What is a Documentary Photographer?

When I am booking event and wedding photography, I describe myself as a documentary photographer but what does that mean?

It is true to say that being a documentary photographer is really about ‘capturing the moment’.  I believe that this is true whether that is at a Wedding, Party or other event. Therefore, my documentary style is about telling the authentic story of your event. I will capture the moments, and many of the signature details that make your event unique.


I shoot my event photos in a relaxed, authentic, and unobtrusive way.  Most of the time I will blend in amongst your guests and let the event unfold, naturally.  I like to work work close up at events, but will work hard to make sure that your guests are relaxed around me.  This so we get natural results that focus on the moments, atmosphere, and connections for you and your guests rather than set up or posed photos.

From our first consultation, I will want to know all about your event and what will make it unique. Planning ahead is an important part of event photography.  This means understanding your plans and how your event will work, and the important moments of the occasion.  Doing this helps me create the best possible collection that captures the moments and atmosphere.  

Most of my time will always be documentary but I will always take group shots, presentations and  portraits – formal or informal – if you want them, as these pictures are a big part many events.  

Please contact me using the link below to talk about how I can capture the moments at your event.

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