My Approach To Documentary Wedding Photography
Wedding Photography Styles
There are many different styles of wedding photography:
Traditional wedding photography - They treat every photo as a possed portrait, with a few spontaneous photos. They are looking for perfectly captured, if what some what forced but the results they produce are excellent, but for me a little staged.
Classic wedding photography - These guys specialise in perfectly composed, with perfect lighting, they are looking for the perfect composition from afar, rather than getting in amongst the crowd.
Photojournalistic, Reportage, Candid or Documentary Wedding Photography - Pretty much the same thing to me, capturing an unscripted story of your wedding day, recording the wedding as it happens, spontaneous rections, emotions that are happening everywhere.
I’m a reportage, candid or documentary wedding photographer.
Shooting a wedding this way, to me gives a modern feel, but with a more laid back style. The photographer has to blend in with the guests and the photography style needs to reflect this. Capturing close ups, genuine emotions first hand, story telling at its best, documenting the day how it really was.
The bride and groom are so focussed in the planning and making sure everything is perfect on the day, they are not able to see everything. The reaction, when I show a couple, their wedding photographs, brings all the emotional tears and laughter flooding back.
You have spent months planning your big day and probably years dreaming of your wedding day. Naturaly you want your wedding day to run as smoothly as possible, you want a day to remember for your guests, your family and your loving partner. Once the day has ended, you will have your memories and your wedding photographs.