Wedding Photography Styles: what are they, and how do they affect the price?
First thing first: make sure the style of the photographer matches your taste and your wedding’s overall style. Being aware of the differences can help you decide, but keep in mind that the style can impact the costs as well.
There are mainly three different styles you can choose from. Here you’ll find them ordered by costs, from lower to higher:
The photographer focuses on taking documentary shots of the events as they unfold. Less traditional, “posed” photos and more real-life moments captured during the day.
PROS: Best to capture the real vibe of the event. Laughs, tears, hugs, smiles and emotions are portrayed for what they really are. Moreover, the photographer doesn’t impact your day. He/she just walks around capturing moments, and you never have to stop what you’re doing to pose.
CONS: Some people (especially grandparents) tend to appreciate classic family portrait shots, group photos and couple portraits, that normally are not part of this style.
PRICE: it’s normally the cheapest option, as it doesn’t require an assistant photographer nor any particular equipment. Bear in mind that any additional service, such as a second camera to follow both bride and groom during preparation, will result in additional charges.
See some photojournalism wedding coverage examples here.
A formal and classic style, which includes a lot of posed shots.
PROS: It’s a safe bet: the photographer engages with your guests in the way they would expect, and the photos will be particularly appreciated by the older generations. This particular style can result in classy and elegant photos, especially good if you like a more “serious” approach.
CONS: You have to dedicate a lot of time to your photographer on your wedding day. In several occasions during the event you have to stop what you’re doing to pose for a traditional picture. Moreover, the final images might lack some genuine, organic emotions.
PRICE: Not only this tends to be more expensive (as it normally requires an assistant and some specific equipment), but it’s likely that the photographer will have an “old-fashioned” way of pricing things. For example, they might only include a limited number of photos, hours or services in the package, and charge for extras. Things that were very common in the past, but that are no longer the norm with younger photographers with a more holistic approach.
Photographers tend to label as “fine art” any particular or creative composition. It’s a bit of a stretch but anything out of the ordinary can be considered “fine art”. It can be very dramatic, from lighting usage to poses choice. It can feature different points of view, or impressive scenery; it can even go as far as digital art compositions. Above all, the final product has to create frame-worthy photographs: they are meant to be works of art.
PROS: You get stunning images, that can decorate your entire house and will impress everyone who sees them. Moreover, taking some creative photos can be a fun and inspirational moment with your other half or your friends.
CONS: Some shots may take a little bit of extra time, maybe some setup and makeup, and they may need hardcore editing – meaning they can take a while to be delivered.
PRICE: Needless to say, it’s the most expensive option. But if you like the photographer’s personal style, it’s definitely worth it.