Tony Goldsmith Photography | Documentary Wedding Photography

How Do I Work on the Day?

As a documentary wedding photographer, I work in a relaxed, informal and unobtrusive way, that captures the true essence of your day.  I won’t interfere or ask you to play up to the camera.  I will focus on capturing natural and honest moments - a touch, glance, tear or smile.

I’ll blend in and observe, capturing moments from a guest's perspective.  Hopefully you’ll hardly notice I’m there.

I will photograph your wedding and present you with a beautiful set of images that will tell the story, and trigger priceless memories for years to come.

I work with small unimposing cameras with 2 to 3 fixed focal length (prime) lenses and available light where possible.  This allows me to faithfully capture the atmosphere of the day. It also gives my style a strong and consistent feel.

With 9 years experience working as a photojournalist (2 of which spent working full time in the MotoGP World Championship), this style of wedding photography is a natural fit me.


What is Documentary Wedding Photography?

If asked to describe how a wedding photographer works.  Most people would think of the "traditional" form of wedding photography.

A standardised set of cliché-looking photos and effects with time spent hanging around while the photographer works through a set list of pictures.

A documentary wedding photographer or wedding photojournalist takes the standard approach to photographing weddings and turns it on its head.  Instead of helping guide and direct the wedding day, he/she stands back and lets things happen naturally.

Instead of creating picture perfect scenes for every moment, a documentary wedding photographer strives to capture the truth and realism in the actual moment.

The result is photographs that are no longer standardised from wedding to wedding. Rather, each client gets customised pictures that capture the actual emotion and atmosphere of their wedding day.

Simply put, documentary wedding photography is photography that tells your story.


Does a documentary wedding photographer do group pictures?

While my style as a documentary wedding photographer is hands off, I do appreciate that a certain amount of group pictures may be required.

I am more than happy to take some group pictures.  To help with the flow of the day, I would encourage these are kept to around 5 or 6.

With the help of an usher, this can be done quickly and you can get back to enjoying your day.

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As you can see from the site I have only recently started offering documentary wedding photography. My portfolio isn't the largest but I'm keen to add your wedding pictures to it.

With that in mind, my fees are currently lower than most. Obviously, as I build my portfolio the fees will rise. This means two things, firstly I'm comparatively affordable at the moment, secondly delaying booking may result in the cost rising. However. if you make a booking and pay the deposit and then the fees rise you will pay the price set at the time you made the booking, not the later higher one.

Currently, the fee for a full days coverage, from the bridal preparations to the first dance (8 to 10 hours approx) starts from £895.00.

Bespoke packages are available for reduced coverage.

The following is included as standard

  • Documentary wedding photography by experienced photojournalist Tony Goldsmith
  • Full res copies of all the edited images
  • Branded web sized images ideal for sharing online
  • Images delivered on a USB key in a beautiful wooden presentation box
  • Password protected online gallery
  • Options for family and friends to order prints and/or share images through the online gallery

Please contact me for further details.


Optional Wedding Albums

You will, of course, receive the digital images from your wedding.  But there is something special about a printed image.

A wedding album is an ideal way of documenting one of the happiest days of your life, and keep those cherished memories alive!

I work with Folio Albums who produce beautiful, hand crafted albums, only available to professional photographers.

Learn more about my wedding albums and prices, or contact me for further details.


How to Book

A completed contract and £250.00 booking fee are required to confirm a booking.  The balance to be paid 28 days prior to the wedding date.  Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque or by debit/credit card**.

Please contact me for further details.
**Payments by debit/credit card are subject to a 3.5% processing fee.

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