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2016 Wedding Photography Trends

Suzy WimbourneComment

2016 Wedding Photography may be dramatic and moody but it doesn't mean we'll be jumping on the bandwagon

Out on our walk around the grounds of Dunham Massey. The rain had paused and harsh sunlight filtered through the trees. Earlier in the morning we'd been looking at other wedding photographers' work and took a little inspiration from their underexposed and dramatic style.

Out on our walk around the grounds of Dunham Massey. The rain had paused and harsh sunlight filtered through the trees. Earlier in the morning we'd been looking at other wedding photographers' work and took a little inspiration from their underexposed and dramatic style.

Some wedding photography trends are easier to notice than others such as the vintage, faded and grainy approach we’ve seen a lot of over the last few years which go hand in hand with converted barn weddings, hay bales and tea parties. There are some trends however where even as a fellow wedding photographer I have to look out for the correlations between what is hot and upcoming right now in the wedding photography world and by that I find myself bingeing through Junebug's and Fearless’ current best-of archives. 

For 2016 I want to briefly highlight a trend we’ve noticed that may or may not have mass appeal but we will certainly be seeing more variations of the style I’m sure in the coming months.

Stylistically I would describe it as dramatic and moody and in practice it’s achieved by deliberately underexposing the whole scene in order to retain the warmth and richness of the available natural light, which is usually in some way cast on the subject matter but can be inverted too so that the subject is presented as a shadow. 

As a wedding photographer I love to get inspired by other photographers' work and then allow that inspiration to further shape my individual style. At Suzy Wimbourne Photography we love wide angles, portraits filled with real laughter and colour. We love the use of negative space when it can be used creatively and this is where I can see the appeal of the dramatic and underexposed style. 

In keeping with the theme of new wedding photography trends for 2016 we are seeing a rise in demand for videography in the UK (this is something we've noticed through personal experience when either photographing a wedding ourselves, performing at one or attending one) and the potential crossover between the photographer/ videographer. Of course there will always be a need for professional photography but with the rise in quality of pulling stills from video, in the future we may be doing both simultaneously? 

I'm Alex Carrington, one half of creative duo Suzy and Alex. We are wedding photographers and professional musicians living in the North West, UK.

I'm Alex Carrington, one half of creative duo Suzy and Alex. We are wedding photographers and professional musicians living in the North West, UK.

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  In the run up to Christmas 2015 I opted against going to the hairdressers for a much needed haircut and instead asked Suzy to kindly do the honours of giving me a shave using clippers we already owned although they hadn’t been unboxed since we moved home in July.  I oiled the blades because I knew that was the thing to do, especially if I hadn’t had Suzy cut my hair for at least 2 years with them and I took out the No. 4 length guard to be attached. We were well prepared and this was just one of the items on our checklist for us to do that day. My hair was long and messy but I knew I suited a buzz cut and it was something Suzy had previously done for me and so we approached the task with confidence. With the clippers in her hand, Suzy took straight to my centre parting and cut about 10cm in. Why she began there I don’t understand but it was the look on her face, that of horror, when she soon realised what had been done and couldn’t be reversed. Suzy had forgotten to attach the length guard! The bare blade might as well have made me bald and of all the places for the first shave to occur I now had a very obvious mistake in my developing hairstyle. It was awful. Terrible. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry and I certainly went through all the emotions over a short period. In the end I had no choice but to go for a No. 1 all over, which itself wasn’t short enough to match up with the centre line. For the next few days I resorted to wearing a hat whilst Suzy re-did my hair daily to rectify the mistake. Luckily for me my hair grew out quickly.  So it’s 2016, I have a new look and Suzy is up next for the clippers when I take my revenge. These photographs were taken on Monday 4th Jan 2016 at Dunham Massey, Cheshire.  

 

In the run up to Christmas 2015 I opted against going to the hairdressers for a much needed haircut and instead asked Suzy to kindly do the honours of giving me a shave using clippers we already owned although they hadn’t been unboxed since we moved home in July. 

I oiled the blades because I knew that was the thing to do, especially if I hadn’t had Suzy cut my hair for at least 2 years with them and I took out the No. 4 length guard to be attached. We were well prepared and this was just one of the items on our checklist for us to do that day.

My hair was long and messy but I knew I suited a buzz cut and it was something Suzy had previously done for me and so we approached the task with confidence. With the clippers in her hand, Suzy took straight to my centre parting and cut about 10cm in. Why she began there I don’t understand but it was the look on her face, that of horror, when she soon realised what had been done and couldn’t be reversed. Suzy had forgotten to attach the length guard!

The bare blade might as well have made me bald and of all the places for the first shave to occur I now had a very obvious mistake in my developing hairstyle. It was awful. Terrible. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry and I certainly went through all the emotions over a short period. In the end I had no choice but to go for a No. 1 all over, which itself wasn’t short enough to match up with the centre line. For the next few days I resorted to wearing a hat whilst Suzy re-did my hair daily to rectify the mistake. Luckily for me my hair grew out quickly. 

So it’s 2016, I have a new look and Suzy is up next for the clippers when I take my revenge. These photographs were taken on Monday 4th Jan 2016 at Dunham Massey, Cheshire.