Documentary Wedding Photography
In case you are wondering "what exactly is documentary wedding photography?" and whether or not it's what you really want, this post will hopefully clarify it for you. As per the Tate London's website, Documentary Photography is defined as: "...a style of photography that provides a straightforward and accurate representation of people, places, objects and events." What it means as applied to wedding photography is that unlike traditional wedding photographers I will not direct the action in any way. I won't do posed, formal shots and I won't tell anyone to move this way or that - I won't even move or arrange objects (flowers, drink glasses, cake, etc) to a more advantageous position. I am there to document, not direct. As such, my images are 100% authentic and unrehearsed. This is what documentary photography is.
Sometimes people think all "candid" photos are documentary photos, and that is not always the case. I've seen candid shots that were entirely set up, in that the photographer told the people where to walk or how to move, and although the results do not look posed, as such, the images were directed, the action intentional to the photo itself.
Below I give a two examples of posed shots versus documentary style photos:
For my money, nothing beats truly authentic, documentary style photos; nothing more effectively captures the true emotion and unrehearsed moments of this, your most special of days.
A professional documentary wedding photographer NYC is the best choice for your wedding if you appreciate these types of candid photos. The photos should speak for themselves and be special to you. Documentary wedding photography is also called photojournalistic or candid because the photos are real and not posed. When you visit a photographer’s studio or their website, you can see just how beautifully they take a simple photo and make it emotional by their photography style and presentation.
Look through my site and decide if you’d like me to document your day. If you’d like to enquire about my availability or you have a question about documentary-style wedding photography, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (646) 339-3336