As photographers, we use a lot of terminology that you may not always understand or be familiar with; especially during the consultation when we discuss how the process flows. This article is to help you get to know some of these terms in regards to your wedding photography so we’re all on the same page (some of these are applicable to other forms of photography as well) . This is: Photographer Wedding Terminology 101!
- Traditional – Traditional wedding photos are the standard portraits, poses, and events taken at weddings. These are the images that we get at every wedding, no matter what. For example, bride and groom standing side by side looking at the camera, or the exchanging of rings and kiss during the ceremony.
- Candid – Candid images are photos that are not planned, but are taken as they happen. They are very much in the moment and are different for every single wedding. They aren’t posed or forced.
- Pinterest – This is when a photo is posed via a style that can be found on the popular website, Pinterest. We often have clients show us Pinterest boards they’ve created of different images they like.
- Romantic – These are images that are based on the couple and shows them interacting with one another and being lovey toward each other. They are sweet and more natural poses.
- Fun – Fun photos are spontaneous, in the moment photos where the couple or bridal party acts silly and loosens up as opposed to the sometimes stiff feeling of formal photos.
- Details – Detail shots are just that – pictures of details, like the flowers, your rings, place settings, shoes, jewelry, etc.
- Formals – Formal photos are typically done after the ceremony (sometimes before) where the family and bridal party gets together with the bride and groom and takes photos where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling. There are a variety of photo groups here depending on the family bridal party sizes and with whom you want photos.
- RAW – This term is used to describe the files before they go through their editing process.
- JPEG – A JPEG is the type of file your images are converted to after they are edited and the format that most photos are printed from.
- Editing – This is process where we adjust your photos. If we need to make them brighter or darker or enhance the colors for example. We also create a duplicate copy in a black and white version of some of the more emotional images.
- Retouching – During our editing process, retouching is where we can remove blemishes and smooth out skin, minor adjustments, etc.
- Cull – This is the process where we eliminate ‘bad’ or duplicate images before you get your images. A bad image would be one that is way too dark, bright, blurry, someone blinked, etc. We also take out similar images so you don’t have to look through a million of the same photo over and over again, leaving you only with the best shots.
- Digital Images – We are digital photographers, meaning that we use memory cards instead of film. All of our images are loaded to a computer, and we provide you digital copies of the images via a custom USB drive. They are not printed when they are delivered to you, but rather, you can take them to be printed at your lab preference. We provide the images on the custom USB drive vs the traditional CD/DVD as the CD/DVD is 1.) becoming obsolete and 2.) a USB is less likely to fail as it can’t get scratched.
- High Res – This term is short for High Resolution and means that the image is a very large file size making it good for printing.
- Low Res – This is short for Low Resolution and is not good for printing. Low Res images can be used for online purposes – sharing on social media, etc.
- Bridal Party – This includes your maid (or matron) of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer, flower girl, and ushers.
- Photojournalistic (PJ) – This is a style of photography that is based on candid images. There is no real posing to it, but rather capturing events as they happen.
- First Look – A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony in a private meeting while being photographed. The bride usually comes up behind the groom and taps him on the shoulder and they see each other for the first time then. This allows more time for photos, as you can do them before the ceremony and also gives you your own special, private moment.
- A La Carte – This is when you purchase prints or products individually and not as part of a collection.
- Same Plane – When we are taking photos and we tell you to ‘Get on the same plane’ that means that we want all of your faces/bodies to be on the same level so that everyone can remain in focus.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about any of these terms, feel free to contact me or comment below. I’m always happy to chat about photography!
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Amanda Oakes Photography is a custom portrait photographer in the Quad Cities that specializes in family and children photography, engagement and wedding photography, maternity and newborn photography as well as high school senior portraits. This includes photography services in the Moline, IL, Rock Island, IL, Davenport, IA, Bettendorf, IA, Muscatine, IA and the greater Quad Cities area.