Wedding Photography Trends in 2021

Wedding photography may be a staple at every wedding, but each year there are new trends that crop up as photographers and happy couples look to push the boundaries and get something unique from their special day. 

2021 has unfortunately remained gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting the number of guests at ceremonies and heavily impacting everything about the wedding industry – photography included. 

With that in mind, many of the trends that have risen in popularity are directly influenced by the pandemic. Despite this, as we look towards the second half of 2021, lessening restrictions should mean weddings can hopefully return in full – which will again transform the popularity of certain trends. 

So what’s currently popular in 2021, and what do I think will be popular as weddings get back to normal? Here are the top wedding photography trends for this year and likely 2022…

Candid photos

When you think about it, authenticity is at the heart of the COVID pandemic. As a society, we got used to seeing business calls done in casual wear via Zoom and the shared experience of lockdown gave us insight into famous people’s homes and inner lives.

That sort of authenticity has given rise to a more candid style of photography – where couples are keen to have ‘real’ moments captured instead of posing for them. Of course, this varies from a shoot that is entirely candid and documentarian through to more common ‘mixed’ shoots that include both candids and the traditional wedding poses. 

By capturing moments where you and your guests are unaware of the camera, I’ll be able to get genuine moments and authentic reactions throughout your day. In a world where we’re more used to seeing private moments, this down-to-earth and honest wedding photography trend is here to stay. 

Festival wedding

Nature-inspired

COVID-19 meant a change of plans for lots of couples. Many put their wedding dates forward in the hopes restrictions would be over. Others embraced the disruption and changed their day entirely to suit new social distancing guidelines. 

This meant lots of weddings were held with fewer guests and took place outdoors, which also gives photographers new opportunities to capture nature-inspired photographs of the ceremony and afterparty. 

Even after COVID-19 restrictions end, nature-inspired weddings are here to stay. Existing venues and new ones invested in outdoor space during the lockdowns, which means couples now have more options to choose sheltered outdoor weddings so they can enjoy nature without falling victim to British weather. 

For wedding photographers, this is an appealing trend. As long as your photographer can manage the lighting conditions the outdoors can pose, you’ll get spectacular shots that make the most of the environment and help bring nature into your special day. 

Beautiful skies

With more of us heading to outdoor weddings, great photographers can utilise the ever-changing uniqueness of British skies to add mood, drama and atmosphere to wedding photos. 

From wedding breakfast photoshoots that capture the ‘golden hour’ of sunrise through to afterparty photos where you and your new spouse can stand bathed in the magical light of sunset, wedding photographers should be able to advise you on how to get the most beautiful natural skies into your album. 

Remember, beautiful skies don’t have to be clear and sunny. The changeable nature of British weather means that you should choose a photographer who can capture the beauty in all weathers. In fact, some of the most incredible wedding photos ever taken those captured in cloud or rain. 

Neutral tones 

As weddings have become more about authenticity, neutral tones have grown in popularity. Couples are forgoing lots of bright colours in exchange for softer shades like white, grey, black and a nature-inspired green. 

Wedding photographers can harness this to bring neutral tones into your photo album. By playing with exposure, a good photographer can create drama with neutral shades and use sparse elements of colour to bring out details and make things ‘pop’. 

Unplugged weddings

As a wedding photographer, it’s not uncommon to end up jostling with guests in order to capture the best photographs. Many well-intentioned attendees will use their smartphones or personal cameras to try and take photos, but this can either block my own line of sight or limit my ability to take documentary-style candid photographs. 

In an era of social media obsession, some couples are choosing to have ‘unplugged’ weddings where technology is switched off. This means no guests using their smartphones and nobody except the official photographer taking photos. 

This is a trend I am firmly in support of. Not only does it mean I can focus on doing my job, it also makes for a more authentic ceremony and allows guests to just enjoy the day. After all, if the happy couple has gone to the trouble of hiring a wedding photographer, guests can sit back and relax and let me do my work. 

 

Whatever style of photography you want for your special day, I can help. Even as restrictions continue to change and ceremonies are often amended at the last minute, I can work with you to capture the best moments of your special day to ensure you’ll never forget a thing. Get in touch to find out more. 

 

Wedding Photography Trends in 2021

Wedding photography may be a staple at every wedding, but each year there are new trends that crop up as photographers and happy couples look to push the boundaries and get something unique from their special day. 

2021 has unfortunately remained gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting the number of guests at ceremonies and heavily impacting everything about the wedding industry – photography included. 

With that in mind, many of the trends that have risen in popularity are directly influenced by the pandemic. Despite this, as we look towards the second half of 2021, lessening restrictions should mean weddings can hopefully return in full – which will again transform the popularity of certain trends. 

So what’s currently popular in 2021, and what do I think will be popular as weddings get back to normal? Here are the top wedding photography trends for this year and likely 2022…

Candid photos

When you think about it, authenticity is at the heart of the COVID pandemic. As a society, we got used to seeing business calls done in casual wear via Zoom and the shared experience of lockdown gave us insight into famous people’s homes and inner lives.

That sort of authenticity has given rise to a more candid style of photography – where couples are keen to have ‘real’ moments captured instead of posing for them. Of course, this varies from a shoot that is entirely candid and documentarian through to more common ‘mixed’ shoots that include both candids and the traditional wedding poses. 

By capturing moments where you and your guests are unaware of the camera, I’ll be able to get genuine moments and authentic reactions throughout your day. In a world where we’re more used to seeing private moments, this down-to-earth and honest wedding photography trend is here to stay. 

Festival wedding

Nature-inspired

COVID-19 meant a change of plans for lots of couples. Many put their wedding dates forward in the hopes restrictions would be over. Others embraced the disruption and changed their day entirely to suit new social distancing guidelines. 

This meant lots of weddings were held with fewer guests and took place outdoors, which also gives photographers new opportunities to capture nature-inspired photographs of the ceremony and afterparty. 

Even after COVID-19 restrictions end, nature-inspired weddings are here to stay. Existing venues and new ones invested in outdoor space during the lockdowns, which means couples now have more options to choose sheltered outdoor weddings so they can enjoy nature without falling victim to British weather. 

For wedding photographers, this is an appealing trend. As long as your photographer can manage the lighting conditions the outdoors can pose, you’ll get spectacular shots that make the most of the environment and help bring nature into your special day. 

Beautiful skies

With more of us heading to outdoor weddings, great photographers can utilise the ever-changing uniqueness of British skies to add mood, drama and atmosphere to wedding photos. 

From wedding breakfast photoshoots that capture the ‘golden hour’ of sunrise through to afterparty photos where you and your new spouse can stand bathed in the magical light of sunset, wedding photographers should be able to advise you on how to get the most beautiful natural skies into your album. 

Remember, beautiful skies don’t have to be clear and sunny. The changeable nature of British weather means that you should choose a photographer who can capture the beauty in all weathers. In fact, some of the most incredible wedding photos ever taken those captured in cloud or rain. 

Neutral tones 

As weddings have become more about authenticity, neutral tones have grown in popularity. Couples are forgoing lots of bright colours in exchange for softer shades like white, grey, black and a nature-inspired green. 

Wedding photographers can harness this to bring neutral tones into your photo album. By playing with exposure, a good photographer can create drama with neutral shades and use sparse elements of colour to bring out details and make things ‘pop’. 

Unplugged weddings

As a wedding photographer, it’s not uncommon to end up jostling with guests in order to capture the best photographs. Many well-intentioned attendees will use their smartphones or personal cameras to try and take photos, but this can either block my own line of sight or limit my ability to take documentary-style candid photographs. 

In an era of social media obsession, some couples are choosing to have ‘unplugged’ weddings where technology is switched off. This means no guests using their smartphones and nobody except the official photographer taking photos. 

This is a trend I am firmly in support of. Not only does it mean I can focus on doing my job, it also makes for a more authentic ceremony and allows guests to just enjoy the day. After all, if the happy couple has gone to the trouble of hiring a wedding photographer, guests can sit back and relax and let me do my work. 

 

Whatever style of photography you want for your special day, I can help. Even as restrictions continue to change and ceremonies are often amended at the last minute, I can work with you to capture the best moments of your special day to ensure you’ll never forget a thing. Get in touch to find out more. 

 

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