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 what’s going on. From the preparations, through the ceremony speeches and to the first dance are filled with interactions. These moments are what drive me as a photographer and what I am passionate about. People skills are essential and knowing how to make guests feel relaxed is all part of my job.
The idea behind this approach is to shoot your wedding as a body of work, the whole story, if you like.
At this point it’s important to note that I am not a ‘pure’ photojournalist because I do make time to photograph a select number of group shots and directed couple portraits but all these elements go into creating my unique style as a creative, documentary wedding photographer.