Top 5 Wedding Photo Editing Styles & How to Choose the Right One for You

Before you choose your photographer for your big day, one thing you might want to consider is understanding the differences in wedding photo editing styles. While you might think, isn't a photo just a photo? There are quite a few different styles that your wedding images could be edited in.

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As you dive into the topic of wedding photo editing styles, we want to make sure that you know there is no wrong or right editing style to choose from. It's all based on your personal preference and what you enjoy looking at.

Plus, photo editing styles aren't necessarily permanent. We're the very examples of that as we started as dark and moody photo editors and now we're warm and filmy!

As the world of photography evolves, so do the editing styles of photographers.

bride and groom standing in front of ocean with warm and filmy wedding photo editing style

Editing styles vary from one photographer to another, and they often fall into a few categories — true to color, light and airy, dark and moody, bold and vibrant, and our personal style we use at Early Night, warm and filmy! While technically, this isn't a common editing style that you'll find on other blogs, this is the best way we can describe our own style.

As you start to search for your wedding photographer, it’s important to understand the editing style that you’re looking for. It’s important to know the *exact* wedding photo editing style you want to avoid the risk of choosing something that you won’t like later on. What would you do if you decided on someone with a light and airy style and then want a more bold and vibrant look? Comparing similar styles will ensure you make the right choice for your wedding photos!

Here are the different photo editing styles!

True to Color

True to color is pretty self-explanatory. This wedding photo editing style gives your photos a clean, simple look. It's all about retaining the natural colors and light, and not altering them too much.

Bold and Vibrant

Bold and vibrant is a branch off of the true-to-color editing style. The main difference between the two is that the colors are more vibrant, saturated, and contrasty.

Light and Airy

The most common wedding photo editing style you'll see on wedding blogs and magazines is the light and airy editing style. The style is characterized by a soft, pastel-y, romantic feel. It will have little, to no shadows with bright highlights and skies often being blown out. The colors of the photos in most cases have a pink undertone or tint.

Dark and Moody

This style is darker than the previous styles with muted highlights and greens. Some photographers edit either cool or warm, but the popular choice among photographers is a warmer-toned image.

Warm and Filmy

This style is warm with a film feel. We like to say the photos feel like how a nice, warm hug would feel. It has a creamy, soft, romantic look with contrast in the shadows.

We know deciding on a photographer can be tough, but regardless of what editing style you decide to go with, make sure that your photographer is consistent throughout their full wedding galleries. There are a lot of unique lighting situations that require a different approach throughout the day, such as a dark room while you get ready, your first look at high noon, being backlit during the ceremony, or a flash-focused reception. An amazing photographer will be consistent with lighting, shooting, and editing your wedding photos!

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