Documentary Verses Traditional Photography





One thing we have noticed a lot on wedding photography websites is the term “documentary photographer”. Many photographers claim to exclusively do documentary photography. What exactly is documentary photography? Well, documentary photography is basically candid photography (non-posed). In other words, a documentary photographer does not stage any photos but simply photographs what everyone is doing as it happens. This approach captures lots of fun, laughter, emotions and excitement of the wedding day. There is no doubt that candid photography is something you expect your photographer to capture throughout your wedding.  Here are some great examples of candid photography.

Many documentary photographers  will not use a flash at all. In those circumstances your photos will end up looking much darker, grainy, possibly black and white or even blurry. At times, documentary photographers also leave unwanted aspects in your images, for example skin blemishes and exit signs. Depending on the overall photo, I use my judgement to remove unnecessary objects and at times, even lightly air brush the skin.



Traditional wedding photography doesn’t neccesarily mean that no cadid shots are taken. It simply means that there is a focus on formal photos as well. Every photographer is going to take candid photos and there is no doubt that you want those special moments captured, because it’s all about photographing the day as a whole. However, candid photos are not the kind of photos you are necessarily going to print, frame or hang on your wall. At the end of the day, you will want the nice couple photos for yourself or given to your family/loved ones for everyone to see when it’s hung up in their home. Ultimately you should really have both on the day. Many photographers will say that taking traditional photos is wasting time and too disruptive during the day. As wedding photographers, we always make sure we know what you want and do our utmost best to serve you on the day. Below are some great traditional photography examples.