Fine art Wedding Photography at lartington hall
Finding your own Fine Art story
Wednesday last week saw me travel up to the border of Cumbria, North Yorkshire, and County Durham to the exquisite Lartington Hall. Lartington Hall’s tagline is ‘Heart-Stoppingly Beautiful’ and I can’t disagree. Even on a wintery day in May the Lartington Hall Estate looked magnificent. Be that the rain drenched gardens seen through water drops on the window or the magnificent entrance hall that begs you to stop and look around. Each room is unique and offers endless arrays of charm, warmth, and taste. To have this house all to yourself for a wedding must be bordering on criminal.
Fine Art Aesthetics
Aesthetically Lartington Hall offers a number of options. The Fine Art aesthetic is often synonymous with a Bright + Airy style of wedding photography. This is primarily from wedding photographers in California like Jose Villa who shoot film overexposed in camera. Although beautiful, it is often hard to replicate outside of film photography and Southern California (or similar places with soft golden light). That being said, there are wonderful photographers in England who shoot this way: Belle and Beau Photography being a perfect example.
Yet Fine Art Wedding Photography need not be shackled to one style. Fine Art after all takes its name from art forms like painting. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the Fine Art Wedding Photography label can be as diverse as the History of Fine Art itself.
Baroque painting relies on the use of heavy shadows and light in portraiture. Muse & Mirror are one of my favourite Fine Art Wedding Photographers to do so. They rely heavily on a muted colour palette and an acceptance of black in their images.
Similarly, another pair of fantastic Fine Art Wedding Photographers are Just.Schmidt. Similar to Muse & Mirror in their colour palette and Baroque lighting techniques they do, however, also verge towards impressionistic techniques; focusing on texture and feeling over clarity and actuality.
Fine Art Wedding Photography might seem homogenous, however, it is much more diverse than Pinterest would have you believe.
Look at our images below to see how we use a number of Fine Art styles depending on the lighting conditions we find ourselves in.
It’s important that you have an idea of the aesthetic you’re looking for with your wedding as this will influence your choice of photographer. Fine Art might not be enough to guarantee a similar aesthetic look.
Novellas vs Epic Poems
Something to consider: are you looking for 500+ photographs of your wedding or considerably fewer? Think of this like a novel: a novels length does not always correlate to its quality. F.Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and The Sea’ barely exceed 100 pages in length and yet they are two of the greatest novels ever written; being tight, concise, and beautifully written. Yet, at the same time Alexandre Dumas’ ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ is over 1300 pages and is a different kind of masterpiece. The ‘story’ of your wedding can be expressed similarly: do you want a grand sprawling epic poem; or a smaller evocative novella? Both are equally valid, yet both are equally distant from each other.
In general, Fine Art tends towards the side of ‘less is more’, but how one defines ‘less’ in an industry where some photographers hand over 1000 images is up to individual taste. This is something to discuss with your photographer, let them know what you want, what it is you want your wedding story to be about. Are you looking for photographs that document the entire day in a literal way; or a ‘handful’ of purposefully created pieces of art that represent the story as you want it told?
There is no right way, only your way.
We’re booking dates for weddings in 2020 & 2021.
And we still have a select few dates left for 2019.
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Our photographs are categorised as shadow & light;
Each story is unique;
And each story is a memory;
We create within what we find.