Every year, people in the wedding industry keep an eye on which styles and trends are becoming less popular and which ones are new or evolving more popular.
Wedding photographer blogs and best fashion magazines cover various topics, such as popular wedding colors and palettes for the season, flower arrangements, trendy wedding treats (like donuts, ice cream, or funnel cakes instead of the traditional wedding cake), and so on. So, I’ve put together a list of the top wedding photography trends for 2022, which you can read about here.
What to look for in 2022 from wedding photographers
There have been luxury wedding photographers for a long time, so it makes sense that many wedding photographers advertise their services as “timeless.”
We usually think of editing techniques, white balance, and so on when we think of photography trends such as flying dress rentals & photoshoots, not a composition.
Today’s most common ways to describe photography styles are “light and airy” and “dark and melancholy.”
I’ve learned from experience that wedding photography trends in 2022 won’t have much to do with the style or editing of the wedding photographer. Instead, they will be all about how much time is spent on different parts of the wedding day.
First looks have been a popular wedding day tradition for a long time, but as 2022 gets closer, more and more couples are choosing not to have the bride and groom see each other before the Ceremony.
Instead, they want to keep the excitement going until the Ceremony. Over 70% of my couples getting married in 2022 have chosen this throwback to the past, and they are excited about the extra fun it will bring to their Ceremony.
Putting off the first look until the Ceremony may give your wedding photographer less time to take pictures of the wedding party. Still, it provides the bride and groom something to look forward to and almost guarantees that the Ceremony will be full of emotion.
As a wedding photographer in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, I’m interested in this appealing “new” trend.
Less attention is paid to the details.
Our culture’s love of Instagram has made people reluctant to take photos at weddings that aren’t staged. This means real moments between the bride, groom, and their families and wedding parties are often lost.
This year’s brides and grooms have changed the story by emphasizing photos of their wedding parties smiling and talking with family and guests during the reception. This is a change from what brides and grooms did in the past.
Some more pictures of the family
Over the past ten years, the importance of family photos at weddings has steadily decreased.
When it came to family portraits after a wedding, most couples in the last ten years chose to keep things simple and only include immediate family members like grandparents, parents of the team, siblings, in-laws, and any children of the couple.
In 2022, couples again go against what has happened in the past by wanting more family portraits. These portraits include aunts, uncles, cousins, and other distant relatives.
Even if the couple doesn’t fit into that category, wedding photography trends for 2022 often include couples who want photos of three or four generations. Many people have asked for time to take family pictures, either with their parents and siblings or with their parents and grandparents.
Portraits of the wedding party and the bride and groom with their families
In 2022, couples are constantly choosing to take more photos of the bride and groom and the wedding party than they did in the past.
Many 2022 couples decide to have a more extended cocktail hour for their reception guests. This gives the wedding party and the couple enough time to take pictures without interruption.
More pictures from the wedding reception and dancing
As a Playa del Carmen wedding photographer, most couples have asked me to take pictures of the essential parts of the reception. However, most have decided to stop coverage once the dance floor opens.
But I’m glad that 2022 couples are going against the grain and choosing a range of their big sendoff or exit, even though it means a long day for me and a later time to leave.