Lake District Wedding Photographer
As a leading Lake District wedding photographer our approach to wedding photography has attracted a few different labels, some describe our style as reportage wedding photography, some would say we are photojournalistic wedding photographers we prefer the term documentary wedding photography because it is our aim to provide a a visual story of your wedding day in the Lake District, London, other parts of the UK or at destinations throughout the world. Often though, other photographers using the same words do not have the same approach or philosophy as we do. So it must be confusing for couples looking to book a photographer.
Twenty odd years ago, when I set out to work the way we do now, I made some choices about how I would approach wedding photography. In those days all wedding photography was posed. The photographers, and I was one of them, used big cameras the size, shape and weight of a house brick. The camera was usually mounted on a tripod and the film that it was loaded with was not particularly sensitive so the photographer often had to resort to flash. Because the camera was often tripod mounted the photographer could not be very mobile, so in general, the subject came to the camera. Each image was staged and arranged, it had to be, and that meant the photographer had control.
At nearly every wedding we document we make posed portraits and group pictures. In the old days though every picture we made at a wedding was posed. Back then I remember hearing people say that they didn’t want to book a photographer because they thought all of that posing and interruption from the photographer would spoil their day. Venues often complained about photographers who held up proceedings by taking time over posing pictures, guests got bored and Ministers banned photographers from their Churches. The photographer often dominated wedding days.
So, as a wedding photographer and one who was interested in documentary photography outside of weddings, I thought there must be a better way. That was when I started approaching weddings the way we do now. There are two facts that feed our personal philosophy of wedding photography.
1 We won’t interfere with proceedings.
2 The images we make must tell a story with integrity.
That means we will not stop, create, recreate, pose, arrange or manipulate any scene, with the exception of those requested portraits and group pictures. We approach our subject, your wedding day, with a velvet hand and a hawk’s eye. As documentary wedding photographers we are responsible for seeing and recording individual moments that, when we arrange them in context with others, will relay a beautiful and factual account of your wedding day.
It is not easy to make wedding documents the way we do. There is a clear distinction between a smile for a photograph and one that has occurred because the subject is happy. On any given wedding day there are the full range of emotions on display. Only a documentary photographer of our standing and experience, with the integrity we have will see and document them all.
What we do is pure story telling. We will document your wedding the way it is, with a compassionate eye so your memories will be of your day not of having your photograph taken.
Steven Taylor Photography
Documentary wedding photographer, Lake District, London and Destination
01539 737 497