Reportage Wedding Photography, it can be re-lived a thousand times after.
Traditional wedding photographs tend to be pictures with fixed smiles and rigid poses. Reportage or Documentary Wedding Photography is different in the sense that it captures the real emotions and feelings, the hustle, bustle, the tears and the laughter, in such a manner that it tells a story of the action on the day. It is the authentic capturing of different interesting moments
Photographers, like me, who specialise in this kind of Natural Wedding Photography, are also known as Reportage Wedding Photographers. We do not plan or script your wedding pictures, but just document them, in all their spontaneity, as a series of pictures that tell the story. Here even a single frame can have activity display in the foreground, maybe like the couple dancing and, at the same time showing what is happening in the background of maybe guests clapping and laughing or hugging or enjoying a glass of champagne. Rather than capturing mechanical poses, Photojournalistic wedding photography is about the ability to recognise the “decisive moment” and capture a photograph precisely when it cannot be any better or worse…the perfect picture.
Photojournalistic Wedding Photographer has a sharp eye for discerning what can make for an interesting picture. He does not orchestrate a frame but is a keen observer who records the event and makes sure he is in no way a part of the event.
We know of wedding photographers who take static pictures making the bride and groom pose in unnatural contrived poses or herding together groups and urging them to say “cheese”! This controlled approach does not make for natural photographs. But the digital age, with the ability for cameras to take a series of pictures, the photojournalist is able to capture beautiful moments like the bride adjusting her dad’s bow tie as they wait to walk into the church or the page boy trying to peek under the long flowing white trail of the bride! These pictures cannot but bring a smile to the viewer in later years and makes them feel like they’ve been a part of the whole experience!
In short, the art of photography lies in the ability to capture the perfect natural poses, which reflect true emotions of the time.
In the interests of clarity, this type of wedding photography has several names but essentially, they all mean the same thing: Reportage, Documentary, Photojournalistic & Natural Wedding Photography all relate to the photographers ability to accurately and sympathetically tell the story of your wedding day, unobtrusively.