Much like everything else in life, there are trends that come and go in the wedding world. From fashion to florals to signage, new trends are always popping up. That goes for wedding photography and videography too. Editing styles and mediums of photography and videography have shifted, making for some pretty epic wedding photos and videos. From film to TikTok videos to direct flash, these are some trends that you can expect to see this year!
Wedding Photography Trends
1. Film Cameras
It’s no secret that film has taken the world by storm this past year. More people are yearning for that nostalgic, less-than-perfect vintage feeling that it brings. And because shooting on film still offers a very traditional look, it’s not a trend that will feel dated later on in life. In fact, it’s already proven that it can stand the test of time, as it’s becoming popular once again after 20 years.
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If a film photographer is not in your budget, consider placing disposable cameras at every table so your guests can capture your special day from their point of view.
2. Direct Flash
There’s something about direct flash that will have you feeling like you’ve attended the party of the century. Think paparazzi bombarding your favorite celebrity but it’s you on your special day instead. This effect offers a more candid and playful look, especially when capturing nighttime portraits of the newlyweds and the reception party.
If you were to look back at wedding photos from ten years ago, you would find a heavy emphasis on family photos and posed couple portraits. While this is still around, more couples are opting for a more documentary style of photography–also known as reportage or photojournalism. This involves candid photos that take you through the details of the day in a much more laidback manner.
4. Soft Lighting
Dark and moody used to be the name of the game but it’s time to make way for softer airy lighting. Much of this has to do with how your photographer edits the photos, however, it also has to do with the time of day. If this is a look you’re hoping to achieve, you want to avoid harsh daylight by tying the knot later in the afternoon, ideally around golden hour.
Another trend that falls in line with the documentary-like style is movement. What does movement photography mean exactly? Your wedding photographer captures your movements to create a soft yet blurred effect. This gives you a minimalistic, artistic gallery that is the epitome of aesthetically pleasing. If you get some of these photos back in your gallery, don’t be surprised! Photographers often include these as a reference to the fast-paced feeling of your day—but you should have a balance of crystal clear images included as well.
Wedding Videography Trends
6. 8mm Film
Film isn’t just popular with wedding photography. It’s also hugely popular in wedding videography. It brings a motion-picture feeling to your wedding video which can only be described as romantic. If this is something that you’re looking for but also want a traditional wedding video, search for a videographer that offers both. This way, you get the best of both worlds.
7. Drone Footage
This is yet another popular one for both photography and videography, although you tend to see it more often in video. If you’re hosting a destination wedding in a beautiful faraway place, this is one of the best ways to capture the beauty of the location. It’s also a fun way to capture your ceremony or reception from above.
Okay, we know what you’re probably thinking—this doesn’t count as videography. And in a sense, you’re right because your videographer isn’t going to be the one filming TikTok videos for you. However, it has become a trendy way to document your day in a personal and lighthearted way.
9. Highlight Videos
Wedding videos used to be ten minutes long with every single detail included. But attention spans are shrinking thanks to Reels and TikTok, so more couples are opting for shorter wedding videos that show the highlight reels. The best part? This can save you money because your videographer doesn’t have to spend additional hours editing.
Now that you know what to expect with the current wedding photography and videography trends, it’s time to book a photographer and videographer. Check out our directory of photographers and videographers from around the world where you’ll find the vendors of your dreams.