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The Rules of Documentary Wedding Photographers

You Must Obey

Documentary Wedding Photography Rule Book

Documentary wedding photography is chasing me around the internet at the moment. No sooner do I leave one photography forum on Facebook because of a tedious argument than it turns up on another. You can’t escape it. The ‘Real’ documentary photographers get their lens caps in a twist over this one.

The issue usually starts with someone posting a link to a photographer’s website because they have used to term ‘documentary wedding photography’ but have featured images of people LOOKING at the camera. This is currently the biggest crime in the photography world. It used to be vintage post-production, but that seems to have disappeared now. Thank God.

These Facebook rows turn ugly for a straightforward reason - documentary wedding photographers are so precious about their ‘Art’, and anybody who uses the word ‘documentary’ in their marketing has to play by the rules or the self-appointed guardians of the term are quick to step in and proclaim their indignation. It can be brutal. I'm not sure when the Documentary Wedding Photography Police first appeared but they are everywhere and you'd better not mess with them.

Wedding Photography Hot Shot: Romantic Bride and Groom Portrait

Wedding Photography by Minna Rossi

Romantic Bride and Groom Portrait

Wedding photographer: Minna Rossi

Photo Title: Romantic Evening Couple's Portrait

Photo details: The last shot of the day at one of my favourite venues, South Farm in Cambridgeshire. I had so much fun shooting this gorgeous couple's special day.

About the photographer: Hi, I'm Minna, a friendly, full time wedding and event photographer based in London. I shoot in a relaxed documentary style, with lots of candid and naturally posed portraits. I always work to my client's brief so we can add as many (or few) group photos with your family and friends, detail shots and fun, romantic, but relaxed, couple's portraits of just the two of you in to the mix to really tell the story of your day.

Photographer Details: Minna Rossi wedding photography

Brexit Wedding Boom

Business has never been better

Brexit and Wedding Photography

People often ask me ‘What do wedding photographers do during the week?’ and I’ll roll out my stock answer, ‘ There is an awful amount of work to be done before and after any wedding - planning, post-production, album design blah blah blah’. The reality is we spend most of the week on Facebook moaning about the business. There are countless secret groups devoted to wedding photography on social media. Referral groups, networking groups but mainly moaning groups. Business is now so bad for many photographers that complaining has become the default state for those in the wedding industry.

It's not all doom and gloom though. On one of the groups I’m a member of, a couple of London based photographers have been waxing lyrical about a current boom they are experiencing, According to them, business has never been better - so good that one of them can even afford to switch to the new ‘must-have' camera system - the Sony A9. He must be raking it in!

Wedding Photography Hot Shot: Mother and Daughters

Wedding Photography by Jason Pierce-Williams

Mother of Bride with daughter

Wedding photographer: Jason Pierce-Williams 

Photo Title: Mother and Daughters

Photo details: This was a totally unposed and natural moment between the mother who was buttoning Lisa's dress and Lisa's sister who burst into tears when she went to kiss her sibling. I took a few and hoped for the best. This is my favourite in terms of composition and tenderness and simply capturing an unrepeatable moment which is what all of my photography is about.... I think. 

About the photographer: My name is Jason Pierce-Williams. I fell in love with photography 30 years ago while teaching in Lisbon. I have a particular passion for observational Street photography and bring much of this style to my weddings and other events. I hold a first class honours in photography and have exhibited my work both abroad and here at The National Portrait Gallery. I have also been published many times, including the prestigious Black and White Photography Magazine. I am a full time photographer and photography tutor. I have shot well over 300 weddings and countless other events including a five year tenancy with DJ Mag where I learnt proficiency in low light and flash photography. I cover all of London but have shot all over the world including India, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

Photographer Details: Jason Pierce-Williams Wedding Photography

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