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How to Choose Your Wedding Photography Style

How to Choose Your Wedding Photography Style

Bride and Groom on the stairs at Grantley Hall

Wedding photography is the most important part of your wedding day. There are so many things to consider, from venue choice to cake flavours, but one of the most important things you should be thinking about is which kind of wedding photography style you want.

Wedding photography is an art that celebrates a unique moment in time. You want to choose your wedding photography style based on what you want to capture, how you want it to look, and how much money you want to spend. Here’s our guide on how to pick the right wedding photography style for your big day.

Wedding Photography styles

Bride Getting Ready at Allerton Castle

Wedding photography styles are just as varied as the wedding events themselves. Choosing the best wedding photography style for your wedding is a crucial decision that you need to make. It can be a tough choice to make, but once you have done it, you will know that it was the right choice.

You can choose your wedding photography style from the various wedding photography styles like the traditional, contemporary, modern, vintage, family, corporate, and many more. These wedding photography styles are categorized based on different themes.

Traditional Wedding Photography

A Bride with her wedding veil at Allerton Castle

Traditional wedding photography includes multiple poses, with one person facing the camera or in front of it. These photographs generally tend to look outdated and old-fashioned because most modern couples don’t like posing for photos. However, this type of photography style is still incredibly. 

Contemporary Wedding Photography

Bride and Groom Embrace at Allerton Castle

Contemporary wedding photography is the type of wedding photography style that captures a lot of detail and concentration. With this design, you can have multiple people captured in a single photo as well as multiple locations such as inside a church or on an open space field with rolling hills conveniently caught in the background. This kind of contemporary photography resembles almost real-life where different parts are painted onto various backgrounds to create these visual effects that aren’t available anywhere else!

Fine Art Wedding Photography

Drone Photo of a Bride and Groom walking towards Allerton Castle

Fine art is a contemporary style of photography that involves taking the time to get creative with unique photographs. This type influences its users in multiple ways as this allows them to be able to produce their own personal artwork during wedding photo shoots whilst often using unique locations and ideas which really make your photos stand out from all others!

When looking for Fine Art Wedding Photographers, you need someone who goes above & beyond when shooting your pictures. 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography

Bride and Groom with Son at night at Rudding Park

Photojournalism involves creating pictures that have the feeling of a story behind them where your photographer can capture those moments in time you are by yourself and be able to tell stories through their images. This category also seeks out somewhere as natural-looking or abstract but with strong details which is why this style often has its photography shooting outdoors, under high amounts of light at times whilst other factors such as patterns appear when printed onto photographs for finding imaginative ideas!

Dark & Moody Wedding Photography 


Bridal Portrait

If you like your photographs to be all dark & moody with strong blacks and, as the style name suggests, a gloomy feel then this is perfect for having unique ideas without compromising on quality. It’s not just about using black (& any other colour which matches) backgrounds but also taking it further by being able to use bold colours in certain areas of your photos! Everyone else seems too conventional and boring when doing so but ‘colourful photography’ can really be something else for your photographs to stand out from the rest! 

Lifestyle Wedding Photography

This style is about embracing day-to-day life vs. going for the cliché idea of having a wedding photoshoot with castles & fairy-tale elements. What better way than adding into your wedding photographs how you spend most of your time in nature, fishing on the banks, or just chilling by water (and taking lots of pictures). The aim isn’t always about ‘wedding photography for beginners’ as this can sometimes give it that whole multi-cultural feel ‘everywhere’s different’. If you’re feeling adventurous and up for a change then this is perfect if something as random & bold comes to mind.

Documentary Wedding Photography

Now, this might seem a bit ‘out there’ if you’re not used to thinking outside of the box but somehow it seems to work as something quite inspiring or influential when putting together your photographs. It’s somewhat different & fun depending on how creative you want them looking – so instead of being predictable, try out ideas that otherwise wouldn’t have been thought off!


It’s good to have some ideas in mind whether you’re from the UK, USA, Australia or even New Zealand searching for your wedding photographer so don’t just go on an ‘adventure’ all of a sudden without having any plans. There are SO many photographers out there and it can be very difficult deciding which ones to choose with each offering something different (and therefore special). So if you have chosen your style you can narrow down the list of available photographers to the ones that specialize in your style is best of all.

If you have any questions about this blog post or wedding photography as a whole then please contact me.

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