2016 Wedding Photography may be dramatic and moody but it doesn't mean we'll be jumping on the bandwagon
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?
The most exciting part is how we can use our creativity to produce beautiful products for our clients. If you haven't seen it already, we've started a vlog - check it out on our YouTube channel.