What is a documentary style photographer?

In my portfolio you will see a lot of “big wow” shots, the images with multiple lights, complicated techniques, pushing the limits of what is possible by “taking the studio outdoors” but a huge part of my work is capturing memories, capturing those special timeless moments that will never ever happen again that will be treasured forever by generations.

So, for example, you may be planning your wedding and you will see various terms thrown round by photographers such as documentary-style, Photojournalistic, emotive-style, repotage, candid….I could keep going, it’s confusing isn’t it, they are all in the same thing really! Lets not go in to the terms photographers use to describe their style classic, fine art, contemporary, modern….even more confusion!

So, lets get down to it, what exactly is a documentary (or any of the other 1333455 other terms now used) style photographer? For me it is not interfering with the proceedings of the day, I want to photograph real people being themselves, the laughs, the tears, the fun, the wonderful moments that happen between you and loved ones! It is photographing the day without people really noticing you are there. Photographs that are treasured for years, the thought of my couples looking through the photos I took on their 10th, 25th, or even 50th wedding anniversary is really pretty amazing, it’s a true privilege to do so.

So, I hear you wondering “Jenny, which are you?” and the answer is I am not sure what I am, I capture beautiful portraits, I capture beautiful moments and I am a photographer who loves what I do, that is what “sort of” photographer I am!

Here’s a few of my favourite “Documentary Style” photos from weddings, I loved looking back through all the weddings I have done to pick out a few for you to look at, all these images are so special for the couples and their family and friends too, what a privilege it is to capture treasured memories!

Bridal / groom prep

It’s where it all begins on your wedding day, this is always a great time for natural shots of a fun and sometimes emotional part of the day, just pretend I am not even there. I can do both bride and groom preparations if you are getting ready nearby one another!

The Ceremony-Of course during the ceremony is about capturing the vows between the bride and groom, the ring exchange, the first kiss (all gorgeous) but for me it’s so more than that, it’s about capturing your guests and their emotions too, as a couple you won’t see these moments until you see your photos!

I couldn’t possibly miss out the time this wonderful vicar who brought round his “mystery bag” during the ceremony and everyone had to guess what was in it…I bet you can’t guess!

The Reception– By this time on your wedding day the getting ready/bridal prep/groom prep/ is done, and the ceremony has finished, most people are used to me being part of the day, I blend in to the background, my style is very discreet and not intrusive, this goes back to my love of photographing people being themselves, this allows me to wander around and capture all the fun of your wedding day celebrations in a very natural way. I capture the moments couples may not even see themselves!

Let’s paaarrtaaaaay, I started my photographer career photographing parties/events, I love capturing people having a great time on the dance floor!

Documentary Style images can often make beautiful portraits too!

  Are you planning your wedding day? If so, why not give me a call to discuss your requirements on 074295459379 or drop me an email to jenny@jennyfozardphotography.com. For further details of my wedding packages click here.

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