I want to take a minute and dedicate a page to explaining more about my style and how it gets categorised. There are a lot of buzz words surrounding various styles of wedding photography, including the ever misused ‘wedding photojournalist’.
Wedding photojournalism, contrary to what most wedding photographers portray, is NOT simply sniping headshots of smiling faces from 50 metres away using a super telephoto lens. Being a wedding photojournalist is about being unobtrusive but also getting in close to the action, building a rapport with the couple and guests and authentically capturing the whole story of the day.
Ultimately it is about telling the true story of the day and not interfering or directing the action in any way. A wedding photojournalist won’t ask you to strike any poses, require you to stop to pose for the camera or otherwise need you to act like a model in order to capture a half decent shot.
True wedding photojournalism is perhaps the most ‘extreme’ of the various descriptions of this ‘hands off’ approach and many true wedding photojournalists believe in being totally separate from the action. Some won’t even take group shots as they want not part in affecting the flow of the day.
I’m happy to say I’m not that extreme! I do follow the main theme of being unobtrusive and not directing the action but I will certainly shoot any group shots you want and I also enjoy doing the odd informal portrait shoot.
I use quite wide angle lenses when I shoot a wedding which allows me to capture the whole scene while still being in close to the action. This gives my wedding photography a very personal and intimate feel, capturing true authentic moments that are free from cheesey poses or stilted smiles.
These photos stand the test of time and will be an amazing record to look back on even in 20 or 30 years time.