We asked our good friend and photographer Charlene Morton to guest blog for us. Here she gives an insight into wedding photography styles and how to choose the one that’s right for you..

What style to choose?

There are vast differences to the style of wedding photography in this blog post I hope to help you decipher what they are and what suits you. So much work is put in at the planning stage to ensure your photographs to portray the day perfectly. Making sure you and your photographer have the same vision of how the day should be captured and what it will look like in years to come.

Natural & Candid

As you would imagine the images have natural looking poses that don’t look awkward or uncomfortable. What confuses people with this style is that they often are set up so they will look like they have just been snapped but actually have direction with posing, location and lighting. This is a great option if you want a natural look with the most flattering angles!

Reportage / Documentary

This originates from news photography and is a pure documentary style of shooting.  The action will be captured without any external influence from the photographer.  This style is a must during the ceremony and speeches and the skill lies with anticipating the moment.

Traditional / Classic

In the days before digital photography this was the only option available for couples. Poses are very regimented and full face and body towards the camera.  It still has a place today especially with the families, group shots and more formal weddings.  It has undoubtedly seen a big decline in popularity in recent years with couple requiring more personality in group shots.

Editorial / Fashion

The images should look like they are straight out of a magazine. It is perfect for camera lovers and couples who are confident in front of the lens. Before attempting this on your wedding day a pre wedding shoot is advised to ensure the poses look editorial and not awkward.  Strike that pose!

Contemporary & Artistic

This style is the opposite of traditional/classic.  Let the photographer take control and be creative.  You will usually find these images in the photographers featured portfolio as it is usually the work they enjoy most.  Work together to create striking , unusual and epic photographs on your wedding day.

Hopefully these explanations have helped you better understand some of the styles and processes.  I find myself combining elements of each while keeping an overall vision and style in mind. When choosing your photographer, make sure you understand their way of shooting so your day will be captured in the way you want

It doesn’t have to be 100% one style, you can mix and match. So whether you are getting married in a hotel, on a hilltop or a boat make sure the photography style suits the theme and feel of the day.

With any luck you now have a better understanding of some of the terms and styles involved and that will help when choosing your wedding photographer.

Charlie x


All photography courtesy of Charlene Morton Wedding Photography