As a documentary wedding photographer, my primary focus and strength is documenting human interaction. The signature style and non-intrusive experience I provide my couples is why they hire me. I don’t move or manipulate things, or pose / direct people. I only provide some basic direction for the few group portraits they want to do. So, with that as my native style, what about photographing details at weddings?
Yes, absolutely! Photographing details at weddings is also an important part of the day for a documentary wedding photographer like me. Someone’s hard work went into them. The couples always appreciate it, and it nicely balances out the coverage. In fact, I make it a practice to arrive at the venue a little early to navigate to capture some of the details about the venue and various decorations for the couples’ wedding.
Here are a few wedding venue details from Tomlinson Family Farm in Lebanon, in between rainstorms. Might as well take advantage of the mood with bolder higher contrast. Much more reminiscent of my style than bright and airy and blown highlights.
That doesn’t mean I am running around for hours and taking 78 photos of the same table setting or flower vase, LOL. But it’s nice to give details some attention, and it’s already done by the time the bride / couple thinks about it. Then as guests arrive and as we prepare for critical moments, I can dedicate my time to documenting the love, energy, emotion, and human interaction. All of which happen naturally at weddings.