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Wedding Trends 2005

What is the color for this year?
What is the newest style?
What is the trend for 2005?

Every time a new year starts, we get a lot of e-mails with these questions. Finally, we have gathered some of the industry's veterans and budding professionals to share their observations on last year's styles and most importantly, their forecasts for this year's wedding trends.

Wedding Photo Trends

Mr. Ariel Javelosa Photography has been in the wedding industry for 12 years.

Mr. Gabriel Javelosa

My philosophy in taking photos is maintaining the basic skills. Unlike some studios, I try to maintain the solemnity of the occasion by making sure that the photos remain simple yet captivating.

Experimental shots are few and far in between. Looking into the technical aspects, I try to minimize the use of artificial lights, flashes and filters. I prefer to use natural lighting in almost all of my shots. That is why most of the subjects in my pictures are either under natural sunlight or near windows and openings where sunlight can come through. I always try to be true to the basic styles of photography, realizing the fact that to keep record and preserve the moment is my primary goal. Also, I try to establish good rapport with the parents, family and relatives of the couple. I try my best to be part of the wedding to gain better perspective on the shots I make.

I plan to continue the styles I have used for the past years. By concentrating on these aspects, I believe that I can better serve my customers.

Photo by Ariel Javelosa

Photo by Ariel Javelosa

Photo by Ariel Javelosa

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Mr. John Mateos Ong has been in the wedding industry for three years. His photographic craft was honed in workshops given by the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc. (FPPF), and the Society of Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (SPPP), where he benefited from the tutelage of Filipino masters Deri Ibarra, Vic Sison and Ed Santiago. Much of what he learned he credits to his mentor, Jo Avila.

Mr. John Mateos Ong

When wedding photography started, pictures were limited to the stiff, traditional poses. Then candid shots (photo journalistic style, as they say) came in. People loved the natural smiles and how the photographer captures true emotions.

In my case, however, I believe that there will always be a room for 'perfect' shots - making sure every strand of hair is in place, choreographing the way the veil is blown by the wind, the groom romantically holding the bride in his arms…. It is for this reason that my partner and I have blended the 2 styles. I do the choreographed shots, while my partner tries to capture the candid moments. The result is a wonderful mix of drama and spontaneity.

Next trend I foresee, shooting weddings in a fashion photography style.

Traditional shot by Imagine Nation

Candid shot by Imagine Nation

Choreographed shot by Imagine Nation

Styled shot by Image Nation

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Smartshot's first studio in Marikina opened in 1986. Mr. Lito Genilo is the current president of Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP).

My priority is to make my clients feel that they chose the correct photographer by enhancing their confidence that the service will be executed, delivered as expected.

My style is 80% to 90% photojournalism. I would love to stay in the background, capturing the true emotions of their wedding. This style, I expect, would continue and innovate.

For this year, not only will we enhance our styles, I will also be introducing a NEW custom digital album design service, that has not been offered yet in the industry.

Mr. Lito Genilo

Photo by SmartShot Studio

Photo by SmartShot Studio

Photo by SmartShot Studio

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More on Wedding Trends 2005:

Wedding Fashion Trends
Wedding Photo Trends
Wedding Reception Trends
Wedding Video Trends