There is some confusion in the wedding photography market that unobtrusive wedding photography is a photographer who stands in the corner trying not to be seen and that somehow that will produce results which are ideal.
Sorry… but that’s just creepy! It makes everyone around the photographer uncomfortable! If you’re a photographer doing this, stop it now!
So what does unobtrusive photography really mean then? Well, it really means not to get in the way of the day – not to be stopping it every five minutes while you carefully craft a pose which is just too perfect – ie. it looks unnatural.
How to be unobtrusive at a wedding?
So how can you be unobtrusive and still get natural and fun results? Well, you get involved as much as you possibly can! You talk to the guests, make them realise you’re a normal person and you’re there to have fun too. In essence, you be a guest, but a guest who happens to take a lot of very very good photographs!
Everyone then stops seeing you as a scary photographer who will take photos that they hate. Instead they’ll be totally natural, showing their real personality rather than wearing a “wedding smile” all day. You want to remember your friends and family how they really are.
So, if I was you and your photographer starts talking about “standing in a corner not being seen” … run a mile!
Unobtrusive wedding photography examples
Here are some examples from a recent wedding. All of the guests trusted me and were enjoying my company and so were totally relaxed around me.