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Wedding photos you can

feel

St. Louis, MO Documentary Wedding Photographer

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First and foremost, congratulations! If you're on this page, I hope it's safe to assume you or someone you love is about to get married, and that is a reason to celebrate! Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important days of your life - not only are you making a lifelong investment in your partner, you'll also be making a significant investment in the celebration of your love and commitment. You take this investment seriously, and as your photographer - I do too.

did you know...

the average couple spends more money on an open bar at their reception than they do on their wedding photography?

While everyone loves a great party, at the end of the day, your wedding should be about you. It's important to prioritize what is most valuable to you and your partner for your wedding - the kickoff of your marriage.  If a stocked bar or the most iconic dress truly are the most important pieces of your wedding to you, by all means GO FOR IT! But I would urge you to consider just how important your wedding photography is on your value scale, and recommend placing it pretty high on your list. Aside from the actual ceremonial union of two people, your wedding photos are - arguably - the most sacred and valuable part of your entire wedding. So they should be a priority.

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This magic Moment

Documenting the Big & Small

Your wedding photographs shouldn't just show you what your day looked like, they should remind you of how you felt in each of those moments.

When you think about a wedding - and wedding photography - you often think about the big moments first. The first kiss. The bouquet toss. The first dance. Cutting the cake. And while those moments are priceless and memorable and beautiful, there are so many other unexpected, emotional, and intimate moments during the course of a wedding that are just as important.

As a wedding photographer, I get a unique point of view where I get to witness all the little moments in between the big moments. The little moments leading up to the big moments. The little moments right after a big moment. The little moments that may not even seem like moments at the time. But sometimes, those can be the most special, authentic, and cherished moments of the whole day. And I have the distinct privilege of not only capturing those on camera, but prioritizing those authentic moments throughout your entire wedding.

By taking more of a documentary approach, I will capture your wedding entire day just as it unfolds naturally from start to finish to ensure that not only do I witness those iconic, big, memorable moments of your wedding day - like your dad walking you down the aisle or your best friend giving their heartfelt speech - but all the little moments that happen all around those big moments - like the flower girl falling asleep during the ceremony, or grandma taking a spin on the dancefloor. This photography style gives you a more holistic look-back on your wedding day, allowing you to relive all those priceless moments, as well as peek back at the moments you may have missed or didn't even remember.

By acting more like a very clingy observer of your wedding (with a camera!) rather than a director, I am able to document the authenticity of your day, and the true, natural emotions of you, your partner, and all your friends and family in attendance. When you look back on your wedding photos, you'll be transported right back to those incredible moments and get to experience those emotions all over again. That incredible day. As often as you'd like.

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top 6 reasons to hire a documentary wedding photographer

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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.

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.

UNOBTRUSIVE APPROACH

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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.

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.

Your wedding photos should reflect the real you

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GENUINE EMOTIONS

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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.

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.

panorama image of bride walking down aisle to meet groom at Meadowbrook Country Club by St. Louis Wedding Photographer Fire in the Skies Photography
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