As we can see from these photos found in the Walter Lawrence Smith collection, wedding photography has changed little in the last sixty years. Typical photos include pictures of the bride and groom and their families – which provide a record of who the family was at the time of the wedding. Back in this time, cameras were much more difficult to use, and used film with only a few photos per roll. Some cameras, called large format, only took one picture per “holder,” meaning that the photographer had to change the film each time a photo was taken. Many photographers only had a few “holders,” so they could only take a handful of photographs per wedding. With newer digital cameras, photographers typically take hundreds of photos per wedding, a big change!
The above photo is an example of a newer type of wedding photo, the “photojournalist” photo. Notice how the people are not all posed and looking at the camera? Before 1950, photos like this were rare, but with the creation of film that took more than one photo, they became much more common. This style of photographs is common today, especially with photos taken during the wedding reception. What kind of photos do you like the best, posed or candid?
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