You've probably seen the phrase a hundred times in your hunt for the perfect wedding photographer: "Documentary style" or "Reportage photography", but what does it all mean? Well, in a nutshell documentary photography is all about capturing the moments, being unobtrusive and snapping away at the natural interactions of the guests without the more 'old school' posing and arranging. The reason why I'm telling you this is that I also choose to shoot weddings in this way.
My job is to blend into the background, be part of the crowd and be one of the guests, being in the right place at the right time to capture those natural moments. The moments that cannot be staged - that spontaneous laughter, that cute moment where you think nobody is looking: That's what I aim to capture.
Other than the shots which you specifically request on the day, I won't stage a single shot that we haven't already talked about. From the moment I meet you until the moment I leave, everything I capture will be completely of the moment. I can document it all, from the bride preparation, ceremony, speeches and first dance right through to the guests relaxing after the ceremony and enjoying the day with you.
Instead of meeting for the first time with me wielding my camera, desperate to capture you on your big day, I really like being able to photograph you both two or three months before the wedding. This way we get to meet each other in person and find out a little about each other and more importantly, you have a chance to get used to having the camera in front of you so that by the time your big day arrives you see getting your photo taken as second nature! An engagement shoot also gives me the ability to see how you both react to the camera: How natural you are around it and how easily you take to completely ignoring me and being natural in front of it.
A session like this can last anywhere between one to two hours and we'll come away with a good range of photos of you both which are yours to keep.
It should be a fun session and one that goes a long way to helping your big day flow even more smoothly.