Documentary or reportage wedding photography is a style of wedding photography that is very popular at the moment and I believe this is down to fact that people want to see real, they want to see authentic. We consume reality TV, we watch celebrities snapchat stories and we even have famous daily vloggers on Youtube. Maybe these examples aren’t as authentic as we’d like to believe but that is what we are after, authentic real life storytelling.
Reportage/Documentary wedding photography is about raw storytelling, it is capturing your wedding day as it happened, not staging the day. Reportage wedding photographers try to be as unobtrusive as possible and let the day happen as it is, without intruding into or interrupting it.
I mix this documentary style of wedding photography with contemporary wedding photography as there are parts of the day where we stage a few photos, such as the signing of the register, some formal group photos, bride & groom couples portraits and the cutting of the cake. But other than this handful of moments, I aim to capture your wedding day in an unobtrusive manner documenting moments as they unfold, to tell an authentic story that will bring back memories of the day that happened.
I love reportage wedding photography because it tells a story of the wedding day. I want the bride & groom to look back through their photographs for years to come and relive that day, remembering the story of how it all happened. When they look back through the wedding images I want to them to remember special moments that happened, not standing and staging a photograph. I want them to remember conversations, hugs, laughter and the emotion of the day.
My style of photographing a wedding is very people centered. I look to capture emotion and the people at the wedding. I love standing back, letting the day happen whilst capturing moments that people didn’t even see me photographing; the bride & groom don’t need to be aware of the photographer, it’s their day to enjoy and celebrate.
If you want really authentic wedding photographs that portray the story of your wedding as it actually happened then look for a photographer who has a very reportage/documentary photography style. Ask them about their style of shooting; do they use longer lenses so they can stay further out the way and be less obtrusive or do they use smaller cameras to be unobtrusive? This will give you an idea of how they will photograph on your wedding day and if they fit what you are looking for.
To see more of my work and my documentary wedding photography style view my wedding gallery.