Best Wedding Photography in Black and White

Curating any Best Black & White Wedding Photos collection is so subjective. You may like to view these galleries showing all aspects wedding photography. Alternatively, if you’d like to view full wedding galleries which might share a similar concept to your own wedding plans, just get in touch or you can view some recent Weddings in the Client Photohub.

Some thoughts on black and white photos

Shooting reportage photography in London often means grey skies. This is brilliant for the best black and white wedding photos. For portraits and groups, I’ll generally seek out shade on a sunny day. This means your guests won’t have squint into direct sun or cast strong shadows on their neighbours.

Once I’m a free agent after the photoshoot part of the day, I roam around trying to find colour and interesting light to work with. Because I don’t have to consider multiple faces, I can zone in on one focal point and make a creative image with sun, shadows and bold contrast. Because most couples opt for neutral wedding dresses and suits, it’s important to make sure they stand out and stay separate from their colourful guests. By shooting black and white a red dress in the background won’t distract from the Bride’s ivory gown!

Some lighting scenarios can be particularly challenging when uplighting throw strong colour casts over skin. Modern energy saving bulbs can be introduce dramatic flicker! Because I avoid the artificiality camera flash where possible, I’ll try to minimise this with my state of the art camera equipment and in the editing process. Black and white can be a useful tool to bypass the issues.

Some thoughts on black and white processing

Having grown up developing and printing from film, the passing trends of digital colour manipulation never really appealed to me. Preset filters can add something to an uninspired image. If you start with a good source it’s unnecessary embellishment.

Shooting digitally, everything starts in colour. I convert to black and white during the editing process. While I give couples the option to nominate a percentage for me to edit in black and white, most allow me discretion to choose. I can toggle as I work through each image and decide. Couples occasional prefer to see my image black and white conversions revised back to colour later. There may be a small charge for significant additional work.

I aim to reproduce classic film-like monochrome which won’t date your wedding images. My general rule of thumb is, if it’s an effect I could achieve in the darkroom using a photochemistry process, then it’ll stand the test of time. When you share wedding photos with your descendants, I hope they’ll be commenting on the familiar faces and dated clothes. Not the photographic gimmicks!