Prospective brides and grooms frequently ask us to describe our style of Washington, DC, wedding photography. Hiring photographers for their DC wedding celebrations is a big decision, of course. The most important factor, at least in our professional opinion, is the personality fit. Your Washington wedding photographers are among the only people — vendors or guests — who spend the whole day with you. Ideally, they should be folks with whom you mesh on a personal level. Their approach to taking pictures of you, your fiancé(e) and your family should make your DC wedding day easier. The presence of your wedding photographers should be calming and conducive to making your marital event successful. Because the more relaxed you feel on your matrimonial day, the better you will look in your wedding photos!
The other thing that is critical to you loving how you look in your Washington, DC, matrimonial pictures is the aforementioned style. Which is why so many brides and grooms ask us about ours when they consider us for their marital celebrations! Photos of you at your Washington wedding should look exactly as you have always dreamed. Maybe in your mind’s eye, you look bright and airy in your wedding dress or tuxedo. If so, you should choose a wedding photographer whose style gives you those kinds of images. Similarly, if you want photos that give you a more classical, romantic or elegant look, you should select DC wedding photographers with that style. Because if you like a wedding photographer’s approach to their craft, you will like how you look in their pictures.
When we are asked about our wedding photography style, we emphasize our commitment to capturing the moments that matter most. Our style is photojournalistic, which means that we try to stay out of the way as much as possible. We want to let your Washington, DC, wedding unfold naturally. That way, the emotions captured on film look and feel as real as possible. We want you to remember exactly how you felt on the day you got married. And if we stage the shots we take, your memories of that moment might not be quite as special.
The challenge for Washington, DC, photojournalistic wedding photographers like us, of course, is creating portraiture that retains that spontaneous feel. Truth be told, it is very hard to make family formal portraits at a DC wedding appear not staged. There are some things that a wedding photographer can do to inject some fun into those pictures. But most of the time, images of the bride’s and groom’s families are going to feature people standing and looking at the camera. And that is ok.
Couples portraits after a Washington-based pair of newlyweds exchange their vows, however, are another story. There are many more ways a photojournalistic wedding photographer make those pictures of a newly-married couple less posed. One thing we have tried is letting newlyweds use the couples portraits time to relax and enjoy one another’s company. We hang back, ideally out of side, and capture images of them cuddling and being romantic. Though they are technically aware of our presence, our cameras are unobtrusive enough for them to feel free and unfettered.
That sort of approach to our DC wedding photography is not always possible, of course. So instead, we often encourage our Washington, DC, newlyweds to pose themselves a bit. We obviously help avoid any positioning that will cause a bride or groom to look bad on film. But we want the whole experience of having couples portraits taken to be less structured, if possible. That is what we did with the newlyweds featured here, for example. We took couples portraits of them after their beautiful outdoor ceremony at Bluemont Vineyard in suburban Washington, DC. We had already noticed during their first look that this couple had a loving way of interacting with each other. This DC bride and groom frequently touched and snuggled every time they were together. So as we took them around Bluemont Vineyard to take pictures of them, we encouraged them to be in contact. That is how we were able to get images like this one. One that appears to be a private moment caught on film.