the beauty and timelessness of
Reportage WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
WHY REPORTAGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
Documentary / candid / natural / reportage wedding photography. All words that describe an approach, a practice, an intention. But simplicity in its description doesn’t mean its simple in practice.
Not all photographers approach unposed scenes with the same mindset or the same talent.
It is an artform. At its most base level, unposed wedding photos would be just a formal record, a document of who attended, what the venue looked like, and what you wore. But in the hands of a skilled photographer, those very same scenes would be transformed into art. Imagine that: Pictures full of depth and character, rich in feeling and full of interest.
A BEAUTIFUL, SOULFUL REMINDER OF YOUR DAY
If there is one thing that make us appreciate what we have is when what we have is no longer there. If there is one thing that make us grateful are the memories that we keep and the feelings they create. Pictures help. They’re not the legacy or the only thing that’s left behind, but they can be a conduit of all things sad, happy, joyful, bitter – memories.
My father passed away just before Christmas 2016. The sense of loss and the immediate desire to cling onto his memory meant we, his three children, began a scramble for reminders of him. We reminisced over stories, swept through his belongs (he was particularly adept at hoarding kitchen appliances and glass jars) and spent days digging out old photos. We found ancient, leatherette, self-adhesive albums; floating prints wedged in old boxes, digital files on memory cards and up in the cloud.
We came across my sister’s wedding album from 5 years ago. An amazing day. She had two wedding photographers who did a great job of doing what they were tasked to do. The photos were creative in composition, correct in their use of light, artistic in their editing, and all key events were covered without missing a beat. In short, they provided a beautiful showcase for wonderful occasion and amongst the many photos were some of my dad.
My cousin was also in attendance, happily snapping away in between the festivities. She grabbed a shot of our dads together, brothers in arms and slightly worse for wear. It was a snapshot purely to capture what was in front of her, without an agenda for creating art, or making something significant, but it also turns out to be our favourite picture of him. It’s aesthetic was raw, it’s representation was true.
is often quoted within photographic circles from those who champion untainted realism as the highest artform, but the Robert Frank then continues “…. realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph”.
As a London wedding photographer – that is, somebody who is privileged to be a witness at someone’s special day, attended by people being the very best of themselves – I’m mindful of creating something meaningful as well as beautiful. They’re not mutually exclusive, and the very best wedding photojournalists straddle that line perfectly.
When there is conviction and dedication to the craft (and a smattering of talent), the candid picture is a beautiful art-form: Fleeting moments timed to perfection, beautifully framed compositions and (if the photography gods are feeling kind), some kind of light – the result is photography that is compelling, interesting, possessing of feeling, and sometimes with the ability to astonish.