6 Wedding Photography Trends to Look Out for in 2020
Jun 25, 2019 | By: Doug Burke Photography
6 Wedding Photography
Trends to Look Out for in 2020
Let’s be honest for a second: anyone who hires a professional photographer for their special day wants that one Instagram worthy shot that can embody their beautiful wedding at a single glance.
What if you could have several of those shots to use and reminisce over the years, for anniversaries, birthdays, or throwbacks?
For the perfect shoot, you need to look into popular culture for inspiration. Wedding photography trends keep evolving and changing every year. They could be either completely novel in their approach to aesthetics, or they can be a mixture of modern and vintage merged into one.
Here is some insight into the top trends for this year.
1. Themed Shoots
If you and your beau are diehard fans of a franchise, movie, or TV show, it can be a great idea to have a themed wedding. This year, Game of Thrones themed weddings have been really popular. But if you are not a fan, you could go for something else, maybe a Stranger Things inspired 80s theme. Everything from your cake to your outfits and your décor can be customized to add to the pizzazz.
Your theme can be centered on a color or an ideology too. If you are queer, for example, your nuptials can be an expression of your identity in an LGBTQ themed wedding. It is pride month every month after all!
An interesting trend that has lasted for quite a while through recent years is the use of props. Earlier, actual cardboard props were used with quirky one-liners and phrases like ‘Miss to Mrs.’ or ‘Just Married’. Now, there has been a shift to a more subtle use of props.
Props involving lights of different kinds have come to the forefront; sparklers, candles, fairy lights, paper lanterns, you name it! These lights provide that extra bit of magic to your wedding photographs. They can be placed strategically around you, or even behind you to create a bokeh effect.
If you are more into color, smoke bombs can help create vivid and joyful images to contrast with your monochrome outfits. Other trendy props you can look into are flower petals, confetti, glitter, and even soap bubbles!
3. Monochrome and Other Filters
We hope all photographers know the value of black and white pictures. If you want to evaluate a photographer’s skill, their monochrome photos are the best reflection of their artistic eye and ability. When colors are filtered through, you will be able to see if they have the eye for capturing emotions in their pictures.
Besides monochrome, other filters can also be added to photographs later on to invoke different experiences. A sepia filter can be used for the vintage feel, while a film filter can add a larger-than-life, grand effect to your wedding photographs.
4. Emotion-filled Candids
Instead of posing for every picture and going only for larger-than-life shots, try and get in some uncontrived photos too. Make sure you tell your photographer that you want some amazing candids if they don’t know it already.
Pictures of you two laughing, crying, standing at the altar, hugging your friends and family after the ceremony… these are the kind of photos that will capture your emotional journey through your wedding day and help you remember it better months, years, maybe even decades down the line. They could well serve as memorabilia for your great grandchildren one day.
Your photographer can help you immortalize the most important day in your life by capturing you when you are relaxed and are expressing emotion freely, instead of all worked up posing for a photograph. Trust us; emotion-filled candids are a trend to follow.
5. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
Another very popular trend is taking fun photographs featuring the most important people at your wedding besides yourselves: your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Being at a wedding in a tuxedo or a heavy dress does not mean a wedding cannot be exciting. Instead of traditional photos with bouquets and corsages, you can picture yourselves drinking, enjoying the reception, and just having fun together. You can even recreate an old picture from long ago!
These pictures can serve as lasting memories for you as a group for many years in the future.
6. Location-Based Shoots
All your wedding pictures don’t have to be at the venue! There are several beautiful locations in Greensboro, Summerfield, and Stokesdale areas that can serve as backgrounds for your wedding shoot. Many options can be available to you depending on what kind of vibe you are going for. If you need more of an ethereal and magical vibe, choose an outdoor natural location; in a garden or near a lake, perhaps.
If you want people to think ‘grand and majestic’ when they view your wedding pictures, go for an abandoned castle or a big beautiful church. Look into Castle McCulloch or Our Lady of Grace Cathedral as your shoot location if this is the kind of visual you prefer.
You can also choose a location that has personal sentimental value for you and your betrothed to make your photos as authentic as possible.
There are a number of options besides these that you can go for as well. All you need to do is book a wedding photographer who can understand your vision and execute your ideas to perfection.
At Doug Burke Photography, we have the means to give you exactly what you need from your wedding pictures and realize your aspirations. Contact us at 336.486.9932 and let’s start planning!