Black And White Wedding Photography Basics

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Discover why using black and white photography can capture your day in a different way. In the following story, four experts showcase their favourite photos and tell us why they prefer this style.

Since 1861, when James Clerk Maxwell first created the colour photograph, we have been capturing moments in all their colourful glory. While this is the main style used today in wedding photography, taking a trip back to the days of black and white can create truly elegant and timeless photos.

“Some images lend more to black and white treatment to create drama, often where the shape, contours and patterns of the image are more striking than the colours. Converting to black and white creates a timeless quality to the image. Often it becomes more difficult to estimate what decade the image was taken. In wedding photography, it’s very important to show the beautiful colours of the day; however, I also convert them to black and white to add variety and drama to the wedding images.” — Rachel Hewson, photographer at Rachel H Photography,



“Black and white images have a timeless, classic feel. They are perfect during the bride and groom’s wedding preparations.” — Vincent Lai, photographer at Vincent Lai Photography,

“Black and white offers a different way of looking at things. It forces one to look at the details, the shadows and the highlights and the viewer can add their own colours in their imagination.” — Roger Rosentreter, photographer at Popcorn Photography,



“When I photograph people in colour, I feel like I’m photographing the literal — for example, their clothes, hair, makeup — but when I photograph people in black and white, I feel like I capture their souls. Photographing in black and white brings a raw emotion to the photo. It tells a story by drawing your eye to the expressions of the subjects, and every texture of the image adds to the story that can be told in one snap of a moment.” — Nat Lynn, photographer/director at Milque Photography & Films,



“I love colour! No way around it. Black and white photos are amazing and set a great mood, but you don’t get the full picture without using colour. Colour really captures my attention — whether it is a bright pop of colour, or something more subtle. Colour will never date and shows a true representation of everything on your wedding day. You can’t truly show what flowers really look like without colour, can you?” — Mathew Sacco, photographer at The Evoke Company,



By Kylie Baracz

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