I’m Clive Blair a documentary wedding photographer centrally based in Birmingham and covering the whole of the UK and abroad. I’m one of the most experienced wedding photographers in the region, and I’m currently ranked in the top 3 for the West Midlands by the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalistic Association)
Believe it or not, I don’t view myself as a “wedding photographer”! I’d much rather be viewed as someone recording an important event in people’s lives that just happens to be at a marriage event. For me, traditional weddings are far too formalistic and stuffy. It’s the time when people get forced to do what’s expected of them and get forced to pose for the camera how they’d never pose in real life. If that how you feel too, then I’m so glad we’ve found each other!
I’m sure you agree that when you remove all that stuffines and allow people to just enjoy their day, their way, you get a more natural, authentic and relaxed photographic record of an important occasion.
Whether you call it documentary, candid, casual or unposed, it all boils down to the same thing: I just want you to enjoy your day without constant posing, directing or interruptions to the flow of your day. I look for things like “love between people”, “what the bride and groom didn’t see”, “sad and touching moments” etc.
Real moments you can’t recreate from a list of pre-expected photos on a shot-list. I want you to look back over your image collection to re-live your complete wedding day with fabulous storytelling images.
Don’t get me wrong, if you want a few “posed” photos I’m more than happy to capture a few, but I recommend you limit the time away from your friends, so I can quickly capture 4 or 5 groups max, besides the few minutes you’ll spend together for your couple-photos. This way you can concentrate on enjoying the company of your invited guests.
How much of your day will I document for you? To tell a complete story I prefer to capture the whole day, from the morning preparations until the celebrations on the dance floor and beyond, if needed. No clock-watching. Just people-watching and recording for you.
Have a look over my website for more examples of my work and feel free to reach out with any questions you have that’s not been answered on my website.
I look forward to speaking to you soon.