Documentary wedding photographer - Michael Wright Photography

DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER


I love shooting weddings!

Each and every wedding is unique, which is why I absolutely love photographing weddings! It is such a huge honour to be asked to document one of the most important days in a couple’s life together and I always consider myself very lucky to be part of such a special occasion. Below you’ll find an explanation about my style and approach to wedding photography, which I hope will give you a good understanding of what to expect from me. You might also want to read the about you page. If you’re not much of a reader, check out my wedding photo stories page which will show you exactly what to expect from me!

My style

I am a documentary wedding photographer which means I aim to tell the story of your day through pictures. This style is also sometimes referred to as photojournalism or reportage wedding photography but they effectively all mean the same thing – capturing the real and intimate moments happening around you with as little interference as possible. As a documentary wedding photographer I try to showcase all of the different emotions throughout the day – the fun, the laughter, the bad dancing and the tears! I want the pictures to help you to relive the moments as they happened for many years to come. I absolutely love people watching and seeing how humans interact with one another, which is very much reflected in my unobtrusive style of photography. Having said that, when necessary I will step in to help direct some of the more formal images during the day – after all, these are the ones your parents and grandparents want for their mantle piece!

Capturing moments

As a documentary wedding photographer, my key objective is to document your day exactly as it happens. I’m all about capturing natural moments throughout without any influence. As the bride and groom, your day will flash by in a instant, so my aim is to capture the big moments, the small moments and the moments in between which you never even realised happened. I want to help you to relive these moments as they happened for many years to come – the fun, the laughter, the bad dancing and the tears! I absolutely love people watching and seeing how humans interact with one another, which is very much reflected in my unobtrusive style of wedding photography.

Just one of the guests

I like to try and capture the day as if I were just another one of your guests and when people view the photographs, I want them to feel like they were actually there. To achieve this I like to mingle amongst the other guests and keep an eye out for all the fun moments which are happening throughout the day. I work alone and use small, discrete but extremely capable equipment which helps me blend in with your guests. This helps me capture images I simply could not achieve with huge cameras, complex lighting setups and a team of assistants.

All the small things

When it comes to your wedding day, I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes into making each and every decision. Dresses, shoes, hair, makeup, rings, suits, flowers, cake, favours….the list goes on and on! I think these are a huge part of the day and help make each and every wedding unique. That’s why I like to spend time during the day capturing all of these details for you to look back on and remember.

The standard formalities

As I’ve said above, my approach is all about capturing natural moments as they happen, so spending 2 hours taking lots of formal group photographs means I’ll miss a whole host of special moments. However, I completely understand that families don’t often have an opportunity to have their photograph taken and the formal photographs are usually very important to the parents and grandparents. After all, these are the photographs that end up on their mantle piece! So I work with my couples before the big day to create a formal group shot list that we can get through as quickly and painlessly as possible, meaning you get to spend more time enjoying your day with your guests and keep the parents happy!

Further information

If you have any further questions then be sure to check out my frequently asked questions page. 

Get in touch

If you are looking for a documentary wedding photographer I would absolutely love to hear from you. To find out if I am available on your date, please complete the following enquiry form and I will respond to you within 24 hours. Alternatively, head over to my contact page and get in touch with me using any of the methods listed there.

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