“Documentary wedding photography” 7 reasons why this is what you really want.
- You care deeply what it actually felt like to be at your wedding, and so you want wedding photos that convey that feeling. The goal in “documentary wedding photography” is to make images that make you feel what it was like to be at your wedding years after the fact.
2. You want a photo of your best friend doing the worm, of your mom teasing her sister, of your dad hugging you with tears in his eyes, of your niece with that look like she’s plotting world takeover. These are the moments a documentary wedding photographer sees, and immortalizes.
3. You want a photographer who has a keen eye for the meaningful gestures, expressions, and details that tell the larger story. A documentary wedding photographer spends years honing the ability to see the unexpected, to frame things just right, so the viewer is compelled by the photograph, and understands the scene.
4. You don’t want your photographer to tell you to have a second first look. One is overwhelmingly wonderful. Also, hold on a sec, how in the world can you have a second first look? This speaks to the authentic manner in which documentary wedding photographers work.
5. You want pictures that make you feel seen. A documentary wedding photographer can make photographs that compliment the principles that guided you when you were planning your wedding. (whether you sat down and wrote out official guidelines with your fiancé, or you just have a general sense of what you were about during the planning.) Unfortunately some wedding photography doesn’t see you for who you are, and ends up being more a photographer’s idea of what a “romantic wedding” should look like.
6. You don’t want a photography company that takes over with multiple cameras, and blocks your guests’ view, and makes it feel like a photoshoot, not like an authentic event. In “documentary wedding photography” the goal is to let the wedding be what it is, rather than to step in and change it.
7. You like the color of your dress and the florals you chose, and you want them to be true to life in the pictures. The style of a documentary wedding photographer can be carried into processing images after the wedding day with the goal of reproducing beautiful faithful color. Some wedding photography is significantly altered in processing, whether that be desaturation, color grading, or excessive retouching.
Love this post! I’m going to have to start following your work – it’s so beautiful and authentic.
Definitely sharing your opinion – and I really like your pictures, those are great!
Love your style – storytelling moments are the best! These are so much fun!
Ahhh real life images! I love this post! Well done!
Beautiful phots and great advice, thank you!
Love this!! So many beautiful, funny and energy packed moments!
Awesome tips…thanks for sharing!
Great post, I love documentary! It’s all about the moments and the day, totally unforced and way more natural.
Great post, documentary photography is really an art all in itself.
Great work! really loved the natural authentic moment pictures. 😀
YES! I want a documentary wedding photographer now! Thank you for this lovely article. Your images are stunning!
Awesome, great information backed up with lovely images.
Such beautiful images, love the one where bride is dancing and last one dog looking at the cake are my favourite. Beautiful work!