My approach as a UK Documentary Wedding Photographer
Enjoy your wedding!
I’m not a normal wedding photographer and I like that, I pride myself on being different. I don’t do posing, or big daft cameras, or bossing you around, or anything you would normally associate with a wedding photographer. I give traditional wedding photography the finger with all its’ formality, stiffness, cliches and awkwardness - my couples want something real and honest, a story filled with emotion and personality, pictures they can get excited about, pictures they can relate to and love - without feeling like a pair of plonkers having them taken.
I hate the whole ‘wedding photographer’ thing, the bloody awkwardness of it all, the stop start your wedding day nonsense. Yes I think wedding photography is stupid - sorry but I do, I think you should be doing other things instead, really enjoying yourselves, relaxing, dancing, eating and drinking - anything but “getting photos done”.
I wanted to create something completely unique, the approach I’ve on for years is very much that of a guest, I’m part of your wedding rather than someone who’s there to get pictures at any cost. I’m there to let you enjoy your wedding and I’ve found over the years people love the fact I don’t need to direct them in any way to get you pictures that have far more meaning than if everything were set up. I’ve found people absolutely love the approach I use, I’m not winding your guests up by getting in their way, or making them feel uncomfortable, I’m not constantly hovering around you two snapping away either, you get to enjoy your wedding without feeling like you’re constantly under my scrutiny.
I’ll spend the day chatting to people rather than hovering round the outskirts pointing a camera at them, I’ll sit at a table with your other wedding guests during your wedding breakfast, I’m there to blend in not stick out (put me on a table with your rowdy guests, I’ll look after them for you).
The resulting photographs I take are natural and genuine moments of people being themselves rather than being aware there’s a big camera pointed at them waiting for them to ‘do something’. Your gallery will be a very personal and intimate record of your day, a real story - rather than simply ‘pictures of people who were at your wedding’. There’ll be beautiful moments a normal wedding photographer simply wouldn’t have access to, there’ll be character and personality in your pictures and there’ll be some crazy shit too because people feel so comfortable around me and see me as one of their own, they really let their guard down and just behave naturally, everything that happens will be there in pictures from a very unique and personal perspective.
I even stay all night…usually because I’m enjoying myself so much and obviously because I want you to have a complete story of your wedding exactly as it unfolds.
Yes I am different, yes I understand some people ‘need’ to have something more structured and love nothing more than standing around for hours getting group shots done - I’m not for those people. I’m simply for the people who want to remember their wedding just as it was with no fuss.
My style is best described as a front row guest perspective story of your wedding in pictures. It’s been described as energetic, full of life, emotive and ballsy - the kind of pictures that make your ears prick up, make you feel something. For me weddings are about people, atmosphere and personality, you can’t engineer a moment and you can’t direct a feeling in a photograph, those things just have to happen spontaneously - my job is to record them in pictures.
My aim is to create a story for couples they can look back on in years to come and really feel all of the emotions they felt on their wedding day, pictures that show who they are as people and what their day was really like. Deeply moving in places, full of happiness, celebration and energy.