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Why you would choose a ‘Documentary’ style Wedding Photographer ?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

When it comes to organising your wedding, choosing a photographer can be a daunting task… So many talented photographers to choose from, and you will, I am sure have a budget in mind.

Where to start ?

Deciding the style of photographer you want. Start by looking at websites of photographers in your area, look at the style of shoot they promote. Traditional or documentary style.

Which style do you want to capture and give you memories of your day?

So yes you probably guessed, I think ‘documentary’ style - sometimes called candid or reportage - is a style to be considered.

A documentary style will give you candid un-posed images that tell a story of your day.

Capturing moments naturally as they happen..

I will not be asking you to pose, look this way or that and importantly not taking you away from your wedding guest for two hours getting you to look this way and that, reposing and smiling at the right time. My goal is to capture moments while you’re totally unaware I am doing so. Perfect for the shy or self conscious.

Capturing Emotion ..

But you would still like some ‘posed’ or formal pictures.

Not a problem, because I still love to capture some portraits of you both (if you want), and am and am more than happy to do some group shots, too (again, only if you want).

So, you can still have the majority of your day captured in the way I’ve spoken about above – with all those amazing benefits that the style gives – whilst also having some lovely images of just the two of you, and those groups shots of family or friends.

The question of Black and White ?

“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.” Ted Grant.

I use black and white images in about 75% of my wedding images. When you look at a colour image you are immediately bombarded with a mass of colour, more often than not taking away from what the image is actually saying, or the emotion and feelings of the moment. When you look at black and white you are drawn to faces, feelings and what they convey.

This style of photography might not be what you are looking for in your primary wedding photographs. If this is the case consider booking a documentary style photographer as a ‘2nd shooter’ leaving your primary photographer to capture the more traditional shots and the ‘2nd shooter’ to capture the story of your day, the quirky and unseen moments… all of it real .

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