There are many styles of wedding photography. These styles can range from the traditional to the formal to creative posing. However, the hands-off style of photography called documentary style is perhaps the most unobtrusive way to capture the moments of the day in a very natural way. This allows loved ones to remember the day just as it unfolded. There will be no posing and gathering everyone together to take the pictures. The photographer connects with friends and family and follows the emotions of the day, without putting any pressure on the family or their guests.
The documentary style focuses on a narrative, contextual style so that
it builds a comprehensive story of the wedding day from the preparations
at home, right through to the dancing relatives later on in the
evening. The idea here is to create photographs that capture real
moments in the order that they occur. The photographs that are produced
will be something that is a powerful work of art that will be treasured
for a lifetime.
With the documentary style photography, the day can proceed naturally,
without all the fumbling with posing for photographs. The bride, the
family and the guests can go about the day and be able to ignore the
camera. With the documentary style, there is an element of storytelling
that will unfold. The photographs created will tell exactly what the day
was like, not just that it took place.
The documentary style applies professional skills and honed talent to
tell the story of the entire wedding day. This is not to say that guests
will be followed around and the camera will continuously snap like the
paparazzi, quite the contrary. There is a lot of thought that goes into a
good documentary style photograph. It truly is an art that is created
as the events progress. The best shots happen when a very observant
photographer sees a memorable, precious moment and captures it as it
happens. This is a very fluid, artistic capability, that evolves with
each passing moment of the wedding.
Those interested in having this style of photography for their wedding
choose it because the results are simple, pure, and not highly
interpreted. The sanctity of these images and their truths will be as
highly valued now, as they will be 25 years from now. The photographs
are a progression of time, yet will have a timeless effect that is
This style of wedding photography is not merely a linear progression of
the day, but a progression mixed with timing, combined with an artistic
talent that no other style of photography can present.