Why Choose a Documentary Wedding Photographer?
You may have done your research and know exactly how you want a photographer to capture your day. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by all the styles of photography and the sheer number of photographers out there and need a little clarity on what sets a documentary wedding photographer apart from any other type of photographer. Maybe you’re pretty clued up but want to know if documentary photography will be right for you.
You might hear documentary wedding photography referred to as reportage, wedding photojournalism, or candid wedding photography. There are subtle differences between all of these terms, but broadly they amount to the same thing; a photographer who focuses on capturing your wedding day without any intervention, direction, or influence. Imagine that your photographer is a fly on the wall, and focuses on genuine moments. The interactions between your guests and the tiny gestures as well as the big moments. This is all done without interrupting the natural flow of the day. If this sounds like how you want your day to be captured, then a documentary wedding photographer might be right for you. Below I’ll talk more about documentary wedding photography in general, but also my style and way of working.
If you haven’t done so already, take a look at my “Best of” posts, where for the past 8 years I have created an end of year round up to show my favourite images from the year. These will give you an idea of how and what I photograph at weddings. You can read thousands of wordy posts on what documentary wedding photography is, but words alone shouldn’t influence your choice; you should connect with the images and think, “yes, I want our story to be told like this”.