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 venue:King's Place – The venue was great. We wanted a flexible space that could be used for the ceremony, reception, dining area and dance floor. We also wanted an outdoor area in case the weather was good. There was also some great places to take pictures. . Venue Website
Photographer: Minna Rossi Photography. Our photographer was fantastic and we could not recommend her more highly. She went above and beyond to get to know us and help make us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She got on really well with all our other suppliers include the venue staff, videographer and band and took time to get to know them beforehand. We were so excited to receive the pictures and video and both our photographer and videographer captured the day perfectly.
Photo details: This is one of my favourite evening couple's portraits from 2016. I had such a fun, down to earth couple in Lynn and Chris. This was taken towards the end of their day at King's College in London and I feel it really shows their relaxed, fun-loving personalities and true connection, still showcasing the classical setting of the venue.
About the photographer: I'm a friendly, but professional, wedding photographer. I photograph weddings in a relaxed documentary style, with lots of candid and naturally posed portraits as well as shots of all the beautiful details. It's really important to me that the day runs how you would like it to -so it's comletely up to you how many group photos you would like to have and whether we do posed couple's portraits or something much more relaxed and candid.
There are numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the death of professional wedding photography or the exponential race to the bottom as it’s known in the office. I’ve mentioned a few reasons for the decline here on the Secret Wedding Photographer blog, such as free engagement shoots. Some will claim that the big camera manufacturers don’t care about us pros and much in the same way that Apple virtually ditched development of professional workstations and support for professional applications (farewell Aperture) the big camera companies are now focused on making photography easier and cheaper for consumers. Let's leave for another post!
There is another far sinister factor - the Second Shooter, lurking in the background. I’m old enough to remember life before the second shooter. The days of a now mythical creature - the photographers assistant. A useful beast who knew his place. I even employed one once who didn't want to be a photographer. He liked assisting. Having an assistant is great. They carry your bags. Make sure everything is working. Move lights around and hold reflectors. They were a fantastic thing. Unfortunately, they are rarely seen now. Commercially no one will pay for them. They have been made extinct by the birth of the second shooter. Another disastrous idea for the wedding photography business.