As a documentary style wedding photographer in Norfolk most of my time at weddings is spent anticipating my next shot. It’s all about keeping my eyes and ears peeled and ensuring that I’m in the right place at the right time. Throughout much of the day I find myself discreetly following the bride and groom around as they work their way between different groups of family and friends. I find it most enjoyable to document the very short lived real moments as they greet one another, hug, laugh and cry together. But timing these shots just right to capture that split second of a perfect moment is what can make or break a great photo.
When shooting documentary style, capturing real moments, you don’t often have time to compose the shot or choose a pleasing background. Quite often especially at indoor venues, I find that there will be something random in the shot such as a fire extinguisher, fire exit or rubbish bin, but sometimes it just can’t be helped, so it’s either capture the moment or miss out on it completely. Also the amount of times that I’ve had shots ruined where someone walks straight into the frame as I hit the shutter button – it can be very frustrating at times, but it’s all part of the game, and at the end of the day, if it wasn’t such a challenge it wouldn’t be any fun, would it?
Here’s a random handful of images from a selection of weddings to show you what documentary style wedding photography is all about. I’ve chosen black and white images because in my opinion they are way more immersive than colour photos. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea so I do apologise, and I’ll make sure that the next post shows off some stunning Fuji colours!
So what do you think?
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