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Despite the fact that a lot of photographers aren’t working right now, I’ve heard from some of my friends who are in the wedding photography industry that they’ve never been busier. It looks like not even a pandemic can stop love.
If you run a wedding photography business, you probably know what I’m talking about. Lots of large venues are being cancelled and couples are opting to do more adventurous weddings that are much smaller and more intimate.
But, this is just one of many wedding photography trends this year. Let’s dive into what other wedding photography trends people are looking for right now so your wedding photography business can stay on top.
Shooting the Proposal
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Boring, traditional proposals are out and modern proposals are in. More women are proposing to their partners than ever before. Proposals are also getting incredibly grandiose. Plus, every moment of the proposal is being captured by a professional photographer.
Engagement photos are incredibly exciting because, most of the time, one of the people in the couple doesn't see it coming and surprise elicits the best emotions that are really simple to catch on tape.
If you are thinking about getting into wedding photography this year, you can start by doing easy shoots like the proposal. This will let you feel out whether or not you like working in this sort of environment. Plus, it’s always fun to be a huge part of someone’s life.
Using Traditional Film
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Polaroids and other forms of film cameras are also a huge wedding photography trend this year. It’s definitely a throwback to when every wedding would have a Fujifilm disposable camera on each table.
But, this trend is now being taken a bit further. Couples are actually asking that all of their wedding photography be captured using traditional film cameras.
And, if you’ve never used traditional film cameras, this may be a bit daunting. But, film cameras capture the timelessness of a wedding unlike modern cameras. They create the best wedding portraits that are dainty and light. Film is incredibly romantic, so it’s no wonder wedding photography has finally embraced it yet again.
Creating Large-Format Canvas Prints
Another wedding photography trend this year that harkens back to a simpler time is printed photos.
Couples love the option of canvas prints for some of their favorite shots from their big day so that they can decorate their new home together.
I use CanvasHQ to create my large-format canvas prints for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are one of the cheapest options, which my clients and I both like. Secondly, each one of their canvases are crafted by hand. The frames are hand-built and each canvas is hand-stretched so that your image has a personal touch from the very beginning to the very end of the process.
Every canvas created by CanvasHQ is rated for decades so your wedding photography will double as a family heirloom down the line. This is because each canvas is made with museum-grade ink that won’t fade over the years.
The last reason why I love to work with CanvasHQ is that they have a countdown on their website to tell me exactly how long my production will take if I send in a photo today. In the era of Covid madness, this is an especially phenomenal trait to me. As of the writing of this article, their turnaround time is just 3 days.
Given all that, it’s no wonder they won our 2020 best canvas print company award. See how they did it!
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Savvy couples are beginning to realize that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend potentially tens of thousands of dollars on a wedding if they’re being ushered from one step of the wedding to the next. They will just feel hurried all day!
This is why a lot of couples are participating in day-after photoshoots. These photoshoots can be a lot more laid back, since the couple isn’t rushing to get to eat their dinner or talk to their relatives. It’s less stressful for the couple, but it’s also less stressful for you as the photographer.
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Another wedding photography trend in 2020 is aerial shots. If you don’t own a drone and you hope to continue your wedding photography business for years to come, I strongly suggest you get one.
Aerial shots are wonderful because they allow you to capture the landscape of the wedding in such a unique fashion. For instance, if a couple is getting married on a large farm, it makes sense to include this in their photos, but it could be difficult to do from anywhere other than the air.
Aerial shots are also much more dream-like than other traditional forms of wedding photography. You can really make them whatever you want them to be.