With Shotwell Productions, there are no tricks to our trade. We believe in sharing our professional knowledge to provide an insight that allows our customers to make informed choices regarding the style of wedding photography that reflects their personal preferences. We always include these crucial details in conversations with potential clients, as well as in all posts on this site.
Nuance is everything when it comes to professional wedding photography. Certain elements will stand out in terms of light, shadow, and color. It comes down to a choice between light & airy, dark & moody, or natural. So, without further delay…
Let’s Talk Light & Airy
Do you like pink? These bright and slightly overexposed photos tend to showcase pinkish hues, light pastels, and greenish blues. When applied to backgrounds, overexposure reduces contrast and shadows. Light & Airy adds a touch of class to otherwise quaint and quirky sensibilities.
This style uses the available light, with little to no use of flash, making it perfect for outdoor weddings. Experienced shooters seize moments and make spontaneous decisions.
Let’s Talk Dark & Moody
This style adds all the contrast and shadows that the previous style lacks. Lots of flash and less natural light creates dark shadows. A certain mood, or ambiance, emerges with each edit, thanks to an emphasis on deep, rich tones.
The words ‘dark’ and ‘moody’ can easily be replaced by ‘dramatic’ and ‘romantic’. Photographers can be storytellers, suggesting a richness of emotions when they employ this style. The results are like still shots from a film.
Let’s Talk Natural
Neither of the above styles will reflect the wedding you saw with your naked eye. This style, however, mixes natural light and flash to capture the truest range of highlights and shadows, with as little contrast as possible. Think of it as an enhanced reality that will allow you and your guests to revisit the day for years to come. Those who could not attend will feel as if they were there.
If ‘Light & Airy’ is the fairytale, and ‘Dark & Moody’ is the romance, then ‘Natural’ documents the day as it unfolds.
The ultimate look for your wedding photography will be what you decide, and it’s important to choose a photographer who’s style matches closely with yours.