Natural and Documentary Wedding Photography

My approach to photographing weddings

I describe myself primarily as a story telling wedding photographer,  also known as reportage and documentary wedding photography. This means that rather than spending your wedding day lining guests up and spending hours on portraits,  I mingle in with you and your wedding guests .  I look to photograph the love, the laughter, the smiles and the tears.  I deliberately look for “the moment”  whilst taking the light and composition into consideration.

Most couples who book me will say that they don’t like posing and this is where this style of photography works for them because they receive natural and beautiful photos without feeling out of their comfort zone.

I’ll be photographing  you enjoying the best day of your life and my wish is that you re-live your wedding day through your wedding photos.

bride and groom walking with guest and children having piggy back

Do I take group photos?

I do.  I appreciate some group photos are required and I ask that you provide me with a list of essential group photos that you would like on the day, however, I ask that you keep these to a maximum of 5-6 different group photos.   

By keeping your group photos to a minimum, it means you can spend more time with your wedding guests and I’m usually not too far away capturing the “real moments” you’ll be sharing with your guests rather than staged line-ups.

bridal party wedding photo at Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel

How long do I spend on bride and groom portraits?

Before your wedding day, I will speak with you to find out how long you would like to spend on your bride and groom portraits as every couple is different.  As a guideline, I allow 15-20 minutes  although some couples will literally have a handful of portraits (you know, the essential one for the mantlepiece!).   As long as I know what you want, I will work with your requirements.

My aim is to do these in a simplistic style (no strained poses!) and although I will give you guidance where to stand and where to place your hands etc, the result is that your bride and groom photos will look very relaxed. If you are comfortable posing and this is something that comes naturally to you, then please go for it!

bride and groom laughing at norwood park

Am I the right wedding photographer for you?

If you are looking for a photographer to photograph real moments with just a selection of beautiful portraits then we could be a match.  

Wedding photography is very personal and I’m confident that I will put you and your guests at ease.   I like to blend in and I’m  always complimented on my composure and my unobtrusive manner.

My portfolio is a true reflection of my style and approach to wedding photography and if you like what you have seen so far, I would love to photograph your wedding day.

If you have any questions at all,  I’d love to hear from you.

 

“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.

— Annie Leibovitz

The above quote by a well known photographer really sums up how I feel when I am photographing.