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Guide: Photography styles

We needn't stress what you already know - finding a photographer is a big decision. Finding a plethora of photographers to capture your day is, let's face it, relatively easy. A quick search of "photographer near me" and you'll end up with plenty to choose from, but the question of "what photography style do I want?" can often be a little harder to figure out.

To help, we've put together a quick guide of the common event photography styles in the hope that it'll help you and your photographer strike up a partnership that'll capture your day how you intend.


Reportage is a commonly used term in the UK for what simply means a candid or a documentary style. This style can be defined as natural looking, non-posed photography that in essence captures your day as it happens.

If you want candid and authentic shots that capture the emotions and story of the day without interrupting proceedings then reportage is the style you'll want.

Reportage Photography


Alongside reportage, contemporary style photography is the most referred to style of wedding photography. So what's the difference? A contemporary style often looks more like a magazine editorial shoot than wedding photography. The style is more creative using unusual or dramatic backdrops, angles and lighting.

If your're after quirky and creative then look no further. A quick tip though, it's worth looking through a photographer's album to make sure you understand their style and vision as well as bearing in mind that in order to capture these you may need to spend considerable time away from your guests!

Contemporary photography


This is a term more commonly referred to in the US but is becoming ever more popular this side of the pond. First-look is less of a style but it's worth mentioning to any prospective photographer. This American tradition captures the moment the couple first set eyes on each other, and we don't mean at the top of the aisle. This is usually done in private or with close friends and family. It's a chance to capture photos of the couple before the wedding so if you are the superstitious sort then this may not be for you.

first look photography


Just another name for reportage/candid photography.

Sepia-toned/Aged photography

This style of photography has been on the rise thanks to apps like Instagram. It gives your photos a reddish-brown tint which is actually added after the photos have been taken and can be described as adding a vintage look.

sepia-tone wedding


This style of wedding photography used to be the most common. It captures formal, posed photographs of your day. It's common these days to have a handful of more formal photos at main events such as signing of the register, cutting the cake as well as staged photos with your guests amongst a more candid style. A traditional photographer will spend time directing photos so like the contemporary style, be mindful of how much time you're willing to spend away from guests.

traditional photography

Black and white

Needing little explanation, black and white photgraphy is used to achieve a classic and timeless effect. Again obtaining this is done in the editing process so you'll have the choice of both a coloured and black and white version.

black and white photography

Our Photographers

At Feast It, our photographers are hand selected to ensure a high level of professionalism and quality. We'd recommend browsing and enquiring with a few as some specialise in certain styles over others. You can do so here.