Candid photography is a significantly more relaxed style than the 'formal' style described on the previous page. It is true to say that group shots and portraits are still included, but they are far less staged and will not take anywhere near as long to set up! A candid photographer will normally use a mixture of both semi-posed and impromptu shots to balance the album and you are just as likely to see a semi-posed shot of the Bride and Groom kissing under an archway, as one of the Best Man tripping over as he leaves the Church.
Candid photographers will not be obsessed with every little detail but instead have more of an eye on the proceedings in general to ensure that they can capture that spontaneous moment that others may miss. You are more likely to have a laugh when looking through an album of candid shots but less likely to see a multi-award winning photograph nestled within the pages. If the candid style is to your liking, it is wise to have a think about which semi-posed shots you simply must have captured, and let your photographer know in advance.
Also referred to as ‘Storybook’, this style of photography tells the story of the day as caught on camera, right from the Bride having her hair done in the morning, through to the first dance on the evening, or perhaps even later (by which we mean right until the guests leave, as opposed to following you into your hotel room for more risqué filming!).
Of course, how long the photographer remains there during the day will effect at which point the story effectively ends. You may wish to either pay your photographer extra to stay longer, hunt down a photographer who will stay for the full day, or supplement the portfolio with images from guests that have taken on their own cameras along. Reportage is a very informal and relaxed style of photography which should result in a very natural feel to the images.