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.