Sunday, 15 June 2014

Wedding photography: how to make it artistic

These fine art images are from Belle

and Beau Fine Art Photography
. Holly at Belle and Beau is based in

Yorkshire, and on her website describes her style as “relaxed, natural

and organic”. “I strongly believe there is a craft behind creating

beautiful wedding photography that truthfully tells the story of your day

whilst making you and your wedding look its absolute most beautiful,”

she says. “We cater to a very discerning client who appreciates

photography and wants the best wedding photography experience possible.”

What to expect: The bride and groom to look like the romatic leads in

their own film. Plenty of tasteful shots of all the important accessories of

the day, too, from the bridal gown to the table decorations.

What to google: Fine art photography, fashion photography, editorial


2. Reportage wedding photography

If the thought of posing for hundreds of stiff, formal wedding shots gives you

the fear, a reportage-style wedding photographer might be the perfect fit.

This sort of photographer often has a background in photojournalism and

news, so they excel at capturing blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments that

tell the story of the day without your guests even noticing. Even if you

don’t see your best childhood friends sharing a silly giggle during the

ceremony, or your granddad tearing up during the groom’s speech, your

eagle-eyed reportage wedding photographer will capture it all.

These reportage images are from wedding photographer Jack

, who describes his work as “simple, creative

reportage-style wedding photography”. Jack is based in London and

promises his style will “never ‘command and control’ but just capture

the day as it unfolds – it is a day for you to enjoy first of all”.

What to expect: The unexpected. Moments from your day that you had no

idea were being caught on camera.

What to google: Reportage, photojournalism, candid photography

3. Quirky wedding photography

Traditional flowers, romance and pastel-pink colour palettes might leave you

cold. If you’re more of a fun-loving, totally individual type, there are

plenty of laid-back and quirky photographers who specialise in capturing

free-spirited, out-of-the-ordinary wedding parties that don’t take

themselves too seriously. This type of photographer can be a great way of

busting wedding nerves and helping everyone to relax, especially if lots of

your wedding guests don’t already know each other. Some quirky photographers

can photoshop you flying through the air, bring along props to hold, think

up games to play (the groomsmen carrying the bridesmaids in a piggyback race

is a favourite) or devise whole photo stories like this epic

zombie-themed wedding shoot

These quirky wedding photos are courtesy of Hannah

Millard at Camera Hannah
. Hannah is based in Derbyshire, and her

photography service promises “something a bit different. You’re

probably a bit camera shy, or a lot camera shy but photography is important

to you. You want someone that you can trust who will keep things relaxed and

help the day to move smoothly. You want some creative, relaxed portraits of

the two of you together, a tiny handful of laid back family group shots but

mostly you want a record of your day.” Her own wedding was video

game-themed and she clutched a bouquet of cameras.

What to expect: Zany props, minor stunts, photos that reflect your own

personal tastes and hobbies, and plenty of fun and laughter.

What to google: Quirky wedding photography, creative wedding

photography, lighthearted wedding photography, unique wedding photography

4. Vintage wedding photography

There’s something about vintage-style photos that makes everything look extra

romantic. Vintage and rustic themed weddings – with decorations made from

old twine and pots of homemade jam as wedding favours – are always popular,

and require the right photographer to show them at their best. Vintage

specialist photographers can make your wedding look as if it happened in

another age, either by the clever use of photoshop filters or by using film

and/or retro 35mm or medium format cameras. Not just for Instagram addicts.

Another way to get the vintage photo look is to give your guests Polaroid or

disposable cameras, so they can capture the day themselves in a lo-fi way.

These vintage photos are by Harriet at

She’s based in south Manchester (but wishes she’d been born in California in

the Sixties) and likes vintage cameras and classic cars. Harriet has spent

most of her adult life behind a camera – for eight years she worked as a TV

documentary-maker – and her inspiration comes from Fifties Hollywood and the

glamorous stars of its day: “I wanted to create a post-production style

that would give the impression that the photos could have been taken on

film, feeling timeless and classic.” And it’s fair to say that her work

does exactly that.

What to expect: Timeless photos that look instantly nostalgic and


What to google: Vintage wedding, retro wedding photography, lomography


5. Trash the dress

What to do with your dress after you’ve said “I do”? Some people

keep it packed away in the wardrobe for ever more, but there are

photographers who offer a more fun alternative: trashing it, and taking

photos of the results. This can involve covering it with paint in your

favourite colours (above), having your bridesmaids rip it off you, doing a

muddy assault course in it or wearing it somewhere a little inappropriate. A

bowling alley or the beach, for example. But be warned: some trash the dress

shoots involving fire or the sea can be very dangerous, so don’t get carried


These trash the dress photos are by Emily Johnston at Photographic

. Emily trained at the London College of Fashion and has a

creative and spontaneous, fashion-influenced photography style.

What to expect: Your dress to get totally ruined. Photos that are fun,

silly, and help you to let off steam after the big day.

What to google: Trash the dress, rock the frock, crazy wedding

photography, fearless bridal

This is the first in a series of articles in our artistic wedding

photography guide.

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