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 completely take over the proceedings and just gently blended in nicely with the day. Some formals, absolutely, nicely done and made good fun for everyone. Then 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. That’s a purely personal choice and depends how you’d like your day to pan out.
Unposed wedding photography or posed and choreographed throughout?
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.
On a typical wedding day, I do take beautiful photographs of the two of you. We have great fun and it makes for a lovely part of the day. Most couples like to have a few group photographs too. Again these can be made into a really enjoyable and special part of your day, but I never never like these to take over. Just a really nice part of the wedding. As for the rest – lots of candids, details and generally a lovely story of your day. A really nice balance where experience definitely comes in.
So I’ve set aside a page here just for the non-formal photographs. I hope you enjoy them.
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 something really enjoyable.
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!