I’ve been a reportage wedding photographer, professionally, for some years now but my style and appreciation for documentary images is always evolving.

My chosen style of wedding photography is not unique, but I do hope that I offer something a little different to the brides and grooms that choose me to photograph their wedding. For those that have had me as their photographer in the past, they will know that I am a simple observer during the wedding day. I mingle and interact like a guest. I actually don’t want to be noticed if possible and that’s what a lot of my clients love about the way I work.

Many people see reportage wedding photography as simply snapshots of the “candid” moments during the day. There is more to it than that. A lot more.

As a Reportage Wedding Photographer, when it comes to the images I look out for during a wedding day I have a very specific way of working.  I really look out for moments of interaction between people using touch and eye contact.  I genuinely believe that a bland image can transform into a very special moment simply by the shifting of the eyes.  In the slideshow below, please keep a look out for the contact between people – either physical touch or eye contact.

When it comes to kids I could photograph them all day long.  Having two small children of my own I simply adore the way they think and play.  When small children are involved, I often wait until that eye contact I mentioned above is actually with me the photographer.  A child looking straight at the camera can make a wonderful moment too.  Again, watch out for that in the images below and hopefully you will see what I mean.

Some people in the wedding industry think that reportage photography is all about grumpy faces and morbid expressions.  This is so far from the truth.  I actively look for those interactions that are humorous and will often sit back and wait whilst a conversation develops in the expectation of some raucous laughter to follow.

The following video is small selection of some of my favourite black and white reportage wedding photographs I have shot over the last twelve months or so. Its about ten minutes long, and has a sound track. Please sit back and enjoy – and of course, feel free to comment or share with your friends.

Hopefully you will also see I have a great love of Silhouette photography from the video above.  As a reportage wedding photographer I work 99% of the time with natural light, and sometimes reducing the light is as powerful as introducing the light into the scene.

The style of reportage wedding photography that I strive towards is very sympathetic and an authentic record of your wedding day, in pictures.  I don’t orchestrate anything and my clients are free to enjoy their wedding day without the often laborious pre-scheduled photo shoot.  I work quickly and with my Canon and Fuji X100 cameras I really try and get right into the action as well as capturing those more intimate moments that you may never even have noticed happening on the wedding day.

The Fuji X100 has opened up a whole new world for me as a reportage wedding photographer and many of the images in the slideshow were shot with this camera.  In fact, a couple were even shot on an iPhone believe it or not.

2011 was a wonderful year for me.  I shot nearly sixty weddings and there are images in the above slideshow from every one.  I travelled the length and breadth of the country and shot at some amazing wedding venues.  Every single one of my clients gave me wonderful feedback, for which I am very grateful.  2012 will see me shooting less weddings, but each and every one of them will be treated with the same care and attention as all the others.

As discussed in my Approach Page many of my images are not technically perfect.  They are sometimes slightly soft and often don’t conform to “the rule of thirds” etc.  Whilst I have an appreciation of the technicalities of photography and adhere to those principles where possible, the most important thing for me in a wedding photograph is “the moment” – not whether the F stop and ISO were perfectly correct.  You can see an example of this in on of my Image of the Week discussions.

I’m going to be adding to this page over time, so please feel free to book mark and check back as the year progresses. Also, as mentioned, do please leave a comment if you are a past client, future client or another photographer – and feel free to share with your friends too.

26 thoughts on “Reportage Wedding Photographer – 2011 Overview

  1. Awesome work as usual! Hopefully, I’ll even be featured in next years showreel!

  2. Well worth waiting for and such an inspiration, thanks Kev!!!!

  3. Sharron

    Wow, Kevin, the slideshow is simply beautiful. All the images are timeless and evocative. What a fabulous showcase.

  4. Michi w

    So impressive. Absolutery beautiful. Thanks Kevin!

  5. Kevin, you know I am a great admirer of your work, but this is both a great video and a well worded representation of your style of work. Hugely inspirational as always.

  6. Beautiful work Kevin, thanks for sharing.

  7. Gorgeous slideshow. Your work is truly original and inspiring.

  8. A truly beautiful slideshow, Kevin. The images are a testament to your skill not only as a photographer but also as a observer of people. It is obvious from the moments that you capture that you can read situations so well and you know what is going to happen before it does – that takes a lot of experience and dedication and is an art form in itself. Congratulations on a fantastic 2011 and all the very best for 2012, I know it will be another hugely successful year for you :-)

  9. Mick Cookson

    Not bad lad! You should do it for a living….;-)

    Mick

  10. Superb Kevin, simply superb! Beautiful imagery. Enough said.

  11. steven carter hewson

    A masterclass in documentary wedding photography.

  12. Wonderful emotive collection Kevin, just beautiul. The consistency is what strikes me most, which is something I’m striving to achieve. Congrats

  13. Beautiful work Kevin! That last shot of the couple dancing is stunning.

  14. Superb, I love the honesty in these images. And not a single colour – very bold!

  15. Quality documentary photography as ever :) Great post production as well, just right, very dynamic

  16. Aidan Clarkson

    Brilliant stuff well done!

  17. Annabel Farley

    The first time I saw this slide show it brought a tear to my eye, the emotion captured is just incredible. The second and third time did the same! I’m running out of tissues :o)

  18. Tina Cleary

    Your documentary wedding work is stunning and inspiring.

  19. 2011 was indeed a great year for you. I’m sure 2012 will be no different. You’re a great photographer Kevin. Well done mate.

  20. Absolutely stunning, Kevin – there is so much emotion captured in these pictures and the music is beautifully balanced – what is the music, is it possible to buy it? I’ve watched the whole video twice and keep finding something new to appreciate about these photographs – very well done.

  21. A-MAY-ZING! great images and memory making, the music is a true complement. Love it.

  22. Fantastic work Kevin! Looking forward to your 2012
    review!

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