It seems that the wedding photography world has been dichotomized into two categories and photographers are pressured to define themselves as either "dark & moody" or "light & airy". Now, don't get me wrong... I personally love both of these styles. I frequently find myself scrolling through the work of some of these masters envious of their well-crafted brand. As for myself, I know how-to and can shoot "dark & moody" as well as "bright & airy" while still properly exposing for my subjects. Sometimes it is fun to play around and push my own artistic boundaries, it keeps my eye fresh and it a fun challenge. But I think there is a risk involved in subscribing to trendy editing techniques and why I shy away from them: they will one day be out-of-style. I would hate for someone to look back at photos I shot of someone's wedding and go, "eek, that's so 2018". Let's all take a moment to remember when super-desaturated photos were in, or the all black-and-white except one color splash was considered artsy; circa early 2000's. Or a real life example: My parents got married in the '80s and let's just say their wedding photos are "so 1980's". Sepia-washed prints and shoulder pads. Oh my god, so many shoulder pads. This is why if I had to categorize myself, I will confidently say "clean & classic". I want you to look back at your wedding photos and love them ten years, twenty years, and fifty years from now. I don't want your kids laughing at them. I mean, they can laugh a little, because that's what kids do, but it should stop there. I want to give you timeless photos that withstand the test of trends, fads, and increasingly savvy technology.
My goal has always been to stay above the trends. My goal is to produce timeless images. It’s not that the trends aren’t cool – they’re fun to play around with. And in certain circumstances, they can really be beautiful. There’s just one problem: like the neon green & yellow foil wallpaper in my Grandma’s hallway, trends come & go. What’s super cool today will be dated & out-of-style tomorrow. Which is exactly why my goal as a wedding photographer has always been to steer clear of the trendy & stick with classic. Real colors, bright images, and green grass. There should be nothing about my editing that stamps your wedding images with what year you got married (your dress, hairstyle, and the clothes your guests are wearing will be enough to do that).
Hand and Arrow Photography Co. aims to create images that are well exposed and utilize a narrow depth of field (particularly in bride + groom portraits) in camera. In post processing, our goal is to create photo edits that are natural, organic, romantic, warm, and moody. In order to achieve this goal, we often use a similar color palette to how the environment appears in real life. We also often lightly desaturate, increase white balance (making the image warmer), increase luminence on reds/yellows/oranges (often impacting skin tones most substantially), reduce highlights, and increase shadows.
Melira Photography is a husband & wife photography team that specializes in illustrative, candid + traditional Wedding Photography.