Daunting to say the least but now totally humbled here is my Fellowship panel, the first ever awarded by any association for Documentary Wedding Photography.
Ray Lowe previous chair of the MPA quoted ” This is equivalent to three Michelin stars in the restaurant world”
As part of the qualification which was judged by 5 current fellows a statement is required about the images.
Documentary Wedding Photography Panel
As a professional wedding photography with over twenty years of experience I have developed a signature style that make my images recognisable as mine.
As a documentary wedding photographer, I record the day through story-telling images, that capture the moments as they happen, focusing on the emotions and interactions of the couple and their guests. I capture the detail of the story through candid close ups and natural moments, rather than orchestrated poses.
I like to use a lot of beautiful contrasting black and white, as this enhances the intensity and depth of the image, often likened to the work of fine artists in the renaissance period using a technique called chiaroscuro. For me documentary photography is most effective when processed in black and white.
Mayfair fine art dealer William Lansbury recently came across my work and quoted “If Caravaggio had a camera these are the type of images he would take”.
The panel is a collection of photographs that capture the story of the wedding day, although not all from one single wedding. They are all totally undirected and therefore pure moments that have occurred naturally without intervention which is my signature style.
Great documentary photography requires all the elements of photography in its highest artistic form, including good composition and beautiful lighting. In addition there is a crucial component that elevates a documentary photograph to one that truly captures a moment in time, telling the story of the people within the image with all its emotion, and as a photographer it is about having the experience to know where to position yourself so that you can capture that illusive moment within a single frame.
The panel is assembled in chronological order of a wedding day, from the anticipation that the bride feels whilst preparing for her day, through various ceremonies such as Bedekken, the Tisch, and the marriage itself, finishing with the celebration and dancing.
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