Although having a photographer or videographer present at your wedding is now a standard item in the budget planning for most brides-to-be, this has not always been the case. Todays wedding world of getting ready and first look shots, and Same Day Videography Packages that are watched at the reception party, couples from 100 years ago may have chuckled.
Mom helping her daughter get ready.
Due to the nature of the bulky equipment and lighting issues, wedding photography was largely a studio practice for most of the late 19th century. Over time, technology improved, but many couples still might only pose for a single wedding portrait.
Initially, professional studio photographers might bring a lot of bulky equipment, thus limiting their ability to record the entire event. Even "candid" photos were more often staged after the ceremony. In the 1970s, the more modern approach to recording the entire wedding event started evolving into the practice as we know it today, including a more "documentary" style of photography.
At the beginning of the 20th century, color photography became available, but was still unreliable and expensive, so most wedding photography was still practiced in black and white. The concept of capturing the wedding "event" came about after the Second World War.
One thing has seemed to remain throughout history however are the formal poses from the bride and groom. The "traditional" pose seems to be classic and timeless, which is why perhaps it is still so popular today.
Traditional Wedding poses from 2000's
Some pictures that are captured today may not have made it into the albums of those in the early 1900's. Cuddles on chairs swings, kissing, weddings on the beach or in the garden. So many things have come so far with photography technology and the rules of society.
I personally am glad I am lucky enough to capture wonderful documentary style memories of peoples special days in color, and with candid and wonderful images. The weddings of the earlier 1900's were very formal, and I think I might have had to think twice before becoming a professional photographer! Some traditions remain very strong, which is lovely and refreshing to see. Hopefully that will still be the case in weddings of the 2100's.
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