I’m Not A Traditional Wedding Photographer.
As a street photographer who shoots weddings, I see weddings differently. In many ways, to paraphrase and twist the words of one of my photographic heroes, William Eggleston, I’m at war with the wedding photography obvious. It’s that philosophy that is central to how I approach wedding photography.
Shooting Weddings As They Really Are.
I love weddings. It’s just the wedding industry that I’m not so keen on. You know what I mean. All those tired old traditions. All the latest fads spread across wedding blogs. Glossy magazine pages with unrealistic size zero brides and dashing grooms. All those expectations on how a wedding should be photographed like some stylised, fantsay version of one.
No give me the chaos of morning preparations. Of a child’s tantrum during the ceremony. The humour of a drunken aunty twerking on the dancefloor. Or those candid unpredictable moments. That’s how weddings are…really are.
They’re not carefully choreographed sequences of staged moments. Or a lots of awakward portraits. Weddings are real evolving events. And that’s why I’m at war with the wedding photography obvious.
A Relaxed, Unobtrusive & Stress-Free Approach.
So I’ll approach your wedding photography very much like I do as a candid street photographer. By that I mean I’m going to remain low key and unobtrusive. I’m not going to direct or intrude and I’m certainly not going to order anyone around.
Instead I’ll discreetly shoot the natural moments, genuine emotions and real stories of your wedding day as they happen. Even my cameras and lens are specifically chosen to be small and discreet!
This all leaves you to simply enjoy your wedding day with your guests in a much more relaxed and stress-free way. Isn’t that how weddings are meant to be?
That Doesn’t Mean I Exclude the More “Weddingy” Type Shots.
No, of course not. I still shoot a small number of portraits and group shots – but we’ll do it quickly and as informally as possible. I still capture the more beautiful and romantic moments too, like first kisses and first dances.
It’s just that 95% of my approach on the wedding day is actually shooting all the unscripted, unstaged and unfaked moments that make your wedding day unique to you. It’ll be those images you look back on in the months, years and decades to come and enjoy the most.