Let me tell yours…

Hi, I'm David and I am a liverpool wedding photographer. I work around the North west & the U.K. I create beautiful stories from natural moments of your wedding day.

Every wedding I photograph is unique, because you are. Your wedding has it’s own authentic story which shines through in the photographs that I take.

The story that I will create for you will reflect the real things that happen throughout the day, with nothing staged or contrived from me. I capture the tears, the hugs and the laughter.

I will be just out of sight, and waiting for people to be people. Waiting for grandma to hug you. For your mum to shed a tear during the vows.

For Dad to see you in your wedding dress for the very first time. For the smile from your partner as you walk down the church aisle together  after the wedding ceremony.

Because these are the real things that happen at a wedding and they are the moments that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

All I ask from you is that you just forget about me and just enjoy your day - your way.

Real Moments

captured forever

I am

a documentary wedding photographer

How does a documentary wedding photographer shoot a wedding?

My style of photography is called documentary wedding photography. My way of photographing your wedding will make your day more fun and stress free for you. 

So how do I photograph your day differently? Well maybe it is better if start with what I won't do.

I won't boss you around. Ask you to look in the mirror and pretend to apply make up. Ask you to hug mum (or dad). Shout at any of the guests for getting in the way of "the shot". Drag you around for a few hours on your portrait shoot. Ask you to say cheese until your jaws ache.

I won't ask you to do anything at all apart from the obvious -  have one of the most amazing day's of your life without any intrusion, direction or instruction from me.

In fact you can just forget about me as your photographer, while I capture all the best bits from your day. The real things that happen and the stuff you won't ever forget.

The following images I really love...

I shot this a few years ago and it is still one of my favourite bridal preparation shots. I think the bride looks so beautiful and graceful as her bridesmaid helps her into her dress.

The bridesmaids are seeing the bride in her dress for the first time. The expressions on their faces are just great! I'm prettty sure the bride felt amazing in this moment.

The bride has just walked into the concert room in St. Georges hall. I love the look on the faces of the grooms mum & dad, they are so happy to see their future daughter in law.

What a beautiful moment, the brides mother ordered a framed print of this image after the wedding as a present. She described the groom "he looks like he is floating". 

David Walters Liverpool Wedding Photographer

There are other terms for this style of wedding photography that you might also come across - Reportage wedding photography or wedding photojournalism. They all mean the same thing.

A Documentary wedding photographer creates a truthful and beautiful story of the wedding day with candid images. A candid image is a photograph that is taken of a subject that generally is not aware they are being photographed.

The dictionary definition of 'candid' is "truthful and straightforward" or in regards to photography in particular "(of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject's knowledge."

The documentary wedding photographer captures these truthful moments in the most creative and artistic way possible. Their personal vision and experience of lighting and composition informing the 'look' or style of their work.

It takes skill and a certain attitude to do documentary wedding photography well.

I suppose that is the difference between a 'snap' and a documentary photograph - they are both candid images although the documentary photograph is composed and lit more artistically.

I am a storyteller using images. As every shot I take during the day is a real truthful moment in time, when these photographs are weaved together the photographs that I take become the story of your wedding day.

The following sequence of images show how powerful documentary wedding photography can be. The incident happened while the priest was finalising the signing of the register, a time when a traditional photographer will be organising the witnesses and family to shoot a set of "registry shots"

 

I had noticed something was happening between the bride and groom as they were admiring each other’s rings. In the first image you can see the look of love from the groom. As he kisses the bride’s ring on her finger she is so touched she wipes away a tear. You can see the bridesmaid and best man look away with embarrassment at such a tender moment.

 I knew mum & dad were looking over so I turned around to get her reaction. You can see Mum overwhelmed with emotion at the scene she has just witnessed. And then it is just left to the groom to shed a few tears of his own! We can see the bride & groom laughing at their sentimentality in the final picture!

If I would have been absentmindedly flicking through images on my camera waiting do to do the group shots I would have totally missed what happened. Ot worse still, by organising and 'stepping in' I might have stopped this beautiful scene from ever happening. Having the attitude of patiently waiting  rewards the documentary wedding photographer with photographs that have real memories and the powerful emotions that go with them. I love this set of images because it captures so well how important the ring is to the bride and groom and what it signifies - their promise to each other for life.

I don’t want to be the photographer who treats your wedding day as an extended portrait session. I want to be the Documentary Wedding Photographer who captures all of the myriad things that happen during the day. The stuff you don’t see and the real important things that happen in and around you throughout the day. So that when you look back over your photographs you are able to relive your day through the images, which tell the story of your wedding day.

 

Being a documentary wedding photographer the mind-set is more about being aware of everything that is happening around you. Reacting to your surroundings as well as observing and anticipating situations as they occur.

Rather than thinking how to create the next shot in the list of 'shots' a wedding photographer is 'supposed' to take (according to some industry standard)

My Portfolio

Traditional vs Documentary Wedding Photography

To illustrate the difference between true documentary photography and 'subtly directed' or just plain old bossy photography, imagine a film director who can only make one film with one story ‘The Wedding’.

In each film he makes, even though it has a new set of actors and locations he continues to ‘direct’ the same scenes over and over. So every Film he makes is the same but with different actors.

One ‘industry standard’ shot is asking the bride or brides mum to open the champagne and do a cheers shot, with all the bridesmaids and bride clinking their glasses.

Although the crazy thing is, if there is champagne it will get opened and you and the rest of the bridal  party will almost definitely clink your glasses together because that is what people do when they celebrate isn’t it?

So why do I need to orchestrate it?

So armed with a mental list of these type of shots your ‘subtle director’ (although direction can never be subtle) orchestrates his version of a wedding over your wedding!

So in essence you get the same set of photographs as everybody else, because each ‘wedding scene’ (like the bridal preparations or arrival at the church) has a set amount of shots that the photographer uses to ‘stamp’ their version of a wedding onto your day.

A documentary wedding photographer will observe and document the day with no direction or contrivance at all. I will capture beautiful shots of you and your family and friends being yourselves in your own version of ‘The Wedding!’

And the beautiful thing about that is every wedding is unique, with it’s own set of characters who adlib rather than follow the photographers script.

So rather than standing behind the camera shouting the orders, your documentary photographer is in the ‘film’ with you quietly shooting all of the spontaneous and wonderful stuff that happens all around you on your wedding day!

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David Walters Photography

61 Canning Street
Liverpool L8 7NW
Phone: 07886794180
Email: david@dwliverpoolphotography.co.uk