Are you brave enough?? Could you ask your photographer to shoot your full wedding in black and white?

Monday, June 10th, 2024

When it comes to wedding photography, couples often face lots of mad choices that can significantly impact the look and feel of their memories.

One brave request I got recently was to shoot the entire wedding in black and white. Don’t get me wrong, I bloody love B&W and this timeless style can add a layer of elegance and emotion, but it’s a freakin’ big decision and is it the right choice for your special day?

Here are some considerations to ponder over and hopefully help you decide.

The timeless appeal of B&W

B&W has a classic charm that will skip any current Pinterest or Insta trends. By stripping away colour, the focus shifts to the raw emotions and expressions. This classic look can evoke a sense of nostalgia and sophistication, turning your wedding photos into timeless works of art.

Enhancing emotional impact

One of the biggest reasons to choose B&W is its ability to highlight emotions. Without the distraction of colour, the emotions in each frame are slap bang right there in your face. Grandma’s tears, dads love, and the best man’s speech are all captured in a more intimate and powerful way, creating images that just cut through the noise and deliver.

Simplifying the scene

Weddings can be bonkers, manic affairs with loads of elements screaming for attention – don’t get me started on dodgy venue carpets. B&W simplifies these scenes, allowing key moments and details to stand out. Your killer dress, or the lads having a proper laugh can be captured without the competing distraction of colour.

Consider the venue and decor

While B&W offers loads of benefits you might not have thought of, it’s crucial to consider the specifics of your venue and decor. If your wedding features awesome colours or intricate designs that you’ve agonised over choosing, these might not translate into black and white. Discussing this with your photographer can help you determine if B&W will enhance or detract from your overall vision.

Communication is key

Ultimately, the decision to shoot your full wedding in B&W is bloody huge. Pic up the phone and talk to your photographer about your vision, and any concerns you may have. Experienced wedding photographers can provide valuable insights and examples from previous weddings to help you make the decision.

So the key question – did my couple go for a full B&W wedding??!?!?
Drum role please…..the answer was….‘no’. But you know what, they did decide to go for a really good mix. The B&W absolutely delivered, and they were supported by a set of gorgeous, coloured images.

The mix of both B&W and colour, offered the best of both worlds. This approach allowed my couple to enjoy the timeless elegance of B&W for certain moments while preserving the punch of others. But, remember it’s your day and whatever you want it’s your call. If you’re leaning to a full B&W wedding have a proper conversation with your photographer, bounce ideas off each other and if your gut is screaming yes then go for it!

What are your thoughts?

If you’d like to talk to me about B&W or even glorious colour images, I’d love to have a chat.

Have a look on my Insta and feel free to drop me a message.

Stu

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