My Documentary Wedding Photography Approach

“It’s hard to remember that this day will never come again. That the time is now and the place is here and that there are no second chances at a single moment.”

– Jeanette Winterson

My approach to documentary wedding photography is to be unobtrusive, respecting the integrity and flow of your wedding day.  You may have heard or witnessed the photographer who was bossy as old boots, or who took the wedding party away for bloomin’ ages.  I believe moments unfold when you let them…so I let them.  

I look for moments first – gestures, interactions, emotions, energy – because I believe your wedding photos should be a timeless heirloom, a record of a day that becomes more valuable as time passes by and the only things that remains timeless are real, authentic moments.

Weddings are a celebration of love and when the two of you are sitting down with a glass of wine or a cup of tea deciding who celebrates with you, you’re choosing the people who matter most.

My candid approach to story-telling takes in the full length and breadth of your day…people and the things they do; details; space; a few relaxed portraits; all the people that matter to you and all those things you’ve imagined.  

During the day, you’ll notice me.  I’m not a fly-on-the wall or a ninja-with-a-Fuji but someone who is part of your wedding day.  You’ll notice me because I mingle, chat, laugh and in the evening, I’ll bust out a move or two.  My photography isn’t just about quiet observation and waiting for things to unfold…it’s about being in the thick of it, feeling connections and doing the best i can to inscribe it into a image. Maybe you’ve heard it before but i want to make you feel.

This Is What I Do

Timeless Colour

About 90 percent of images I deliver are in colour because…well, because life is rich with colour. You won’t get filters that shout vintage, autumnal browns, or ‘aged industrial grit’ (yes, there is such a thing).  My editing is natural and light in touch to ensure the images speak for themselves, and for them to remain timeless in years to come. 

Emotions

What are weddings without happiness and what is happiness without expressions?  Smiles of recognition, laughter of the moment, tears of joy and sometimes tinged with sadness – all captured to be remembered for years to come.

Quiet Moments

We have those big moments that happen on wedding days.  The first kiss, the first dance, the revealing of the dress…those must have shots that can’t be missed.  But weddings are full of little narratives that create your wedding day story. I’m there to capture those moments in between. 

Group Shots

Group shots: Although my approach is predominantly documentary wedding photography.  I’m also of the mind that weddings are for everyone and for some, group shots are important in that they provide a formal record of attendance, as well as grandma’s living room centerpiece.  We’ll communicate before the day to make sure these are done quickly so you and your guests can relax and just enjoy the day.

Your Little Details

I take pictures of everything.  Quite often these little details are hand chosen or hand-made so whether it’s table settings, cake, gifts or flowers..I’ll assume that everything is important and will make sure those details are part of your pictures. 

Portraits

Think of them as your time alone from the maddening crowd.  My portraits are relaxed, fun and free from cheesy headbutts.  Let me know if you want a few and I’ll grab you when I feel you need a break.  

Layers and Depth

Pictures that tell a story are the holy grail of a documentary photographer, and a picture that successfully captures multiple characters and emotions in a single frame can give endless storytelling possibilities to that one moment in time.  A photo full of layers can be aesthetically dynamic and rich in emotions.

I’m Visible

Being unobtrusive doesn’t mean I’m invisible.  It means I won’t order you around or stage ‘moments’.  It also means I’m there for you if you need me.  Ask me about about button holes, how to cut the cake, the best first dance songs (in my opinion).  I’ve documented over 200 weddings and I put that experience to good use, even if it’s just as a reassuring presence.  

Say Hello

You’re spontaneous, in-the-moment, creative and you want something a little different from the norm. You value real moments: that there are possibilities for amusing and serendipitous to go with the extraordinarily beautiful, because you know a great song isn’t just a rousing chorus, or a fairy-tale isn’t full of Cinderellas! I’d love to hear from you if this sounds like your cup of tea. I’m based near London and Surrey and can be contacted at +44 7480 254 230 or hello@waynela.com.