Documentary-style, wedding photojournalism allows couples to enjoy the day in its entirety and live in the moment. Rather than your photographer being in the middle of things, directing or coercing, he/she blends into the scene and photographs what happens naturally, the unfolding moments of the day. The final collection of images tell the complete story with all its beauty, emotion, and excitement, including moments that you were unaware of.
In a few words, the difference is anticipation versus reaction. A documentary-style wedding photojournalist is trained and practiced at anticipating the moments that are about to happen. The goal of the documentary-style photographer is to capture the peak or decisive moment of his subject. Candid-style photographs are the result of the unsuspecting photographer reacting to a passing moment, often missing the decisve moment. Also, reactionary, candid-style photos are often captured with little thought to what's in the background of the photo. By anticipating a moment before it happens, documentary-style photojournalists give themselves time to consider how to compose the image, using foreground and background elements within the scene purposely to enhance the impact of the final image. All wedding photographers today photograph candid-style photographs, but most do not practice documentary-style photojournalism.
Couples who decide to go with a documentary wedding photographer often do so because they don’t want to miss anything on their wedding day. They want to celebrate in the moment without interruption. Having documentary wedding photojournalists photograph their wedding allows the couple to completely relax and enjoy their full wedding day. When they look at their wedding photos long after the wedding is past, they will be able to watch and be reminded of how the day actually unfolded, naturally, authentically, and uniquely, the real story of their wedding day.
We do photograph portraits on the wedding day. We understand that a wedding day is like a family reunion, bringing family members and friends together from across the globe. We understand that a day like this should document who is there. Although we will photograph many of your guests in a candid or documentary style, we will also work with you to set aside a specific time during the day to photograph your required list of group portraits.
As documentary wedding photographers, we become your eyes, and will photograph moments that you won’t remember ever happening. If you give us a “shot” list of what you want photographed, it prohibits us from doing what we do best: to anticipate and photograph unique, authentic, true-to-the-moment photographs. We will be more concerned with reviewing and checking off the items on your list rather than watching, observing and capturing great documentary moments that you will cherish for a lifetime. No other wedding day will be like yours. The people who attend, the locations of your ceremony and reception, the unfolding story of how the day happened from the time you wake up that morning until the very last dance of your wedding celebration will never be duplicated. We don’t want to miss anything.
Yes! Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive wedding photojournalism. There is a lot going on during your wedding day! With Ray Anthony commissioned as your lead wedding photographer, his packages do include one additional associate photographer that is by Ray's side throughout the whole day, plus as third photographer for a minimum of two hours dedicated to the groom getting ready. This is especially important if the bride and groom are getting ready in two different locations. Having multiple photographers allows Ray to concentrate on photographing unique, behind-the-scenes moments that he has become known for, while the additional photographers focus on the details of the day and expected, must-have moments.
Because we are sought after to photograph the true, unfolding story of the wedding day, we don’t want to miss anything. True to our documentary approach, we believe that your wedding day is to be photographed in its entirety just as if we were commissioned to photograph “a day in the life” story for Time or Life Magazine. There are stories within the story of the day, starting with the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready, to the groom hanging out with his groomsmen, to seeing your family and friends for the first time in your wedding dress or tuxedo, to those unique moments that happen in a split second that capture the spirit and celebration of the day. By staying to the very end of the night, we photograph everything from the most touching, heart-felt moments that will make you feel how much you are loved and bring tears to your eyes, to the most fun, outrageous and spontaneous moments that will make you laugh and relive the joy of your wedding.