Ring bearer in a suit delivers the rings to the bride and groom at a wedding in London

What makes Documentary and Candid Photography Special?

As you plan your wedding day, you might start to notice different types of wedding photography. There’s fine art, editorial, creative, traditional, and documentary - or candid photography. So, what’s it all about? Let’s explore the world of documentary and candid photography, particularly in London.

1. Authentic Emotions in Candid Moments

The perfect wedding photograph is one that captures genuine emotions – the laughter, tears, and unscripted moments that define your love story. Candid wedding photography thrives on the spontaneity of these moments, allowing your photographer to freeze time and encapsulate the raw beauty of your connection.

2. Telling Your Unique Story

A skilled documentary wedding photographer understands the art of storytelling. The perfect wedding photograph is not just a snapshot; it's a chapter in the narrative of your love story. Through a series of carefully curated images, your photographer reflects the essence of your relationship against the backdrop of the vibrant city of London.

3. Natural Beauty of London's Backdrops

With its iconic landmarks and hidden gems, London provides a stunning canvas for wedding photography. It’s a great choice for a destination wedding. The perfect photograph incorporates the natural beauty of the cityscape, using it as a backdrop to enhance the visual narrative. A skilled London wedding photographer effortlessly integrates the city's unique charm into your love story.

Two grooms about to be married by an officiator in a white venue with vines on the walls

4. Unobtrusive Presence of a Documentary Photographer

Documenting your wedding day requires a photographer who can seamlessly blend into the background, allowing moments to unfold naturally. A documentary wedding photographer excels at being unobtrusive, ensuring that the true essence of your celebration is captured without interruption.

5. Focus on Real Connections

The perfect wedding photograph is not about staged poses but rather the authentic connections between you, your partner, and your loved ones. Candid wedding photography emphasises real interactions, fostering a genuine atmosphere that shines through in every frame. A lot of people don’t feel comfortable posing for photos - so a candid style means they have less to worry about. 

6. Celebrating Intimate Moments

A key aspect of the perfect wedding photograph lies in the celebration of intimate moments. Whether it's a stolen glance, a tender touch, or a shared smile, candid wedding photography captures the subtleties that make your connection unique. I often think that I am there to capture the moments that the couple might miss, like little glances or hilarious turns on the dance floor.

7. Timeless Elegance through Documentary Style

The documentary style of photography ensures a timeless elegance in your wedding photographs. By avoiding trends and focusing on genuine moments, your images will stand the test of time, allowing you to revisit your wedding day with the same joy and emotion years down the line. There has been a trend lately for that hard flash “paparazzi” style photo. I love this style, but I am not sure it will look so cool in 10 years' time as you look back at your photos. The documentary style is truly timeless. 

8. Embracing Imperfections

Perfection lies in embracing imperfections. Candid wedding photography understands that not every moment will be flawlessly composed, but the authenticity in those imperfect moments creates lasting memories. In fact, authenticity is a big word for me. I don’t want to interrupt your getting ready moments by asking you to stand by the window for better light - I want you to live in each moment to the fullest. It’s my job to capture it for you to enjoy for years to come. 

9. The Photographer's Artistry

Lastly, the perfect wedding photograph is a work of art created by the photographer. Trusting in the artistic vision of your wedding photographer is paramount. Their ability to see and capture the beauty in the ordinary transforms your wedding day into a visual masterpiece. I advise you to take your time looking at different photographers' work. See which resonates with you. When you’ve found one you like, trust them. 

The perfect wedding photograph transcends staged poses and forced smiles. It's an authentic, timeless representation of your love story, expertly captured by a skilled wedding photographer. I love this style, and I hope you do too. If you're looking for a London wedding photographer and think I can help you, let's get in touch and bring the vision of your wedding to life. 

Wedding Photographer Gary Williams


If you're looking for more than just posed photographs, if you want your wedding day to be documented authentically, capturing real emotions and heartfelt connections – then you've found your documentary wedding photographer. Get in touch and let's create memories together. If you want to know more about me, click here.