As the name suggests reportage wedding photography is a report of the day’s events in chronological order. It should tell a unique story, capture emotions and document the day as it unfolds. Reportage wedding photography is a journalistic or documentary approach to wedding photography, it is very real, spontaneous and therefore doesn’t rely on staged and posed shots that can often feel fake or forced.
Reportage photography captures the true essence of the wedding, capturing the day in its purest form. A good reportage wedding photographer should feel very much like a guest in terms of inconspicuousness rather than an outsider, therefore allowing their clients to feel relaxed, whilst discreetly documenting their day. Interaction between the photographer and client is often minimal in order to get a real, ‘untampered’ sense of the day. The photographer should instinctively know which shots will ‘work’, considering composition, lighting and of course anticipating a potentially beautiful moment before even looking through the view finder. In a nut shell reportage wedding photography is documenting an organic, untampered, unfolding of a wedding day.
In this pure form of wedding photography, the moment where the bride and groom’s eyes meet for the first time are unparalleled by any staged effort that may come after this moment. A good reportage wedding photographer realises that all of the moments are already there and at no point should he or she feel that they must contrive a shot.