There are three predominant styles in the wedding photography:
* Traditional photography
* Photo-journalistic photography
* Portrait journalistic photography
We will try to explain each one of them so that you can easily choose the style that fits you best.
Traditional Photography traces its roots back to the 19th century. The photographer arranges all the shots, poses, and portraits with the couple and guests. Lots of time is spent on formals and portraits. Sessions may take up to 2 hours for all the guests. Usually photographers rely heavily on after market sales of prints and frames - they may cost you more than you spent on the photographer's fee. Often this style lacks the spontaneity of the moment.
This style started with newspaper photographers, who tend to shoot in an unobtrusive way without posing and Photoshop editing.
The photographer just follows what happens. He will NOT arrange any photos and poses unless explicitly asked by the couple. He will capture the whole event without any disturbance and you might end up with more than 1000 shots. Be aware that some photographers will refuse to arrange any formals.
Portrait Journalistic Photography
This style is winning more and more aficionados. It is a blend of the previous two styles and incorporates all the good ideas that they offer. For example there are some Must have shots that every couple should have - portraits, first kiss, couple with parents, etc. Portrait journalistic photographers will try to fit all formals in half an hour, then move on to more spontaneity and even some candid shots during the reception. We find that this style releases our potential to switch roles when needed - we shoot when things are happening and when there's a break, we use it for some beautiful portraits of the couple. This style blends the tradition of the 19th century and the modernity of the 21st century in a great way. That's why we shoot portrait journalistic photography.