Wedding Photography styles explained

Before you start researching Photographers, it’s important to know which style of photography you want at your wedding. See if any of the following appeal to you? And I will explain where I fit within these styles.

Film Vs Digital –all the Leicestershire wedding photographers I know shoot only in digital. Although I enjoy shooting in film, my film cameras stay at home during weddings.


This is an informal approach where the photographer will give you pure documentary coverage of your wedding. If you feel awkward when it comes to posed images then this is the thing for you. A wedding photojournalist will spend most of their time hanging back and capturing the action as it happens. The photographer does not give direction, and will rely on his keen eye and a readiness to “do what it takes to get the shot.”


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Very formal, highly posed like those pictures you would see in your parent’s wedding album. In the film days these were hugely popular. Because of how expensive film was, photographers would pose couples and guests to get the shots straight away. Personally, I don’t like this style, especially in Asian weddings, but if you like sticking to tradition then this is for you.

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Fine-art wedding photography involves using artistic angles, creative lighting, unique compositions and advanced editing techniques to create images with an artistic flare. Lots of skill, planning, a creative eye and often thinking out of the box approach is needed to excel in this style of photography.

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A style that is inspired by the fashion industry. When done properly it can produce amazing results. To do this successfully on a wedding day a photographer would need to be highly organised and often would need assistance. This style often involves the use of soft and flattering light. Editorial style focuses less on telling the absolute truth of the day as a documentary photographer might do.

Natural Light

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This isn’t really a style. But something I do a lot with my work. Rather than using a camera flash, photographers use natural available light in a setting to create warmth and mood. Lots of skill and knowledge is needed here to deal with shadows and other lighting challenges.

 Finally, where do I fit in with all of these…?

My Style is mainly Documentary with a dash of fine art. I am a moment hunter where I am constantly chasing the real raw emotions all day long & I try to tell a story authentically as possible. I love the unusual angles & take pride in my editing skills . I have learnt to be flexible when it comes to posed pictures as is often asked by my clients but I tend to keep this to a minimum. 95% of pictures are done with natural available light, only when my cameras sensors are pushed to the limit I tend to use flash.

If you like to see a full wedding I’ve done drop me a message and I would be happy to share a gallery or two from one of my recent weddings.