Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away!

Today’s wedding photographer must have artistic talent, vision, and technical expertise in order to compete in the wedding industry. Wedding photography from the past was very limited and consisted mostly of stiff poses from the couple and their wedding party. You never got to feel the emotion, romance, or the ‘behind the scene’ events of the day. There are still many photographers in the wedding industry that practice the old traditional photography with its preplanned poses…. but today’s wedding couple is demanding a more contemporary look for their wedding photography.

Wedding photojournalism is not brand new and has been in magazines for over 10 years now. The main idea behind wedding photojournalism is to capture the wedding events without the photographer’s direction. The photographer is there to capture the true emotion and ambiance of the wedding day as it unfolds. This photojournalism is a true representation of the wedding day and that’s why it is so popular. Some really hard core wedding photojournalists will not shoot any posed events, including family group photos.

Most wedding photographers offer a combination of traditional and journalistic wedding photography. The photographer focuses on documenting the wedding day as events take place, but the wedding day coverage also includes a session with the couple for formal posed or semi-posed shots and also family group shots.

 The latest trend in wedding photography is toward high end fashion. It is inspired by the latest fashion and wedding magazines. The photographer gives the couple a small taste of fantasy with this approach and the goal is to make the couple look their best.

There is usually a bit of romantic teasing in this type of photography along with a look of glamour. Most couples love this approach, since it makes them feel like wedding celebrities. The photographer has to have attention to detail in order to get the perfect look from the couple. Artistic talent, as well as computer image editing skills are required as well, to produce this unique type of wedding photography. Half the photo is made from behind the camera with the second half from digital image editing and manipulation.

In my experience, most couples want to capture the reality, the details, and the romance of their wedding day, but at the same time they have fantasies about their wedding and the way they want to look.

If you are trying to make a decision on a wedding photographer, look closely at the photographer’s portfolio. Make sure it agrees with your philosophy on how your wedding day events should be photographed. Above all else, make sure you choose a photographer who is a master of his craft. These are your memories…..they should be a masterpiece.

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One thought on “Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away!

  1. Right. I love the last lines “Above all else, make sure you choose a photographer who is a master of his craft. These are your memories…..they should be a masterpiece.”

    When we meet with a prospective client, we are sure to let them know how we work, what we will do, what we will not do, and where our passions are. I was recently talking with another local photographer who had just sent a bride our way who he knew wasn’t a good fit for him and would rather have a bride be matched up with a compatible photographer than shoot a wedding that didn’t fit into the style/approach model that he had for the business. It’s a good way to run a business.

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