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Visualise Photography | Documentary Wedding Photography
Why my Wedding Photography style might be just what your looking for  !!


Personally i dislike my photo being taken and i have never had a couple say to me

" Please can we do lots of posing and 2 hours of standing in the cold with group shots "

So this is why i shoot Documentary Wedding Photography , because your day is about you, its unique and special to you and your partner so why not capture all the beauty naturally without posing and preening, trust me its mush more fun and you will enjoy your day much more !!

​That siad of course i still shoot a few family photos, the mother in law will insist but these can take only a few minutes so you can get on with enjoying your day together.









A documentary wedding photographer is a story teller, through pictures. It’s very straight forward, but not particularly an easy art to do well. You will see a lot of wedding photographers out there that declare themselves “documentary wedding photographers”, but their website is full of directed and posed images, with the odd candid photograph thrown in for good measure (that is not wedding photojournalism).
For me, an image absolutely has to have context and tell a story to the viewer.

​I want to show a series of images of the bride arriving at the church.
It’s important to me as the photographer that moments like this – moments that the bride may have dreamt of all her life – are not interrupted. I don’t want to be the photographer that yells “wind the window down and smile please”. I want to be the photographer that observes the event unfolding, and documents it.

I want to capture that moment, or the moment between moments.

Documentary Wedding Photography is all about capturing the moment and following the passion of the day. I go after moments that appeal to me from the inside and I strive to capture the emotions and energy of the day through the still image.
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As that Documentary Wedding Photographer,
I am at my most creative when left to roam around
the wedding capturing those
perfect shots of you and your guests.

The moments you may never even have noticed
happening during the wedding day itself.
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I strive to capture the beauty of the whole day and that includes your guests. They are very important people in your life and, once the magic of the wedding is over, it will be the photographs of the day that you will turn to time and time again to relive those moments.

As a documentary wedding photographer I aim to make your wedding photos vibrant and a memory for generations to come. Each and every wedding photograph goes through a precise and technical post processing re-touching exercise. I personally edit every one of the selected shots so that you are presented with only the very best photographs of your special day. This is all part of my service.

I shoot with digital equipment, but my love of film images has led me to develop a post-production style that allows my photography to resemble that of the timeless film photos. My photographs are purposefully edited to look like film images. I use natural light and you will often seen some grain in my images. Grain is good.
Grain means the camera and the photographer are doing the work –

Many people come to me because they appreciate the time and effort I put into the production of my finished images. They often have an appreciation of film style imagery, and not the clinical, over processed digital images that you often see these days.

Don’t all wedding photographers shoot in this way for at least some of the day?

I suppose, when you decant the matter further I explain that a “photojournalist” is a noun whereas “candid” is an adjective.

That’s a big difference. I think all wedding photographers can declare themselves as “documentary” (at least for part of the day), but how many can truly say they shoot in a “candid” style?
Candid is derived from Candour and Candour is described in the dictionary as:
“the quality of being honest and telling the truth”
So, if the photographer takes it upon themselves to control the moment, tell people to smile, ask them to fake putting their make-up on then yes, you can be classed as a documentary photographer because documentary makers often contrive things.

…..but you can’t say you shoot in a “candid” way…..well, not authentically anyway.
I shoot in a candid way.  This means that the documentary wedding photography I produce is created with honesty, integrity and without any influence on you or your loved ones.
Essentially, it means a documentary wedding photographer (that shoots candidly) loves to tell stories, and that’s what I do best.

             The details still count

Does a documentary wedding photographer 
              take photos of dresses?
Do they photograph the details of your day.

Yes, of course. Wedding photojournalism is about telling the whole story of your wedding and the details are part of the story of your day.
As a photojournalist I will not move, or direct you or your guests in any way.
Your dress will of course be photographed, with context, I will photograph it artistically without any intervention from me.
Details such as locations and table decorations are all very important elements of the wedding day too.

A good documentary wedding photographer will set the scene

The location, and scene setting images throughout the day are crucial for the overall story.  The venue images are often the “glue” that fixes all the sections of the day together and it’s important that the venue is remembered in the context of the story too.

I’ll often shoot the venue images during the wedding breakfast, or at dusk, to get a more atmospheric photograph.

Of course, these scene setting photographs should include anything that gives the viewer and idea of location, season and weather.

I never use flash photography during the ceremony, as this can detract from the moment. In fact, I’ll try not to use flash at all during the day and will only use it as a last resort during the first dance when the lighting can be difficult.

I prefer shooting with all natural light as it preserves the natural dimensions of a moment in an image. I tend to use short prime lenses wherever possible which allows me to keep my approach photo-journalistic, and this relies on “stealth” during the service and at the reception. Often, the guests won’t even know I’ve taken a shot of them. The shorter lenses are great for capturing those unexpected moments when there is action going on all around me.

My aim with my wedding photojournalism is to create wedding imagery that not only tell the story of your day, but is also a tangible reminder of the emotions, feelings and details of your very special wedding day. My approach and style, is totally unobtrusive meaning I will not dictate or prompt or manipulate anything throughout your very special wedding day.

I’m a big fan of “people watching” and I really do try my best to blend into the environment at a wedding.  Using small, discreet cameras I can often shoot images where people simply have no idea I’m even there.
Honing this skill has allowed me to get glimpses into the personality of the people at the wedding.  These are the type of images that make me smile, and make my clients happy too.

This is my take on wedding photography, its your day, its unique to you and everything about the day should be shown in its glory, you spend months planning your wedding day so get the very best you can from your wedding photography to show it forever. 

I am a wedding photographer that doesn't interrupt the flow of your wedding day and focuses on capturing the real moments. I have been a full time photographer for the last few years now and during that time become a specialist in documentary wedding photography. Throughout the day I will focus on getting a complete story of the wedding day so you and your partner will have pictures that will keep your important wedding memories forever alive. 

The wedding photographs that I will take for you will be priceless images that won't be posed or staged. Totally natural. If you hate the idea of spending hours doing dozens of group shots then I am the photographer for you. I would be more than happy to do a handful of group shots to keep the older generation happy but these will be done quickly and simply so you can get on with enjoying the wedding reception with your friends and family.

groom holding his wifes face and peering into her eyes
bride looking backwards behind her
the father of the bride checking his speech notes
wedding rings
gran lovingly hugs her grand daughter
the wife of the best man watches proudly as he makes his speech at his brothers wedding

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