Raw, chaotic, beautiful, emotional, hilarious, joyful, unconventional...
All emotions are encouraged here! Your story will be told as you are. The messiness of life is all beautiful. No need to clean up the room before I get there! Unless you want to of course... but being able to relax and not worry about looking 'perfect' and trusting that the photographer will deliver photos you love.
You might have come across these terms before, in reference to wedding photography or otherwise. They all basically mean the same approach...the photographer is taking an eyewitness account of the event. No posing, staging or intervening to "get the shot"!
Moments that matter.
People getting married in 2023 are definitely spoiled for choice when it comes to photographers! With a style to fit every taste it can be hard to know who to choose. The documentary approach is a natural and relaxed way to tell your story. Think of me more as a guest—one who happens to be paying special attention to those fleeting moments.
free to enjoy your day
My goal for wedding photography is to allow you to be fully immersed in the day. Every wedding is unique, and I approach each one with curiosity and empathy. I don't follow a shot list, I go with the flow! I will not ask you to move around, clean up spaces for photographs or get in your way. My cameras are very quiet (one is completely silent if needed). I want you to feel confident knowing I'm candidly capturing all the moments that make up your wedding day—and that includes everyone at the wedding, not just the "main players". The collection of photographs you'll receive will help you relive the day—whether it's a year after your wedding or on your 60th anniversary. Check out This is Reportage, for even more reasons why so many love this way of photographing.
finding what feels right
I spent many years as a "second shooter" for other photographers, as well as working as primary photographer for a large company. My introduction to wedding photography was one that followed a traditional script in terms of how we had to check off all the boxes and set up all the poses. I remember being reprimanded once for wandering off to capture some of the peripheral action...but I also had the main photographers tell me some of the clients favourite photos were ones I had taken, and they were always the candid ones. Once I gave myself permission to photograph in the way that aligned with how I felt, my confidence went up and my stress went way down!
Connection/emotion + composition + light
my style is bold, colourful, and classic.
I think every photographer has experimented with presets and fads at one point...I've been there! I've also earned passing trends don't age well...That's why I strive for true to life bold colours & classic black & whites. I use two professional Sony cameras with a variety of lenses. I use flash at my discretion when needed, while maintaining the atmosphere you or your planner worked hard to create.
i like the idea of no posing...but what about family group photos AND PORTRAITS?
Yes I do, do groups, if you want them! I understand that your wedding day might be one of the only times everyone is in the same place. This is the only time I will gently direct is for the family group and couples photos. Family groups are always discussed in the lead up to the wedding to ensure they are quick and efficient. Think 15-20 mins instead of hours. On the off chance you do require more formals, a second trusted photographer can be arranged to photograph them, while I continue to document. I almost always work alone—and I'm confident doing so. But again, if you have a large wedding and want even more coverage, a second photographer can be added.
The same goes for photos of you as newlyweds... we will spend no more than 20 minutes photographing some beautiful portraits, usually at golden hour, then back to the party you go!
Candid matters...candid, matters.
My parents (well, my Grandmother) hired a well respected photographer for her daughter's wedding in 1983. The idea of a "documentary" or unposed, photojouralistic approach to weddings was not a thing then. The photos they received (just over 20 for the entire album) are all very much staged. Except for the one below of my mom and Grandad. It has a natural feel that always stood out to me. It's moments like this I live for.
Looking for moments that line up + COLOUR SCHEMES...when life imitates art...
Finding the humour ...
Looking for layers & tableaux...
I do spend some time photographing details to help round out the story, and because you choose them so they're important! I don't spend forever and I won't pick things up and move them around. As for ring shots, I don't stage those. I find natural ways to incorporate them into the photos.
AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT
I love all genres of photography, from studio portraiture to conceptual art, but there is something about 'street photography' and social documentary photography that really intrigues me. Photographers I love include: Martin Parr, Robert Frank, Sebastião Selgado, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz..