A few weeks back I presented a workshop entitled “What is Reportage Wedding Photography?” at a wedding photography convention in London.
I thought the best way to explore the idea of it, was to show some simple images, that I believe support my idea of wedding photojournalism.
Here is that Photo film and its my take on What is Reportage Wedding Photography. It’s only 20 images:
I selected images that I think represent my take on the What is Reportage Wedding Photography question.
Some of these images are three years old, some of them less than two months old at the time of writing this.
I always strive for my images to tell a story, and to that end, none of my wedding photography is staged or contrived in any way.
I think this ticks the boxes for the noun Reportage.
When I’m photographing weddings I’m usually looking for different angles to the norm.
Angles that perhaps will get a bit more context in that maybe your average guest with an iPhone would spot.
Sometimes, the angles I shoot and the scenes I photograph dictate that its not necessarily the bride or groom that are simply stood grinning at the camera,
Rather, I’m looking at the whole picture and try to encompass that in the story told.
When I’m shooting my weddings, I’m looking for good light, good composition and a good moment. If all three of those come together in any one image, then I believe it will be a very strong wedding photograph.
You will probably have noticed that the Wedding Photofilm above is all black and white.
This is primarily because it formed a panel of photographs, and it makes sense for the whole panel to be in monochrome (or, all in colour).
The reality is that around 70% of my wedding photography is black and white, but when colour is an obvious element of a photograph, then it will remain in colour.
As you can see from the image to the left, if you drag the slider, you will get an appreciation of an image that screams colour.
Black and White v Colour
I’ve written a whole piece discussing the differences between black and white wedding photography and colour wedding photography.
There is absolutely a place for both in reportage wedding photography.
When I’m shooting (and you can read more about this in my approach page) I always try to concentrate on three core principles:
- Human Interaction
- Eye Contact
When I was trying to answer this question of “What is Reportage Wedding Photography?” at the convention, I found myself coming back to these three areas repeatedly.
Its so important to me that the natural course of the wedding takes place, and at every single wedding I’ve shot (over 300), there has never been a time where I didn’t witness all three of the above happening.
Humour can happen of course at any time too and I think that weddings, as a fun and vibrant even, always include a certain amount of humour of course.
Human interaction, in the form of hugs, kisses, simple touches of the hand occur all the time.
Want to read a bit more about Reportage Wedding Photography?
Reportage Wedding Photography is a considered, storytelling approach to wedding photography…