The bride and groom posed for a wedding portrait at Tullylagan House in Ireland.

Documentary London Wedding Photographer & Portraits

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Yes I’m a documentary London wedding photographer.  However, there’s a misconception, often fueled by wedding photojournalists ourselves. It’s that documentary wedding photography cannot (or should not) include posed portraits or traditional group shots.

A Long Tradition of Photojournalists & Portraiture

Portraits of bride and groomsmen during a wedding at Waltham Abbey in Essex.

I beg to differ.  Just look back at some of the greatest photojournalists throughout photographic history.  You’ll find accomplished posed portraits amongst their distinguished works, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Parr.  Even lesser known photojournalists like Jane Bown or W Eugene Smith are well respected for their portraiture.

Portrait of a Mormon bride and groom in a Sussex field.

The Essential Wedding Photography Portrait

The portrait can be an essential part of any wedding story.  It provides balance to all those other natural and candid moments on the wedding day.  Even the purist Wedding Photojournalist Association (of which I am a member) has introduced formal wedding and engagement portrait competitions.

A same sex wedding groom's outside the Pump House in Battersea Park in Wandsworth, London.

That’s not to say I’m going to suddenly start shooting hundreds of posed portraits on your wedding day.  Rr setting up lots of staged and faked moments.  I’m not.  The vast majority of my time still focuses on documenting all those natural evolving moments.  But I understand that you and your guests will likely appreciate a small number of more traditional portraits.  So I’m more than happy to oblige.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Portrait Inspiration

Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to resort to cheesy and cliched portraits.  The photographer who first inspired me to pick up a camera seriously was Dutch music photographer Anton Corbijn.  His portraits of music acts as diverse as Tom Waits, Depeche Mode and PJ Harvey are quirky, gritty and very non traditional.  His influence remains with me today.

The Natural Informal Fun of Wedding Portraits

The other great thing about arranging a few portraits and group shots are those in-between moments.  Quite often, if you’re alert to all that is going on, you’ll also document some much more natural and fun moments.  A true documentary wedding photographer will always be open to these moments.  Yes, even when shooting something as formal as traditional wedding group shots.

So as a documentary London wedding photographer I am going to photograph some posed portraits on your wedding day.  It’ll only be a small part of what I do but hopefully we’ll get some creative and beautifully natural posed shots of you too.  And it will keep you Auntie happy who wants that mantelpiece photograph.

Book a Documentary London Wedding Photographer

So you like my natural and candid approach to documenting your wedding, but you’d also like some more formal portraits and group shots too?  Then I’d love to chat with you about your plans. Whilst I am a documentary London wedding photographer, I do service the entire UK and international weddings.

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Or, alternatively, you can give me a call/text on 07920 422144.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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