photographers, we use a lot of terminology that you may not understand. This
article is to help you get to know some of our terms in regard to your wedding
Traditional – Traditional wedding
photos are the standard portraits, poses, and events taken at weddings. These
are the images that we get at every wedding, no matter what. For example, bride
and groom standing side by side looking at the camera, or the exchanging of
rings and kiss during the ceremony.
Candid – Candid images are photos that are not planned, but are
taken as they happen. They are very much in the moment and are different for
every single wedding. They aren’t posed or forced.
Pinterest – This is when a photo is posed via a style that can be
found on the popular website, Pinterest. We often have clients show us
Pinterest boards they’ve created of different images they like.
Romantic– These are images that are based on the couple and shows
them interacting with one another and being lovey toward each other. They are
sweet and more natural poses.
Fun – Fun photos are
spontaneous, in the moment photos where the couple or bridal party acts silly
and loosens up as opposed to the sometimes stiff feeling of formal photos.
Details – Detail shots are
just that – pictures of details, like the flowers, your rings, place settings,
shoes, jewelry, etc.
Formals – Formal photos are
typically done after the ceremony (sometimes before) where the family and
bridal party gets together with the bride and groom and takes photos where
everyone is looking at the camera and smiling. There are a variety of photo
groups here depending on the family bridal party sizes and with whom you want
RAW– This term is used to describe the files before they go
through their editing process.
JPEG – A JPEG is the type
of file your images are converted to after they are edited and the format that
most photos are printed from.
Editing – This is where we
adjust your photos. If we need to make them brighter or darker or enhance the
colors. This is our editing process. We can also take the color out and make
the image a black and white photo.
Proof – Your proofs will
be an album of the best images from your wedding, but not the final version.
Retouching – During our editing
process, retouching is where we can remove blemishes and smooth out skin, minor
Cull – This is the
process where we eliminate ‘bad’ or duplicate images before you get your
proofs. A bad image would be one that is way too dark, bright, blurry, someone
blinked, etc. We also take out similar images so you don’t have to look through
a million of the same photo over and over again, leaving you only with the best
Digital Images – We are digital
photographers, meaning that we use memory cards instead of film. All of our
images are loaded to a computer and we send you digital copies of the images
via a disc or USB drive. They are not printed when they are delivered to you,
but rather, you can take them to be printed at your lab preference.
High Res – This term is short
for High Resolution and means that the image is good for printing.
Low Res – This is short for
Low Resolution and is not good for printing. Low Res images can be used for
online purposes – sharing on social media, etc.
Bridal Party – This includes your
maid (or matron) of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer,
flower girl, and ushers.
– This is a style of photography that is based on candid images. There is no
real posing to it, but rather capturing events as they happen.
First Look – A first look is
when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony in a private
meeting while being photographed. The bride usually comes up behind the groom
and taps him on the shoulder and they see each other for the first time then.
This allows more time for photos, as you can do them before the ceremony and
also gives you your own special, private moment.
A La Carte Images – This is when you
purchase images individually and not as part of a package.
Same Plane – When we are taking
photos and we tell you to ‘Get on the same plane’ that means that we want all
of your faces/bodies to be on the same level so that everyone can remain in