I practice what is commonly called a "Documentary" style of wedding photography, where the emphasis is on capturing the events of the wedding as they unfold. If you are uncomfortable with shots of your Uncle Fred dozing off during the ceremony, or your cousin Jennifer getting a little tipsy during the reception, then the documentary style isn't for you. It is also sometimes called a photojournalistic approach, but again, a photographer practicing this style won't be asking you or your guests to stop in the middle of a conversation and pose for a picture. That said, if you are looking for a photographer who practices a "Traditional" style of wedding photography...you know the kind...very formal, with lots of posed images...then you are looking in the wrong place, and I encourage you to look elsewhere. It's not that I don't believe there is a place for traditional wedding photography...it's just not my style.
That doesn't mean that while I am photographing your wedding that I will just be sitting back and snapping a picture every-now-and-then. Believe me, it is anything but! My approach to wedding photography is more like story-telling...for me to be successful, I need to be as unobtrusive as possible, while capturing the most important moments during your wedding that are happening naturally. Let's face it...events happen spontaneously, and the things you want to remember most about your wedding will not be having some photographer making you stand in uncomfortable positions while your friends and family celebrate your special event without you.
Still worried about those group shots? Of course there will still be group photos, but it would be a mistake to think of them as formal wedding portraits. These images will far less rigid, and your wedding party and family members will be encouraged to be themselves, because that's the way you will remember them best anyway.
As I said before, this style of photography is not for everybody. Granted, couples I work with tend to be very comfortable and confident in who they are, and live life as openly and honestly as possible, with very little pretense. They tend to believe, as I do, that weddings are a celebration of life and love. They trust that their friends and family, and I as their photographer, are at their wedding to celebrate with them. I celebrate with my couples by capturing and preserving the memories of the day, because after all, isn't photography about capturing moments, frozen in time, to be recalled and shared for generations to come?