WHAT IS NATURAL DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY?
Firstly I don’t ask you to pose at all. I don’t stop the day and set shots up, but instead photograph everything very naturally capturing the honest story of the wedding with real moments. I pretty much tell you to ignore me and not to look at the camera so I can document the day very naturally. This style is called reportage; documentary; natural; storytelling and so on- they all mean the same and it’s a very popular way of shooting weddings at the moment.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS OUTSIDE OF DEVON?
Yes, definitely. I am very lucky to predominantly photograph weddings in Devon and love the photographic opportunities and amazing venues that we have in the area. You can see a collection of venues here that happily recommend me and my photography.
I’m always very excited to travel to photograph a handful of weddings outside of the area each year so do get in touch to tell me your plans. The photograph on the left was taken on top of The Remarkables in Queenstown, New Zealand.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH DETAILS, LIKE THE DRESS, FLOWERS, TABLES ETC?
Yes, I will always photograph your details and we would go through this during a meeting. I will photograph everything very naturally without moving anything around and always will look for detail shots of the dress for example whilst it’s on. Of course, if you want a shot of your dress hanging that’s no problem at all and I would just ask you to have it hanging where you would like it for my arrival. I am not a photographer who is going to go and hang your rings on a branch outside, no cheese please.
I always make sure I am early on a wedding day and will get shots of the venue and all room setups, usually before I even come and say hello to you.
DO YOU STILL PHOTOGRAPH THE FORMAL GROUP SHOTS?
Yes, I still do these and I think they still have an important place in wedding photography for most couples. Of course, I do still have some couples who don’t want any of these and that’s completely fine too, it’s your day and it’s completely your decision.
I always ask for a list of these shots that you would like so that I can move through them as quickly as possible, 8-10 is a good number and I’ll always try and get a full group shot too and make sure everyone is smiling- I have my methods.
DO YOU HAVE A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
I work and photograph on my own at weddings and very rarely feel the need for a second photographer. I have on occasions used a second shooter but this has been for very large weddings with over 200 guests.
I have been photographing weddings for 12 years now and know where and when I have to be somewhere to capture a moment and tell the story of the wedding day, moving quickly and discreetly around- have a look at some kind words here from past couples which tells you more about my approach on the day.