Unposed Wedding Photography – Natural and Documentary

Unposed Wedding Photography – Natural and Documentary

From natural, documentary and unposed wedding photography, to the more formal and posed, coverage from one wedding photographer to the next varies greatly in its feel. It varies not only in terms of the finished images, but also in the way the photographs are taken on the day.

Many couples would rather the photographer didn’t over-take the proceedings and just gently blended in nicely with the day. Some formals, absolutely, nicely done and made good fun for everyone, but lots of informals too. On the other hand, many other couples love their photographer to take an extremely prominent part in the day. directing the proceedings and producing an album of immaculate, highly choreographed photographs.

When choosing your photographer, it’s so worthwhile viewing lots of their images and having a really good chat with them to see how they would fit in with your perfect day.

 

Arriving at a church wedding. Unposed wedding photography

 

Technically speaking the true documentary or reportage wedding photographer will take a completely hands-off approach. They almost “hide in the bushes”.  But to obtain really beautiful results working like that is quite rare. More generally a balance is struck. Personally I do engage with everyone. This puts people at ease with the camera and I think it helps get the best from the day. Guests are comfortable and relaxed. I find that a few group photographs, done swiftly and in an affable and fun manner can be a really pleasant part of the day and helps everyone to feel involved. A few lovely portraits too, but making sure that the photography doesn’t take over the proceedings, rather making for a really enjoyable part of their day.

A large proportion of my coverage is unposed, relaxed and natural. Documentary, reportage photography. I use high calibre cameras that are quiet and less inbtrusive, so that everyone is happy to just get on with your wonderful day.

You can see some comments from other couples here.

As ever it’s the photographs that do the talking. So here’s a selection of natural and unposed photographs – I hope you enjoy them!

 

A bridesmaid prepares the bride's hair in front of a mirror in this wedding photograph

 

A bridesmaid prepares the bride's hair in front of a mirror in this wedding photograph

 

bridesmaids tie bride's dress in front of a large window in this unposed wedding photograph taken at The Maynard in Derbyshire, near Sheffield

 

Reportage photographer

 

finishing bride's make-up in front of a large window in this wedding photograph taken at The Maynard in Derbyshire, near Sheffield

 

Bridesmaid help the bride with her dress before the wedding in Bakewell, Derbyshire near Sheffield

 

Priests arrive at the doorway of a Sheffield Church ready for a wedding.

 

A pageboy arrives in a vintage car for a wedding, with his nose pressed against the window in this reportage wedding photography

 

A bride arrives at her church wedding in Derbyshire. Black and white reportage by Sheffield wedding photographer John Mottershaw.

 

Groomsmen welcome guests at Hathersage Church for a Derbyshire wedding service

 

The bride arrives at the doorway at Hathersage Church for her Derbyshire wedding service

 

Bride arrives at the doorway of Hathersage Church in Derbyshire for her wedding ceremony.

 

A bride looks at her groom during the ceremony at Losehill House in Derbyshire. Black and white wedding photograph by documentary and reportage wedding photographer.

 

Bride and groom look at each other happily during their wedding ceremony in Derbyshire

 

Wedding photograph of a bride at Losehill House in the Peak District during her wedding ceremony.

 

Wedding photography taken at Saint Marie's Church in Sheffield. Reportage photograph of bride and groom sitting during the ceremony.

 

A young bridesmaid stands thoughtfully during a wedding ceremony at a church in Buxton. Documentary and reportage photography.

 

A young bridesmaid has fun during a wedding ceremony at a church in Buxton. Documentary and reportage photography.

 

Sideways view of the bride and groom during their wedding ceremony at a church in Buxton

 

The congregation look on as the groom kisses the bride during their outdoor wedding ceremony at Losehill House in Derbyshire.

 

Black and white natural and documentary wedding photography. The congregation enjoy the service at Bakewell Church in Derbyshire.

 

View of the congregation at Bakewell Church whilst singing. Black & white documentary wedding photography.

 

A bridesmaid looks on at the couple during a wedding at Hathersage Church in Derbyshire

 

Signing the register at Bakewell Church in the Derbyshire Peak District. Reportage wedding photograph.

 

Bride and groom look at each other happily during their wedding ceremony in Buxton, Derbyshire

 

bride and groom walk down the aisle, after their wedding at Bakewell Church, Derbyshire

 

Leaving their wedding ceremony at a Buxton Church, the bride and groom look happy as they head towards the church door and on to their reception.

 

Confetti is thrown after a wedding at Bakewell Church in Derbyshire. Documentary reportage wedding photography.

 

A friend hugs the bride after a Buxton church wedding.

 

A bridesmaid hands out confetti after a Buxton church wedding.

 

A bride looks at her groom after a ceremony at a church in Derbyshire. Unposed wedding photograph by documentary and reportage wedding photographer.

 

Bride talking to her bridesmaids in the gardens of Thornbridge in Derbyshire

 

Guests walk along to the coach house for the breakfast at Thornbridge in Derbyshire. Natural, documentary and reportage wedding photography.

 

unposed wedding photograph of the bride and groom walking into the dining room at their wedding reception at The Maynard, near Sheffield.

 

unposed wedding photograph of the groom laughing and joking with his mother-in-law at The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton.

 

groom laughs with his son at the best man as he makes his speech in this black and white wedding photograph at Losehill House.

 

bride laughs at the best man as he makes his speech in this black and white wedding photograph at Losehill House.

 

bride looks with emotion at her father as he makes his speech in this black and white wedding photograph

 

Playing football at an informal wedding reception at Hargate Hall near Buxton, in the evening sunshine.

 

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