Wedding photography can include engagement photos, pre-wedding photos, shots taken during the ceremony or reception on the big day itself, as sometimes may even include honeymoon or “trash the dress” photos. Wedding photography is also one of the larger categories of commercial photography, with many photographers specializing in this service.
There are two main approaches to wedding photography: traditional or photojournalistic. The traditional approach typically has posed images that the photographer controls and directs throughout the event. The photojournalistic approach usually has a more editorial feel, with candid, more natural images taken using little direction. A third, more fashion-focused approach also exists, with these shots using more innovative or creative techniques, delivering more dramatic imagery. Culture and tradition often play a large part in the style and types of shots a couple is looking to capture.