Why documentary wedding photography is vital to the success of your wedding

As a documentary wedding photographer, believe me when I say that it’s the emotions and the interactions between your family and friends that makes your wedding unique.

Grrom hugs his Grandmother at his Bournemouth wedding

It’s not about the details, that vintage tea-service you found and the hand-made bunting. It’s about people and emotions – it really is that simple.

Bride crying at her Bournemouth wedding

So many people get caught up in the details when they’re thinking about making their wedding unique. Yes, it’s true that the details are important and that the photographer should capture them for posterity. But there’s something much more important.

What is it?

  1. It’s the tear in the Groom’s eye as he sees his Bride walking down the aisle.

  2. The look on the Parent’s faces as they see their child all grown up and starting a new life and a new adventure.

  3. The smiles on the faces of family and friends as they congratulate you.

  4. The embarrassment of the Groom as the Best Man’s speech reveals some long-forgotten tale.

  5. The emotion as the Couple share their First Dance.

  6. These and many, many more events through the day are what makes your wedding unique.

  7. People. Emotion.

Flowergirls-and-page-boy- Hampshire-wedding

That’s why documentary wedding photography is so important, and why an experienced and skillful storyteller is the best wedding photographer that you could possibly choose.

Bride laughing on a double decker bus Bournemouth
Bridal selfie with Bridesmaids

Never again will all of these people who mean so much to you be in one place at one time. These moments can’t be recreated. They happen in an instant and then they’re gone, forever. You can’t “stage” emotion. It happens spontaneously.

Harry Warren House wedding Studland
First Dance at Sopley Mill wedding

This is the reason that you don’t need a wedding photographer. You need a story-teller.

“We can’t thank you enough for the amazing memories you’ve given us from our perfect day. Our wedding was all we ever dreamed of and you’ve captured every moment. Our photos are exactly as we wanted and we’re so pleased you were a part of our day. Thank you so much.” Lucy and Stu, Bournemouth

If you like documentary wedding photographs that tell the real story of your day and you’d like to know more about the way that I work, please get in touch for a chat.

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Documentary wedding photography in Dorset and Hampshire

If you’re considering a wedding anywhere in Dorset or Hampshire (or beyond) then please get in touch to discuss your wedding photography requirements. I’m delighted to be a recommended photographer for a number of leading Dorset wedding venues and would love to hear about the plans for your special day. Get in touch with me now for a no-obligation chat.

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About Ian

About ianH photography

Ian is one of Dorset’s leading wedding photographers. Based in Bournemouth and with over 20 years of experience photographing weddings across Dorset and Hampshire, Ian’s the perfect choice for couples who want unobtrusive, discreet wedding photography that captures the emotions of their special day. Read more about his own personal style of documentary wedding photography on this website.

Proud to be a recommended photographer for a number of leading Dorset wedding venues. 

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