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January 21, 2024

Choosing the Right Photographer for Your Style: Editorial vs. Documentary Wedding Photography

Looking for an editorial wedding photographer? Or is documentary more your style? How about a mix of both? Embarking on the journey of planning your wedding is an exhilarating ride, and one crucial decision you’ll make is choosing the right photographer to immortalize your special day. The world of wedding photography offers a myriad of styles, but today, let’s delve into two of my favorite, yet distinct, approaches: Editorial and Documentary.

The Vogue Vibes of Editorial Photography: Embracing the Chic and Effortless

Hiring an editorial wedding photographer is all about infusing your love story with a touch of Vogue. Imagine flipping through the pages of a high-fashion magazine, and there you are ā€“ the star of your own stylish narrative. This style is characterized by its avant-garde compositions, fashion-forward poses, and a flair for capturing moments with an editorial edge. It’s a way of translating your details, styling, and overall feeling of the day into something that could truly grace the cover of a magazine.

Why Go Editorial?

  • If you dream of images that transcend traditional wedding aesthetics.
  • For couples who want to infuse their day with an effortlessly cool and chic vibe.
  • Ideal for those seeking artistic and visually striking compositions.

Timeless Elegance of a Documentary Approach: Classic Moments, Candid Interactions

Moreover, documentary wedding photography, a timeless classic, focuses on capturing those heartwarming moments with an authentic touch. It’s about cherishing the love, joy, and timeless elegance that defines weddings, without being intrusive or controlling of the day. This style artfully captures the celebration as it unfolds, so you can be fully present with your nearest and dearest. The heart of this style is authenticity.

Why Opt for Documentary?

  • For couples who appreciate an authentic representation of their celebration.
  • Perfect for those who want a comprehensive coverage with cinematic storytelling.
  • If you envision framing moments that stand the test of time and value lots of emotion: tears, laughs, bad dance moves and all.

Making the Choice between Editorial and Documentary: Blend or Bold?

As you embark on this decision-making journey, consider blending the two styles for a comprehensive narrative.

As a hybrid wedding photographer, that’s my bread and butter. Most of the day is shot through a documentary approach so I can capture the day as it actually unfolds, instead of faking moments. Then when it comes to portraits, I am very good at directing we can capture you in your best light.

Ultimately, I think the choice between editorial and documentary wedding photography boils down to your unique style and vision. So, whether you’re envisioning a classic love story or a modern editorial masterpiece, remember, your wedding album is your story ā€“ told in your style.

Bride and groom during editorial wedding portraits inside a church.

Hi, you must be in love.

Iā€™m Masha, a wedding, elopement and couples photographer based in sunny Hawaii, & often found serving couples worldwide.

If you're looking for a meaningful, cinematic and editorial approach to photography-something effortless but still iconic, you're in the right place. I am so excited to hear more about your story and create and collaborate with you.

Let's chat, I can't wait to hear everything you are dreaming up.