What is Reportage Wedding Photography?

 

The benefits of reportage wedding photography

There are many styles of wedding photography and lots of wonderful photographers to choose from. You might find, like most couples, as they start their search for a wedding photographer you can find the decision making process overwhelming.  This purpose of this guide is to explain what Reportage Wedding Photography is and what the benefits are for you.

Reportage wedding photography is fresh, unique and natural. The photos aren’t posed and they aren’t directed. The photos capture what happens on your day and how you are feeling. That is why they are unique! The difference to other wedding photography is that your photographer doesn’t tell you what to do, where to go, how to stand or how to feel. When you have invested so much into your wedding, being there to fully enjoy the magic of your wedding day without being directed all day long is priceless!

And there are many other benefits to you. In this article I will explain what I feel are the best reasons for you to choose reportage wedding photography.

The photos will bring back the memories of your day

There are many wonderful styles of wedding photography and lots of great photographers creating stunning images. You have probably seen them as you browse social media and different photographers’ websites. These photos are often beautiful and stunning. The main difference between these styles and reportage wedding photography is what you will remember. Reportage photos connect to your heart’s memory and can transport you back to the magical feelings you experienced on your wedding day. I believe that is what we all value deep down. Especially so as time passes! Memories of emotional and funny moments and our friends and family. How we were. How they were. Anything other than reportage photography is all about your being directed to do something i.e. to stand a certain way, to look in a certain direction, to re-do what you just did. Any interference from your photographer will just lead to memories of being told to do something on your big day.   

You are free to fully enjoy your wedding day

This one, for me, and all my wedding couples is huge! We’ve all experienced weddings where we haven’t gotten to speak to the bride and groom before dinner as they have been busy away somewhere with their photographer. Depending on timings on the day this can sometimes even delay the dinner start time! Think too about fully enjoying the fun moments as they happen all throughout the day and having photos capturing these real moments. A skilled photographer will be able to be in your presence without affecting what is happening. He or she will be unobtrusive. The key to capturing these images is getting close enough without affecting what is naturally happening. Trust and feeling at ease with my couples is so important as that translates to moments where you can look at the camera without feeling self-conscious. It’s like you are looking at a friend and sharing how you are feeling.

It’s ideal if you are camera shy

On almost every wedding I shoot the bride and / or groom says they don’t like posing for photos. I’ve heard that so often I come to the conclusion that almost everybody feels that way. Even professional models have to work hard to create a look and that’s their full time job! You might also think you don’t want a photographer taking photos of you all day long. That’s where the real skill of a reportage photographer comes into play. It’s not about camera technology. It’s not about technique. It’s about presence and building a rapport with couples so they feel completely relaxed with their photographer being around. You will hardly notice your photographer as you will be busy getting married, lovingly connecting with your partner and having fun with everyone. And when you do see your photographer you’ll probably just think, “Sure there’s Tadhg there doing his thing” and smile.

If you love photography but don’t want to pose reportage wedding photography is the answer. 

You will look your best

It’s simple really: when we feel fab we look our best. A beautiful dress, hair and make-up helps of course! Add to that the the spark inside you radiating out that leads to the best photos. The spark of joy you are feel on your day, the intimate connection between your and your beloved, the embrace of a cherished friend. These are the magical moments, when photographed naturally, that will elevate your wedding photography to the sublime! 

The photos will be of real emotional moments

We are all primarily emotional beings. It’s not so much about what we do it’s about how we feel as we are doing it. And a wedding is a wonderful emotional and joyful event! Real emotional moments can’t be staged. They just happen.  A reportage wedding photographer will be able to connect to the emotional events of the day. That is the difference. There is no technique to do so that can be taught. That is why I love reportage.

The photos will capture things you didn’t see

It’s a privilege for me to be invited to photograph your wedding day. Being there for bridal preparations, groom preparations, your ceremony and moving among your guests gives me a perspective of your whole day like no other.  You simply can’t be everywhere at once! The moments of your aunts and uncles playing Jenga, kids eating ice cream, the groom drinking a whiskey with the groomsmen, flower girls getting ready and passing the time doing twirls in the next room. All of these moments add to a complete and magical story of your day.

The photos capture the fun

Reportage photographers don’t create fun they photograph the fun. Real fun isn’t staged, it’s spontaneous and unique. Being present and aware of what is happening and ready to shoot at a moments notice are the skills your reportage photographer uses to capture fleeting fun moments. 

The photos can be arty

If you’ll kindly bear with me for a moment I also want to say that reportage photography can be abstract too. Photography from a different perspective, telling a story in a different way. The shots below both tell a story. The first of the bridal party as they walk to the ceremony – to me there is a lovely symbolism of the journey that is marriage itself. 

The next shot to me is beautiful too. It shows a bride admiring her dress unseen by others in the background. The out of focus bridesmaid in the foreground symbolises the flurry of activity of the wedding morning and beautifully juxtaposes the quiet moment the bride has to admire her dress, perhaps she’s thinking about all that’s brought her to this moment.

It doesn’t all have to be reportage

It’s possible to shoot entire weddings in reportage style but many couples want a few posed photos too. 

You might like to consider including a couple shoot on the day. I keep this process as brief as possible (<15 mins)  so as not to take you away from your family and friends. In my experience that is plenty of time for me to get some great shots to include in your album. All posing is done in a fun and natural way so you feel very relaxed. 

These shots are normally done  at your wedding venue. Locations could be in the woods, avenues, boat, docks, stairs or wherever the spirit takes us!  The plan for these type of shots is discussed at your pre-wedding consultation. Timing is important to not only minimise time away from your guests but also to and ensure the shoot blends seamlessly into the rest of your day.

Photos of family and wedding party are also possible! My advice is to assign one of your wedding party to gather everyone together. Once everyone is there these photos only take a few minutes.

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