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2011 Photo Trends

I had the great pleasure of guest-blogging for Crystal at Distinct Occasions recently and I thought, what the heck, I’ll post it here as well!

Wedding trends have shifted quite a bit in the last few years.  Couples are opting for more meaningful events with smaller guest lists, brimming with individual style and personalization.  They are baulking at tradition for traditions sake, often changing the order of events.  I’ve seen a few “secret ceremonies”, where the couple invites only a handful of people to the ceremony and then hosts a traditional and larger reception later in the day.  I’ve photographed more city hall weddings in the last two years then in the rest of my career combined.  At home weddings are also making a big come back.

In short couples are looking to create more meaningful events and lasting memories.

This is where the photographer plays a big role!    While budgets for the overall wedding may have declined a touch in recent years, the budget for photography is actually going up.  Brides are looking to make their day meaningful by making it memorable and they want those details captured by the best and most qualified people they can find.

Brides are asking for more photographic coverage, opting to have the photographer cover the full event rather than a portion of the day.  Photo booth’s have made a huge splash at receptions!    Couples want make sure that they have a record of all of their guests and the photo booth is a great and fun way to do that!

The trends in the style of photography brides are asking for has been staying somewhat consistent over the last few years.  Brides are looking for lifestyle photography with an editorial flare.  This year we’ll be seeing more of a light and fresh look to photography, edited with natural hues and realistic colours.  You may still see a few vintage colour washes here and there but for the most part we’ll be seeing less textured overlays and extreme editing.  Colour is preferred to black and white, although black and white will never fully go out of style!

Todays photographers are expected to be more flexible to meet the demands of the changing wedding trends.  Brides are expecting faster turn around times on finished products and are requesting “sneak peaks” of images  to combat our modern need for immediacy!  They want to make sure the first wedding images posted on facebook and blogs and websites are the best ones!  Couples are also often asking to purchase High Res files rather than print packages.

Here’s a quick look at 2011 wedding photography trends and perennials.

Trends in photography:

Vintage washes and style

Natural colours

Photo booths

props, particularly vintage items

styled engagement shoots

stop motion photo videos

digital save the dates and invitations

Perennials in photography:

Lifestyle, editorial images

The capturing of spontaneous “real” and meaningful moments

The capturing of emotion and love

Telling the story of the day through imagery

Passe Trends:

Extreme colour washes and editing styles

Textured layers and effects

Tilt shift focus

multiple exposure images

and because every post is better with an image, here’s a look back at Katie and Kevin’s backyard event.  You can check out more from katie and Kevin’s wedding over at Style Me Pretty.