The practice of posing for photographs during the wedding started in the late 19th century and the entire concept of wedding photography and documentation became popular after World War II. Initially, people would pose in their Sunday best before and after the wedding. Posing in wedding clothes or hiring a photographer to take pictures at the venue started in the 1860s and by the time the 1880s rolled in, wedding albums were commonplace. They would include pictures of the bride and groom, the wedding party and the gifts.
Today, the industry of wedding photography provides a home and fulfilling career to respected names in the world of photography and is a major service for many studios or independent photographers. There are two major approaches to this type of photography. Photo journalistic and traditional approaches follow different methods to essentially get the same result which is immortalizing of one of the biggest steps in life. A traditional approach involves a lot of interaction and control by the photographer and a lot of images that are posed for in a classical manner. For example a photo of a bride and groom in a gazebo staring at each other or pictured on a backdrop of the sunset or a waterfall. The photo journalistic approach involves candid images with minimal interaction with the photographer. He or she will take photos of the event capturing emotions that people have not staged. These include a shared laugh between a groom and his bride, a smile at the end of a toast or a dance between an old couple at the event.
There is a fashion-based approach that has become popular in the present day thanks to the influence of fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue. It involves innovative styles and images that are dramatic and post-processed. Wedding studio photography is another approach that is famous mostly in Asia. With this approach, the shooting can happen on location or in a studio. The couple will basically pose for glamorous wedding shots where they will change outfits and will a stylist and make-up artist to do their hair and touch up their make up. The industry is growing and new styles and approaches are coming up influenced by the fashion industry and trends in photography.
The process of documenting a wedding can be an tough job. It can also be an invigorating and fun experience. The photographer has to look for the best angles and opportunities for those great shots, will have to have backup for their backup equipment and may not get the chance to even sit down from the start of the day till the end. Despite all this, and the unfortunate tragedy of missing a bite of the cake sometimes, seeing satisfied clients who will recommend you to friends and family is its own reward, plus of course the great commission you get afterwards. You should always be prepared for the unexpected and stay one step ahead of the couple, bridal party and guests at all times.
Wedding photography is becoming a big part of wedding ceremonies and a big player in the fashion and photography industries. There are now organizations that support the art and help move it forward. These include, Professional Photographers of America, Wedding Photojournalist Association, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International and Professional Photographers of Canada. They offer support, training, directory services and professional competition. If a photographer is a member of one of this, then they are insured and trained to handle the pressures of the day. The services offered will help capture all the beautiful memories of the day that you will treasure for a lifetime.