The Editors Speak
What Are You Seeing?
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What trends in wedding photography have our editors noticed during
the past three years? They fill us in.
Photographers focus on the details and design of weddings now. The shoe shot is pretty much requisite. Years
ago, it was a new and clever idea, now it’s just one of a
huge list of shots to be expected (not sure if that’s good or
bad). I’ve also noticed sun flares showing up more in wedding photos. Personally I like the effect, but I know many
editors will disagree.
—Sarah Darcy, Classic Bride
I’ve noticed more storytelling. For a while it was just family wedding photos, then it went to photojournalism. Now
it’s a hybrid where it’s a little of both—the trend to get the
needed shots, but also storytelling. Brides are looking for
more well-rounded photographers who can do both.
—Kate Bennett, Washingtonian Bride & Groom
We admire Elizabeth Messina, because she has pioneered
a whole genre of romantic natural light portraits and details, and we love the intense, sexy images of Ben and
Erin Chrisman, and the imaginative work of Jeff Newsom,
who has pushed the envelope with his perspectives.
—Christy Weber, Junebug
The whole vintage trend was huge for a while, and it’s still kind of
lingering, but going through different stages. There was a phase
where Polaroid transfer was big, and a lot of people love images
with a vintage wash. Now, I think it’s becoming the film, romantic
look. I actually embrace and respect it because it requires craft
and you have to know your film.
—Rebecca Crumley, The Knot
I think photographers are figuring out what bloggers are
looking for with shots (i.e. lots of details), but at the same
time, I’m seeing the same shots over and over. Pretty much
every submission has that shot of the couple lifting up their
respective dress/pants to show the shoes.
—Vané Broussard, Brooklyn Bride
Photographers are doing both still and cinematography with
the same camera throughout the day, which is awesome in
generating increased revenue. Also, the “
first-look/before-I-do” photo of the couple seeing each other for the first time,
pre-walking down the aisle. Couples love it, and it’s a great,
emotion-filled shot for their wedding album.
—Krista Washburn, Well Wed and Vermont Vows