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Ha ha, it’s about time! Time for my “Best of 2012″ list before January – 13 comes to an end! It’s been sooooo difficult. Guess how many photos I had chosen to start with… 416! Obviously I can’t have that many in a Best of list. Ha – ha, I’m just liking my own images too much ain’t it.;)But it’s just so difficult to choose – I had so many great photo opportunities at “my” weddings last year and I don’t want to be unfair on couple’s images – so I do appologise if there is an image that hasn’t been included, that you think should be here. You’re right, it probably should be, I just couldn’t fit them all in:).

 

So what’s up for 2013?

 

I’m really excited and can’t wait for the wedding season to start, here are a couple of things that I would love to do with my photography this year:

 

Composition – I really want to play around more with compositions. Don’t worry if you’ve hired me as your photographer, it doesn’t mean that I’m gonna hold up your day while I’m looking for compositions – photographers look for compositions all the time from behind the camera, without you even knowing. ( Yes your reportage style photographer does it as well – it’s their most important tool, if it is a proper reportage photographer that is – ask Cartier-Bresson ).  Composition is one of those things that there just isn’t an end to – there are so many ways, and probably the one thing that strongest define a photographer’s style. This year I’d love to discover some new things, play with distance, patterns in surroundings, negative space etc…

 

Experimenting and new ideas – Couples, if you have any specific ideas for your engagement shoot or wedding portraits, please tell me! I’d love to hear them. They can be awesome, unusual, funny, arty, whatever you feel like. I love creating images that aren’t cookie cut. And I love ideas that are influenced by movies, fashion magazines etc.

 

I just want to say that it’s been an exciting year – A lot of talented photographers are coming forward. It’s nice to see that so many people are starting to realise that amazing images aren’t born in the camera, but rather in the skills and the mind of the shooter. I’m noticing that couples have started to demand not just a certain standard, but more personal, creative and interesting pictures. Which gives us photographers a chance to do our very best and to challenge ourselves to always try new things and improve.

 

Ok, so here it goes. I wanted to choose images that shows the diversity of shots from the whole wedding day, and from a few different styles of weddings – and again appologies if I have missed out on anyone’s favorite image. Enjoy! xx Louise

 

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Congratulations to all of you lovelies who got married in 2012!

And congratulations to all of you who are now engaged and still have the big day to look forward to:)

My list! wedding photography trends 2012, contemporary wedding photography trends…

Ok, I confess. This is my own list – this is my opinion.;)Having said that, I’m always on the look out for what is going on and have inner debates (Yeah I know… weirdo hey…), and keeping an eye out for what is popular and up and coming in wedding photography styles. So here it is, my list for wedding photography trends in 2012…

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What is HOT…

 

Bright and light and naturally colourful

Grainy and slightly toned black and whites

Well planned compositions that feels unplanned

Negative space – empty, deliberate space within an image

 Film look – the look of photography as it was before the age of digital

 Back light – or even flair caused by shooting straight in to the sun

 Low sky light – out door evening photography is yum for your wedding day!

 Professional, thorough post production, that signatures the photographer’s style

 Relaxed portrait sessions on the day – mixing creativity with natural expressions

 A photo booth for the reception! Let crazy friends and drunken relatives mess about

 Less is more. Subtle colour drain in post production, steering away from red/orange skin tones

 Themes and details. The devil is in the detail! Capture colour themes, details and personal touches of the wedding day

 Wide apertures. (when only a small part of the image is in focus) Ok, this one has been around for a while – but it is still smoking!

 Editorial photography – telling a story with the images. (Meaning some involvement and pre planning from photographer’s side)

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What is NOT really so hot anymore…

 

Camera tilting – unless it spot on works for a certain image

 Vintage toning. When it is over toned. Although a moderate, professional toning works great for certain images

 Too much photo journalism/reportage style in the photography – with images that feels distant and un- personal

 Vingetting. Unless it is very subtle and really suits the location (Such as a gloomy day with heavy architecture – think London)

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What is stone dead cold….

 

Super posed and super cheesey

 Too contrasty, too saturated, too sharpened

 Super obvious vignetting. It should rest in peace…

 “Cheap” toning. Like pressing the button for sepia for example

 “Cheap” photoshopping. Of any kind. (Like using only the obvious Photoshop tools and not well)

 Oh this one: I thought it died around 2009 and yesterday I saw it again: A black and white image…. with a detail in colour!

 Snap shot photography without understanding the components of photography. (And then refer to it as “reportage style”)

Did I forget anything? Let me know if I should add to the list!