Wedding Photography Portfolio

Wedding Photography Styles

The are many different wedding photography styles which can make it very difficult to decide which one is right for you on your wedding day. This intention of this page is to guide you through what is generally on offer in the Irish wedding market, but also to showcase some of my favourite images (using different styles) from my wedding photography portfolio.

Unposed wedding photography vs posed wedding photography

The first and easiest way to understand the different wedding photography styles is by considering posed vs unposed photos. In the past classical wedding photography was mostly posed. These images were generally of groups of family & wedding party looking directly to camera. The photographer traditionally took a couple of rolls of film, on the church steps, after the ceremony and that was all!

A current popular style of posed photography is contemporary wedding photography. This term is used to describe the stylised photos of the bride and groom at their wedding venue or on location e.g. cliff edge by the sea. If you have been researching weddings you have likely seen many of these images featured on wedding blogs. Think of images of a happy couple embracing, walking in the distance or on a mountain top. These shoots can take 1 – 2 hrs, depending on the photographer and your preference for photos in this style. The couple shoot is the main reason bride and groom may be late arriving to their reception. My approach is to limit the time for this to 10-15 mins, which I feel is plenty of time to capture plenty of beautiful posed images.

Finally, there is my specialty: reportage wedding photography or documentary wedding photography. Essentially this style is hands-off, fly on the wall. You can read and see more on this style below or go and read the article I wrote on the main benefits of reportage wedding photography

Flower girl twirling in bridal suite in  Carton House

Reportage Wedding Photography

Reportage Wedding Photography is all about capturing the moment. It’s natural. It’s real. And it requires no posing.

My inspiration for reportage style photography is Henri Cartier Bresson, known as the godfather of catching the moment.

The photo here was taken in one room of the bridal suite at Carton House. The flower girls are getting their hair done, admiring flowers and spinning! The bride’s father is obscured by the net curtain. This to me is a timeless past moment which will mean more and more when looked back on. Best of all it is a real moment.

Reportage Wedding Photography is my main style

Contemporary Wedding Photography

Stylish, modern natural-posed photography and processing  to create stunning images of you on your special day. These posed photographs are usually taken in your venue & surrounding grounds.

The process is relaxed and typically takes approx 15 mins on your day. The rest of the time I will shoot reportage style.

The photo of the couple kissing was taken at an elopement in Kinnitty Castle. I love the composition and colour.

Classical Wedding Photography

Formal shots, Posed groups, Portraits posed using lighting techniques introduced by Rembrandt in the 1600s. Timeless images you will cherish. These shots are posed by windows / in doorways / under trees in order to get the right lighting conditions.

Most couples opt for a few family photos. These can be done with little fuss when everyone is gathered together. The best time to do these depends on your day and we will discuss this during your pre-wedding consultation.


Family Photography

Family Portraits / Events / Communion Photography

Whether you are celebrating a family event like a birthday, communion or simply a fun get together, a photo shoot with posed and reportage photos will be a fab memory for you all to keep.

All aspects of your family photography photo shoot will be customised to suit your needs. 

Elopement Wedding at Irish Stone Circle

Elopement Wedding Photography

 Sometimes it is just you and your beloved!

 If you are planning your elopement wedding in Ireland you have come to the right place. There’s magic in the air when it’s just the two of you, your wedding celebrant and your wedding photographer to capture the special moment!

 This is definitely the time when reportage wedding photography style is priceless.

Wedding Photos by Hotel / Venue

Wedding Photography at selected locations

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Photographic Memory - Reportage Wedding Photography in Ireland

Address: Millicent Road, Clane, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Phone: +353 87 979 0047

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