Documentary and reportage wedding photography Kent Wedding Photographer Bob Owen
When Neal and Katherine invited me to their home to talk about documenting their May wedding, I was delighted to find out that it was to be at one of the most historic and romantic wedding venues in Kent, the 13th Century St. Augustines’ Priory.
The day was a bringing together of two great families and a low profile documentary photography style just suited the couple perfectly. It was pleasure to travel out to the Garden of England from London. Lots of coverage and as is normal for me, I didn’t dictate how long the day was, photographically speaking. No sulking off after the first dance for me.
The Priory had such gorgeous light inside and it was a day of high contrast day, weather wise. Perfect for the rural location.
There’s always a decision to make around which images to use in colour and which in black and white. It’s part of the storytelling and something that I discuss with each and every one of my clients. There’s huge flexibility and both black and white and colour images are used for very good reasons, depending precisely on what I’m endeavouring to show.
Sometimes colour is very distracting when showing the emotions, gestures and expressions of the day and at other times it’s intrinsic. I don’t work in formulas or ratios, I just use what’s right for my approach to documentary wedding photography.
Here are a few images from Neal and Katherine’s day.