Documentary Wedding Photography
What exactly does it all mean?
Documentary wedding photography is about telling a story as authentically as possible. As a documentary wedding photographer it’s all about piecing together a full story of your wedding day. It needs to reflect the beauty, the happiness, the tears, the love & everything else in between. It’s a true reflection of how amazing your wedding day was no matter where it was in the world.
It’s a natural, storytelling driven way of photographing a wedding day. You may know it as a few other terms, although it tends to be other photographers that give it different names : reportage wedding photography, wedding photojournalism or documentary wedding photography. They all essentially mean the same thing.
What Does it Mean When I Say I Am A Documentary Wedding Photographer?
I am primarily a documentary wedding photographer always focusing in on the moments in the most natural way possible. That doesn’t mean I won’t do group shots with your family, if you want them I absolutely will! It also doesn’t mean I won’t direct you into the nicest light or towards the nicest backdrop – because I will. My way of photographing is natural, not pushy or to overly pose you. When you are happy, relaxed, maybe a little bit tipsy is when I will get you to interact with other in a lovely, natural way. Being drunk is not an essential requirement! Ha! Being drunk, however, can make for some epic dance floor shots later on!
It’s All About The Moments
There’s nothing I love more as a documentary wedding photographer to capture moments that are just so special! Moments that may have gone unseen by other people at the time. Moments are fleeting & so is time. It’s not lost on me that I get to preserve these amazing moments in time for generations to come. It’s such an important role that I love so much! When I am able to move in & around your wedding day, that’s when I can find moments that are so special. Documentary wedding photography can put you right back in the moment that happened. It’s important to me to take you back so you feel those emotions all over again!
Why Should You Choose A Documentary Style Wedding Photographer?
The wedding couple are obviously going to be in A LOT of photographs. However, I know that they simply can’t be everywhere at once! I fully appreciate that it can be so difficult to get all of your family & friends in one room at the same time! I get it, I’ve been there! So, when they are all together it’s so important for me to photograph them in their most natural & lovely way! Whether that’s someone dozing off in the corner after a few too many gins, or another couple sharing a smooch or a joke! These little unscripted moments are so amazing to look back on! I love seeing people’s real character shine through in the photographs.
Documentary wedding photography is PERFECT for those that might not want to be centre of the photographs all of the time. I mean, if you are hiring a photographer of any style, you know you are going to be in them. The difference is I won’t force you to pose a certain way, I won’t boss or push you around. It’s your day & I’m simply there to document it in my unique style of photography.
I will blend in with your wedding guests instead which ultimately gets the best results. Guests aren’t afraid to see me coming as they know I’m not going to start barking orders & bossing people around. People let their guard down & relax around me, even when I have the camera in my hand. Which is great! It makes for awesome, unscripted wedding photography!
It’s all Going To Be Unique
Another reason I love photographing a wedding the way I do is that it’s truly unique. I don’t work from a shot list. Your wedding is NOT going to look the same as everyone else’s. No cookie cutter, one wedding fits all here! The moments that are going to happen at your wedding are completely unique (& technically haven’t happened yet) so why should the photographs of those moments be anything other than unique too! Your wedding photography is going to look fresh, dynamic & like it was tailor made just for you. Because that’s exactly what it is. Tailor made just for you.
Best of Both Worlds
I love taking the wedding couple away for some quiet time. Sometimes that after the ceremony, sometimes its in the evening. Sometimes, it’s both! Even when we go away for a bit, I’m still not going to be telling you what to do. I will give you some gentle direction but ultimately, it’s your natural interaction with each other that shines through. I also love capturing those moments of the two of you among everyone else. Those moments that you probably don’t even know I’m looking at you!
Why Hire Me As Your Documentary Wedding Photographer?
So, for me it’s just so simple. Unscripted, natural, thought provoking, enticing, romantic, funny & about everything in between. I love being able to capture you all in a space where it’s just filled with love, laughter & happiness. If you think you might want to chat more about me being your documentary wedding photographer just get in touch!