I am a documentary photographer. What does it mean? Read on to find out.
I talk about documentary photography a lot. In layman terms, it refers to a style of candid photography where the photographer blends into the background, capturing moments as they unfold.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to wedding photography. Wedding photography is deeply personal. Some prefer more editorial, posed shots, and others prefer documentary, candid shots. I do a mix of both, about 10% posed and 90% documentary.
This is because every wedding is different to me. I strive to tell the story of your wedding. Your guests as they stream into the venue. Getting ready on the morning of with your family, friends, and bridal entourage. Everyone’s excitement, love and joy.
A wedding is more than pretty details – though of course, those are wonderful too. A wedding is about a couple in love, ready to celebrate and spend the rest of their lives together. It’s about the couple’s closest friends and family coming together under one roof to celebrate two of their favorite people.
Posed shots are still important, of course. Those are the photos your parents will hang on their wall. We will definitely get traditional shots of you, the couple, and those coveted family group shots.
We are very generous with our photographs. Our couples get at least 100 color-edited images per hour, so a 10-hour wedding will get at least 1000 images. There is plenty of room for both posed and documentary shots.
Before every wedding, we will schedule a call with you to run through your timeline and expectations. Our couples know what to expect with us. We want candid shots, they will say. Something natural and unposed. And we will happily deliver.
None of these photos were posed. In fact, they would be near impossible to replicate. Once people notice a camera they become stiff and self-conscious. It is by our keen observation and quick fingers that we capture timeless moments like these.
During a wedding, we might ask for 15-30 minutes to do couple, family and entourage portraits. The rest of the time can be spent mingling with your guests, catching up with those who have flown long distances to celebrate with you.
So let loose, have fun, and let us do all the work. We promise it will be worth it.