The term ‘Reportage Wedding Photographer’ is one of the most misused in the whole of the wedding photography industry. I’d like to take a little time to clarify what it really means and how the true meaning of the term fits my approach.
Firstly, if you’d like to see some examples of my work then head over to the wedding photography portfolio or wedding gallery pages where you will be able to see thousands of photos from over hundreds of weddings photographed in a reportage (aka documentary) style.
I’ve also written extensively about the incorrect use of ‘reportage wedding photography’ to describe a group of photographs focused on 'sniping' headshots of people from vast distances with long lenses. There is a basic idea that if someone isn’t looking at the camera, it’s a reportage photograph and that’s just plain wrong!
Ultimately, it’s about capturing the story of the day, it’s not about isolated portraits or photos of shoes or made up posed photos. It’s about telling a genuine and authentic story - capturing the atmosphere and the setting, photographing the action (and the reaction) and more often than not, photographing subjects within context.
It is using the skill of the photographer to create emotive and powerful images which will evoke memories for years to come and it doesn’t matter the size of the wedding, following this ethos is a fantastic way to create powerful images at any event.
It’s a hands off approach that focuses on letting couples and guests relax, forget the photographer is even there and simply go about enjoying themselves. I work really hard to build up a great rapport with you and guests alike so that I can get in close and catch those brilliant funny and touching moments that make a wedding so special.
Read a more in-depth series of articles on the subject - 'What is reportage wedding photography'.