documentary wedding photographer Simon Atkins

I’m Simon Atkins, a documentary wedding photographer, the key to my style is natural storytelling photographs, the essence of what I do is to capture what really happens at your wedding.

 Wedding photojournalism or documentary?

There are lots of keywords that photographers use to describe a style of photography that means unposed – reportage, documentary, wedding photojournalism – but titles really aren’t important. What I do is capture the real events and moments from your wedding day in a way that shows a story of what really happened.  It’s like a behind the scenes view of the wedding. I do take a handful of group photographs and a few relaxed portraits of the couple but mostly I’m photographing a true record of the day without any prompting or posing. Many couples prefer a documentary approach as the wedding can flow naturally without constant interruptions for photography, it also means if you are less comfortable in front of the camera you can just relax knowing I will capture the real you.

documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom outside a church after the ceremonyan example of work by documentary wedding photographer Simon Atkins
Is documentary wedding photography right for me?

I presume you are here because you are looking for a photographer who will capture your day without taking over, in which case you are a good fit for what I do! My style works best with couples who leave me to just get on with it, if you are looking for a lot of posed photographs or a long list of formal groups I am not going to be the best photographer for you.

documentary wedding photograph showing flower girls running through a box hedge maze.documentary wedding photograph showing the brides father at the front door while the bride gets ready upstairs.

Blending in. I dress like a wedding guest and blend in like a wedding guests.  You’ll find me in the heart of the action, mingling with the guests, with small and virtually silent mirrorless cameras.  I talk to people and fit in with the wedding – this is how I capture to sort of documentary images you will see on my website.

documentary wedding photography capturing a real moment of emotion as the groom sees the bride for the first time

 I love emotion!  I love capturing documentary moments that will make you cry when you look back on them. I don’t shy away from capturing emotion. The resulting photographs have real meaning for you and real memories attached to them. Wanted: more grooms like Jon above who became very emotional on seeing Jasmine in her dress. You might recognise Jasmine Harman from Channel 4 where she presents a place in the sun.

documentary wedding photo of the dancing

Getting down on the dance floor.  Book me for extended coverage and you’ll find me on the dance floor capturing fun images. I was recently photographing this image from an Asian wedding and decided I was close enough to the action when I felt a drum stick smack the side of my face. I love capturing all the fun moments from the dancing and this is where documentary wedding photography really shines.

Portraits. I like to spend around ten minutes with you creating some relaxed portraits, I do not rigidly pose these and instead prefer to put you both where the light is good and let you have a moment together.

Don’t like having your photograph taken?  That makes two of us! But I promise the short portrait session will be relaxed and painless.

The group photos. I’m often asked if as a documentary wedding photographer I take group/family photographs as I don’t show many of these on my website, the answer is yes.

Generally I recommend keeping your groups list short, maybe around 6 or 7 groups in total in order to keep the time taken down to about 15 minutes. Nobody likes standing around for photographs for long drawn out sessions and while I am doing this I am missing out on all the great documentary photographs of you enjoying your day!

documentary weddings photography example showing the couple kissing under umbrellas on a boat as rain falls.

What I do best.  My signature style is capturing story telling documentary images, I’m on the look out for these all day. I also like the photographs to sit together as part of the overall story rather than a disconnected series of candid images.

Capturing ‘wow’ images.  I’m sure you’ll want a few images you can frame and hang on your wall, so I always look out for these arty type images. They look pretty good in your wedding album too!


All good so far? Why not pop over and have a look through my portfolio and then get in touch to see if I’m available for your date. 



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