Unobtrusive, Unposed, Unique
Wedding Photography in Scotland
A Scotland Wedding Photographer who tells the story of your day
Documentary features photography for your wedding
There’s music on this video - “Survival Instinct” by my nephew Tom Grosset’s Toronto based jazz band Snaggle, You may want to turn the volume down first!
Every photograph or a collection of photos has to tell a story. A single image often had many elements going on inside it, or it would be simple but rely on the background knowledge of the viewer to understand it. My job was to make the reader appreciate what it was like to have been where I was standing. The photo essays were the same, but with more freedom and time to explain to the reader what was going on, what I was experiencing.
As a wedding photographer I view weddings as "good news" stories, that to my mind are waiting to be covered like any other story. There’s a beginning, a middle, and an end. There are incredible highlights, emotions, details, joy, laughter, tears - and lots of love, emotion and romance. And like any story, they are all there, waiting to unfurl in front of my lens, to tell in my natural wedding photography style.
I am an observational photographer. That is almost the definition of a documentary photographer or photojournalist. I do not expect the bride and groom, or their guests, to behave like paid for models. I do not turn up at a wedding with a specific plan for the pictures and force everyone to pose and do things my way. I watch what happens, taking pictures as the light and the compositions happen in front of me.
Of course, a certain amount of posing is required to arrange the formal and group photos that are part of every wedding, but I try to get that over with as quickly as possible, allowing me to concentrate on my real skill - observing and reacting to what I see.
I have always been friendly, polite and dressed in a suit - that should go without saying. So many people (including most other photographers!) seem to hold wedding photographers in low esteem, but I aim to raise the perception of the profession both by my photographs and my behaviour
Of course, the one advantage a wedding story has over the usual magazine feature is that there aren’t any words to get in the way of my pictures!
Lothians, Scotland wedding photographer. Award winning relaxed, natural documentary photography in Dunbar, North Berwick, Haddington, Musselburgh and Edinburgh. Site and Photographs © Simon Grosset / Q Photography Tel: 07860 309161