A visual story teller
My name is James, a documentary wedding photographer based in Kent. I tell the story of your wedding day through a collection of pictures that are candid, honest, and largely unposed. No forced poses, no cheesy smiles, simply discrete candid documentary wedding photography.
Your wedding day is one of the most precious days of your life, a day you share with the most important people in your life. I believe, as the photographer, it's a privilege to be allowed to document your wedding for you and to create pictures you are able to look back on for years to come. I believe the pictures that I take should tell the authentic story of your wedding day allowing you to happily look back at these candid images and remember each moment the pictures captured, not what the photographer made happen through heavily posed images.
Please take a moment to watch the video below, it will give you an idea of my style and help you decide if I am the right wedding photographer for you.
What is Documentary Wedding photography?
Some people may ask "what is documentary wedding photography?" The genre has several different names including wedding photojournalism, reportage wedding photography, candid wedding photography and of course documentary. To me they are all different ways to describe the same style, simply put it is "un-orchestrated and honest wedding photography." I will not be asking you to stare down the the barrel of the lens and put on a fake, awkward smile and I will not stop the flow of your day to repeatedly take posed photos. I will be capturing real, honest moments as they unfold on your special day.
How I work
I try to remain as invisible as possible throughout your wedding day, your day is about you, the bride and groom, not about the photographer making a show and stopping the occasion to take photos. Obviously it's impossible to be invisible at all times but I always work in a very conscious, discrete and quiet way.
At the ceremony I do not use flash as it draws attention to me and away from you, the bride and groom. Instead I use the natural light in the room, trying to work with the light rather than against it.
During the reception I mix into the crowd with your guests allowing me shoot from the inside of the action rather than from the side lines with a long lens like a member of the paparazzi. This allows me to create images that are from the guests point of view, capturing moments that you may not have otherwise seen.
"My pictures tell the story of your wedding day through the people you invite"
By that, I mean, the candid images that I take capture real moments from your wedding, real interactions between your guests and a true depiction of your day. These real moments weave together to form the narrative that tells the story of your wedding.