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  • Writer's pictureJessy Jones

Documentary Style Wedding Photography

You'll often see the words 'documentary style' photography banded around the place when it comes to wedding photography - so what does it actually mean & why do I choose to follow this route of photography?

Simply put, Documentary style wedding photography is a type of photography that captures candid and natural moments throughout a wedding day. The photographer aims to tell a story through their images, documenting the events and emotions as they unfold without interfering or directing the subjects. blending into the background and capture moments as they happen, resulting in a more organic and storytelling approach to wedding photography.

Sound good? thought so...

Why would you choose to have a documentary style photographer?

1. It captures genuine moments: Documentary style photography focuses on capturing candid and natural moments, rather than posed shots. This allows for you to have a more authentic and emotional representation of your wedding day., this however doesn't mean that you can't have any posed photographs (family photographs for instance tend to be more traditionally posed), but allowing your photographer to just capture things as your day flows will make your day much more enjoyable than strict timelines and fake poses for you.

2. Your photographs tell a story: This style of photography tells a story of your wedding day, from start to finish. It captures the small details, emotions, and interactions between you and your loved ones, creating a beautiful narrative of your special day.

3. Unobtrusive: Documentary style photographers are skilled at blending into the background- you wont even know i'm there half of the time and i'll capture moments without interrupting or directing the flow of the day, this allows you to fully enjoy your wedding day without feeling like you are constantly posing for photos, and more importantly capture things you don't even remember happening!

4. It Emphasises emotions: This style of photography focuses on capturing the emotions and feelings of the day. It allows you to relive the joy, love, and excitement of your wedding day through the photos.

5. Timeless and natural: Documentary style photography produces timeless and natural images that will never go out of style. It avoids trendy poses and filters, ensuring that your photos will stand the test of time.

6. Less pressure: With documentary style photography, there is less pressure to look perfect or pose for the camera. This allows you to relax and be yourself, resulting in more genuine and beautiful photos.

7. Captures the whole day: Documentary style photographers typically start capturing photos from the beginning of the day, including getting ready shots, and continue until the end of the day dance floor action!


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