Photography Style

Documentary Wedding Photographer

Documentary Wedding Photography is a record that tells the truth about your day.

Documentary wedding photography is often referred to as ‘reportage wedding photography’ or ‘wedding photojournalism’, put simply it’s describes a style and manner of natural, observational, hands off way of taking photos of people candidly and without them noticing, in an creative and faithful style.

It allows you to completely enjoy your day without being interrupted by a photographer directing you and distracting you from savouring the moment with your loved ones, family and friends.

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The focus of my documentary wedding photography is on telling a story, recording all the genuine moments that happen naturally and authentically. Capturing moments and stories you weren’t aware of yourself on the day, conveying the true story and atmosphere of the events that occur authentically. My documentary wedding style depicts all aspects and emotions of the day from the nervous groom, the elated parents of the bride and groom, belly laughs at the best man or tears during the speeches, remembering absent family and friends and then frenzied excitement on and around the dance floor.

It isn’t just photography of a wedding, this is documentary wedding photography, it’s real life, powerful and emotive, capturing photos of those little things that often go unnoticed, subtle emotions and nuances unique to each wedding, to each family and to every couple. I feel documentary wedding photography is the art of storytelling through a collection of individual images that depict genuine, observed moments. When you look back at your wedding photos I want you to find yourself transported back to that time and place, reliving the moments and again feeling the emotions you felt on that day.

As a documentary wedding photographer I won’t be asking you to pose or look at the camera, my approach means that I capture moments of raw emotion which can’t be staged. 

Sometimes, as a documentary wedding photographer, I can be mistaken for a guest as I won’t been manipulating or instructing you or your guests. I won’t be barking orders, or telling people what to do, rather I’ll be blending in with the crowd, almost-invisibly capturing moments without people being aware. Because of the approach of a documentary wedding photographer is to allow your guests to totally relax in my presence; meaning I capture the true, natural essence of them and the day. 

It is often the case, with my documentary wedding photography, that when you look through the shots, you see things you didn’t even know had taken place because they I’ll have been walking around, blending in among the guests and getting a real perspective on the occasion.


My style is flexible

Although primarily a documentary wedding photographer, this doesn’t mean I won’t take the classic group shots and portraits that parents often want for the mantelpiece, I just won’t be taking you away from your guests for hours, like traditional photographers sometimes do. It’s your wedding, not a photo shoot, so just go about having the time of your lives, rather than posing in front of a camera all day. 

As a documentary wedding photographer I will capture your guests being who they are, laughing and joking or being overwhelmed by the emotion of the day and document it in a way that is creative and completely unobtrusive. You can relax and just enjoy your wedding day

"We were really lucky to come across Martyn who was amazing throughout the process. He put lots of thought and extra touches into everything and nothing was ever too much trouble.
We could not have asked for better pictures that he captured on the day, the majority of which were taken without guests even noticing him there. Martyn truly captured the occasion on our special day. We could not have found a better photographer, amazing! "
One True Love - Documentary Wedding Photography - Worth Abbey - Crawley - Kadri & Otto
Kadri & otto
Worth Abbey - West Sussex

Booking now for Summer 2020

Are you getting married next year? I’m now taking bookings for 2020 so take a look at my Pricing page via the button below and please don’t hesitate to get in-touch to enquiry about my Wedding Photography services.

You have so much to think about on your wedding day so hiring me as your documentary wedding photographer means one less thing to worry about, you can relax and just enjoy your day, safe in the knowledge that all those important moments are being captured.

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