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What is "Contemporary" Wedding Photography?

 
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Mar 06, 2013 06:40 |  #1

I had someone call me to ask about contemporary wedding photography. What is that, and how does it differ from photojournalist style? I guess I am not a pro at differentiating the different styles of wedding photography. Can someone give a quick breakdown?


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Mar 06, 2013 07:20 |  #2

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It's whatever the customer thinks it is.

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Contemporary means current - now. But what the customer means by that is anyone's guess, she could've been taken with a couple of hipster instagram laden groovy shots, some cool retro stuff, some high fashion highly stylised photo's, some quirky arty avant garde framing. Alternatively, she could have just stumbled upon the photojournalist style which is so different to her mum and dads wedding photo's.

Then it's also possible that she's just discovered that you modern photographers can do that colour popping stuff now, or maybe add a portrait into a brandy glass?

Frankly the world of wedding photography is diverse enough for the phrase to mean very little. I'm sure that's no help at all, but I tried.


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Mar 06, 2013 07:29 |  #3

I think Phil summed it up quite well. The industry is pretty much all over the map now, with digital making just about anything possible. You didn't have this type of variety of experimentation and flexibility with film unless the client was willing to pay a premium in most cases.

As for the photojournalistic style...well, that's been around at least since the 1960's. Once roll film cameras - medium format and then 35mm - made rapid shooting more convenient, people began exploring that flexibility. The safest approach to managing expectations and delivering a product that will satisfy the client is to simply ask them to furnish an example of what they wish. It may or may not be something you are already doing. That will avoid painful misunderstandings later on. - Stu


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Mar 06, 2013 07:42 |  #4

Probably lots of actions, presets and wonky angles.


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Mar 06, 2013 07:51 |  #5

When I think of contemporary, I think of that modern, open, bright, airy look. Think about the whole "contemporary living" deal and magazines that cater to it. It's a polished look that stays clear of moodiness and strong shadows. Things are glossy, shiny, and happy rather than edgy and dark. Contemporary isn't oversaturated but it isn't undersaturated either. It's crisp and clean. White sheets, not black. Light hardwood floors not dark. Big windows and white walls, not log cabin walls. Crystal glass and a light champagne, not beer in bottles. A glass coffee table rather than a wooden one.


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Mar 06, 2013 07:55 |  #6

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When I think of contemporary, I think of that modern, open, bright, airy look. Think about the whole "contemporary living" deal and magazines that cater to it. It's a polished look that stays clear of moodiness and strong shadows. Things are glossy, shiny, and happy rather than edgy and dark. Contemporary isn't oversaturated but it isn't undersaturated either. It's crisp and clean. White sheets, not black. Light hardwood floors not dark. Big windows and white walls, not log cabin walls. Crystal glass and a light champagne, not beer in bottles. A glass coffee table rather than a wooden one.

Okay, I think this is painting a picture for me. So, in general, the pictures would be more backlit, and edging to the over exposed, airy look?


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Mar 06, 2013 08:03 |  #7

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Okay, I think this is painting a picture for me. So, in general, the pictures would be more backlit, and edging to the over exposed, airy look?

I would say they're just more lit for idealized realism. When I think of it, I see everything as properly exposed and maybe a blown window if it has nothing to do with the scene itself.

Take a look at some contemporary lifestyle magazines and look at their photography.


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Mar 06, 2013 12:34 |  #8

The Instagram look.


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Mar 06, 2013 15:03 |  #9

When I'm talking with the bride and groom about group formals, we both agree that the 'stand-up and face the camera' sort are antiquated. They're antiquated but we bang off a few for grandmama, and then we do more fun ones. I think that that is an example of someone wanting something more contemporary.



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