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
Davolio, 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 weddingsvintage.com.
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
Blonde. 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