Documentary wedding photography
It’s all about storytelling. The genre of photography that I specialise in has several different names: documentary wedding photography, wedding photojournalism and reportage wedding photography. This simply means that I tell the story of your wedding day through pictures.
I tell people's stories and consider myself extremely privileged to photograph weddings. Being able to get to know couples and being trusted to record their wedding day is a great part of the job.
What does my job entail as a documentary wedding photographer? Let's say I'm shooting a wedding starting at a house. I like to arrive a little early to introduce myself and put people at ease before I start documenting events.
My aim is to immerse myself in the celebrations but still remain unobtrusive. It's all about being close - to be able to get a much deeper insight into the wedding day - to hear punchlines - to understand relationships.
I often find myself watching and waiting before I start to capture images. I look for compositions and observe how the light falls. But above all, I observe people's emotions and interactions.
Documentary wedding photography is all about storytelling. I aim, throughout the day, to weave together a pictorial representation of the events. I'm looking for delicate just as much as high impact moments. An experienced documentary wedding photographer is a storyteller with an natural ability to be in the right place at the right time.
I still do a few posed images at most weddings, though in a very relaxed style. I won't get you doing anything cheesy or cringeworthy.
Typically, I photograph right up to the first dance, though I can easily stay a little later and my coverage is very flexible.