Documentary wedding photography is story-telling! There is no posing, no direction, no “say cheese”, no feeling awkward, …………basically nothing is fake!
If you like the sound of documentary wedding photography, carry on reading.
In my opinion, this approach to wedding photography is the best way to re-tell the story of your wedding day. It produces natural photographs with no posing or direction from the photographer, and therefore it’s about documenting real moments and memories.
Another name for Documentary Wedding Photography is Candid Wedding Photography, and as well as producing what I believe are the best images from any moment, you can simply relax, have fun and enjoy your wedding day.
What do you think your wedding day is about? Is it a photoshoot? Is it a portrait session? A wedding day is a true celebration of two people coming together to promise to love and support each other forever. This amazing declaration is made in front of all their family and close friends, and the day should be spent celebrating that love!
The goal of Steve Chaplin Photography is to create awesome wedding photographs, at the same time as letting couples enjoy their wedding day.
I completely understand that some couples and some photographers want to treat parts of a wedding day like a directed photo shoot, but I’m not like that and it’s certainly not documentary wedding photography! Real documentary wedding photography from Steve Chaplin Photography involves no posing, no direction, as the “subject” should be left alone to carry with the wedding day.
Candid wedding photography and documentary wedding photography enables your guests to be happier! Wedding guests often tell me how overjoyed they are with my approach that leaves them to enjoy the wedding; they’re usually quite shocked by it as they expect wedding photographers to boss them around. That’s why candid wedding photography works so well for everyone who wants to celebrate and have lots of fun on a wedding day.
Recently as a documentary wedding photographer in Manchester I experienced lots of great reasons why this is the best style and approach for a wedding day. Guests could celebrate, chat, reminisce, and have fun without me directing anyone through the day. You can see in the below photograph how people connect with each other and there are true moments that the bride and groom will treasure forever! Moments and stories are priceless, but staring and posing at the camera doesn’t say anything and should be left for selfies 😊