Reportage Wedding Photography: Telling the story...
A wedding photographer’s work may appear to be very straightforward, even boring. Don’t you take the same shots every wedding? There is some truth in that; there are pictures which you take time and time again. And THE picture – the over-the-mantlepiece print – will almost certainly be a classical double portrait of the bride and groom.
But it’s the other moments, the unique moments, that set each wedding apart. For me it is very often the pictures that tell a story that stand out. Reportage creates pictures that capture a moment which supplies its own context … or pictures that ask questions that demand a context!
Ultimately, wedding photography, unless it is simply the traditional, formal, “Bride and Groom plus Groups” is all about people watching. I love observing, anticipating and catching the laughter and joy of your big day. If you want to capture sometyhing of the atmosphere, as well as simply the formal shots, then you need a wedding photographer who knows how to mix, to be warm and sociable, and yet also how to be invisible, a bit of a fly on the wall.
To contact me to enquire about my wedding photography with this informal, reportage, element, use my Contact Form or just text (07983 787889) or email me at Andrew@AndrewKingPhotography.co.uk
Photos of the bride herself during preparations are often (though by no means always) not her best on the day, as nervousness and tension is visible in her face. But there is still much story-telling to do. Often the nerves which may not help in photographing the bride actually make for great shots of other people.
In the Ceremony
The wedding ceremony is a serious moment which photographers need to respect and not disturb – but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be moments that a wedding photographer needs to capture, beyond the set-pieces of vows and rings and kiss.
Through the day
Through the groups and on into the reception, it is the little unplanned moments that will add the spice and drama to the formal, classic shots. This is what reportage is all about.
It isn’t good form to photograph adults eating, but reportage of how children are “kept going” through a long day is part of the fun.
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