What's Trending in today's Bridal photography
Tips from the professionals
Wedding trends change through the years and your Wedding pictures cannot remain unaffected. Wedding
photography has undergone many changes. A look into the studios of some of the most popular wedding
photographers brought to light several trends that seem to be favorites with couples these days. As with all
wedding trends, you would want to choose what works best with your wedding style and tailor them to your
liking. The best approach would be to combine traditional photography with these trends.
Backdrops have become huge. Whether
it is behind the head table or for a photo
booth, backdrops will continue to grow in
popularity. They can be beautiful yards
of lace, strips of multi colored fabric, or
floral garlands hung vertically. And all of
these are great DIY projects.
This Southern tradition has made its way
into the mainstream. Brides are scheduling
bridal portrait sessions in their dresses
before the wedding day or allotting time on
the day of to take formal portraits of
themselves. "You're spending all this time
and effort on your look and it's nice to
document it properly,". Another twist?
Formal couple portraits, which show
posed, traditionally styled shots of the
couple. These photos from the wedding of
model Lauren Bush and her husband,
David Lauren, were featured in Vogue.
Shooting the Proposal
Some savvy grooms are hiring photographers to document their
proposal so that wonderful-but-fleeting moment can be relived
later by the couple and shared with friends and family.
Photographer Danny Weiss says this trend is growing quickly, and
he loves being a part of it. "I'll never forget one proposal I shot in
Central Park in New York City, in the dead of winter. It felt like it
was just me and the couple in the park, and I got really great
images," he says.
Black and White
Black and White pictures have had their heydays in the early
2000, but the recent years have seen the resurgence of the B/W
photos and it has become one of the hottest wedding
photography trends of recent times. Some photographers say
their customers want that half (or more) shots in black and white.
True professionals are delighted to accept such a request: it
allows them to bring to light all their artistic qualities and play with
light to get stunning results.
A Second Photographer for Candid Shots
Traditionally, the photographer follows step by step, the bride’s preparations and then focuses on the couple
during the ceremony and reception, except for a few pictures of the guests. When photographers work in teams
of two people, it is possible to capture a lot of little moments that might have passed into oblivion: children’s
games, preparations of the groom and groomsmen, decorating the room for the reception, the tears of mothers
during the ceremony, etc. A second photographer is a great idea for any wedding, but essential if you have more
than 100 people on your list.
Photo Sessions before and/or
After Marriage (Trash the
If you want to spend more time with your
loved ones and avoid long photo
sessions on the day of the ceremony, it is
possible to schedule a session with your
photographer before or after the big day.
You’ll have plenty of time to play the star
and try out different poses without the
nervous stress of the wedding day.
The trend “Trash the Dress” is particularly popular. This involves a photo session (after the big day, of
course) during which the bride poses in her wedding dress in all imaginable activities: horseback riding,
running into the sea, etc. And no, you do not necessarily ‘trash’ your dress if you are careful enough and
choose your poses wisely!