My approach to your wedding
I am an avid observer and love to photograph what calls my attention. This is often unexpected and unpredictable moments. The personality of a wedding is made up by the guests who attend it; I photograph what attracts me, what I consider important, and what I feel should be remembered.
What is Documentary Wedding Photography?
The terms "candid" or "spontaneous" are generally used in non-posed photography, which is a very popular style. One must keep in mind that candid photography and documentary photography are very different in nature.
Spontaneous photography are photos without continuity. Altogether, they are taken in isolated moments, and are usually common in family shots or photo sessions before or after a wedding.
In documentary wedding photography, one person narrates the story of a couple, their family, and their friends through a series of photographs in which each image teen forced the image before it.
It's that person who decides what is important in the story, and how to best represent it. It's something that seems simple enough, but requires a lot of practice and skills. Many wedding photographers like to call themselves documentary photographers or storytellers, but on their web sites only show photos that have been heavily edited and posed, photos that seem to have ignored the essence of their subjects.
About my style
I aspire to capture the essence of the day, including the guests in attendance who will witness the special day. The day goes by very fast, and over time, memory fades. Photographs are the only tangible thing left after the wedding to help remember what a special time it was.
For me, documentary wedding photography isn't only about spontaneity or candidness; it's about putting the photos of your wedding day into context, reflecting the wedding party and guests, their personalities, their beliefs, their emotions, and the love they have for the couple. It's about you, my clients, your families, your friends; it's not about me.
I try to interact with guests the least amount possible so as not to interrupt the natural flow of the wedding.
Over time, after experimenting with various equipment, I settled on one that provides the lowest profile and allows for the utmost discretion. In many cases I have been asked if I was a friend of the couple because generally wedding guests are used to seeing the photographer carry loads of equipment.
Traditional, posed shots of the couple, family, and friends are inevitable and I like to keep them to a minimum. This allows us to take full advantage of the time we have together finding unique settings for the couple and their guests. This includes moments that are generally fleeting and imperceptible. To me, excessivd formal photography interrupts the flow of our session.
Posing a large group for photos takes a lot of time. I usually request the couple to choose someone who knows all parties to assist with the task of getting everyone in place for group photos.
Couples are not models, so I don't treat them as such. I may direct you during the formal session, but nothing fancy. For posy pictures, post-wedding sessions work best. For me, a wedding day is not about how fashionable you look; it is about the story of two people, their friends and family, and their love for each other.
The couples I photograph are not usually models. Your wedding day is stressful, emotional, and full of expectations; being in front of a camera and not knowing what to do adds to that stress. For this reason, I run my photo sessions in a way in which I can capture your natural personalities by observing and operating without being noticed.