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Observation

Great documentary wedding photography is all about watching and observing – you can’t just whack your cameras in burst mode and machine-gun it all day. Here are some ‘This is How’ pieces talking about how observation was vital in order to get their images:

This Is How: ‘Eat This’ by Linda Bouritius

Today we bring you a fantastic ‘behind the scenes’ piece by Linda Bouritius, as she tells us all about her recent Reportage Award-winning shot from Collection Five. Linda’s thoughts on the discussion that this image created – both positive and negative – and the huge affect it had on her photography, are really profound; can’t recommend reading this piece enough! Thanks so much to Linda for being so open and sharing her thoughts like this.

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This Is How: ‘Emotional Boys’ by James White

Fantastic to have James White with us today, as he takes us behind the scenes of his Reportage Award-winning capture from back in Collection Five. Really great insights into shooting through the scene, observation, getting up close, capturing emotion, and a great run-down on his edit, too. Thanks so much, James!

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This Is How: ‘Keep An Eye On The Horse’ by Michele Morea

Honoured to have a brand new ‘This is How…’ piece on the site today, as Michele Morea tells us about how he captured this recent Reportage Award-winning image. Really interesting thoughts on layering, composition, pre-visualisation, and documentary wedding photography in general – a great read!

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This Is How: ‘The Shadow Catchers’ by Alex Miller

Excited to have the fab Alex Miller with us today, telling us how on earth he managed to capture this bouquet-catching capture – an image which very deservedly won a Reportage Award in Collection Two. Alex shares some great insights into the circumstances which led him to attempt (and totally, nail, Alex!) such a shot, observation, composition and context, editing, and some really interesting thoughts on working as a solo shooter.

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This Is How: ‘Two Faces’ by Anna Poole

Honoured to have the great Anna Poole of Luna Weddings with us today, taking us behind the scenes of her recent Reportage Award (Anna actually won two awards in Collection Three; an incredible feat, with only the top 4% of submissions awarded worldwide). Really great insights into getting creative, spotting opportunities, off-camera flash, patience, persistence and more. Anna also shares other images from the series she took, as well as a SOOC file. So interesting; a brilliant read!

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