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Unconventional Wedding Photography


EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8 II USM lens, f/4.5, 1/80sec, 35mm, ISO 100

When it comes to memories, the best way of reminiscing is through photographs. Although you can’t hear, smell or taste those memories (not yet, at least), the gift of sight will definitely transport you back to your special day. This is why you should settle on a unique set of styles to bring out the best of one of the happiest days of your life.

Before looking into professional photographers, decide on the varying styles that interest you first to ensure you’ll be satisfied with the end result.

EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, f/2.8, 1/50sec, 35mm, ISO 1000

The Right Style

First thing's first, ask yourself what theme your wedding shoot and wedding day will follow. Pick quirky themes and odd colour schemes to create more character in the photos. Being weird is not a bad thing, in fact, weird looks good in photographs.

EOS 5D Mark III, EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/1.8, 1/60sec, 50mm, ISO 1600

The Realist Impression

Instead of a series of generic modelled photos, candid pictures of guests and actions are the way to go. Try keep the 'pose and smile' shots to a minimum, and focus on representing the day as it really unfolds. Typically, shots like these might include the fancy decor of the location, guests mingling with drinks in hand or any sort of interaction accurately depicting the moments as they happen, which in turn tells a more romantic story.

EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, f/6.3, 1/5sec, 16mm, ISO 500

The Black-and-Whites

For a more dramatic and gorgeous effect, this style of fine art gives the photographer a greater range to explore their artistic license with grainier, quainter and softer appearances. Movement will flow naturally in this series of black and white shots, and the lack of colour will allow viewers to fully focus on the main subject – the couple!

EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, f/2.8, 1/40sec, 35mm, ISO 160

The Alternative Frames

Lastly, to break the mold, go for edgy bold/outside the box compositions. With tilted angles and unconventional framing, the photographer may focus on the subject from different angles with an emphasis on a secondary object to build an enigmatic feel to the shot. 

Many wedding photographers do a mix of traditional and avant-garde pictures, but if there’s a specific style you love, focus on the photographers who specialise in it and take a good look at what they have to offer.


Jana Yar
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Jana is the founder and owner of Ensof Photography, a boutique firm providing professional corporate, event and food photography services in Singapore. Her work has been showcased in a number of exhibitions in Asia and Europe, receiving 2nd Place in public votes at the KL Photo Awards Malaysia; 1st Place at the Off Festival Slovakia; 2nd Place Julia Margaret Cameron Prize for Women Photographers at the WPGA(UK) Annual contest; and Renaissance Photography Finalist.