed to working with your photographer in order to get these shots. Which brings me onto the second requirement …. time. These shots don’t happen quickly, they take time to create. Admittedly, this image was one of a large number that I shot in just 20 minutes with the couple, who were models, so they knew how to pose! With a “real couple” that time will increase significantly, so you need to make sure that you talk to your photographer about what you’d like, agree on timings and then factor this into your running schedule for the wedding day. Ah yes, a “real couple” …. unless you want photos taken on your own, you’d better make sure that your other half’s on board with this as well. There’s nothing worse than shooting a Bride who’s 100% committed to spending time creating gorgeous shots and find we have a grumpy Groom who has no interest at all in what’s going on and would rather be back at the reception with his mates! Yes, I can create stunning images of you, but wouldn’t it be better if they had both of you in them for at least a decent percentage of the shots? Talk to each other, and agree on what you want to do! If you’re not normally comfortable having your photo taken then talk to your photographer about a pre-wedding shoot, so you can break down those barriers and worries!
Whatever style of wedding photography you choose, make sure that it’s one that fits your character – don’t follow trends and fads. Believe me, having timeless wedding images will mean that looking back at your wedding photos with your children and grandchildren will be a pleasure!
I’m both delighted and proud to be a recommended photographer for a number of the leading Dorset wedding venues and would be delighted to have a chat about what you want out of your wedding day, and how you want it recorded. Your wedding day’s unique, so shouldn’t the service that you receive be unique as well? Please use the contact form here on my website and I look forward to hearing from you.
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