Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Documentary-Style Wedding Photographer

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Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Documentary-Style Wedding Photographer

Wedding days are a whirlwind of moments - big, small, and in-between. You don't miss a thing.


Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion surrounded by your most-loved ones and filled with beautiful, authentic emotions, candid moments, and genuine connections. Your wedding day is a pinnacle chapter in your life's story. It deserves storytelling images that preserve all those heartfelt memories - ones that not only remind you what it looked like, but also what it felt like.

This is where a documentary-style wedding photographer is an priceless asset. By capturing authentic, unscripted moments, they ensure that your wedding photos become timeless treasures and heirlooms, telling the genuine story of your love and celebration. Keep scrolling for my top 5 compelling reasons why engaged couples should consider hiring a documentary-style wedding photographer for their most special day.

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number 1

unscripted moments

The biggest advantage a documentary-style photographer brings to your wedding day is the focus on capturing all the in-between moments. Weddings are full of both epic, big moments and small, treasured moments. But it's all the unplanned, spontaneous moments in between that are often missed, overlooked or underestimated! Those unscripted parts of the day are so authentic and full of emotion, and they produce photographs that more often than end up as absolute favorites of my couples (and myself)! Choose a photographer that's going to be looking for those in between, unscripted moments. They can't be forced, and they can't be fabricated - but they are some of the most important and meaningful storytelling moments of the whole wedding day. And they always pack the emotion and capture the memories.

Flip through some of my favorite unscripted wedding moments.

number 2

all the little details

A huge component of documentary photography is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. You spend so much time and energy perfecting every little detail about your wedding day - and they deserve to be captured too. The personal touches and details you put on your wedding day are an essential part of the story of your day, and so much of what makes it yours. Why you chose those sentimental colors. Or why you wore that piece of grandma's jewelry. Why you wore tennis shoes instead of stilettos. Documentary photographers are focused on finding these elements. And while on the surface to an average viewer, those details may not seem all that important, to you and your partner, you'll look back on those photos and remember how much this day meant to you - down to the very last detail.

Indulge in some of my favorite wedding detail shots.

number 3

expecting the unexpected

There are iconic big moments that you plan for on your wedding day - and your photographer plans on too. These are the moments you think about when you think of wedding photography - the first kiss, the first dance. These beautiful, one-of-a-kind moments are at the top of the shot list for most couples - and their photographers. And we expect those moments. But the extra squeeze of documentary-style magic comes in the unexpected parts of those expected moments. Like - you expect your sister to give a toast because she's your maid of honor. But you don't expect how hard you're going to belly laugh at the embarrassing story she tells about you to your guests. You expect your partner to be excited to see you for the first time. You might not expect just how emotional they get when it finally happens. A documentary wedding photographer is going to shoot all the way through those entire moments, so you don't miss an ounce of emotion - especially where you least expected it.

Relive some of my favorite "unexpected" moments.

number 4



Documentary photographers specialize in capturing all the raw emotions on your wedding day. The bursts of laughter, the breach of tears, the heartfelt hugs, the eye contact. The authenticity in these emotions tell the most true version of your wedding day story with your loved ones, which makes the images so incredibly valuable.

Get all in your feels with these genuine emotional moments.

number 5

unobtrusive approach

Documentary-style photographers do their best to be discreet and blend seamlessly into the background of your day. They won't interrupt the flow of events, which allows you and your loved ones to remain comfortable, natural, and fully immersed in all the beautiful - genuine - moments. They participate in the day as a focused observer who isn't disrupting the magic of your story. This unobtrusive approach ensures that genuine emotions are captured without any interference.

Some of my favorite moments captured just by being an unobtrusive observer.

Your wedding photos should reflect the real you.

A documentary-style wedding photographer is focused on storytelling. In addition to capturing all those iconic wedding moments, they also focus on the little details, emotions, and interactions that may go unnoticed by others. By emphasizing authenticity, documentary-style wedding photographers create images that withstand the test of time. When you look back at your wedding photos years later, you'll be transported back to those genuine moments, feeling the emotions all over again. These timeless memories become cherished heirlooms for generations to come.

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