How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

What is Your Photography Style?

Most couples don’t realize how many different styles of wedding photography actually exist. Just like you need to know your wedding style before you can start picking out flowers or decor, you need to know what photography style(s) you love before you can start looking at photographers. Each photographer has their own style. 

Wedding Photography Styles (simply put)

Adventurous — This style is more of a personality trait rather than a look. If you and your soon-to-be spouse love to travel and explore, look for a photographer who will follow you wherever you go. Finding a photographer who describes themselves as an adventurer is a must!

Photojournalist — The purpose of being a photojournalist is to unobtrusively capture the wedding day as a whole, not just the planned moments. Photojournalism is newspaper style, so you won’t get the posed shots if you hire a true photojournalist. If you don’t like posing or staging, then hiring a photojournalist might be the perfect option for you.

Fine Art — Fine art wedding photographers are actively creating art while capturing the story of your day. Every moment has the potential to turn into a photograph that could be a stand-alone piece in an art gallery.

Traditional — A traditional photographer appreciates the staples of a wedding and will capture them for you with art and grace. You can expect a modern take on the posed photos of your grandparents’ wedding album. Traditional wedding photographers typically focus on capturing the details that are important to you, including family photos, décor, and other images that you might have on your shot list.

Editorial — If you love the look of photography in magazines, then you might like your wedding to be photographed with a similar feel. Editorial allows photographers to shoot creatively and over the top. While you won’t find candid moments in this style of photography, the editorial look is dramatic and edgy.

Moody and Dark — A moody or VSCO-look means that your photographer edits their photos in such a way as to mimic film imagery (or they might be a hybrid shooter — shooting both film and digital). If you love bright, bold colors and want your photos to look exactly how you remember your wedding day (color-wise), then the moody style may not be for you. 

Most photographers incorporate more than one of these styles into their work in some way or other. It makes it more fun and more interesting for their clients. So, keep that in mind when you start looking at portfolios! Make sure you pick a photographer that you are completely comfortable with, that their style “speaks” to you.

The Best Photogenic Venue

If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor venue with a fairy-tale feel, Hidden Creek might be the place for you. Our creekside venue combines the gorgeous scenery you want with the privacy you need. With separate bride and groom lodges and an open field for stunning wedding photos, you’re sure to have the ceremony of your dreams at Hidden Creek. Call or visit our website to schedule a tour today!