Reportage Wedding Photography

Reportage Wedding Photography

When it comes to wedding photography, you may think that taking a photograph is just that, however, the truth is that there are a number of different styles and approaches when it comes to shooting a wedding. One style is known as reportage wedding photography. Unless you are an expert with photography styles then there is a good chance that you won’t understand exactly what reportage wedding photography entails. A lot of you may not have heard about reportage wedding photography, or at least until now. So, as experts in photography, we have put together a guide about reportage wedding photography and everything that you need to know on the subject.

What Is Reportage Wedding Photography? - Reportage wedding photography is a photo-journalistic approach to shooting pictures. This, means that you will be able to tell a story through your images. To achieve this style of photography, you should strive for your images to tell a story without staging them in anyway. To genuinely achieve this style of imagery, you should try to capture the events as they happen, there and then, in the moment.  

When shooting, there are three core principles that you should consider when trying to achieve this style of photography. These principles are:

#1: Human Interaction

#2: Humour

#3: Eye Contact

When answering the question 'what is reportage wedding photography?', we find ourselves coming back to these three areas repeatedly. It's so important that the natural course of the wedding takes place for you to capture throughout the images. When taking photos, it's actually helpful to think about how the wedding album will turn out. This will spur you on and help to inspire you when capturing photos along this theme.  

Don't Just Point & Shoot - A common misconception when it comes to reportage wedding photography is that it is easy to do. All you need to do is point the camera and capture the shot. However, this really isn’t the case. In order to get the very best shot, a skilled photographer will be able to plan ahead, assess any lighting and also wait until the perfect moment to take an image while remaining undetected by the person/ people you are photographing. This is the best approach for genuine expressions throughout your images.

This doesn’t mean that as the photographer you have to lurk in the shadows, armed with a long lens. Instead you should be present in the room, in the moment, ready to capture the perfect picture. It can be a hard balance to achieve, however, it is possible. The best thing about reportage wedding photography is that when it goes right, it is going to lead to amazing shots that will help you give your clients something to remember their special day by and it'll be exactly how they remember it.

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