Black and white wedding photography can be emotional, raw and powerful. By removing colour from an image, you can highlight things that may have gone unnoticed otherwise.
Black and white wedding photography forces the user to linger on each photo, feeling it rather than simply seeing it.
“To see in colour is a delight for the eye, but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”
By stripping away colour, the viewer’s eye is left undistracted by the irrelevancies such as clothing and background. Instead, our eye is drawn to expressions, gestures and body language – all the elements that describe the emotion of the subject.
Black and white wedding photography slows down our fast paced viewing habits, encouraging us to explore each photo to reveal exactly what it was the photographer was trying to capture.
“When you photograph people in colour, you photography their clothes.
When you photography people in black and white, you photograph their souls.”
When I photograph a wedding, I am not thinking in terms of capturing images in colour, or in black and white. Instead, I’m just trying to capture moments that will never reoccur, as creatively as possible.
During post production (photo editing), I will choose a small handful of photos that I think work much better in black and white. This is normally if there is a colour that I find distracting in the scene, or simply because the emotion contained in a photo is more powerful if it were displayed in black and white.
I offer all wedding clients a private online gallery with all the images from their wedding day. In here, there is the ability for clients to change any photo I have taken to black and white. This gives you the option to experiment with the power subtracting colour from your images too 🙂
Here is a slideshow containing some of my favourite examples of black and white wedding photography. Please leave a comment below if it moved you in any way, or click here to get in touch with me about covering your wedding.