What is documentary wedding photography?

Documentary wedding photography (also known as reportage wedding photography) is not just about the images delivered, it is about how they are obtained. My laid back approach and interaction on the wedding day is the key to ensuring the images captured are done so in an unobtrusive way.  The wedding day goes by so fast, that having a photographic journal of the day unfolding allows you and your family to re-live the day forever.

My reportage wedding photography images are unposed and non-directed. My aim is to blend into the background and quietly go about delivering photographs that tell the days story.

Lots of photographers offer 'documentary' wedding photography - what makes you different?

Many “documentary” wedding photographers actually stage their images. Asking a bride to move near a window, or put on the earnings again. I stage nothing. I believe photographs of your day should be moments that happened naturally. You get to enjoy the day and  live in the moment.

I am also a member of the Wedding and Photojournalistic Association, an elite group of photographers that capture weddings in a true documentary way, and uphold the strict guidelines of the membership.

Do you take posed images?

Indeed 🙂 Married myself I understand that this provides the happy couple with some ‘downtime’ to spend together – and also provides an opportunity for me to capture images of you together. Contact me to see a complete wedding, including relaxed  portraits.

Do you take group shots?

Of course. I don’t limit these, but usually take up to 5-6 group shots. I make this as quick and painless as possible.

Do you travel?

I cover the UK, and indeed the world! I got married in Italy myself, and love to shoot destination weddings.

Have you shot at our venue before?

As I extensively travel capturing weddings, I’ve often never photographed or visited venues before. I have shot weddings at Churches,  mansions, castles, stately homes, back gardens and more. I photograph people, capture emotion and tell the story of your day – the location of your reception or ceremony will not affect my ability to capture your memories.

Do you offer photography training?

I offer bespoke 1:1’s at my office in South Manchester, check out my training page for more information. I also regularly run beginner wedding workshops for 36exp in London, check www.36exp.co.uk/wedding-photography-course to see when the next course is on.

Do you do family/children's portraits, or just weddings?

I am primarily a wedding photographer, but undertake a very limited number of documentary portrait sessions each year for children and families. Please view my documentary portraits website or contact me for more information.

Are you a member of any professional organisations?

I’m a multi award winning member of the WPJA. This is a specialist organisation for documentary wedding photographers across the world.

Do you offer wedding albums?

Luxury hand made albums are available in addition to your USB of images. Many couples think about an album once the images have been delivered.

What images do we receive?

All edited images from the day, depending on the time of the wedding etc this can vary from 300-450 images. Photographs are provided in a selection of black and white and colour. I shoot all of my photos in colour, and usually convert around 50% to black and white during editing. Of course, you can request specific photos in black and white or colour.

What can I do with the images on USB?

You have full reproduction authorisation for all the images on the USB pen drive – printing them for yourself, friends and family at your convenience. However I strongly recommend to research which printing company you use. Cheap printing will make your images lose their quality! All your wedding photographs can be ordered via my online gallery for professional printing

Can I see some complete weddings?

If you are interested in my wedding photography, please contact me and I will email you a number of complete weddings to view, this is the best way to judge a wedding photographers work.

We love your photography, what next?

Please contact me. Give me a ring or pop me an email, I’ll check my diary, and if I’m available for your big day we can arrange to have a chat. We can discuss your requirements and my approach and I’ll answer any questions you might have. A £400 deposit and completed booking form is required to secure your wedding date.

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