Photojournalist/reportage photography are terms which you hear quite often but what do they really mean? For me, quite simply, photojournalist/reportage photography is all about wedding photographs that capture and tell a story. Increasingly, brides and grooms are attracted to this type of photography, moving away from the traditional posed photographs.
A true reportage wedding photographer will capture the wedding as it unfolds in a candid and unobtrusive fashion. It’s not only pointing the camera and taking a photograph, it’s about keeping a watch on what’s happening all around and anticipating the next moment, so that you’re in the place at the right time to take that perfect shot.
We at Colours Photo and Film are a huge fans of photojournalist/reportage photography and here is the sort of images I am talking about. In this photo, the bridesmaids and the vicar were waiting for the bride. As the bridal car approached, I was captivated by the expressions on their faces which tell a story all of their own. I quickly captured the moment, before moving on to the next shot.
The photograph below was at an Indian wedding at the Apple Tree Centre in Crawley and as with all Gujarati weddings, at the end of the wedding ceremony the bride and groom played Koda Kodi (games). The priest is supposed to put the ring in red coloured water for the bride and groom to search for. Here, the bride and the groom were under the impression that the ring was in the water and were searching for it, when all the time it was hidden in the priest’s hands. There was a lot of laughter when the truth came out!
The image below was not posed. The bride was catching a moment to relax with a magazine when her dad decided to take out his phone and take a candid shot. I also had my camera ready to snap both of them in this image before the moment passed.