…I guess the first half of Wedding Photography Week is dealing mainly with silliness!
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that my favorite style of wedding photography is wedding photojournalism. Given a choice, I’d rather see gritty, real wedding photos with brides and grooms who look like themselves. Best case scenario? I’m looking at action shots or spontaneous that give me a pretty clear idea of the kind of wedding ceremony and reception you had and how the day really looked and felt. Posed wedding photographs? Eh, nice in a frame on the wall, but not the kind of thing I want to flip through. For serious – on a table in my house you’ll find both my traditional wedding album and my photojournalistic wedding album. Guess which one I look at more often?
BUT given a third choice, I’d much rather look at either traditional wedding photos or photojournalistic photos than I would weird photoshopped wedding photos featuring, well, this sort of thing:
And this sort of thing:
What’s the takeaway here? The main one should be that part of choosing a wedding photographer is deciding whether or not you like how they edit the photos they take. Maybe you’d prefer to have the raw images to edit yourself – make that clear. Or if you’d rather have your wedding photos hit with some color correction and blemish removal, choose a wedding photographer who does that. And finally, if your dream wedding portrait involves a tiny you standing in the outstretched hands of your new spouse under a giant sparkly iPhone with an image of you two kissing hovering in midair, then make sure that’s the kind of thing your wedding photographer does.