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Creative Wedding Photography

Updated on May 31, 2015
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Photographing weddings makes the bulk of business for many studio based photographers. The average fee for a wedding photographic session hovers around $1200.00 and includes pre-nuptial ceremony photos, at the church photos, at the reception and after.

There are many approaches to wedding photography but two main ones remain the most popular; the first main approach is traditional wedding photography during which the photographer photographs the bride and groom in traditional classical poses.

This may include photographs of the church ceremony, and at the reception. It will also include members of the family, guests and friends, the cutting of the cake,the first dance, the first kiss,the flower trow, removal of the garter, opening of the gifts, table settings, the arrival and departure from the church etc.

Documentary wedding photography, also called photojournalism wedding photography and contemporary is an approach in which, besides traditional photos, the photographer will emphasize non traditional poses and candid images. Most subjects do not realize that their photo is being taken until after the fact.

The photographic record is meant to tell, in a detailed form through photos, a story from beginning to end of that special day.

Some couples may decide on only studio shots, which are classically posed and in which the photographer has total control. More realistic if you are on a budget and rather spend the money on the honeymoon than on the photos.

Regardless of the style, most of today's photographers have had to evolve and become creative in their wedding photographic approaches. Usually for a higher fee, most will photograph the bride,sometimes bride and groom, for the entire day of the wedding and during many routine activities before and after the ceremony.

These shots will feature scenes that include when the bride is being readied with her gown, while the bride is applying her makeup, doing her hair, meeting with her bride maids etc. A glamour element is sometimes added to these activities and involves shots of the bride in her wedding night outfit.

Many photographers are also including shots of the couple or of only the bride at lush gardens, on the beach, during sunset or dawn, silhouettes, against the backdrop of ancient architecture and many other unusual poses. Some have even added a water element like having the bride immersed in it complete with her wedding gown.

Most fees will be based on a wedding package and it normally has a specific number of photos or prints and enlargement sizes. You also receive a set of proofs, a CD if digital.This may also include framed images and smaller prints for friends and family. Some packages also include outtakes (shots that did not make it to print) as a fun reminder of the hectic but memorable day.

Do not be surprised if the photographer uses film instead of a digital format since for quality in enlargements film is superior to the best of digital cameras, usually offering over 25 comparable "mega-pixels" as compared to the best digital camera with only 21 mps.


The ownership of the rights to the photos most always remains with the photographer unless negotiated ahead of time.

So if the couple wants the exclusive rights, they must make certain to inform the photographer of this.

Most wedding photographers choose to own the rights to your wedding photos as a way of advertising their wares and taking away this right will more than likely result in slightly higher fees and photographers always include this information on the contract.

Be sure to discuss all aspects of the shoot and read any contracts completely before putting your signature on paper.

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    • acaetnna profile image

      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Hi I don't expect my user name means anything - I just made it up!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      My God , you made me

      Thanks for your comments they are very much appreciated and they are part of the reasons for my writing.

      Again, Thanks. By the way what does your user name mean?

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      You certainly produce absolutely stunning photography. Simply awesome.