Friday, August 27, 2010

candid, classic and romantic

Almost all photography dates, but perhaps none more than wedding photography. Partly this is due to fashion, hairstyles and cars, however it's also got a lot to do with the photographer. Often when looking at wedding work I wonder why the photographer chose to throw the photoshop effects book at every shot. It seems that unless your work is retouched with soft blurs, saturated colour, vignettes, or extreme clarity; combined with contrived situations in lane ways it's not wedding photography. Oddly, no other style of photography uses these effects or locations in such obvious excess.

Personally, I try to avoid effects. My favorite style of photography is the photojournalism of the 1950s and 1960s. Work that is mostly black and white and candid. I find this work dates the least in the wedding context - it's classic and romantic - like a Chanel or Armani suit. It's simple and follows a storytelling approach that you will still love in 20 or 40 years time.

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