Documentary wedding photography is the freest form of photography, for both subject and photographer. I am given creative freedom to be inspired by the moment capturing reality. Real life is strange and beautiful, its funny, interesting, it can’t be staged or made up. Imagination is limited, real life has infinite possibilities.
I capture what happens naturally, very few of my images are constructed. A photographer can affect the message of an image contextually through composition, what they leave in or exclude from the frame. We all have unique perspectives, documentary photography allows people to examine themselves from the outside, a mirror can only show you facing it. Photographing weddings is not just a job. Capturing what unfolds naturally allows me to explore emotions, live vicariously, and ultimately give you the ability to relive memories frozen in time.
Anyone can make an image look like it was shot on film; exaggerate simulated imperfections such as faded blacks, muted greens and utilize split-toning. The problem is, its much harder to restore an image back to how it originally looked once it has been heavily processed and saved as an 8-bit jpeg. Instead of using one of these one-click presets that everybody owns, I provide my clients with images that are more true to life or what they actually experienced on the day.
Use of Flash
Do you use a flash? It depends – on whether the venue permits it and the amount of ambient light in the room. I usually bounce flash to create a soft flattering light with feathered shadows, however sometimes this is not possible. It depends how high the ceilings are and what colour they are painted (sounds more technical than it actually is). If I can get away with not using flash I will always opt for that, as it shows what everything looked like on the day to the human eye, the trade-off is that the images may have some noise/grain. For low light situations I generally convert these photos to black and white as mixed lighting of daylight and tungsten can cause unflattering skin-tones that are either too blue or orange. Photography is all about compromise, just do the best you can with the lighting and environment given.