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not fairytales.

Real life, in all it’s glorious, curious, heart-wrenching, crazy beauty.

Call it documentary, or reportage, or photojournalistic wedding photography.
It’s all the same thing.

 

 


what's the point?

 

 

The point is that the pictures are about the day, not vice versa.
I take what I think are interesting pictures which I hope will become more interesting as they, and you, age. 
After all, they’re going to be with you for the rest of your lives - you’re never going to shake these things. It’s your wedding day.

 

 
 

 

I want to make you cry
in 40 years time.

 

Yes, the pictures will be good. 
But more importantly they’ll be honest.
Good photos will make you smile when you see them for the first time.
An honest representation will make you smile, weep or shake with laughter in 20, 30, 40 years. 
That’s my aim. 

 

 
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Oh, and in case you were wondering ... 

I’m the perfect party guest.
I can fit in anywhere, with anyone.
It’s a social photographer’s most important skill.

I’m cheerful, helpful, discreet and well-dressed. 
I don’t drink, smoke, smell bad or fart in public.
I can’t vouch for the other days though.
 


I’ll come to your wedding, wander round pointing my cameras at things.
Go click occasionally.
Move on.
 

I’m just another guest in a dark suit. 
You’ll barely even be aware of me for much of the day. 
It’s the only way to get interesting, surprising, emotionally engaging pictures.

 

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Of course, if you want a few formal groups I’d be delighted to do them.
I promise to make them quick, easy and painless for everyone. 
And at some point we might go for a little walk to get a few photos of the two of you alone. 
But the core of what I do is to observe and record what goes on.
And to add a pinch of my own idiosyncratic style.

For the pictures themselves there’s no fancy processing. 
No heavy vignettes. No weird coloration.
Nothing to get in the way.

Just memories, faithfully recorded.

 

Any questions? mail@martinphelpsweddings.com