Natural, documentary wedding photography is often referred to as reportage wedding photography or photojournalistic wedding photography however essentially, they all refer to the same thing - an observational and unobtrusive approach to photographing a wedding.
Documentary style wedding photography records very genuine moments occurring throughout a wedding day. The wedding couple, as with any documentary style photography, should be photographed within context of their wedding day, conveying the true story and atmosphere in pictures. Documented wedding images should be able to tell the viewer what is happening in the moment or scene without the need for any further explanation.
My Vermont, New Hampshire and Upstate New York weddings are an absolute gold mine for the documentary style of wedding photography - the variety of emotions over the course of the day makes a wedding day really quite unique - the pre wedding ceremony nerves and then the joy of being married, this is often followed by a touch of sadness when, perhaps during the speeches, absent family and friends are reflected upon, then wrapping things up with the high energy and elation of dancing and entertainment.
my natural documentary style
Ultimately, documenting a wedding is about creating a beautiful, elegant and completely timeless set of emotive photos that fully tell the story of your wedding day. Done properly, artistically-skilled, unobtrusive natural, documentary wedding photographers will create a treasured wedding album that will be looked at time and again throughout the years and will take you back to the day with utter clarity and honest emotional impact.
It’s very real and I often find myself feeling immensely proud to have been hired to document such personal moments. This isn’t just photography of a wedding, or at least as most people know it, this is a photo documentary of life - powerful, emotional wedding photography of those little things that often go unnoticed, those subtle emotions and nuances unique to each wedding, to each family and to every couple.
A documentary wedding photographer’s work should always evoke a reaction. The authenticity, or more ‘believability’, that I look to produce in my documentary coverage and across the wedding day coverage is worth so much more than just a pretty picture or regimented formal family photograph.
For couples who choose to have their entire wedding photographed in a documentary style, there will be no posing and little guidance from me throughout the day. With the exception of the formals you will basically be free to enjoy your entire wedding day with your guests and with each other; in fact your will probably not even notice me or even be aware you are having your photograph taken.