Documentary Wedding Photographer Manchester
Hi I’m Katie, a Documentary Wedding Photographer based in Manchester, I work all over the UK photographing weddings in a candid, natural way that tells the story of your day.
So What is a Documentary Wedding Photographer?
You might hear a couple of different labels for this type of photographer in bridal blogs, magazines and maybe some other places, such as a reportage photographer or someone who captures the day in a photojournalistic manner, but it all boils down to the same thing. A documentary photographer is someone who captures the day in a candid way, un posed natural photography that shows the story of you day moment to moment. No interrupting things or asking people to say cheese. Just me sneaking around with my camera capturing all the awesome real moments that might otherwise be forgotten.
My Approach to Photographing Your Wedding Day?
Personally I like to keep things as natural as possible and leave you to go about your day, most of the time you wont even notice I am there. Of course there is a need for formal photos (but this is entirely up to you) but I do advise that we keep the formal or not so formal photography down to minimum to give me more time to capture more natural moments and interactions between you and your guests and give you more time to enjoy the day and spend time with your friends and family and enjoy the party!
Do You Do Couples Portraits?
Yes I sure do. This can be a really fun time for you guys to take a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding. Usually after the ceremony we’ll go off for a walk together and get some photographs. Either of you two naturally interacting together or I'll do my best to get you laughing and capture you both in that moment. I find these photographs full of emotion, real laughs, smiles and expressions are the ones we always end up coming back to and the ones that capture the real people in front of the lens.
How Long Do Couples Portraits Take?
My general approach to couples portraits on your wedding day is to have a short 10-15 minute session after the Ceremony and then another 10-15 minutes later on in the day, when the sun is lower in the sky and champagne has been flowing and people are feeling more relaxed. I tend to get a lot of photographs of couples laughing together with the odd few romantic ones (if that's what you are into) thrown in for good measure. We can always take longer on couples portraits if you want to travel out somewhere or cover a few different locations, but usually I like to keep the sessions short and sweet, so we can keep it fresh and get you guys back to enjoying the party ASAP.
As a Documentary Wedding Photographer, I often get asked if I shoot details. Details are an important part of the puzzle, they help piece things together. When I put my slide shows together for my couples I love using details shots to move the story of the day along and bring things into context. For example one of the photos below shows flowers with empty chairs behind them. The photograph is not just about the beautiful flowers but also about the empty chairs. Where have the people gone? In the slide show this would mark the beginning or end of a scene of your wedding day. The next shot would be taking us to where the people missing people are. My favourite photographs are the ones that can tell part of the story all on their own or raise a question, that soon can be answered in the next click of the shutter.
Details aren't always beautiful flowers, dresses and shoes, they can come in much rawer forms that help tell part of the story too. Below is a photograph of some washing up that needs doing, it might just look like a pile of dirty dishes at first, but in context to the story of this wedding, the reception was held in the brides parents garden and they had their friends help out serving the guests from the family kitchen, bringing plates back and forth and doing all the washing up by hand. This was a labour of love for the people involved and an important part of this wedding’s story.
To see what my 2017 looked like, click on the image below...
Where do I work?
I'm based in Chorlton, Manchester so I shoot a lot of Weddings in Manchester, Liverpool (My home town) and the North West but I love to travel and also work all over the UK. There may be additional travel charges for any weddings outside the 50 mile radius of my home in Manchester. For more information or if you have any questions Get in touch!
Do you do Group Shots?
I sure do. I love to meet my couples (or at least Skype if you are further afield) and get a feel for what you want from your day and your wedding photography. The majority of my wedding photography is natural reportage coverage of you and your friends and family having a good laugh together on your wedding day and I like to keep the group shots on the same level. Making them a fun not so formal affair, that you and your guests can enjoy together.
In addition to my Wedding Photography, I also love to photograph families in the same documentary style, usually at home in natural light or messing about somewhere together outside. If you’d like to see more of my family work please check out my family portfolio.
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See some of the awesome weddings that I have shot in Manchester, the North West and Beyond on my blog.
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