As a beginner wedding photographer Essex, determining your main style is very important. Although you can take on projects of different style, the more specialized you are, the more trust your clients will have on you with their request to have a particular tone in their wedding album.
After answering these 6 questions, you are expected to be able to set out to deepen your knowledge in that style and be able to confidently answer your clients, too.
1. How many major wedding photography styles do you know?
I’ll help you answer this; there are 3 major styles.
Reportage is a style where you snap pictures in a storytelling way. The purpose of this is like a complete documentation of the wedding party with purely pictures and the most important key here is the essence of timelessness.
Fine art is a style where you focus on the beauty and aesthetic of the moment. Although this style also demands a storytelling theme, it is more of a dreamy storytelling where your focus is to create a fantasy like or dream like pictures for your clients.
Posed or traditional is the usual posed pictures where your clients are to stand in a certain ways before snapping the pictures.
2. What are your pictures composed of?
Before setting into wedding photography, you might have taken quite a number of random pictures yourselves. Analyze them. What are your main subjects? Are they people or still lives? Are they objects or landscapes? If your pictures are mainly focused on people, what is it from those pictures that made you want to capture it? Is it the importance of the event, the beauty or simply poses of your family member?
If your main answers are the beauty and aesthetics of the moment, then you are more likely a fine art style wedding photographer Essex. But if you find the importance of the events and find a streak of pictures depicting the storyline of those events, then you are more suited to be a reportage wedding photographer.
Obviously, if you are seeing few to none pictures of people or simply random people, you might not be suited to take wedding pictures where you are required to blend in among guests and constantly work with others.
3. What are the expressions of the people in your pictures?
Humans can convey 21 expressions according to a study and there’s still an ongoing debate with how many total expressions can we create. The possibility is endless. Yet, there must be something that seems to always strike your heart and urge you to take out your camera to snap that face. What is it? Is it the joyful face of your friend? Is it the serious face of a study mate? If you spread out your photos in prints on a floor, can you determine the mood of those pictures?
Answering this help in deciding the tone your pictures. It usually ranges from relaxed and cheerful, crazy and hilarious to serious and glamorous. Different tone requires different methods and techniques and sometimes even gears in taking those pictures.
4. Are you willing to practice in that style to enhance your skills even further?
Trends and fads change very fast. Your job is to be able to create pictures that last long and treasured by your clients. Thus, you need to constantly update yourself with the latest methods and techniques and while abiding to the trends, you incorporate your own style to create something different that your clients will love even after 30 years of their marriage.