Reportage & Documentary Photography
Documentary wedding photography is, put simply, the story of your wedding day told without direction or intervention. It’s an unorchestrated, candid, and spontaneous record of a once in a lifetime event. Often referred to as wedding photojournalism, wedding reportage, or candid wedding photography. It’s a popular style of wedding photography, as many couples don’t want to spend their day posing or have their photographer dictate how and where things should happen. I’ve been a documentary wedding photographer for over 10 years, and it’s the only style I have ever photographed in. For me, a photographer shouldn’t mould the events in front of them, or have any influence over a moment. I believe the best photos are ones which depict genuine moments and real emotion.
Cinematic // Timeless // Natural
Documentary wedding photography should tell have context. It’s not enough to just take photos of people laughing and say that it’s documentary. The images must tell a story, and for the viewer to get a feel of the event, of the mood and the atmosphere. I like to be close to the action on the day, and to be amongst the guests, chatting. This way, I can really get a feel for the wedding and have access to spontaneous and intimate moments.
Artistic // Documentary // Reportage
The dancefloor is one of my favourite places to be at a wedding. Some photographers only stay for 30 minutes after the first dance, thinking that this wraps up the story. However, I find that the best photos are often taken much later than this. Documentary wedding photography is about telling the full story, and so I like to round off the narrative with some amazing party shots. Lots of little stories can be found on and around the dancefloor, which can result in some great photos.
Moments // Party // Life
Hit play on this video if you would like to watch a slideshow of some of my favourite wedding moments set music