I have questioned my style of photography over the last year or so, particularly when I shoot a wedding. I have looked at all the beautiful new blogs around (some of which I have had worked featured on) and other wedding photographer’s work and then for a few moments I think should I concentrate more on the detail, on the portrait, that I should get “quirky” or even go vintage which seems to be the “in thing”. All of which I love for different reasons but its just not me. I am a documentary wedding photography. I love to capture a moment, a fleeting moment in time… once there and then gone. I like to photograph the reality and truth in a wedding. Documentary photography is not about staging moments. If you have to ask well its just not a moment. As beautiful as the dress, rings and hands are those are cliché’s often taken at weddings… details of the day.
Having said that I do take detail pictures but I do not dwell on them. I feel its important that if the bride has gone to 20 florists before she has chosen her bouquet for the day then she needs to look back and remember how beautiful it looked in her hands and on the table and if the groom is wearing his fathers watch then again it is important to record. And when I do stage shots at each location I try to make them as natural as I can.
But I just cant get away from those “moments”. The moment when dad sees his little girl for the first time in her beautiful dress, and the moment when her almost new husband lays eyes on her as she walks down the aisle, loved ones reactions, moments when things don’t go to plan and the veil gets stuck, the laughter, the joy, the tears and the fun and the first dance as Mr and Mrs.
So I am back on track and I will be seeking out more and more wonderful moments at the wedding I will be shooting this year because…..
I truly believe that in 1, 2, 5, 10 or 20 years time when you look at your wedding pictures again or when you dust the one you had framed it will be you, your family, your friends, their expressions and emotion that will take you back to how you felt on one of the the most wonderful days of your life…..