top of page

What Is Documentary Wedding Photography?

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

You have probably heard of various buzz words to describe a documentary wedding photographer, like reportage photographer, candid photographer, natural, unposed…etc. Now you are probably wondering

“Is a documentary style of coverage for me?”

This page will answer those questions, and many more, while at the same time describing my approach to the unique and natural way of telling the story of your wedding day.

The best place to start is with a definition of the word “documentary”.

Here is a dictionary definition:


[dok-yuhmen–tuh-ree, -tree] adjective Movies, Television. based on or rec-creating an event, era, life story, etc., that purports to be factually accurate and contains no fictional elements: eg a documentary life of Gandhi

The idea is to present a factual record of a story without interfering, like a news reporter. This means an observer can look through a set of images and get a true understanding of what exactly happened, rather than ‘what did the photographer make people do’.

This is my main approach for wedding photography, I will not spend all day posing you for formal photographs, but instead I’l