DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
I am Sussex wedding photographer, Martin Beddall, and I specialise in documentary wedding photography. I work in an honest and natural photojournalistic style. Images observed and captured, rather than contrived. I shoot weddings throughout the UK and abroad.
REPORTAGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
My background is in editorial photography and photojournalism, working for The Times, for ten years, as a photojournalist. From portraits of the Prime Minister and Hollywood stars to reportage stories across the world. Working to deadline, under pressure, in often difficult situations and environments – no better grounding for documentary wedding photography.
I approach wedding days as if I was a shooting a classic reportage photo essay for a magazine. More documentary photography than standard wedding photography. Capturing, in compelling images, the narrative of the day. Good wedding photography is fundamentally good storytelling in my opinion. If focuses on the characters, the fleeting moments and the emotions. I use the ambient light as much as possible, as this allows me to be unobtrusive, a fly on the wall. Ten years from now, the taste of the cake and the smell of the flowers may have faded in your memory, but you will have the photos to treasure for ever.
DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Wedding photography for couples who don’t want all that traditional setup stuff – but instead, want their wedding day captured in a series of natural, evocative images, that capture the atmosphere of the day. The story of the day.
Hopefully, this website can give you a real sense of the way that I shoot and how my eye sees. It’s the difference in the ‘eye’ that sets photographers apart. Whether in my portfolio or the weddings and articles featured on my blog. If you are interested in an informal and natural approach to unposed wedding photography, please contact me to check my availability.
Professional Photographer of the Year 2012.
Wedding Photographer of the Year – London & the South-East, 2015 & 2016 (The Wedding Industry Awards)
Highly Commended, Wedding Photographer of the Year – National Finals, 2015 & 2016 (The Wedding Industry Awards)
Member of The South East Selective
“ More photojournalism
“Our photographs are exquisite
– they document the day perfectly. There is an intimacy and realism in Martin’s photography which I suspect comes from his earlier work as a photojournalist.”
“This is exactly what we wanted,
a storybook of our day. Some of our guests have commented ’we didn’t realise you had a photographer’ – this is how well Martin fits into the day”
“The most amazing
and uniquely composed wedding photos I have ever seen. I can’t believe how well Martin captured the spirit of the day and the way we feel for each other.”
“ His photos are exactly what we wanted.
Natural, entertaining and beautiful. Every person who has seen them has been amazed by them and a few tears have been shed.”
“He captured the mood of the day,
of us and all our guests, perfectly. He caught some very special (and fleeting!) moments and we barely noticed him all day.”
A Summer wedding in a small Sussex village A Sussex village wedding for Lucy and Ian - the village in question being the pretty, flint-walled, village of Singleton. Nestled in the Lavant valley, just north of Chichester. (If you have kids of school age, you may have...read more
Amanda and Jon's wedding at Grittenham Barn This wedding happened along the same road, the A272 in West Sussex. All of it local to where the couple lives. Grittenham Barn was later, the wedding reception. First, Amanda was getting ready in a lodge at Cowdray Golf Club...read more
Sony A9 - one year on... So, it's been exactly one year since I first used the Sony A9 at a wedding. May Bank Holiday weekend 2017 to be exact. I had two weddings that weekend, one on the Friday and one on the Sunday. I'd read about the Sony A9, being an owner of the...read more