Why I prefer not to pose pictures
Documentary Wedding Photography
Im a documentary wedding photographer based in Lytham in the North of England. I only shoot weddings and only in a certain style. I will cover weddings anywhere. My style of photography is sometimes called candid, photojournalism or documentary. Essentially its natural. My perfect wedding is one that I have no physical input in. This is wedding where I don't move anything, don't pose anyone and do not ask for anything to be repeated nor suggest photograph opportunities. In this way a couples wedding day is just that, their wedding day. I see plenty of amazing images of dresses hanging from trees, bridesmaids having a pillow fight, fireworks and flares behind a beautiful lit couple. Im sure somebody likes these images or there would not be so many of them. Many were taken for the photographers blog or website as opposed to the couples gallery.
I think there are three reasons why I try not to pose.
1. I honestly believe that on their wedding day a couple should spend more time in the company of their family and friends than with their photographer
2. There is no real feeling or meaning to these images.
3. While I am taking this type of shot I'm not getting the images I want to get for you (see below)
However I completely understand that some people just have to get these images and often this is not for them but because of family pressure. Therefore I will set aside a small period of the day to get these shots. This period of time is the only part I will take any control, the rest is all very relaxed and natural.
As I look through my wedding images how I wish they could be done again. Every single image is a group shot with us all having the same smile. Not even the background changes. When I look at images online the ones I spend longer on are the ones with people being people, humour, laughter, eye contact, tears but none are people smiling at the photographer through a lens!!
If you are getting married and like this style of photographer please get in touch via the contact page wherever you are getting married.
The image below was taken in The Lake District. It is not posed at all but reflects the emotion before the ceremony. Bridesmaid and Mum looking on add to this image.
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Im a professional Wedding photographer based in Lytham with professional studios in Wrea Green at Ribby Hall Village Lancashire. I also run regular photographic training courses.