Within documentary wedding photography, one of my goals is to capture the moments when two people first see each other on the day, whether that’s the bride and groom, or in this case, the bride and her dad. In this photograph all is washed aside in a moment of pride and love that only a father and his daughter can understand and for me, that’s a special moment, a memory, recorded.
Sometimes it’s hard to remain what has become somewhat of a cliché in wedding photography circles, and that is ‘unobtrusive’. As a documentary wedding photographer, I’m not invisible after all. I think it’s more about how the day as a whole is handled.
I arrive early and set about quietly introducing myself to everyone. It’s not helpful if the photographer pops up like a random stranger in front of family and relatives who haven’t been privy to the photographic arrangements after all. I want to get to know people, I’m interested in everything and I want to get into the vibe of the day. The cameras come out later in the proceedings, and once everyone has started getting on with the preparations for the day.
I don’t look for reactions from the people I photograph and just quietly get on with my task. I tend to work quite close to people so occasionally I may say, ‘Just stop there’ or ‘Hold that’ in order to capture a moment and then move on without seeking validation. Nothing is mocked up or re-staged and I’m not looking for people to pose for me. People soon get used to ignoring me and stop reacting to the camera and my presence. I certainly don’t leave anyone with the feeling that I’m some sort of paparazzi photographer with a huge zoom lens, photographing from the periphery.
So that sums up my manner. I take my dress code from the day and the guests. In terms of appearance, I want to blend in and at the same time appear to be the professional that I am. More often than not, I’ll wear a suit, as I find that suits most of my client’s expectations.
It’s only through remaining low profile, not invisible, but discreet that it’s possible to capture the chemistry that goes on between two people.
If you like this approach to wedding photography please contact me here today to arrange an informal chat.