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Tips for Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

We plan for this perfect moment and want it to be remembered forever. You might choose to bake your own cake or skimp on the flowers, but the wedding photography is essential to creating the memory. The decisions you make about your photography are not about whether you need them, but about the artist that captures the memories with your unique style at heart. These tips for wedding photography and videography should help you with your wedding planning journey.

Creating a Budget

Most things begin with the budget. Your wedding photography and videography are no exception. Trends suggest that couples are willing to spend less on other elements of their wedding day to afford the style of wedding photography they love. This suggests that style might be one of the most important considerations. Plan to spend between $2,000 and $4,000 on your wedding photography. Photography and videography are entirely different forms of art. Some photographers offer both and will create a bundle with extra savings. Expect to pay $2,000 to $4,000 on each. Bundling packages that include engagement shoots and the rehearsal dinner can sometimes provide more for your money. Some photographers charge $6,000 to $10,000, depending on reputation and services. Create a budget and shop around. Your wedding venue should have connections with professional photographers.

Find Your Style

Since your final decision will probably be about style, you should know yours. Some of us already have an idea about the way we want to capture our memories. If you do not, it is okay. Wedding planning is a process of discovery. We constantly learn new ideas, concepts and fall in love different styles we never knew before. Think about your vision. Are you looking for an elegant documentation of your wedding day with positioned poses or do you want a documentary style with a more candid experience? Are you attempting to create dramatic pieces of art? Make sure the artist can provide samples to demonstrate their capability of delivering what you want. Review several examples in different lighting.

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Classic Wedding Photography

Classic wedding photography is timeless. These are the formal images that might seem on purpose and posed. They also encompass realistic documentary style photographs. Flip through the old photos of your grandparents’ weddings for the perfect examples.

Documentary Style

Rather than purposefully posed images, documentary style captures a spontaneous moment. It is authentic and candid. A photographer might choose the angle and the background, but the goal is to become part of the moment without interfering with it.

Black and White

The evolution of technology has achieved so much to bring color to photography, yet black and white never goes out of style. Black and white wedding photography is a dramatic style. The dark shadows and contrast give it feeling.

Dramatic Wedding Photography

Dramatic photographs are all about lighting and effects. It requires the mastery of off-camera flash and the ability to work with light. The images can appear warm and dark with contrast or even bright. They almost have an abstract component to them. As the name suggests, they evoke feelings and emotion. Dramatic wedding photography has the ability to tell a story with feeling. It is important to review several examples of an artist’s work to guarantee consistency. A couple good photographs will not tell you how many takes it took to create a masterpiece. You will want almost every photograph to be a masterpiece.

Cinematic Wedding Videography

Wedding videography can be cinematic, mimicking the style, filters and transitions of a movie. This style is not about a timeline, but more about capturing the feeling in the moment and portraying it in a motion picture. It usually contains voice-overs, slow motion and aerial angles with drones. The intention can be compared with dramatic wedding photography.


Storytelling relies on a combination of elements to tell a story, which includes a voiceover or narration and music that are always more interested in the love story at hand than any of the other events. Storytelling is commonly incorporated into cinematic wedding videography.

Documentary Wedding Videography

Documentary wedding videography is similar to documentary wedding photography. It documents moments that are spontaneous and unplanned. Audio is captured from the first look, special speeches, readings and other special moments and incorporated into the video at different times. It usually uses less cinematic tools, and is more interested in documenting the moments.

Planning Wedding Photography and Videography

Wedding photography follows a timeline. Decide whether you want to capture photos and video before the wedding. Most couples want to commemorate the process of getting ready for their wedding, such as when the bride gets her makeover and bridesmaids help adjust her dress. Knowing when they should arrive is just as important as knowing how long they should remain. Decide which points of the day should be captured on film, and which parts should be ignored. It is important to build your unique timeline with your photographer. This requires a relationship and communication. Find a photographer that has personality.

Wedding Photography at Crystal Ballroom Ocala

Crystal Ballroom Ocala

Create a fairy tale at Crystal Ballroom Ocala, and capture every magical moment with wedding photography and videography. Build your team with Crystal Ballroom preferred wedding vendors, and meet the finest in their industry. Meet with in-house designers and planners to design your entire wedding venue, from your ceremony space to the reception ballroom. Create unforgettable moments at this picturesque wedding venue that includes all of the furnishings, designs and services to make your dream wedding come true. Create memories at Crystal Ballroom, and let our photographers and videographers create your keepsake.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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