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14 Hottest Wedding Photography Trends

You want your photographer to be on the cutting edge and know the latest techniques, but you also don’t want your photos to be so trendy that when you look at your shots in 20 years, all you see is something that instantly dates your wedding. Here are shots that are totally now — but will still look current when your kids get married!

1. Shooting the Proposal

Some grooms are hiring photographers to document their proposal so that wonderful-but-fleeting moment can be relived later by the couple and shared with friends and family. This trend is growing quickly, and photographers love being a part of it.

2. Incorporating Instagram

Creating a wedding hashtag for guests to use to upload photos to Instagram and Twitter can help you experience your wedding through their eyes.


Some creative photographers are taking photos of the wedding party separately and then creating playful graphic grid designs in photo albums later. It’s great because those closest to you put a lot of time and money into being a part of the wedding, and it’s a nice gesture to provide them with a gift portrait after the festivities are over.

4. Stop-Motion Wedding Photo Film

This form of photography takes still photos and animates them, generally in a video set to your choice of music. Stop motion works especially well for a short trailer to put on your Facebook page or to send around in an email to close friends.

5. Bridal Portraits

Brides are scheduling bridal portrait sessions in their dresses before the wedding day or allotting time on the day of to take formal portraits of themselves. You’re spending all this time and effort on your look and it’s nice to document it properly. Another twist? Formal couple portraits, which show posed, traditionally styled shots of the couple.

6. Dreamy Film Images

Like backlit photos, film images are super-romantic and are making a mega-comeback in the world of wedding photography. I think film is a perfect fit for both décor and portraits. But don’t feel like you have to limit your shooter solely to film.

7. Father-Daughter First Looks

The first-look photo has been popular for a while now and is still going strong. But some brides are having photographers capture their dad’s first glimpse of them in white as well. This trend has deep Southern roots and is definitely a sweet moment during the day. Wedding days can be so busy, and I love that some girls choose to take a few minutes to spend time with their dads.

8. Photo Booths with Social Media Integration

In addition to better props (think: vintage finds rather than dollar-store pickups), photo booths are going high-tech, with touch screens and Wi-Fi, allowing guests to immediately upload photos to social media. Why wait until tomorrow to upload photo-booth snaps when it can be done instantly?

9. Showing Family Photographs

Do you want to show sentimental or funny family photos at your reception? If so, you’ll find you’re in good company with some other on-trend couples and photographers. To me, weddings are about bringing together different generations. That’s why I love having photos of grandparents, parents and others to tie it all together.

10. Backlit Photos

Using natural light coming in from behind a couple creates super romantic images. To achieve this look, you shoot when the sun is setting or rising — when the light is soft and warm, which flatters the subject. It’s all about the ambience.

11. Day-After Shoots

Wedding days are crazy-busy and photographers do their best to get every shot you’d like in the bank. But day-after shoots can help them hit all their marks, and are gaining popularity with conscientious couples. Day-after shoots are also a great idea if you want to shoot in a location that’s different from your wedding venue or if time is a factor and lighting becomes an issue.

12. Casual Family Photos

Family portraits tend to be some of the more unnatural shots in a bridal album. Seriously — when do you ever stand in a straight line, with perfect posture, all looking in the same direction, in real life? Casual family photos are a great new trend because they bring out more relaxed emotions, which can ease tension during family portraits. They usually take place during emotionally charged times, either right before or right after a wedding ceremony, so anything that keeps the stress level down will usually result in better photos. Your photographer should try unique locations, or catch people hugging and chatting — being a family instead of moonlighting as models. A more formal shot that’s still relaxed? Have everyone join arms in a casual group hug.

13. Overhead Shots

Whether you have your photographer take aerial shots of just you two or everyone at your wedding, this is an effective way to capture the spirit of the day. It’s all about interesting angles, so if there’s an overhead vantage point — especially of the reception tables — get that shot.

14. #Selfie Shots

Some social-media-savvy couples are setting up “selfie stations” for their friends and family (a pretty backdrop to shoot themselves having a great time at your wedding). Guest selfies can add to a fun and spontaneous atmosphere at any wedding.


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