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Documentary Wedding Photography – Posed Photos VS Candids

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Documentary Photography

Documentary wedding photography is a way to tell the entire story of a wedding authentically. You get little looks of what happens behind the scenes to make a day come together, as well as the all-important big moments. You see the laughter, as well as the tears because if a wedding is anything, it’s emotional. So on a wedding day I tend to blend in and capture these little in between moments that the couple are normally completely unaware of.

My aim is to always photograph the connection between people in an authentic way. So 90% of a wedding day I spend being a documentary photographer. I take photos of the little details, a bride doing last minute alterations to her veil, the mother of the groom busy-ing herself making sandwiches for everyone, family that hasn’t seen each other in years catching up and reliving old times. After all, this is what weddings are about and it’s my job to capture it and document the story from every angle.

Group Photos

Of course couples getting married also (usually) want some group/posed photos as well. It’s so nice to get everyone together, looking and smiling at the camera for a few of these special shots. Having little ones in photographs shows the passage of time when you look back. And even when doing group shots (posed photos) I aim to bring to every photograph that same sense of connection and authenticity. This part of the day usually lasts about 30 minutes, and if well organised is a fun time to get everyone’s photo taken. I always ask couples to provide me with a “shot list” for these photos, which is a list of the different combinations of people you want so I can stay on top and organised with it all and make it go as smoothly as possible.

Couple Portraits

Somewhere on the spectrum, in between complete documentary photography and group shots, are the Couple’s Portraits. These photos are a hybrid of a posed and candid. But this is also just a really nice time for couples to step away from the party and guests for a few minutes and spend some time with just each other. The aim of these images is not to pose you in the most perfect way, but rather give a little direction to make natural photographs that (again) show your connection to one another. These photos normally happen after the ceremony, so this is a moment to take a breath (the formal part is over) and enjoy the rest of the day as a married couple.

I would love to document your wedding for you and tell the story of your day from start to finish. Please get in contact for more wedding details or fill out the form below.

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