One of the first questions wedding clients ask is, "What is your style?". Bridal magazines, wedding planners and photographers throw around several different terms, and I find that couples often don't really know what those terms mean. It's so important to understand how the story of your day will be told by your photographer, so I always want to be sure my clients understand what I mean when I say I am primarily a documentary style wedding photographer.
Documentary photography is NOT candid photography. While we want the subjects to be unaware of the camera most of the time, it's more complicated than that. In true documentary photography we seek to create a series of images that tell a complete story without manipulating people or objects in the environment. Throughout a wedding I am continually making subtle but important choices to put myself in the best position to create images which will tell the story while conveying the emotion of the moment. I am also constantly looking for all the details that make the story unique to YOU. Far from being a bunch of candid snapshots, each image is planned and deliberate with best possible angle for lighting and a flattering view. A true documentary photographer refrains from moving, touching, or controlling the environment because it disrupts the flow but is skilled in shooting in a way that minimizes undesirable components. Basically, I use a creative vision to tell your story while giving up complete control of the environment in which I am working. Sounds scary but it works. Of course if formal photos are a component of your vision I stage an attractive location and create poses that are flattering to showcase the dress and details and show everyone at their best (the shots your parents and grandparents want for the wall) but when it comes to the events of your day you will be photographed in documentary style as the story unfolds.