There are many different styles of photography out there and a lot of hybrids. The ones I have listed here are the main styles for wedding photography. As a photographer, I tend to lean towards Lifestyle/Artistic but mostly Artistic. My editing style is different than how I shoot though. With editing I produce the Artistic/Dramatic style. I started editing before shooting so this is where I feel I have a bit of a split personality when it comes to photography. My wife is a Documentary photographer mixed with a little bit of Lifestyle.
This is the style you would see in your grandparent’s albums. The kind of photos that are a bit formal but last throughout time. They tend to be black and white or very low vibrance. They have a bit of a film look to them and romanticize everything. There is not much posing by these type of shooters but they are still influenced by direction. The style that is most like this one is dramatic; the difference is the film look as well as less post on the finished product.
This is one of my favorites and is one that I am influenced by. This style is out of the box thinking, taking ordinary and making it into extraordinary. Thinking outside the box, and not always using the whole frame. These photos are done by people that are really into editing and have an artistic side to them. The style that is most like this one is high fashion; the difference is the post production as well as inventiveness and resourcefulness in the surroundings goes more towards the Artistic photographer.
This is the one I am most like and my wife's second preference. This style is what photojournalism has evolved in to. These are candid moments that are created, if that makes sense. You can tell these photographers by how they say “do that again or relax the smile.” They capture great candids that are slightly modified. Normally a very light and airy feel through their work and an almost all natural light. The style that is most like this one is Documentary photography; the difference is the use of flash if needed as well as more poses from the Lifestyle Photographer.
This kind of photography is king of lighting. You can spot this photographer right away. If you see them with a speed light and mutual flash there is a good chance that they are a Dramatic photographer. I do like to test my skills in this area but for me it's like texting with your left hand, you get the job done but it takes a long time and doesn’t feel natural. These photographers are normally very good editors and love messing with venting. The style that is most like this one is Classic photography; the difference is the high flash and clarity of photos.
My wife is definitely this one mixed with a little Lifestyle. These photographers love a long lens to sit back and catch all the candid action they can. They simply do not pose and just capture. You can tell these types of photographers by how quiet they are and how they have their camera as close to their eye as possible, waiting for the next shot. They are hardly ever seen while taking pictures but they capture the moment how it happens. The style that is most like this one is Lifestyle photography; the difference is there are very few if any posed photos.
These are the magazine looking photos that look very commercialized and are almost always posed. They are dramatized and strikingly simple. This style is not normally found in a wedding photographer but it can make formal photos look stunning. The style that is most like this one is Artistic photography; the difference is High Fashion leans more on a dramatic side of artistic.