Candid wedding photography, often called candid photography or unobtrusive wedding photography focuses on documenting the wedding day with little interruption. These style of photography involved trying to capture all the interesting, funny and often quirky moments during the day. Instead of trying to present your wedding day as a perfect, by-the-book fairy-tale wedding, the photographer tries to capture the raw essence of your wedding day in all it perfectly imperfect glory.
With raw, documentary style wedding photography, you have less control of the shot. Choosing this type of photography is great if you are the type of person who enjoys the imperfections of yourself and your family and friends. Photographing weddings in a candid way does not mean that you'll not look good in the photos or that they'll not be flattering. But it does require some faith in the process and letting go of control.
The best way to find the right wedding photography style for you is to look at wedding photography portfolios mark down the ones that resonate with you. If you find yourself drawn to more raw, and often quirky wedding photos, and you can imagine yourself in these images, then you'll probably enjoy having a photography document your wedding in this way.
Another consideration is how you want your photographer to interact with you and your guests on the day. Unobtrusive wedding photographers, as the name suggest, would usually not bother you much during the day. This means you can get on with you wedding day, having a blast with your wedding party while they discreetly snap away and capture real moments as they occur.
Personally, we're big fans of this style of photography which brings a fresh approach and some unexpected results.
We might be a bit biased (ok, we are!), but we believe that the candid approach to wedding photography is a good way to bring out the uniqueness of you and your wedding.
The photo and vibe that come out of this style of photography really encompass the magic of your wedding day and your uniqueness as a group of individuals.
As opposed to the more formal types of photography, documentary wedding photography tends to show people in their true colours and character. If you want your photos to shine with the special vibe and atmosphere of the day, then documentary wedding photography is the way to go. Take the leap of faith, enjoy your day and know that whatever happens, you're going to get photos that are true to your experience.
The work of a good documentary wedding photographer is quite delicate. On the one hand, they don't direct much, don't interfere and don't manipulate what they see. At the same time, they bring their unique vision, aesthetic and personality to notice and capture the moments in the way they see them.
It's a fine balance. What's interesting is that without interfering or changing the day, every photographer will see something different and bring their own visions and personality. Docu-wedding photos tell your story and the photographer is the storyteller. It's a creative process which can result in some unexpected images.