Documentary Styled Photography Is The Best

What is Documentary photography

Documentary-style photography, also known as photojournalism or reportage photography, is a style of photography that aims to chronicle events or environments in a factual and objective manner. Here are some key characteristics and principles of documentary-style photography:

Objective Approach: Documentary photography seeks to capture moments as they happen, without altering the scene or influencing the subjects. For weddings and couples portraits this means letting couples be who they are within the frame or backdrop.

Storytelling: It focuses on telling a story through images, often capturing candid and unposed moments. Shooting the whole day from start to finish and the nuanced moments in between. For me this means also shooting the environment and things that catch my eye beyond the couple.

Authenticity: The emphasis is on capturing real-life situations and events as they unfold naturally, without staging or directing the subjects. Im NOT telling couples to be someone they aren’t but asking them to be themselves and in front of a good back drop.

    Emphasis on Context: Photographs are often taken in the context of a larger narrative or story, aiming to provide insight into a particular issue, culture, or event. For weddings this unfolds in a few ways as the photographer I respect and honor each couples backgrounds and I work with families and people to capture that in a human way.

    Minimal Manipulation: Unlike commercial or portrait photography, documentary photography typically involves minimal editing or post-processing to preserve the authenticity of the image. Exactly, I don’t edit much, and I don’t retouch at all thats an add on service.

    I think the goal is to weave, even marry the love of photojournalism with weddings. Offering couples something really honest and unique to their love. Verse cookie cutting the same protocol every time. Someone once told me a lot of my weddings look different and I think to some degree they should, not everyone is the same. So the photos also shouldn’t look the same.

    awesome magnum Article HERE on documentary style.

    Documentary styled photography is often known for being little more edgy and crud, not as soft and gentle as more commercial and typical wedding photography. Artfully choosing angles that are maybe more about the image that being perfect. Sometimes stepping all the way back or on the floor to catch life from a different view.

    1. Timeless Tributes: Documentary styled photography is timeless, it’s not contrived or over the top it allows couples to just be human, to just be in the moment in the real places they in habit.

    Check out a few of my favorite elopement’s I’ve done recently CLICK HERE


    “WOW! We could not recommend Gianna enough as a wedding photographer. The day of Gianna was fun, professional, and helped us make the most of every shot. She seems to have an eye for finding the perfect shot wherever we went throughout Brooklyn and knew where to take us to find interesting street art and views. She brought a positive vibe and great energy throughout. If you are looking for fun and unique shots, look no further!”

    Gabby & Tom

    “Gianna is a master of her craft & an all around incredible person who we are *so* grateful to have gotten to work with. Planning to have a tiny wedding ceremony in 2020 was a rollercoaster, but the stars really aligned when we found Gianna. Her photojournalistic style is so special; she captured us, our day, and the neighborhood we love so beautifully. Our wedding was very intimate, and Gianna fit right in & made us all feel at ease. It was a privilege to work with such a passionate and talented artist whose unique vision we could trust implicitly. If you’re looking for a photographer who will capture your day in a way you will treasure forever – seriously look no further! Each image is such a gift. We can’t thank you enough, Gianna!”

    Dylan & Jordan

    “Gianna was such an amazing part of our wedding. She was so flexible, accommodating, and friendly. Everyone loved her work. She first shot an engagement shoot with us and after that we knew we wanted her for the wedding. Those photos were a hit and everyone wanted to know who shot us. She was attentive when taking shots guiding us to get the most flattering ones and patient when we needed breaks or weren’t feeling the shots. She’s super down to earth and intuitive. We have her bookmarked for any future events and gave her info out to guests as well.”

    Mischa & Samir

    “I cannot say enough good things about Gianna. Her documentary-style vibe was the perfect fit for our more laid-back elopement + party. We never wanted anything to feel forced or cheesy. She has genuinely mastered the art of taking authentic and real pictures that are still so beautiful.
    Not only is her work amazing, but she made everything feel so comfortable and easy. We all genuinely had a blast running around all over NEPA taking photos. It was a truly magical day and Gianna played a huge role in that!”

    Kait & Jerry

    “Gianna was brilliant I’m so happy we chose her to photograph our wedding. She was very flexible with timings (even last minute changes on the morning of) and made us feel relaxed and ourselves. My favorite thing is that she shot on film and digital, so special to have both mediums. She’s truly a master of her craft and a wonderful human. Thanks Gianna for giving us the best memories to keep forever”

    Olivia & David

    “So when you elope from Tennessee to have your wedding in NYC you want the best of everything; the best location, the ceremony, and the best photographer, and that is what we had! Gianna made our wedding a true fairytale! Gianna brought the city to us! Our photos were so unique and creative. We had so much fun traveling around the city that she knows so well. She captured the brilliance and magic of her New York and shared it with us, making our day so very special. The photos bring back the feel of day to us each time we see them.”

    Lucy & Gary

    “Gianna was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her passion, charisma, and energy really shines in her elopement photography. Her attention to detail and professionalism really blew us away. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer for our New York City wedding. Gianna has a strong knowledge of the city and knew all of the best places to take stunning photos. Our family and friends could not get over how well our photos turned out and thought they should be featured in magazines! We will always have such vivid memories from our special day whenever we look at Gianna’s photos. Thank you for everything Gianna!”

    Chris & Gillian

    “Sometimes thank you doesn’t seem enough. You amazed us. When we first booked our wedding we had our fingers crossed we’d get to have you as our photographer and we can’t tell you how happy we were when we got you! Your passion and love for what you do shines through. It’s so lovely to watch someone who has truly found their unique talent in this world. We know every photo you took could not have been taken by anyone else. Our photos are beautiful, you’ve captured our happiest moments and turned them into something so special for us and our family. Thank you for everything – you are one of a kind. “

    Jemma & Matt
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