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I capture the unspoken — the glances, the silences — drawing from New York's pulse and the richness of global cultures. Every wedding is its own intricate narrative. Rooted in theatre and life's everyday rhythms, I document moments both transient and timeless. 

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The Trend of Blurry Wedding Photos

In recent years, the world of wedding photography has seen a rise in the trend of blurry wedding photos. This method of photography, often referred to as “intentional blur” or “artistic blur,” involves capturing images deliberately out of focus or with heavy motion blur.

This technique can create a dreamy, ethereal, and artistic effect, adding a unique and creative touch to wedding photographs. I’d love to talk about the reasons behind the popularity of blurry wedding photos and how this trend has influenced contemporary wedding photography.

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The Appeal of Blurry Wedding Photos

For several reasons, blurry wedding photos have gained popularity among couples and photographers alike. Some of these reasons include:

  1. Emotional impact: Blurry images can evoke a sense of intimacy and emotion that sharply focused photos may not always achieve. The blur’s softness and dreaminess can help convey feelings of love, warmth, and tenderness, making the images feel more personal and romantic.
  2. Artistic expression: Intentional blur allows photographers to experiment with their creative vision and create unique, one-of-a-kind images. This technique can result in visually striking photographs that stand out from traditional wedding photos.
  3. A sense of nostalgia: Blurry photos can evoke a nostalgic or vintage feel reminiscent of old film photographs or memories that have softened with time. This aesthetic can add a timeless quality to wedding photos.

A blurry image of people dancing at an Estate at Florentine Gardens wedding in a ballroom.

Techniques for Achieving Blurry Wedding Photos

There are several techniques that photographers can use to achieve intentional blur in their wedding photos. Some of these techniques include:

  1. Ultra shallow depth of field: By using a wide aperture (a low f-number), photographers can create a shallow depth of field, where only a tiny portion of the image is in focus. This technique can draw attention to a specific subject or detail while blurring the rest of the image.
  2. Lensbaby lenses: These specialty lenses allow photographers to manipulate the focus and blur of their images in unique ways. Lensbaby lenses can create a “sweet spot” of focus surrounded by a gradually increasing blur, adding an artistic touch to wedding photos.
  3. Motion blur: Photographers can create a sense of motion and energy in their images by using a slow shutter speed and allowing either the subject or the camera to move slightly during the exposure. This technique can be especially effective for capturing the dynamic moments of a wedding, such as dancing or the bouquet toss.
  4. Post-processing: Photographers can also use editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, to add blur effects to their images in post-processing. This allows for greater control over the final look of the image and the ability to experiment with different types and degrees of blur.

A black and white photo of a bride in front of a gazebo at the estate at Florentine Gardens.

In conclusion

The trend of blurry wedding photos has added a new dimension to the world of wedding photography, allowing photographers and couples alike to explore creative, artistic, and emotional approaches to capturing their special day.

While unsuitable for every couple or every moment, intentional blur can be a beautiful way to add a unique and memorable touch to wedding photographs.

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