Why choose an alternative wedding photographer?

I’ve written this blog for adventurous and creative couples who are looking for an alternative wedding photographer. A photographer who is fun, and definitely not cheesy. Someone raw, real and authentic.

 I love a wet willy at a wedding!

I love a wet willy at a wedding!

If I asked you to describe your experience of traditional wedding photography you might talk about a man two generations older than you with his camera on a tripod shouting at the guests to get in line for the formal photographs. You’d say he will dominate the wedding day and orchestrate proceedings, taking the couple away from their guests for hours on end, getting them to stand in cheesy production line poses that he will recycle for his next couple the following week.

 A good alternative wedding photographer will be able to spot the moments between the moments

A good alternative wedding photographer will be able to spot the moments between the moments

A traditional wedding photographer will spoil the ceremony by using flash and clack-clacking away on his giant camera replete with rocket launcher sized lens, machine gunning 14 shots per second. He will take 3 months to deliver the final photographs and they will be technically fine but soulless and not a true reflection of the wedding day.

You don’t want traditional wedding photography - you want an alternative.

 Alternative compositions and subject matter make for fun and spontaneous photographs that are unique to your wedding

Alternative compositions and subject matter make for fun and spontaneous photographs that are unique to your wedding

You’re different. You go against the grain. You don’t just go with the flow and do what everyone else does. You’re more stylish. More modern. You don’t want your wedding photographer to tell you what to do and how to stand every five minutes. You’re more laid back and relaxed. You just want the day to unfold naturally and you want your wedding photography to reflect that. You want to work with a photographer who gets you.

It’s likely that you have looked further afield for a wedding venue than a formal country hall or soulless corporate hotel. You’ve picked somewhere more quirky such as a boutique hotel, an outside wedding on a farm or in a tipi, or a funky converted barn. An alternative wedding photographer will be excited by the creative opportunities to get truly unique photograph of you two in your venue.

 Don’t just take boring, production line portraits - experiment with light and smoke to get something different

Don’t just take boring, production line portraits - experiment with light and smoke to get something different

They will want you to organise the day the way you want to, and you will trust them to bring their eye to proceedings. You won’t give them a shotlist you’ve printed out from a bridal magazine. You’ve already scoured their website and checked out their Instagram feed, so you know you fit with how they see the world. You can relax knowing that they are a practiced professional and you can just get on with the task of getting married, without having to worry about managing the photographer or him jarring you out of the moment.

 Lynne and James are joined by their friends and family after the first dance

Lynne and James are joined by their friends and family after the first dance

The majority of the day will be spent just enjoying the day with your alternative wedding photographer photographing those moments in between moments in a documentary or reportage style. You might sneak away for a while to take some couples portraits (and grab a quiet moment away from your guests), but they will be spontaneous, natural and real, rather than forced and awkward. They might just direct you into an area where the light and composition is good and ask you to interact with each other as you normally would. Some couples are romantic, others silly, some serious. Whatever you are, a good alternative wedding photographer will want to capture the real you.

 A good alternative wedding photographer can make any backdrop look amazing

A good alternative wedding photographer can make any backdrop look amazing

I hope that this blog has helped you think about the differences between traditional and alternative wedding photography. If you’d like to book me as your alternative wedding photographer please get in touch via my contact form.