Wedding photography evolved through the years from the invention of photography in 1826 by Joseph Nicephore Niepce. Fourteen years after the invention, an early photograph of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their wedding day was recorded. The year was 1840. Since people would look up to monarchs especially with their lifestyle, they started to take interest in wedding photography, hence the birth of said art. Needless to say, there was no such thing yet as Denver Wedding Photographers in those times.
Despite the introduction of wedding photography from the first time it was introduced through the royal wedding in 1840, it did not gain much following and support until the second half of the 19th century. For the people that time, hiring a photographer to cover their wedding photos was way too unaffordable. Only the affluent people could afford this luxury and the wedding budgets were just enough to spend on the basic requirements like wedding wardrobe and reception. When finally wedding photography took off, couples would just do with the usual studio shots taken by a hired photographer. It took a while before the practice of taking photos during the wedding event gained popularity.
In the earlier years, photography was crude and bulky. Cameras then were as big as small suitcases and photographers would rather practice their profession in their respective studios than bring along their equipment to the wedding venues. The lighting effect was also a problem because flashbulbs still needed to be improved. But innovations set in and the cumbersome cameras became smaller and handier to carry. Flashbulbs became built in so there was no more need to pack a huge camera in one box and the lights in another. Black and white photography stayed for sometime until the introduction of color photography in the 20th century.
Film roll technology
Film roll photography was the only known technology in the early part of the 20th century. Photos became prominently clearer and sharper because of the invention of compact light bulb that was integrated in the cameras. Successful photography relied heavily on the hands of the photographers who would do tricks and remedies such as using natural outdoor lights when taking photographs. And since the cameras then would take long to pre-set, couples usually had their photos taken after the wedding ceremony.
It was in the 1970s when documentary wedding photography style became popular. Photography works for weddings covered the entire event from the time the bride and groom would dress up for the occasion, to their trip going to the wedding ceremony up to the reception. Each stage of the wedding event was captured in cameras while photographers would direct the different poses and sequence of acts before they would actually shoot.
The most important development in photography came when the digital camera came out in the 1990s. It all started with small cameras with a monitor at the back with which to preview the shots. Digital cameras are faster and the photos are much sharper, almost life-like in quality and realism. Photos can be uploaded in computers for better viewing and screening. Print outs can also be done instantly right after the shooting. Digital photography has contributed much to the success of wedding photography and Raleigh Wedding Photographers are happy with their job.