You’re trying to find the right wedding photographer.

But, it can be hard to find someone that perfectly matches your style.

Let me explain.

Whenever I talk to a Bride, I love to learn more about what she is looking for. Most people say that they love candid shots, and they don’t want a lot of posed pictures. Its easy for a photographer to say that “yes that is what I can do.” But, what if you also want nice pictures of your bridal party and some group portraits? What if you want more direction during your couple shoot?

When trying to figure out which photographer is best for you its important to understand the differences between traditional and photojournalistic photography, and which elements of each style you want to incorporate into your wedding pictures.

The difference between traditional and photojournalistic photography can be defined simply by the level of direction given and involvement of the photographer. 

A traditional photographer will give you lots of direction, guide you with posing, and interact with the crowd quite a bit. If you envision a lot of group formals at your wedding, you will want to make sure you can work with someone who can manage a crowd well.  If you want your album to be filled with “raw emotions,” you will want to to work with someone who prefers not to interfere with the moment. 

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If you are working with a traditional photographer, you could expect:

  • Spending a long period of time taking family and couple portraits either before or immediately after your wedding ceremony
  • Being told how to stand and how to position your body
  • Getting photos that may look very similar to other photos taken by the same photographer
  • Receiving a large volume of photos where you are looking at the camera and smiling, and a much smaller number of candid photos

If you are working with someone who is more of a photojournalistic, you could expect:

  • Receiving lots of images of you interacting with others
  • Spending much less time on portraits and poses
  • Noticing a photographer in the background when you’re having quiet, special moments with friends and loved ones
  • Receiving fewer photos in which you look at the camera and smile

Is it possible to work with someone who is capable of both styles? 

Sure! Personally, I have always believed in blending both styles. The best way to figure out if a photographer or studio’s style is right for you is to ask them questions about how they approach certain parts of the day. 

Ask Questions

Ask the photographer what their strengths and weaknesses are. Do they like taking table shots? What type of direction do they give when posing? How involved are they with the crowd? What are they like on the dance floor? Do they take a lot of time to set up group formals or do they move through them quickly? These types of questions will  help you judge the level of involvement and interaction you can expect from your photographer – so can gauge if you have found yourself a traditional photographer, photojournalist, or combination of both. 

Hope this helps!