What is a documentary wedding photographer?

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I describe myself as a documentary wedding photographer but what does that mean?

A documentary wedding photographer is often also known as a reportage wedding photographer or sometimes even a wedding photojournalist.   

My documentary style is designed to be natural wedding photography that tells the story of your day from the preparations in the morning until the first dance and beyond. For most of the day I will work in a relaxed and unobtrusive way seeking to blend in, amongst your guests and let the day unfold to capture the excitement and joy of the day that you planned so carefully.  I’ll also take some time pick out many of the details that make your wedding uniquely personal.

I like to be close to the action but will work hard to make sure that you and your guests are relaxed around me, so we get beautiful, natural results that focus on the personal connections for you and your guests.

From our first consultation, I will want to know all about your day and what will make it special. This helps me plan ahead by understanding what you have planned and the important moments in your day. I also want to get to know both of you, what you like and what’s important to you. This helps me create a collection that is personal and tells your story.

Documentary wedding photography is all about moments and emotions and is not made, directed or posed.  It is true to say that it is really about ‘capturing the moment’ and creating a beautiful collection of photos that take you back there.

Most of my day will always be documentary but I will always take family portraits – formal or informal – if you would like them, and these pictures are part of sharing your day with those closest to you.  

A big part of my collections and one of my favourite parts of the day is to take some beautiful, simple, and elegant couple portraits of you. This is a great moment for you to take some time together. I will normally try and take these pictures at “Golden Hour” when the light is best, and after you have had chance to relax and enjoy the party. These are always very natural and focus on the connection between the two of you.

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