Many weddings include at least some formally posed, group shots. Classic shots show reality, possibly with an extra splash of the shooter's creativity. Classic photos capture the moment and turn reality into beauty. These are photos you will have framed or printed on canvas and hung on the wall. These photos will be cherished for generations.
Artistic wedding photos seek to capture the overall feel of the event using wide spaces, not simply the couple or group shown close up. In addition to creative framing and negative space, many shots require post-processing to enhance color balance, saturation, and clarity. You may end up with a giant canvas of one of these on your wall (or maybe at your parents house)!
Recording your lifestyle means capturing the candid moments. The photographer blends into the activities ready to shoot when things as they come together. Be sure you talk to your photographer to make sure you treasure these candid moments. You post these photos online and keep them on your phone so you can look at them ofter and show them to others.
The object here is to record all the events and special moments of the day from getting ready to the fireworks exit. This style records the story of the day. These shots are often placed in a slideshow or added to the highlight video. All of your friends and relatives who were not able to attend in person will want to see these images.
Fashion photography shows off the bridal fashions and is often used for magazines or advertising. If you have invested some serious cash in that dress, you will want some photos to show it off! And fashion isn't limited to the bride. Your groom and all the attendants will want to capture themselves all dolled up! If you've got it - flaunt it!
Dramatic photos use dramatic lighting and off-camera flash. Sunset and shadows can give the user the feeling of the moment. Your guests may get some great candid shots with their smartphones but it takes forethought, experience, and the right equipment to get it dark without being gloomy.
The vintage look uses photo filters to cause color distortion resembling antique photos. Sure, smartphones and inexpensive computer apps can add filters. But the filters come from a finite list. And who wants bunny ears on the groom?! Professional post-processing software like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop provide an endless spectrum of possibilities in the hands of an experienced professional.
Editorial photos are creative, over the top photos like you would see in a magazine. And your wedding doesn't have to cost a fortune to get this look. Many outdoor weddings are at wedding venues with spectacular surroundings. Walking by a lake or beside some colorful foliage can give that same look as a photo taken in a mansion.