You will photograph a few of our friends and family won’t you?
A recent question I got asked by a bride several times on their planning day, 48hrs before their wedding at Barclay House near Looe, Cornwall. For the majority of the weddings I photograph, documentary, candid, reportage wedding photography, or whatever you want to call it, is important to my couples. This is perfect for me and is often why couples choose me to photograph their wedding day in the first instance. Whenever I am not photographing the Bride, Groom, or couple together, then my time is spent flying around the walls capturing all those other moments that become the real reminders of their special day. Therefore I was happy to reassure the bride that all aspects were covered and quickly asked her to reflect on all the pictures they sore from real weddings when we first met.
My style to wedding photography is very much a documentation of the wedding day as it happens, storytelling. As with most good stories though some of it is fiction and this is why I do not describe myself as a pure documentary wedding photographer. We will shoot some ‘posed’ pictures and one or two are likely to be ‘traditionally’ in nature, whilst others will make use of scenery/space/natural light or some high impact artificial light. However I like to use methods that appear genuine and inspire spontaneity, where by I make suggestions and don’t ‘pose’ my couples. These fiction moments are simply another aspect of the wedding day and on average in total takes about 10 minutes, split up in to a few 2 to 3 minute sessions throughout the day. I hardly ever take time out of your day, time is used when it would otherwise be wasted. Planning.
The images here are a small selection of the pictures that my Bride was insistent on having and shows a few of the moments that the guest were having after the wedding breakfast. I shoot a variation of these pictures at every wedding and my couples receive them all.
– Barney Walters