What is traditional photography (and why it’s good for you)

It’s time to hire a photographer for your wedding. Everywhere you’re told how important this decision is. After all, picking this person is a huge commitment! They’re capturing your precious moments in photos that you’ll be looking at for decades. A one shot deal with no re-takes. Being a photographer is not for the faint at heart, that much I can say. A photographer can have a bad hair day, but they can’t have a bad work day. Far too much depends on it.

The other piece of advice that is often doled out is to articulate what you want from your photographer. This takes form in two ways. The first and easiest is which type of photos you want. The second and slightly more difficult is the what. As in what kind of photography flicks your switch? There’s a handful to consider to get you started:

  • traditional photography
  • photojournalism photography
  • illustrative photography
  • portraiture photography
  • high fashion photography

There’s no right or wrong, best or not. In fact, often it’s a combination. The best photographers are the ones that can seamlessly blend multiple styles of photography to ultimately capture the emotions of your big day.

This week, I have decided to dive into the different styles of photography starting with traditional. To demystify it in hopes of helping you find the right words to describe the type of images you are seeking for your wedding day.

So let’s dive in and start today with …

Traditional photography

Posed. Look at the camera. Say cheese. Traditional photography is essentially your formals. The photographer maintains full control and offers you a lot of direction to get the right shot.

traditional group image

4 reasons why traditional photography is good for you

  1. I find that starting out with a more traditional style for your family  & bridal party photos helps everyone have a sense of direction.  Don’t forget you will have had time to warm up to your photographer with an E-Session and multiple chats but for your friends and family this is a first, so trust your photographer.
  2. You will soon realize that as much as everyone at your party is there for you, very few have the vision of what you are trying to accomplish with your photography and so a little bit of gentle direction coming from your photographer will help them stand where they should and look their best all at the same time.
  3.  It is a sure way to have all the people you want in a specific image stand together.  The likelihood of having 10 specific guests all standing close together and look like supermodels at any given time casually during your wedding day are close to none. So by having a more formal setting, it ensures that these specific grouping don’t get missed.
  4. It sets the stage for some magic.  This has to be my favourite reason.  By having specific people put together for a “formal” shot, you open up the opportunity for some real candid moments to happen in between.  This is usually my best time to shoot, you get your classic formals but if you are quick on your feet, you also have some priceless expressions and great dynamic moments for the in between moments that always turn out to be the best “formals” as people are put at ease to just let it happen.

I hope that helps explain the first of five different styles of photography. Stay tuned for photojournalism tomorrow and why it might be a perfect fit for you.

Do you have any questions about traditional photography or anything else wedding photography related? Leave it in the comments section below and we’ll answer you in a blog post!



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