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Capturing Authentic Moments: The Art of Documentary Wedding Photography


Congrats, you’re engaged! Now comes the fun part of gathering the best team to help you have the best wedding day for you and your partner. You head to Pinterest, Instagram, & google your local wedding photographers. You see the words Documentary Wedding Photography come up a lot and wonder what exactly is this style of photography? Are they experienced in capturing authentic moments?

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What is Documentary Wedding Photography?

Documentary wedding photography is all about capturing the real moments and emotions of your wedding day in a candid and unscripted way. Unlike traditional wedding photography, which often involves posed portraits and staged shots, documentary photographers aim to blend into the background and capture the day as it naturally unfolds. They focus on capturing genuine emotions, spontaneous interactions, and meaningful moments, resulting in a collection of images that truly reflect the essence of your wedding day.

The Benefits of Documentary Wedding Photography

  1. Authenticity: One of the key benefits of documentary wedding photography is its authenticity. By capturing real moments and emotions as they happen, documentary photographers create images that feel genuine and heartfelt, allowing you to relive the true essence of your wedding day for years to come.
  2. Unobtrusive Approach: Documentary photographers take a hands-off approach, allowing you and your guests to enjoy your day without constant posing or direction. This results in a more relaxed and natural atmosphere, where people feel free to be themselves and express genuine emotions without feeling self-conscious.
  3. Storytelling: Documentary wedding photography is all about storytelling. By capturing the sequence of events, the emotions, and the interactions between you and your loved ones, documentary photographers create a narrative that unfolds naturally throughout the day, allowing you to revisit the story of your wedding day in its entirety.
  4. Emotional Impact: The candid nature of documentary wedding photography often results in images that evoke strong emotions. From tears of joy to infectious laughter, documentary photographers are skilled at capturing the raw and unfiltered emotions that make your wedding day so special.
  5. Attention to Detail: While documentary photographers focus on capturing candid moments, they also pay attention to the details that help tell the story of your day. From the small gestures to the intricate decorations, documentary photographers document the little moments and details that make your wedding unique.

Tips for Choosing a Wedding Photographer

  1. Review Their Portfolio: Take the time to review the photographer’s portfolio to get a sense of their style and approach. Look for images that capture genuine emotions and candid moments, and make sure their style aligns with your vision for your wedding day and engagement session. This engagment session is one of my favorites captured authentically – Caley & Sam’s Engagement
  2. Meet in Person: I always meet couples over a Zoom call to get to know each other. I especially love hearing about how you met and where, what you’re favorite things to do together are, and hear about the overall vision of your wedding day.
  3. Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the photographer’s experience, approach, and the services they offer. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what to expect on your wedding day and how the photographer plans to document the events. Im always happy to answer any questions or concerns.
  4. Trust Their Expertise: This is in my opinion the most important thing when it comes to hiring your wedding photographer. Once you’ve chosen a documentary wedding photographer, trust their expertise and allow them to do what they do best. Remember that documentary photographers are storytellers, and they’re skilled at capturing the moments and emotions that make your wedding day truly special.

The Jen Kruskamp Photo Promise

This is my personal mission… to create a visual narrative that unfolds the love, joy, and emotions shared on your wedding day. I believe in the power of candid shots, letting the day naturally evolve while I discreetly document the genuine connections, laughter, and tears. I have a superpower where I am able to blend into the background while still being present and available to you and your needs throughout the wedding day. I ensure that every nuance and emotion is preserved authentically, allowing you to relive the magic of your wedding day through my lens.

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