2 Tips on Contemporary Wedding Photography in 2020

Updated: May 29

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Kent Chua Wedding Photographer + Elopement Photographer



Isn't it true that fashion and taste shift every year, and even faster than that? That is true of decorating a home, artwork, architecture, and even photography. And in modern wedding photography, brides today are totally nothing like their mothers or grandmothers in what they expect from their photographers. The poses, angles, and even the colors and contrasts used in photos change with each passing generation, and a photographer who doesn't adopt these changes won't have a profitable and prosperous business. And how can anyone be sure they deliver contemporary wedding photography to today's customers?





1) Poses

The poses are part of contemporary wedding photography. Brides understand that poses convey certain emotions in any image, or worse, convey no emotions whatsoever. Think of pictures taken for your school yearbook, what emotions did they convey? Probably no. But when you place the subject in a different pose than just sitting out staring at the camera, you can express various emotions. Look at modern photography by other photographers. Generally they have the bride sitting down looking out or down at anything like her flowers. A common angle is viewing the bride from above. Overhead shots like this slim something every bride will appreciate! Certain poses and perspectives of contemporary wedding photography include seeing each other rather than the camera, or sharing a little smile. For an extra romantic touch, the veil of the bride can be stretched in front of the two of them or the shot can be through a window so it feels like they're sharing a private moment. Some even have the pair walking away arm-in-arm, as if they just began their new life together.


2) Be Creative

Many elements of modern wedding photography are more relaxed than what photography used to accept. Bride and groom running along the beach or walking through several inflated beach balls is common, as are pictures of them on a wooden swing under a tree. Casual images of the flower girls sitting outside in the lawn, or the groomsmen shooting the groom in the air with a blanket can be enjoyable and fascinating. Of course, whatever you do with contemporary wedding photography, make sure you are mindful of everybody's safety and make sure you think about all the stuff that could go wrong-the couple waltzing in front of a pool could mean someone losing their grasp and heading for a premature dive, or little flower girls in the grass might mean grass stains on those beautiful dresses. So be creative with your contemporary wedding photography, but also use your discretion and good judgement, and make sure you communicate with the bride about her expectations.

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