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Written by Martin Neeves

D2334-174 Some couples have either with a strong idea that they want the conventional, posed wedding package, while others will say that they just want “natural” photographs that tell a story and record the day.  I mainly get enquiries for the latter as I specialise in natural, un-posed wedding photography.

The main issue with the conventional “posed” wedding photography is that the flow of the day is broken up with a number of “scripted and posed” photo sessions.  They cannot be described as photo opportunities, but the world comes to a halt while the photographer gets his wedding party mannequins grouped together and posed like artists dummies.  While this is going on, the guests stand there trying to look excited and getting in the way as they take their photographs.

The alternative is what I call “reportage wedding photography” – sometimes known as “wedding photojournalism” or “documentary wedding photography”.  The message is very much in the name(s).  This is much less intrusive; it may still involve a few of the conventional wedding shots, but the photographer will merge into the background taking shots as they happen during the memorable day. 

D2356-279 Instead of posing the bride and groom at the milestone times like cutting the cake; the photographer will be ready to get in a good position to get that unique shot.  For me, it is easy – my photo journalistic background allows me to spot photo opportunities and get great shots on cue.

A reportage photographer will capture those little memorable events that occur during the wedding.  BUT, and it is a BIG but, they will do it in a candid and unobtrusive fashion.

D2469-14Unlike the traditional wedding photographer who will tend to want to control the pace that he or she takes the photographs and the wedding will revolve around them.

 A reportage wedding photographer is going to understand that you will still want a few group photos.  This may be a brief series of photos of just the two of you, if you’d like that or perhaps “the family”.  But the important factor is that the formal photographs will be a subtle, but small part of the day.

But importantly, the photographer will remain unobtrusive and sensitive to the fact that it is your wedding day, and will make every effort not to interfere with your enjoyment of your day.  I feel very strongly that your wedding day should revolve around YOU, not me!

So I expect you are thinking that this “reportage photographer” is going to just point that expensive camera, take hundreds of random photos and click and see what comes out at the end.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The reportage photographer has to plan ahead, assess the lighting in the environment around them as the day unfolds and plan their shots.  They then have to be ready when the “perfect moment” occurs and get that perfect shot.  No, probably not a long lens and hide in the bushes, we are not paparazzi.  In order to truly “tell the story” the reportage photographer has to be right in amongst everything that’s going on, listening but being unobtrusive – it takes skill.  That artistic photograph that catches the atmosphere and moment often happens in an instance and the moment is gone.  You cannot then recreate it (or re-pose it).

Done well, reportage wedding photography will result in a great and unique album that will tell the story of the day.  It will provide a very memorable record that everyone will be able to relate to because it will be “your wedding” and not just like someone else’s. It may also mean a wider choice of photographs. So not about snapshots; the photographer still has to be aware of picture composition.

If you want to have your day recorded in an empathetic and artistic way with reportage photography, then contact me at Martin Neeves Photography or call me on 01455 271 849 or on 07973 638 591.


Here’s very short video I have produced showing 27 emotive wedding photos in less than a minute.

If you are planning a wedding and still looking for a top wedding photographer, then Contact Martin Neeves Photography or call me on 01455 271 849 or on 07973 638 591 for the highest quality reportage wedding photography.

Prestwold Hall Wedding Fair


I will be exhibiting at Prestwold Hall wedding fair this Sunday (26th February 2016).  Prestwold Hall is one of my favourite Leicestershire wedding venues and I have photographed many weddings there.

The wedding fair will be on from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and the full address is Prestwold Hall, Prestwold Lane, Prestwold, near Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5SQ.  If you wish to attend, please pre-register by CLICKING HERE and you will receive a FREE goody bag on arrival.

I will have lots of examples of my reportage style of wedding photography.  I will bring along lots of stunning wedding albums too.  If you are planning a wedding it would be great to see you there and have a chat about the photography requirements for your wedding.

Here is a small selection of photographs I have taken at weddings at Prestwold Hall:

If you are looking for a reportage wedding photographer for your wedding at Prestwold Hall, please contact me at Martin Neeves Photography or call me on 01455 271 849 or on 07973 638 591.


Written by Martin Neeves – Experienced Wedding Photographer

choosing the transport

Choosing your wedding transport can allow you to indulge your own fantasies and dreams.  Whether you want a horse and carriage, a car or some other exotic mode of transport, it gives you a grand opportunity to make a statement.  People have gone to and from their wedding on bicycles, in buses, tractors, by boat, a fire engine, a battle tank, a racing car –  the list goes on.  

Whatever your chosen mode of transport there are something’s to think about when making that choice.  Your choice should be based upon some well-considered factors:

  • The time of year.  Yes, I know it is obvious but I have now photographed a few weddings where open topped cars and horse drawn carriages have been used in Winter or Late-Autumn – result a very cold and sometimes wet bride.  Open top is great in summer, so think practically and not with your heart.
  • How long is the journey?  A short trip of a mile or so is fine in an open top vehicle, but can mess a lovely hairdo up if the distance is long or the vehicle needs to move quickly.  Additionally, I recall one wedding ceremony was in a lovely traditional church and the reception was in a not so nearby hotel.  When I say “not so near” I mean nearly ten miles away.  The happy couple had chosen to ride from the church in a horse and carriage.  It looked really lovely and it was mostly down country lanes, but it took a good hour and they had “assumed” that it would only take 20 to 30 minutes.  Neither the couple nor their charioteer had measured the distance or worked out the timings.  Result, the guests had all driven there by car and had to wait a long time for the couple to arrive.
  • What if?  Yes, good old sod’s law, if it can go wrong it will go wrong.  What happens if your car or carriage breaks down, runs out of petrol (or hay)?  What is your contingency plan; do you have a mobile phone to call for help?  Does the vintage car hire company have a back-up car to come to the rescue if needed?  If the wedding ceremony runs a little late, have you booked the car for long enough to cater for that extra time?  Some car providers book several events in a day and allocate a time slot for your wedding.  When you look over the car or carriage to book it, you probably fit in fine, but when you have that voluminous dress on is there still going to be room for you without damaging the dress?
  • So it’s a classic or vintage or a modern car then?  Well the choice can be quite wide.  It is wise of you are going to hire a vintage or classic car to have a look at it before the day.  Is its condition what you envisaged?    Can you access it easily without losing your dignity?  There are too many photos on Facebook of brides showing too much of their underwear because the method of transport was not practical.  Do not let your wedding be one featured as “what the bride hasn’t noticed”.
  • Any car will do.  Be careful who you hire from.  Anyone can hire their car out for weddings, even if they have a lovely looking car.  Are they insured?  Have they maintained the car properly – much more of an issue if it is a classic or vintage car.  If the journey is too long and you are using a vintage car, is it reliable enough to guarantee getting to the church on time? Is it cleaned properly, a lovely white dress can be messed up if the car seat is not cleaned properly.  You know that even a highly polished leather seat can be a problem if the wrong kind of polish is used. Is the route to the church and reception suitable for the chosen carriage?  I heard of a wedding car getting stuck in a ford because it had not been thought through properly – result one wet dress and a spoiled wedding day.
  • Who is driving?  Are you having a chauffeur provided by the hiring company.  Will they be dressed appropriately jeans and t-shirt or even the wrong type of jacket and tie can spoil the effect?  Are they experienced and safe?  Do you want to hire a car for Dad to drive you to the wedding?  If so, he needs to have a test run and know the route well before the day.  Many classic and vintage cars are so different from modern cars that it is foolish to just jump in and drive it on the day. 
  • Ribbons and Curls.  Do you want or expect to have the car decorated with ribbons etc.?  If so how easy will it be to do that? Actually, it is easier with older cars than it is with the streamlined modern cars.
  • Who is going in hire cars?  This can vary from just the bride and father to the ceremony and the bride and groom to the reception, to the whole wedding party.  In such cases then various buses or coaches can add to the magic.  A short distance in summer then all can go on a horse drawn cart, but don’t subject them to it if it is more than half a mile – sore bums will be the result.

In conclusion.  Think carefully about your wedding transport and enjoy the day in splendid comfort.

When you have decided on the wedding transport, then Contact Martin Neeves Photography or call me on 01455 271 849 or on 07973 638 591 for the highest quality Wedding photography


Here is a small selection of photos I took of Ruth and Phil’s wedding in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire.

Ruth started her big day by going with her bridesmaids to Matthew Curtis hairdressers on Union Street in Stratford.  It was a great atmosphere in there with so many excited people crammed into the salon.  I could see straight from the start that I would be photographing a very smiley bride and I was right as Ruth had a big grin on her face all day (in between lots of hearty laughs).  The bridal crew then walked a few doors down the street to harmony Beauty Salon to have their make-up done.

Phil started his big day by greeting guests at The Arden Hotel on Waterside in Stratford.  After the usual buttonhole and corsage pinning on, they all trooped off for a pre-wedding drink at a pub that was handily located next to the registry office.

Next, everyone set off to Stratford registry office for the wedding ceremony.  After the legal bit, the whole wedding party went to Holy Trinity Church in Old Town, Stratford for a blessing.  Holy Trinity Church is a very famous church as it is where William Shakespeare was buried.  Consequently, there is a constant stream of tourists making a pilgrimage to see the Bard’s gravestone and to have a look around the magnificent church.  This day was no different and it was lovely to see tourists of all nationalities lining the churchyard path and wishing the happy couple well.  After blessing, I took the couple, their children and their dog for a few posed shots by the riverside before the light faded on the winter afternoon.

Phil and Ruth then joined the rest of their guests for a reception back at the Arden Hotel which is opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, so again, there were more tourists wishing the happy couple well.  before and after the wedding breakfast, entertainment was provided by a magician and the highly talented caricaturist George Williams The Wedding Artist.  I have known George for many years and he never ceases to amaze me as he is so fast at drawing caricatures and he gets the likenesses spot on.  He is always to be seen surrounded by wedding guests laughing and holding up their pictures.  

The happy couple then cut a nautical-themed wedding cake (as they are both into sailing) before going into their first dance.  All in all, it was a very relaxed and happy day shared with a great bunch of people.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, then Contact Martin Neeves Photography or call me on 01455 271 849 or on 07973 638 591 for stunning unobtrusive reportage Wedding photography.