Wedding Photography Trends for 2019


Here are the top 20 wedding photography trends.

1. PRE WEDDING PHOTO SHOOTS: Brides want to enjoy their special day so they often book a photoshoot before their big day. Want to know the best part? They even buy a wedding gown for the shoot. While this started as a trend in the Chinese and South Asian marriages, it is catching up rapidly in western nuptials.

2. DESTINATION ELOPEMENTS: In the last 12 months many couples have inquired about destination elopements. This is confirmed by the rapid ascent of the number of Google searches for the term “elopement” in the past five years.

3. UNPLUGGED WEDDING CEREMONIES: Couples want photographers to capture their guests’ reactions and not the latest iPhone models covering their faces. As such, I often see the DJ or officiant requesting that the guests do not use cameras during the wedding ceremony.

What’s the bottom line? Enjoy the ceremony and take all the selfies you want later.


4. DRONE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY: While in many cities drones usage is strictly regulated, more and more couples bring their own drone on the wedding day, especially on destination marriages and elopements.

5. SAME DAY EDITS: Many couples ask about the possibility of offering a same-day slideshow with images from the photoshoot. Do you want to know the best part? Once we discuss this during our initial consultation, my couples realize they don’t want us to miss moments while processing the photos for the same day slideshow. Now, what will you want in 30 years? To see a photo of your grandmother crying at your wedding or have a slideshow with 30 partially edited images run during the reception?

6. TEASERS: Next day teasers are also something my couples desire. We are talking about 10-20 edited wedding pictures that couples share on social media and I can definitely include the service in my top package.

7. VANITY FAIR IMAGERY FOR BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS: Long gone are the days when the wedding party was looking at the camera, you know, the deer in the headlights shot. These days the wedding party wants fun, original, entertaining images. But wait as it gets better!


8. SMOKE BOMBS: To keep the wedding party entertained and add colour to the engagement or your wedding album, I always bring smoke bombs to the photoshoot.

9. PHOTOJOURNALISTIC COVERAGE: While in the past wedding couples were fine with posed shots, things have changed. Today’s bride wants candid photography and photojournalism (pure or assisted) becomes mainstream.

10. ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS IN DRAMATIC LOCATIONS: Closely related to the previous trend, couples with larger budgets have engagement shoots in places like Iceland, Death Valley (US) or Santorini (Grece).


11. MIRRORLESS CAMERAS: Here is a secret! I recently switched from Canon to Fuji and I never looked back. Now, this is the crazy part: the small mirrorless cameras are so good and unobtrusive that I get way more candid photos than ever before. Kids and guests rarely notice me when I shoot with my Fuji and I catch the best candid moments.

12. DRAMATIC LOCATIONS AND IMAGERY: Couples don’t care so much about the elaborate wedding cakes and feather centrepieces and prefer multi-day engagement shoots in dramatic locations.

13. TODAY’S BRIDE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT WEDDING ALBUMS: Many professionals will tell you that the brides care more about their wedding gown than her album. I even have couples who never picked up their wedding album once they got their high-resolution images on a USB memory stick.

14. FIRST LOOK: The first look is a great opportunity for me to capture candid photos of the bride and groom before the wedding ceremony. Do you know something? Often those shots end up being the ones my couples love the most.

One of the latest new trends is the father-daughter first look. Because brides take good care of their dresses before the ceremony, most of the time the unveiling happens indoors. Even more important than the pictures, the first look allows couples to spend time together on the best day of their lives.

15. FUN IS KING: Here is the secret on how to have a perfect special day: keep it simple and fun and don’t worry about protocols and ancient traditions. Recently I did a Catholic ceremony where the groom walked down the aisle on the rhythm of “I Feel Good!”

Along the same line, photo booths are becoming omnipresent during wedding receptions. Do you know the best part? Photo booths are amazing opportunities for us to take candid photos of your guests!

16. BRIDES AND GROOMS PAY FOR EVERYTHING: In the past, it was the parents buying everything from the wedding dress to professional photography. Do you know something? Those days are over! The modern bride wants to be in control and make sure she likes what she buys.


17. ORIGINAL, CREATIVE IMAGERY: New original ideas win couples’ hearts. Lately, I noticed brides asking for a list of original concepts. Do you know the secret? Nobody wants cookie-cutter shots that make your wedding look like everyone else’s.

18. FILMIC LOOK: Film processing is one of the latest trends. Here is the kicker: the beauty of filmic images (either colour or black and white) they are timeless. Images processed to look like film are classic and have “soul.” Here is my promise: fifty years from now, you will still love your pictures they will look amazing.

19. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS BECOME TRUSTED ADVISORS: Wedding photographers’ role is more important than ever. Because my couples book me one or even two years before their event, I help brides and grooms plan their big day from choosing a stunning wedding dress to finding various vendors and photography locations. It gets better!

With their huge experience, professional photographers are instrumental in finalizing the wedding day itinerary. This is crazy but I even heard of photographers choosing the cakes for the wedding couples!

20. SOCIAL MEDIA IS HERE TO STAY: Social media has a massive impact on wedding photography, from finding a photographer to sharing the images. Recently, quite a few couples hired me through social media. Do you see how huge this is?

These days, brides become familiar with photographer portfolios and style via social media. Also, most couples have their own hashtag and ask guests to publish images using the #bridegroom hashtag. Brides and grooms are extremely well informed when it comes to wedding photography and social media is becoming more important than ever.

21. SELFIE STICK: Selfies with the bride and the infamous selfie stick are one of the latest trends in the industry. Both the bridal party and guests become “professional photographers” during the big day with the help of selfie sticks and cell phones.


In a nutshell, here are the top 20 trends in wedding photography in 2019:

  • Pre-wedding photoshoots
  • Destination elopements
  • Unplugged wedding ceremonies
  • Drone wedding photography and videography
  • Same day edits
  • Teasers
  • Vanity Fair group photographs
  • Smoke Bombs
  • Photojournalistic photography style
  • Dramatic locations
  • Mirrorless cameras
  • Dramatic lighting and imagery
  • Print wedding albums are insignificant versus digital albums
  • First look
  • Fun images
  • Couple pays for the wedding
  • Original, creative images
  • Filmic look
  • Wedding photographer as a consultant
  • Social media is still big

In conclusion, there are many trends in the wedding photography industry and some will never go away.

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