As a lover of words one of my most favorite things about them is the fact that we can use them to tell our stories. We form words together resulting in a window that provides readers a glimpse into our lives or some insight as to who we are. Our stories are sometimes told for entertainment purposes but some of the best ones are those that convey emotion and leave the reader inspired or touched in some way.
Photos also harness a similar power to that found in words. An image can move us to feel various emotions ranging from excitement and joy to sadness. But what photos also do is present us with an opportunity to form our own stories or quickly revisit a chapter from our own life story.
The photos taken by Steven Carter Hewson do just that. They tell a story. The photos, taken in a documentary style, are stunning and unlike anything I have seen. The ones featured here today are from various weddings that he has photographed. Unlike the posed planned photos we often see in wedding photography these images are captured moments. Each image contains numerous emotions in the form of tiny pixels coming together to create one beautiful photo. Not being familiar with this particular type of photography I asked Steven to share some words and he graciously did. Here’s what he had to share:
“One of the driving forces behind my documentary wedding photography is my desire to tell stories. Real stories. For me, a wedding is all about two people in love committing to spending their lives together. It’s the joining of two families and the celebration of this love.
My approach to wedding photography is that of a journalist, using pictures to tell a narrative. As well as capturing all the important moments of the day (walking down the aisle, the first kiss and the first dance) I’m always looking for little moments and gestures. The look here, the touch there. The moments between the moments so to speak. All the joy, tears, love and laughter of the day.
My style is discreet and unobtrusive. I’m extremely hands-off, preferring to immerse myself in the celebrations and blend in with the guests rather than be the bossy photographer telling people where to stand and when to smile. This documentary approach allows me capture the true fabric of the wedding day and hopefully deliver evocative pictures that will transport the couple right back to their wedding day, even in many years to come.
You can see more of my documentary wedding photography at www.carterhewson.com“
Take a look at these 25 stunning documentary style wedding photos, all beautifully capturing “moments between the moment”:
Special thanks to Steven for allowing me to feature his beautiful work! What do you think of this approach to wedding photography?
Photo Source: Steven Carter Hewson
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