Entries in wedding photography styles (1)
Over this next week or so I'm going to be writing a three-part article on the blog. This series of ramblings will not only be aimed at customers looking for an explanation into why I believe so strongly in my particular style of wedding photography but should also be helpful to aspiring, narrative-based wedding photographers who subscribe to my blog.
As you can guess from the title, I hope to explain, with a level of clarity that I personally feel is necessary within the wedding industry, the term 'reportage'. In the following posts I hope to show you, with the aid of a sample commission, exactly why at present it is a very misleading, misunderstood and ultimately misused term when used to describe a particular style wedding photography.
'Reportage is a technique of documentary or photojournalism that tells a story entirely through pictures'
Successful reportage wedding photography requires a 'hands off' approach and so, understandably, gives many people the impression that it's incredibly easy to achieve. Therefore much of the reportage wedding photography out there is not reportage at all but merely misinformed snapshots, almost amateur in delivery and predominantly consisting of isolated head-shots of smiley faces. It's often devoid of information and narrative - and rarely in context.