Documentary wedding photography

Documentary wedding photography

One of the most important decisions (other than to whom you are going to marry) whilst planning your day, will be how you choose to remember your day. The wedding photographer is, therefore, a key element in the planning. There seems to be a minefield of choices out there on the world wide web, and lots of those wedding photographers may not sit right with your wedding. My style is documentary wedding photography.

Here are some thoughts that may help you on the way…

Check out the wedding photographer’s gallery, it is pretty easy to put up a few shots from random weddings that look half decent…make sure you really look at what the wedding photography say about the day.

  • Does the photographer have a certain style?
  • Are there a good range of images to look at?
  • Would you like your wedding photography to look like the images you are looking at?

I would have thought the last thing that you want is some annoying wedding photographer bossing everyone around and eating up the whole afternoon taking static group shots that could be from almost anyone’s wedding. Look for something that captures the style you want.

It is important that you get on well with your photographer, they need to be able to blend in with your day; this will help you relax and enjoy your day.

Look for a wedding photographer who is upfront with you about what they offer and is flexible enough to be able to fit in with your big day.  I imagine you would like to own your wedding pictures, not be held to ransom for your images, so make sure all of the hi-resolution edited images are included in the total cost. The last thing you want to be doing is shelling out more money in order to be able to print your images. A wedding photographer should, in my opinion, should always give you these, but it’s not always the case.

If you are choosing a videographer for the day, make sure the wedding photographer and the videographer compliment each other. If you have gone to all the effort trying to find someone who offers documentary wedding photography (also known as reportage wedding photography) and who is going to fit in with your day, don’t then go and book a traditional videographer, who is going to make you walk hand in hand in slow motion down a path. I have worked with, and recommend offbeat films.

Make sure your photographer can offer you good advice on albums and photo books. There are so many different options out there. At this point, the important thing is to make sure you choose someone that can provide the images you want. Then once you have the images, you can choose the way that you would like to show them off.  Don’t let the book be offputting as you could always do it yourself in the future, or ask another professional wedding photographer in Cheltenham or anywhere to do this for you.

Most of my couples choose me because I do not offer a ‘traditional’ outtake on wedding photography. I offer documentary wedding photography (also known as reportage wedding photography), I combine some group shots with a mixture of natural and spontaneous off-beat shots and I always give you the hi-resolution edited images.

If all of the above sounds right for you please feel free to check out my blog for the wedding photography in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, the UK and abroad here >

If you already think I might be a good fit for your vision, or you would like to discuss anything you’ve read or if you have questions, please contact me here >


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