A round-up for photographers looking for inspiration—and brides to be
By Mason Resnick
May 24, 2010
With wedding season upon us, it's time to gather ideas and be influenced by some of today's top wedding photographers. I've scoured the web for ten fine examples.
And, if you're a bride planning to get married in the next year or two, check these folks out.
Doug Gordon, who will be running a wedding photography workshop for Workshops@Adorama in June, called Posing is Back and it's This Year's Black!, does something he calls "Wicked Portraits," which I interpret to mean the poses are unusual, the exposures edgy, and the approach fresh. Learn more about Doug's approach to wedding photography by listening to our TechTock blog podcast where he's interviewed by Jack Howard.
Ryan Brenizer takes an editorial approach, and likes to focus on interesting and oddball details to tell his wedding stories. You will oftentimes find him seeking out private moments and interactions that reflect his keen sense of observation and anticipation, as well as those big establishing shots, to tell a well-rounded narrative. You can catch a greater sense of Ryan's style at his Workshop@Adorama, Creativity on the Fly, Turning Bad Shooting Situations into Great Wedding Photos.
Jessica Claire, inventor of the Shootsac line of uber-stylish camera bags CSSSDKBQC, likes to get her wedding subjects in action—oftentimes, in mid-air. Mix those kinds of shots in with well-done standard wedding shots and stylish on-the-fly portraits and you get someone who can create a dynamic mix of styles that's unique to each event. She's definitely into stylish posing and composition, but breaks out of it often. She's doing a Workshop@Adorama, too—Shooting Romance in New York City.
A wedding photographer's wedding photographer, Cliff has run successful workshops for Workshops@Adorama, and has a photography lighting and skillset bootcamp that has a habit of being quickly sold out. Take a look at the work featured on his blog, which shows outstanding lighting combined with a natural, photojouranlistic style, and you'll see why. You may even be inspired to sign up.
Sean & Mel McLellan
Nashville photographers Sean & Mel McLellan claim a "McLellan Style" which may include subdued colors and careful compositions, but a careful look through their featured weddings also shows a sense of playfulness and some dynamite candids, as well as lighting techniques that can take you by surprise. The McLellans also offer private consults for photographers who want to, as they say on the site, "take business to the next level."
Anna Kuperberg takes a whimsical approach, catching both posed and off-guard moments and juxtapositions that spice up a wedding portfolio. She's also not afraid to use the alternative-process look.
Ben and Erin Chrisman
Ben and Erin Chrisman's angle is angles: This team has a knack for finding unusual angles to shoot from, and unorthodox compositions, and love to travel. The San Fransisco-based couple's niche is destination documentary wedding photography, and they are able to capture both the spirit of the wedding, the guests, and the locale.
Jim Garner takes a fine-art approach to his formal wedding photography that can be almost gothic in its look. He isn't afraid of combining separate, dramatic depictions of art or architecture with the portraits of the bride and groom. It's an intriguing approach that certainly will appeal to some tastes and lead to sales of big prints.
Elizabeth Messina takes a deliberately casual approach to photographing weddings and even to shooting formal portraits of the bride and groom. The result has a behind-the-scenes look and a natural, spontaneous beauty that owes much to fine-art and documentary photography. She mixes in color and black-and-white, and isn't afraid to use the toy-camera look.
Curt Littlecott clearly has an eye for little details and passing moments that enhance the bigger story of the wedding day. His most successful photos show the emotional sides not just of the bride and groom, but of their extended families and guests at the wedding ceremony and receptions. He's a master of the candid.