Is Documentary Style Wedding Photography For You?

Thinking About Going Documentary? Here's What to Consider.

Let’s dive into the world of documentary-style wedding photography – a style that’s all about capturing the real, raw, and ridiculously fun moments of your big day. It’s like having a fly on the wall (who happens to be a professional photographer) documenting all the laughter, tears, and dance moves, without making everyone stop and pose every five minutes.

So, What’s This Style All About?

Picture this: You’re in the middle of your first dance, lost in the moment, and your photographer snaps a photo right as your partner dips you. The look of surprise, joy, and a bit of “oh, am I going to fall?” fear is captured perfectly. That’s documentary-style photography. It’s all about those unscripted moments that happen naturally, from the nervous laughter as you try to cut the cake to your grandma tearing up the dance floor.

How’s It Different from Your Grandma’s Wedding Album?

Traditional wedding photography? Think of it as the director of a movie, setting up each scene meticulously. It’s beautiful, timeless, and yes, a bit predictable. Now, documentary-style? That’s more like a reality TV show – unexpected, full of surprises, and way more personal. You won’t find your photographer asking you to pause and smile amidst your ceremony; they’re more ninja-like, capturing the essence of your day as it unfolds.

Thinking About Going Documentary? Here’s What to Consider

  • Love the Unpredictable: If the thought of your photographer catching your dad snoozing during speeches or your flower girl staring down your wedding cake excites you, you’re on the right track.
  • Forget Cheese: This isn’t about posing or saying “cheese”; it’s about genuine smiles and tears. If you’re cool with letting go of perfection in favor of authenticity, you’re game.
  • Trust is Key: You need to trust your photographer’s eye and intuition. They’ll be capturing moments you might not even see, creating a story you’ll love to look back on.

Fitting Documentary Style into Your Day

  • First Looks and Sneaky Glances: These moments are gold. Imagine seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day, captured in a photo that’s 100% raw emotion.
  • Portraits Without the Posing: Yes, you’ll still get those “wow” shots with your new spouse, family, and friends. But think less “everyone look here and smile” and more “just be yourselves, and let’s have fun with it.”
  • Let the Day Flow: Your photographer will be on the move, capturing the day’s energy, from quiet morning preparations to the wild dance party at night.

The Role of Your Documentary-Style Photographer

Think of them as part-documentarian, part-storyteller. They’re there to capture the narrative of your day, not to dictate it. They have a knack for being in the right place at the right time, catching those fleeting moments that you’ll cherish forever.

Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

If you’ve got your heart set on very specific shots or you’re not keen on the idea of candid snaps of every moment, documentary-style might not be for you. And that’s totally okay! This style is for those who love a bit of unpredictability and who relish the real over the perfectly posed.

If you’re nodding along, thinking, “Yes, this is exactly what I want,” then documentary-style photography might just be your wedding photo soulmate. It’s about capturing your wedding day as it truly is – the chaos, the quiet moments, the unbridled joy, and everything in between.

Feeling a connection with this candid, genuine approach to wedding photography? If you’re all about embracing the beautiful, spontaneous moments of your day and you’re ready for a set of wedding photos that tells the real story of your celebration, then I can’t wait to hear from you. Let’s make magic together and capture your day in all its unscripted glory. Reach out, and let’s chat about making your wedding photos as unique and fun as your love story.

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Hello, from the Ardensea Blog! I'm Jackie Watson, owner and luxury fine-art wedding photographer based in beautiful South Florida. I hope you find this space a great resource to find all the resources you need to plan the perfect wedding, view my work, and see if we're the perfect fit for your own special day.

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