What is documentary wedding photography / reportage / photojournalism?
It has many names but essentially, it’s the same thing, it’s all about capturing those unseen moments that occur between people at weddings. Because let’s face it, that’s what weddings are all about, the people.
Images should tell a story and not just about what happened but about how it felt to be in that moment. As a photographer I don’t just use my eyes, my work involves a lot of observation. Listening to conversation, anticipating reactions and knowing when to press the shutter at the decisive moment all make up the skill of being a photojournalist.
I really find that I connect with people on an emotional level and I become immersed with the day. From the preparations, through the ceremony speeches and to the first dance are filled with interactions. Capturing these moments are what drive me as a photographer and what I am passionate about.
I start by photographing one of my favourite parts of the wedding day, the bridal preparations, capturing those exciting, sometimes nerve wracking and often fun interactions before I leave for your ceremony venue to catch up with the guys.
Then it’s onto your guests arriving and then your ceremony. After the ceremony I suggest setting time aside for a limited number of group shots (if you choose to have any at all) so I can concentrate on getting those candid moments.
During couple time I suggest that we spend 15-20 minutes together, believe me you don’t get to spend much time together on your wedding day so this is often a welcome opportunity to have a bit of ‘you’ time.
Then it’s back to photographing candids of you and your guests having fun at the drinks reception.
When it’s time for the speeches I’ll be there to capture the emotion of it all and the full on horror of the best man’s speech!
Then it’s onto party time and you and your guests dancing the night away.
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