A Film Workshop for Fine Art Wedding Photography
Fine Art Wedding Photography is a new branch of wedding photography that’s hard put your finger on yet so sought after by many industry professionals these days. The phrase coined by world renowned fine art film wedding photographer Jose Villa has taken the wedding photographer world by storm in just a few short years. Changing (and elevating) yet again the new norm for what wedding photography should strive to accomplish.
Fine Art Wedding Photography aims to take on more than simply documenting the wedding day. It strives to go above and beyond what even our bride’s and grooms are able to experience themselves on the day itself. The fine art approach tells the story in a way that soft, beautiful, truthful, and romantic. This new approach aims to create a cohesive collection of imagery that not only tells the story of the day but brings you back to that moment. It sounds cliche I know but it’s the truth.
So how does a your run of the mill digital photographer accomplish this? Here are a few quick tips for how any photographer can adjust their shooting style to fit the fine art wedding photography niche.
1. I believe that true fine art wedding photography must be (at least partially) captured on film. I’m not saying you can’t achieve a fine art look to your wedding photos while shooting digitally, but I am saying that the difference is real, and if your attempting to get that “look” without at least a few film shots as reference you’ll be in trouble. Film brings a life and colour to your images that digital just can’t deliver. The tones, the emotion, and the story it tells is a huge factor in “bringing you back to the moment captured”. Film is key to creating a fine art wedding photography look in your work.
2. I believe that the fine art wedding photographer has a changed mindset and approach to both his/her work and the way he/she tells the story in front of them. This is a little harder to put your finger on. One way in which this statement manifests is through posing & guiding your couples. Finding the right light and posing your couples to look their best in said light is completely necessary to creating the look you’re going for. Yes, there’s a new level of creating that usually needs to take place when transitioning to the fine art approach.
3. Thirdly I believe that a fine art wedding photographer needs to care about their work and their couples. I think most photographers care about their work and couples but transitioning to a fine art approach and applying steps 1 and 2 aren’t easy, or cheap. It’s very expensive to take on film and it’s a ton of work to learn how to fully grab hold of all that it offers. Diving into fine art weddings looks great in the end and the beauty definitely justifies the work in my opinion but it is work, a lot of it. Quite honestly, I still think I could be making more money shooting digital than film, and I’ve been doing this for a few years now. Putting your portfolio ahead of your businesses ultimate final dollar count is necessary for a transition to film. I don’t know many who haven’t had to pay out of pocket film costs to get to where they wanted to be.
I hope that helps! If you’re a photographer reading this an you have a deep urning to see your portfolio grow closer to that of the fine art look, let me know! I’d love to chat with you and see if maybe a mentoring session or workshop (^^^) would be an awesome investment for you! Here’s a link to a previous workshop we ran earlier this year! If you’re a bride reading this, I hope you learned a little about what we do and why we do it!
A special thank you to all the vendors who made this Andrew Mark Workshop possible: