When you are first trying to pick out your wedding photographer that will be the one to capture all those amazing memories of your upcoming nuptials, you want to make sure you are choosing someone who you not only love but who has the exact wedding portraits styles that you are looking for.

There are so many things you have to consider when finding your perfect photographer, like cost, location, the different types of packages they offer, and even if you simply enjoy being around them – because who wants a photographer with an awful personality to be at one of the most important days of your life?

One very important factor to think about when choosing your wedding photographer is the wedding portrait style that they use. Sometimes, they use many different styles and can change up how they photograph for each and every client. But sometimes photographers specialize in one specific portrait style.

We wanted to give you a run-down of all the different portrait styles, so you have an idea of what types you love the most… because you have to make sure you are absolutely in LOVE with your photographer and the photos he or she takes. Remember, these are going to be one of the only keepsakes that you have to look back for memories of your wedding day.

Here are the different wedding portrait styles:

Traditional/Classic

This style is thought of as “timeless” as photographers will created posed photos of the couple that look beautiful on display. The photographer will typically work from a shot list to make sure that they get every single photo that the bride and groom, and their family and friends, want to get. To make sure that every single photo is perfect, they will adjust the equipment that they use as well as the background for the photos, and more.

Many people have traditional wedding photos taken with all of the bridal party, parents, grandparents and siblings of the bride and groom. They are a great way to get photos of every family member, and to remember who all was present at your special day.

Here are a few great examples of traditional or classic wedding portrait style photos:

wedding portrait styles, Gideon Photography

Photo Credit: Gideon Photography

Whitmeyer Photography

Photo Credit: Whitmeyer Photography

Photojournalism

The photojournalistic photos came from the types of photos that the news media uses. It is a very informal, reality-based approach is so popular in wedding photography. Rather than having each and every photo posed and traditional, the photographer will follow you and your guests around and capture moments as they happen in real time. There is no planning or preparation that goes into these photos. At the end, you will have photos that capture all the special moments – and those moments in between – as they unfold over the course of your wedding day. If you have a photographer that is taking the photojournalistic approach with your photos, you will find that they sort of fade into the background so they are better able to capture those more candid shots.

Here are a few examples of the photojournalistic approach:

wedding portrait styles, Gideon Photography

Photo Credit: Gideon Photography

wedding portrait styles, Gideon Photography

Photo Credit: Gideon Photography

wedding portrait styles, Gideon Photography

Photo Credit: Gideon Photography

Whitmeyer Photography

Photo Credit: Whitmeyer Photography

Illustrative Photography

The next wedding portrait style is illustrative photography which has an emphasis on composition, lighting and background and is a blend of the traditional and photojournalistic style. This style is used a lot for engagement photos where the photographer places the couple together in an interesting environment and keeps the shoot relaxed so they will interact together throughout the photo shoot. Illustrative photos will capture a bit of the spontaneous side of the couple in candid shots while also including the poses shots with them.

Here are some examples of illustrative photography:

La Brisa Photography

Photo Credit: La Brisa Photography

La Brisa Photography

Photo Credit: La Brisa Photography

La Brisa Photography

Photo Credit: La Brisa Photography

wedding portrait styles, Creatrix Photography

Photo Credit: Creatrix Photography

wedding portrait styles, Creatrix Photography

Photo Credit: Creatrix Photography

Portraiture

These are more formal, posed pictures that emphasize the couple. Photographers can also use what is called Fine Art Portraiture, that includes more dramatic lighting, unique angles and European flavor.

Here are a couple examples of beautiful bridal portraits:

wedding portrait styles, Right Start Photography

Photo Credit: Right Start Photography

wedding portrait styles, Simple Elegance By Laura

Photo Credit: Simple Elegance By Laura

Natural Light

In this wedding portrait style, photographers use natural light rather than a camera flash. The photos look very natural, but the photographer has to be skilled in order to deal with the shadows and other challenges that come along with the lighting.

Here are a few examples of wedding photos that use natural light:

wedding portrait styles, Trio Photography and Design

Photo Credit: Trio Photography and Design

Sea High Designs

Photo Credit: Sea High Designs

So, before you figure out which photographer is the best one for you, it is very important first and foremost to know which types of wedding portraits styles you want to see in your wedding photos and in the album you look back on for years and years to come.

Need help figuring out what is your wedding photography style? Check out this infographic below from Simply Bridal.

Still looking for some ideas for your photos? Another really great wedding photography idea is to have GIFs made from your engagement or wedding photos. See some great ideas for GIF wedding photos here.

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