There are two approaches to wedding photography that are primarily used today: Traditional and Documentary (or Reportage) Wedding Photography. The former traditional style wedding photos incorporate the classically posed images of which control is held by the photographer. Documentary Wedding Photography, of which I am a huge fan, focuses more on candid and unposed images with little or no photographer interaction throughout the entire day.
Capturing your wedding day, your story through the eyes of a bystander – the Photographer, Documentary wedding photography is unintrusive yet much more intimate than traditional wedding photography. It is much less controlled, much more sophisticated and emphasises the story and atmosphere from the day – giving the viewer a complete appreciation of what the wedding was like.
These two styles of photography are extreme and many of today’s photographers will fall somewhere in the middle of these two styles however, Photographer Kevin Mullins concentrates purely on Documentary Wedding Photography creating a vivid, intimate portrait of your spectacular day.
Based in Malmesbury in The Cotswolds, Kevin photographs Brides & Grooms up and down the country. His approach, and style is totally unobtrusive meaning he will not dictate, prompt or manipulate anything throughout your very special wedding day. Every image on his site and those included here are real moments in time that are captured as they happen.
For me, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that should be photographed and documented quietly,with complete respect to the event unfolding…says Kevin.
His imagery says it all. The pictures seem effortless, natural and encapsulate all the details that complete the incredible day that is the marriage between two people. I stumbled upon Kevins website through twitter and fell in love with his images and his style. As you all know I am an enthusiast and love my camera and melt over black and white photos and I did just that when I saw Kevins website.
A skilled photographer spots those delicate moments that not necessarily include the bride and groom. In fact sometimes they don’t even include people, like Kevin’s stunning image above of the wedding dress. These are the moments that Documentary wedding photographers capture. These are the moments that will make your memories of your wedding day come rushing back to you every time you view your wedding album.
As Kevin says: I will seek out emotive images during their wedding day, photographing using only natural light and will then present a visual documentary of their wedding day that will be a wonderfully tangible memory for you.
The photo above is my favourite photo. Simply breathtaking!
Kevin has many accolades including the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers Awards – 4 times gold winning images. You can see more of his awards which will comfortably fill your screen here on his website.
Kevins images are provocative, emotive, exciting and romantic. I love this image! It has captured a wonderfully spirited private moment. There are many more images on Kevin’s website just like these…check out his gallery for more samples of his expert work.
Why do I love Documentary Wedding Photography so much? Because I’ve had the traditional kind twice now and there are plenty of wonderfully posed smiley faces, but only a very small few actually showed any emotion or any of the feelings that were so highly present – all day long!
Choosing a Documentary Wedding Photographer doesn’t mean you can’t still ask for those special few posed shots if you want them, but my guess is even if you do get those posed ones – they probably won’t be your favourite. The art of photography is all about emotion: what is a picture if it doesn’t provoke some sort of emotion in the person looking at it?
When it comes to organising the budget for your wedding, I really do believe that a great portion should be spent on the photographer; they are worth every penny as it’s your wedding photographs that will become your legacy. They are your greatest memory, more than your dress, your venue or how many people attended on the day.
Spend as much as you can – it’s a wise decision! And, if you want to look back and see the day unfold before your eyes – choose a Documentary Wedding Photographer.
Capture those moments and feelings forever.