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.
Photo details: Andrea, my Bride, really knew how to dance and was spinning all around the dance floor at her wedding. I wanted to get the feel of the movement and the fullness of her lovely wedding dress, so after shooting the obvious pics, I got down lower and watched her spin. It took a lot of frames to get one that for me is just perfect. There was no need to include her face - the image is all about the dress and her fabulous legs and those lovely shoes. It needs nothing else. There's quite a lot of post processing to draw attention to the parts I want the eye to be drawn to. But I personally think any great image deserves great processing.
About the photographer: I'm a Surrey & Hampshire wedding photographer shooting weddings all over the South. Will travel worldwide for the right clients.
Photo details: This picture was taken at the destination wedding of Maria and Andreas at Piccolo Paradiso in Italy. The wedding had one of the most incredible light shows I have ever seen at a wedding. It was seriously dark though and I resorted to manually focussing here as the 5Dmk2 absolutely refused to focus in this low light. Shot with the 24mm at 1/80s, f/1.4, 6400 iso.
About the photographer: My aim is simple; to provide the most unique and beautiful collection of photographs telling the story of your special day. Photographs that will last a lifetime and beyond.