Good pictures are successful because they are perpetually iconic.
Example below. On the left is a recent picture I took on a job in Turkey. The picture on the right is a random 1920's American image I found while looking at ancient wedding photographs for inspiration. I gleefully gasped at the similarities.
First, let's look at the differences:
-2 separate continents
-2 different centuries
-2 different brides, both on the brink of bliss
These pictures have staying power.
Properly done documentary-style photography never loses relevancy. Your wedding pictures should have the staying power of any other well-made art form.
When it comes to real photography, spend wisely on something that has 100 year staying power. If this comparison doesn't prove it, I don't know what does.
|Left photo by Angela Cappetta, shot in Ankara, Turkey 2010. Right photo, unknown, found in research files.|