Unobtrusive. This is the word that I like to use whenever anyone asks me to describe my approach to photographing a wedding. The dictionary definition is simple and concise; not conspicuous or attracting attention. It sums up my philosophy perfectly.
For me, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that should be photographed quietly, sympathetically, and without the photographer dictating what happens in front of them. As soon as a photographer engages the subject or directs or controls the event, the wedding becomes the photographer’s idea of what the wedding should look like, rather than what it is. Out of respect for the day, I prefer to record it in such a way as to produce images which are honest and truthful and can be enjoyed for generations to come.