Chronicle 004: What are the different bridal photography styles? Which is better?

I personally think that this is a harder search as compared to the gowns. Each photographer have his or her own distinct style. Since there’s no “custom make” option unlike the bridal boutiques, you will need to go through a lot of ground work to cover the photographer’s portfolio and finding out about the photographer themselves. I started looking around while continuing my search for the gowns.

To gain a basic understanding on different photography styles, see the below excerpt:

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“There are two primary approaches to wedding photography that are recognized today: Traditional and Photojournalistic. Traditional wedding photography provides for more classically posed images and a great deal of photographer control interaction on the day of the wedding. A Photojournalist style of wedding photography takes its cue from editorial reporting styles and focuses more on candid images with little photographer interaction. These are two extremes and many of today’s photographers will fall somewhere in the middle of these two styles.

A third style that is becoming more popular is a fashion-based approach. In contemporary/fashion-based wedding photography, photojournalist will combine candid images of the events of the day with posed images that are inspired by editorial fashion photography as would be found in magazines like Vogue or Vanity Fair. This style often involves more innovative and dramatic post-processing of images.

A fourth style that is popular in Asian countries, especially in China, is wedding studio photography (Chinese: 婚纱摄影; pinyin: hūn shā shè yǐng). Typically, couples will select a studio in a similar manner as western couples select a wedding photographer. They will then make an appointment with the studio for either in-studio or location shoot, which is becoming popular in recent years, to do “glamour wedding shots”. In attendance will be a hair stylist and make-up artist in addition to the photographer and the couple. The couple will go through many changes of clothing and backgrounds in a similar manner to the fashion based approach.”

It’s really not easier huh. Again visuals play a very strong role in your decision making here. From magazines or websites online, make a visual scrapbooks on the images you like. Whether it’s outdoor, indoor, or overseas. Because you just need them to communicate an overall look. I tore out a spread from Her World brides for an outdoor fashion shoot that I really loved and brought it with me everywhere.

The first style that struck my interests were the Taiwan bridal photography style. They looked really dreamy and romantic to a certain sense. That appealed to me. My other half thought “eh not bad, can try. let’s go find out more”. So we went to find places with bridal fairs with photography. We visited the W&T fair at suntec city, and asked around. Yes, there will always be this stress that they will hard-sell you on the spot. BUT be firm! This is just research, you don’t have to commit anything.

We spoke to Bluebay weddings, and frankly we were impressed by the knowledge of the consultants there. She gave us countless examples, explained the routes and packages to us. We were tempted BUT since they were my 1st stop, we gave a firm we-will-consider-but-we-cannot-decide-now answer to them.

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The taiwanese lady was really good at persuading us! She was sincere and vivacious (tw style lol). 2 things that kept me clear during this process were 1) we had already gone to taiwan and 2) notice that the port folios that they show are made up of idol-worthy bridal couples (which I suspect could be just for show, personal opinion).

At the same fair, we visited a few other bridal studios (gowns+photos). They offered one stop solutions for everything, with overseas photography of your choice locations of Taiwan,  Korea, Bali, France and Japan. The moment we sat down, the package selling starts. 😦 Of course I took off when I had the chance.

My tip: Go with your other half or a clear headed friend. That is the greatest asset you have for this search because they can keep you clear and help you ask all the “what-if” questions.

FACT: A professional consultant will answer all your questions.

You will gain great insight to the processes, timelines and hidden charges involved when you ask more.

More on the search here.

One Response to “Chronicle 004: What are the different bridal photography styles? Which is better?”
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