Wedding photography can be a tough gig. Thankfully, I love being a wedding photographer. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be doing it. It’s a tough gig with a lot of pressure on your shoulders to get it right, not mess it up & to prove to your couples that they made the right decision to hire you.
I don’t want to just photograph your wedding though. I want to document it. I want to show you all the emotions that other people expressed when you didn’t see them. I want to show you those funny moments that happened between your guests that you weren’t a part of. I want to show you that emotions & love, no matter how cool or trendy your wedding is / was will never fade.
Pom poms & giant balloons with confetti in may go out of trend, but those moments – laughter, love, tears & raw emotion will never age.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore photographing details in weddings. Wedding days that have lots of little personal details to them that really showcase you as a couple are awesome, but don’t stress it if you cant stretch your budget to get those copper goblets or some hay bales for people to sit on. Don’t stress it if your budget doesn’t stretch to get those flowers to fill the venue from ceiling to floor.
As a wedding photographer I’m very lucky to have been published in some major wedding blogs & magazines. However, most of them only publish weddings with oodles of detail in them. It seems society has conditioned us to believe we have to see past other peoples emotions & see the details, the designer dress, the amount of flowers, shoes etc etc.
To be fair – that photograph of someone shedding a tear in a ceremony (although a beautiful photograph) doesn’t really say as much to you as it does to the recipients of the photograph, does it? Not until it’s your mum/dad/special family member shedding a tear for you, shedding an emotional tear for the next massive step in your life. The proud look on their faces when they see you looking the happiest you have been in your life so far. Mostly, you want to see what dress she is wearing or what suit he is wearing, you want to see what entertainment they had at the reception & if they decided to try & go viral with a choreographed first dance routine.
The details always seem so important in the planning stage. Although they play a part of making your day look like it does it isn’t those moments that you will want to look at when you are feeling emotional. When you want to look back on the people that shared your magical day with you. It’s the shared glance between your parents or your best friends or your siblings as you exchange vows. The person crying into a tissue during the speeches. That shocked look on someones face during a raunchy joke in a speech. It’s the moments when they thought I wasn’t there when they share a kiss or a joke with other – I could go on for a very long time, but you get the idea of where I am going with this. Documentary wedding photography like this allows you a window straight back to that moment.
As a documentary wedding photographer, I will of course photograph every inch of those stunning details you put into your day & I will enjoy every moment of it. However, what trumps the details for me is the moments. The real, raw emotion filled moments that happen when you are there & sometimes when you are not.
I want to document the love. Love is awesome. Love never goes out of fashion.