You get to see things you didn’t even know happened.
The bride and groom are obviously the most important people at a wedding – and will obviously be in lots of the photos – but they can’t be everywhere at once, and good documentary wedding photographers know this. Not only do they know this, but they also massively appreciate how there are hardly any occasions in life where the people closest to you – both family and friends – are all in one place.
So, they will capture the moment your Aunt has a little doze after drinking one too many glasses of champagne; the time your friend from uni splits his trousers on the dancefloor; the moment your nephew decides picking his nose during the ceremony is a much more interesting use of his time….some of which – or all of which – you didn’t even witness yourself on the wedding day. You can literally look at your wedding images, and see things you didn’t even know had taken place. Pretty magical, I think.
It’s perfect if you’re camera shy or self-conscious.
Hands up if this applies to you (I know it does to me!). It’s totally natural to feel like this; so many of us have our insecurities, and it can be scary to think we’re going to be photographed all day. However, that’s where another key benefit of wedding photojournalism appears, as these photographers won’t be asking you to pose, or repeat things, or look at the camera – their very goal is to capture moments while you’re totally unaware they’re doing so.
You capture the raw emotions.
There is nothing quite like a wedding when it comes to witnessing a truly myriad of emotions – it’s one of the reasons why so many photographers are drawn to weddings in the first place, as capturing emotion is both so thrilling, and incredibly rewarding.
And, do you know what? Obviously, these moments of raw emotion can’t be staged. They just can’t be re-created or set up; that’s just not the way emotion works. So, if you want these to be captured, you need to hire someone with the documentary skills to get them. It sounds simple, but it’s really not; capturing emotion is an art – just as reportage wedding photography as a whole is an art.
There’s no shouty/bossy photographer around, running/ruining your day; instead, we’re unobtrusive, and often get mistaken for guests.
And that’s a very good thing! Yes, a lot of documentary wedding photographers get asked ‘how do you know the couple, then?’, as guests think that the photographers are actually guests – and this is because the photographer hasn’t been controlling the day, barking orders, or telling people what to do, but rather blending in with the crowd, almost-invisibly capturing moments without people being aware.
You can relax and just enjoy your wedding day.
There are so many things to be thinking about on your wedding; we don’t want photography to be one of them. When you hire someone who excels at documentary wedding photography, you can relax and just enjoy your day, safe in the knowledge that all those important moments are being captured. And though some photographers may still take you away for a few portraits (if you want that, of course) or group shots (again, only if you want them), they won’t be taking you away from your guests for hours, like traditional photographers sometimes do.
It’s your wedding, not a photoshoot, so just go about having the time of your lives, rather than posing in front of a camera all day.
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