Although wedding photography was once a somewhat staid affair – a fixed tripod operated by a disinterested observer capturing image after image of stiffly organized family groups – it is now a vibrant and exciting industry. A big change has seen an increase in creativity driven by couples and photographers alike. People getting married want photographs that are truly representative of their style and their relationship and those behind the camera are happily meeting such demands.
The word vintage is inescapable when it comes to trends in fashion, in décor and now in wedding ceremonies. The word itself actually encompasses a range of styles, but whether you are a wedding photographer in Hampshire or a dress designer in Yorkshire it won’t have escaped your notice that interest in vintage-themed ceremonies and receptions is continuing to soar.
A family affair
As important as the snaps taken on the day will be, many couples are choosing to make photography an even bigger part of their overall theme. One particularly thoughtful way of doing this is by looking back through the family albums and incorporating the wedding photos of loved ones into the reception decorations. With interest in genealogy on the rise, some couples might even be able to trace images from deep into the past. A great way to recognize the importance of family on the big day … and perhaps to look back on some fashions that are best forgotten!
Wedding albums should be as special as the couple saying I do and as a result, more and more photographers are embracing the quirky side of capturing the big day. From snapping every little intricacy on the bride’s beautiful dress to focusing in on the detail of a guest’s bag, experienced professionals are adept at delivering something unique for the couple involved.
A relaxed approach
Yes, there is still a place for the traditional portraiture style valued by many couples, but in addition to this more and more wedding parties are being photographed in a more laid back and increasingly casual way. Seeing the real reactions of participants and guests, finding the most interesting nooks and crannies in the reception venue, and snapping the action on the dance floor can truly bottle the excitement of the day and keep it safe forever.
Embracing social media
There is seemingly no escape from social media, so rather than fighting it many couples are incorporating it into their special day. Some ceremonies decree a designated hashtag to be attached to images uploaded to Instagram or Twitter in order to get the ceremony ‘trending’ and in conjunction with professional photos, these informal shots can provide a great record as the wedding story unfolds.
Classic black and white
Although black and white pictures are far from a new initiative, they are a new trend in wedding photography. More and more couples are taken with the sleekness and sophistication that such tones can provide. Skilled photographers are able to elevate these images to create timeless classics for couples to enjoy for years to come.