May 20, 2020

5 Wedding Photography Styles Explained

-         Classic

When you choose a classic style, the results are images that stand the test of time. These are the traditional black and white images, carefully posed and meticulously planned out. Most often, the photographer specializes in capturing ordinary moments in a beautiful and elegant way. This style tends to be a bit more formal but can always be given a modern twist.

-         Artistic

If you want something more personal for you, then an artistic style may be your ideal choice. These styles of images tend to capture unique, special moments and tend to utilize a lot more of the space around the couple instead of just capturing the couple full-frame and up close. If you are open and willing to have a bit of fun with your photographer, you will be amazed by the results.

Artistic Style with Mahta and Arash inside the House or Representative Member's room at the Library of Congress.

-         Lifestyle

Lifestyle is a type of photojournalism photography with a bit of a twist. Most images will appear to be candid, and most often, they are. This style is a mix of candid, natural shots, and pictures with some direction and staging provided to get the perfect shot.

-         Dramatic

While all styles will use different types of lighting, dramatic images make it a key component. This style will showcase a variety of different lighting techniques that the photographer has mastered to create truly breathtaking portraits.

Art of Lighting with Michelle and Alex at the REACH

-         Documentary

If you are not into the traditional posing or styling of shots, then a documentary wedding photographer is probably one you will want to consider. The documentary-style focuses on candid and spontaneous images that truly capture the entire essence of your wedding day.


In general, most photographers will specialize in one of these five areas but are also capable of doing a mixture of different styles. Some photographers (including me) do a combination of these styles. I like to combine the Artistic and Dramatic style and create a contemporary style with a modern twist to it. It is best to let your photographer know which style you prefer most and ask if that is a style they enjoy shooting.