Taking the time to plan your wedding pictures will help you and your photographer achieve the wedding pictures of your dreams. As with all forms of art, there are certain types and styles of wedding photography that are trending today. Expanding your point of view and stepping outside your comfort zone when it comes to what you think of wedding photography can produce pictures that you and everyone else you know will love. This list details some of the top trends in wedding photography, and you can pick and choose which ones you want to try for your  special day.

  1.   Sneak Peeks

 Today’s wedding parties can expect to have their photos posted on social media. In preparation for the big day, some choose to create excitement and anticipation for the wedding by doing a series of sneak peeks. From shots of the bouquet to the bridal party and rehearsal dinner, pictures of the couple’s shoes and everything else, photographers will have a pre-wedding set of pictures to share. This helps to engage an audience in the wedding and will also make family and friends feel more involved and looking forward to the big day as the couple themselves.

 

  1.   Proposal Shoots

Proposal shoots are growing in popularity. They take a bit of planning and communication beforehand, and they are ambitious, but if you and your loved one are feeling up to it, it can be a powerful image. Don’t underestimate the power of a great proposal shot coupled with sharing a heartfelt story of how much your fiancé means the world to you. Many proposal shots are set up in outdoor locations, so be sure the weather that day will be suited to your chosen destination. Engagement shots will preclude the big day and help you to create a library of stunning images that you will cherish for your lives together. If it’s a surprise proposal, work with the photographer to help create the best situation. They’ll need to know the details, such as place and time, and will coordinate with you to make the magic happen.

 

Photo by Aram Hovsepian on Aram Event Photography

  1.   Dreamy Photoshoots

Having flowers, lace, and a touch of everything that you’ve dreamed about for your wedding day is a big trend. Think Christmas lights, beautiful glass, fine silverware, and all of the bells and whistles.

Many wedding photographers are deciding to add a touch of the whimsical to their photoshoots. The goal is to create a beautiful and timeless image that will stay relevant for years to come. Another trend is to add film processing to the pictures, so they look like they are shot on film.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

  1.   Having Fun

Whatever fun is for the couple, many wedding photographers are noticing more and more couples are choosing not to go the traditional route and instead pick every opportunity to have fun. They choose candid photoshoots instead of the staged ones. While there might be a combination of both, you will see more and more wedding parties having fun with their wedding photography.

  1.   Creativity

Many wedding pictures are adding creative elements to help them stand out and have visual interest. For example, some might include smoke bombs in the picture for color and a really cool effect. Others might incorporate sparklers or other light photography. If the wedding is at night, this is a particularly cool effect that will create pictures that are eye-catching and intriguing.

 

Image by Aram on Behance

  1.   Backlit Photographs

Dramatic light and scenery is a big trend in wedding photography. Creating a halo-effect with a bridal portrait is a big trend. They will showcase the beauty of the bride and her dress with the sun in the background. Although it might not be a traditional wedding photography technique, the rays of sunlight streaming in toward the viewer make an inviting image.

Image by Aram Event Photography on Google

  1.   Day after Shots

Pictures of the couple the day after are a trend on social media. They might still be in their wedding clothes, snuggling together. This might be paired with a story about how the wedding went, giving thanks, telling inside jokes, or reflecting on how the process of it was.

The wedding day is just the beginning of the marriage, and the day after shots help to continue the story for those who are involved.

Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash

  1.   Overhead Shots

Whether it’s with drones or a ladder, taking pictures from overhead gives a unique look. You can fit all of the guests and the wedding. When you’re outdoors, it’s an ideal way to get in the beautiful scenery and setting of the wedding. Think out of the box when it comes to overhead shots, such as walking down the aisle and be amazed at the pictures that result.

  1.   Black and White

Black and white pictures are growing in popularity. They focus on the emotion and subject of the photograph and are an elegant addition to your collection of wedding pictures. Black and white pictures are a must-have for your wedding photoshoot. You’ll love the timeless look that they have, and they do a great job of capturing the light and mood of a setting.

Having a mix of black and white and color photographs gives you a choice when it comes to profile pictures or when giving pictures as gifts. If you haven’t thought about it, consider adding black and white pictures to your wedding pictures. You might be amazed at the beautiful images that will result.

Taken at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

  1. Relaxed Weddings

More and more people are loosening the reins when it comes to wedding pictures. They might choose to have a more dressed down policy at the wedding. Or, they might allow kids or even pets to attend the event.

Relaxed weddings let people be themselves, and the wedding party, as well as the guests, will be more comfortable. This means that the pictures will be genuine, and you will love how it showcases everyone’s real side. Planning a relaxed wedding means different things to different people, and it might mean that you have more candid shots.