Wedding Photography Styles: The Complete Guide

From dresses to décor, style preferences vary from couple to couple. One of the most important stylistic decisions all couples have to make is choosing a wedding photographer. In fact, you should choose your wedding photography style even before you reach out to potential photographers. If you go the other route—book first, learn about the style later—you may end up with photos that don’t match your vision.

According to wedding photographer Jainé Kershner, this preliminary research will help you make the right photography investment. “You want to love your photographer’s style,” she says. “They worked really hard to figure out how they shoot and edit, so couples need to make sure their style is exactly what they want.”

Meet the Expert

Jainé Kershner is a wedding photographer based in New York City.

Today’s most popular wedding photo styles include fine art and even dark and moody images, but classic images remain constant as well. But what if you like, say, classic and dark and moody photos? Do you have to choose one or the other? Don’t worry, Kershner says, because many photographers offer a variety of styles throughout the day.

With so many options, it’s tricky to choose exactly what wedding photography style is best for you. But Kershner says there is one easy way to find out: analyze your social-media saves. “Look at Instagram or Pinterest and see which types of images you’re liking and saving the most,” Kershner says. “If you can see a pattern where everything is similar or in the same family, that’s great. Otherwise, you can create mood boards or start Pinterest boards to see what you like most. After a few weeks of going through and pinning, you’ll start to see a trend.”

From candids to classics, here’s everything you need to know about wedding photography styles to inform the decision about your photographer.

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