Why the art of street photography is akin to reportage wedding photography: and why formal photographs can be a good thing

Every now and then I enjoy spending some time wandering around various parts of London observing my surroundings and the people within them.  Recently, I was due to meetup with some fellow wedding photographers in the evening, so thought to myself ‘why not spend a few hours pounding the pavements, watching the world go by and capturing some candid shots of life in London in 2011.’

Here are some of the results, all taken around Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Liverpool Street.

street photography is good practice for candid wedding photography

Taking candids on the street is excellent practice for weddings – you need to be quick to capture a fleeting moment before it has disappeared but at the same time need to retain an eye for composition and timing. Candid images like these are very relevant to modern wedding photography – many couples now shy away from very formal posed photographs and prefer to go for reportage style images. Personally, I like to strike a balance when shooting a wedding and make sure key formal setup shots of groups etc are captured. Not to say a wholly candid wedding is wrong, more to say ‘think ahead to the future,’ when the record of these groups of people not only might have sentimental value but also compliments the informal nature of the reportage wedding photographs. My approach to this therefore is to suggest that my couples think of several key posed group shots that they would like recorded, and then to capture these in a relaxed and fun manner, keeping the whole process short and sweet, allowing everyone to get on with the main purpose of the day – celebrating the wedding.

reportage capture of weddings is like street photography



reportage and wedding candids are similar

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