Street photography of people at a bus stop in Wallington, London.

The Street Photography Wedding Photographer in Wallington

Blog Article, Street Photography, Street Photography Wedding Photographer

As people may know by now, my personal street photography is very important to me.  Not just as a creative outlet but also in my approach as a documentary wedding photographer.  It’s why I have on occasion been dubbed the “street photography wedding photographer.”

Urban Street Diving

So I’m delighted to have had some of my street photography featured on the Urban Street Diving (USD) website.  It was also nice to have been interviewed as part of the article.  Andreas, the guy behind USD had asked me a couple of time if I’d do a contribution for the website.  The idea being to do a very short and brisk shoot in a single location.

Street photography of a man with a cleaner in Wallington, Surrey.

So being a Wallington wedding photographer I decided to go out to try and shoot some street photography around Wallington.  You can see the results and read the interview me over on Urban Street Diving.

The Street Photography Wedding Photographer

So why is street photography so important to me as documentary wedding photographer?

Well, when it comes to your wedding photography story you want the real story of your wedding day being documented.  That will include all those emotions, gestures, glances and moments that will evolve naturally throughout your wedding day.  As a wedding photographer you have to be alive to these moments happening – anticipating when and where a genuine moment will happen.

Bridesmaid adjusts a wedding dress at the Brides home in Dorset.

Street photography helps me hone that skill.  If you can capture such moments in a candid and consistent way, over time, in public of strangers then it really helps when it comes to documenting your wedding story.

So being the street photography wedding photographer really does help me capture the real story of your special wedding day.

Contact Me About Your Wedding Day

If you would like to chat with me about your wedding plans and how I can deliver those natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photos you crave from your wedding day then send me a message via my contact page.  Alternatively you can give me a call, or send a text, via 07920 422144

If you’d like to see more of my candid street photography you can do so at my street photography website.

Street photography of a caveman and taxi in Budapest, Hungary

So if you’d like a street photography wedding photographer you know exactly where to come.

Award winning street photographer DArren Lehane

Award-Winning Street Photographer

Awards, Street Photography, Street Photography Wedding Photographer

Award-Winning Street Photography Wedding Photographer

Yes, it’s now officially announced…I’m one of the winners of the International Street Photography 2016 competition – run by PDN in conjunction with publishers Acuity Press.

Candid public photography of a girl and a penguin at London Zoo. captured by the street photography wedding photographer.

As a result of being one of the winners I will be featured in a book curated and published by renowned photography historian and curator Mr Colin Westerbeck.

To be chosen by Westerbeck, including other judges such as the legend that is Alex Webb, is extremely flattering and humbling.

The Creative Engine That Drives My Documentary Wedding Photography

As I’ve often said, my passion for candid street photography is very much the creative engine that informs and drives my natural documentary approach to wedding photography.  To be awarded by such legends, not just in street and documentary photography, but photography as a whole, demonstrates how seriously I take my work.

Candid public photography of a speaker with inflatable dinosaur at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer.

Lots of photographers talk about passion – but few actually demonstrate it. For me, passion is an action, not a word. It’s taken my well over a decade of going out on the streets, in all weathers, to capture work that has now been recognised by such prestigious figures in the industry. Photography isn’t just about money – at its very core its an art form that I cannot resist. I’m driven to document moments irrespective – be it family, the street or weddings.

Also such recognition reinforces I am a genuine documentary wedding photographer. Again lots of wedding photographers drop terms like wedding photojournalism, wedding reportage and so on, but few genuinely understand what it actually means, let alone practice it.

So I hope winning such a prestigious international competition shows you that you are in great hands when it comes to me being your wedding photographer.

£10 for you if you can find another wedding photographer like me

Surrey reportage wedding photography of two young guests playing at being brides, on the steps of Gatton Hall in Surrey. Taken by one of London's best wedding reportage photographers.

I believe I’m one of the few genuine documentary wedding photographers who has won international competitions for both their wedding photojournalism and personal street, as well as being confident enough to offer an amazing 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the wedding photography I produce for you.  I’ll wager £10 with you that you can’t find another!

Contact Me Now To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

Black and white wedding photojournalism of the first dance, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

So if you’re getting married and want to hire a genuine award-winning documentary wedding photographer, I’d really love to hear from you.

Please give me a call on 07920 422144. Alternatively, just send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

Street photography of a couple kissing and a man jumping over them, on the beach in Brighton

Street Photography 2016 Winner

Street Photography

I am absolutely delighted to announce that I am one of the final 20 selected photographers who will be featured in a new book on contemporary street photography.  The book will be published later this year (2017) by Acuity Press and has been curated by the renowned photography historian and curator Colin Westerbeck.

Not only delighted to have been personally chosen by Colin, a huge name in the world of street photography, but one of the judges in the earlier round was esteemed Magnum photographer, Alex Webb, who is a huge favourite of mine.

Anyone who follows me regularly will know I am passionate about candid public photography and it has been highly influential on my unique storytelling approach to documentary wedding photography.  It’s why I am often called the “street photography wedding photography“.

I will of course keep you updated on more details about the books publication as they become known.  The photos below are from my body of street photography work that will be featured in the book.

Street photography of a couple kissing and a man jumping over them, on the beach in Brighton Candid public photography of a boy being helped up on a statue in Trafalgar Square, London, captured by the street photography wedding photographer Candid public photography of shoppers feet and discarded soles, in Covent Garden, London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer. Candid public photography of Harry Potter fans at Kings Cross train station in London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer. Candid public photography of a speaker with inflatable dinosaur at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer. Candid public photography of a girl and a penguin at London Zoo. captured by the street photography wedding photographer.

Book Me

If you enjoy my candid street photography and think my documentary wedding photography approach would be a good fit for your wedding, then I’d love to hear from you.

You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Street Photography Wedding Photographer

Street Photography

With it being a public bank holiday weekend, here in the UK, I got the opportunity to go out in central London and spend a few hours taking some candid and documentary street photography for myself. As anyone who reads me regularly, they will know that my personal street photography is very much the creative juice that fuels me as a wedding photographer. Given my candid and non-traditional approach to wedding photography, shooting personal candid work out on the streets of London ensures I can keep my reflexes sharp and keen when I don’t have a wedding to shoot.

My street photography is very much influenced by the likes of Garry Winogrand, Elliott Erwitt, Richard Kalvar and Tony Ray-Jones. I love looking for humour or the surreal in everyday street scenes.  If I get both in the one shot, even better!  And that’s the challenge of street photography, looking for the unusual in the usual and trying to elevate it into something special with the frame.  My street photography is about inducing a wry smile or raising more questions than answers. Life is serious enough as it is, so if my work amuses and bemuses then that’s all I ask.

So all the street photos included here were shot over the last couple of days and represent my favourite ones taken.  You can see more of my persona street photography at my London Street Photography by Darren Lehane website.

If you enjoy my candid street photography approach and how I apply it to my wedding photography, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

More from the weekend…

 

London Street Photography

Blog Article, Non-Wedding, Street Photography

My personal street photography work is very much the creative engine that drives my storytelling approach to wedding photography. It’s out on the street where I am able to hone my skills, get creative and develop my instincts.

Like my wedding photojournalism, it’s all about capturing the perfect moment rather than worrying, too unnecessarily, about technical perfection. I firmly believe that if you can succeed as a street photographer then you have the skills, instincts and experience to succeed in any form of photography – but especially as a wedding photojournalist who relies on fast reactions, seeing moments in a split second and ensuring the integrity of those moments.

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Therefore, you may be interested in viewing more of my personal street photography work at www.londonstreet.photography which contains all my London based street work from the last 10 years or so. Here you will see how I have developed my natural, unobtrusive and storytelling approach which I utilise so effectively when shooting weddings and delivering a real wedding story.

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If you are getting married and enjoyed my street photography work and how it’s underlies my wedding photojournalism approach, then I would love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can send me a message via my contact page and I’ll get right back to you. Or, alternatively, you can give me a call right now on 07920 422144.

I look forwar to hearing from you and discussing your plans and all about my wedding photojournalism.

 

Candid street photography of a wedding party, posing for their traditional wedding portraits, in Central Park, New York City.

Candid Street Wedding Photography

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Weddings Captured by a Street Photographer

Street photography is very much my personal passion – it’s what I shoot in my spare time. In many ways it is what drives my approach to wedding photography.  There are a lot of similarities between street photography and wedding photojournalism. Both employ a candid and unobtrusive approach that attempts to capture the integrity of a moment and produce a storytelling narrative within the frame.  So it’s not surprising that I often think of myself as a street photographer who just happens to be shooting a wedding.

There has been a small number of occasions whilst I’ve been out and about shooting street photography where I’ve stumbled across a wedding.  Of course, as a wedding photographer, I can’t resist capturing what’s unfolding before me – in a candid and discrete way- but without the expectation of being the official wedding photographer. So here are three examples of weddings I’ve captured in such circumstances.

Central Park, New York City Wedding Photography

Candid street photography of a wedding party, posing for their traditional wedding portraits, in Central Park, New York City.

Back in the spring of 2010 I was on a short trip, my first ever, to the US, which took in both New York City and then Los Angeles. Whilst wandering through Central Park, on the first day of my trip, I happened across this wedding party posing for their official wedding portraits.  I just loved that lime green wedding dress of the bride, and the white suit of the groom. And that hands in pocket too-cool-for-school attitude of the young boy was just fantastic. It was too good an opportunity for me to miss.

By intentionally standing behind a couple of family members looking on, I really wanted to give the impression of someone on the outside looking in.  It was very much how I felt at the time – an “outsider” in a foreign country I was visiting for the time, so it really reflects my feelings as much as capturing a wedding itself.

Labin, Croatia Wedding Photography

Street photography of a wedding photographer capturing the bridal party arriving for a wedding in the town of Labin in Croatia

Once again, I was away on a trip to the delightful Istria region of Croatia although, unlike the New York trip (above), it wasn’t my first time here having visited the same area when I was just a kid back in the late 1970s (although it was part of Yugoslavia back then.)  On this occasion we had taken a day trip up to the small historic town of Labin, which overlooks the coastal resort of Rabac, and whilst there happened upon this scene as a fellow wedding photographer captured the moment the bride and bridal party arrived for a wedding in the small church.

I had only taken a small compact camera away with me on this trip (a Ricoh GRD IV for the camera geeks amongst you!) so was able to snap this moment pretty discretely and silently – without drawing attention to myself.  It did actually feel a little odd being a wedding photographer looking in on another wedding photographer as he worked – almost quite voyeuristic in a way, but you could say it was a busman’s holiday in effect!

South Bank, London Wedding Photography

A Chinese wedding is captured, in a street photography style, on the South Bank in London

This was a fairly recent wedding that I stumbled across on the South Bank in London.  I was out on a rare opportunity to spend the day shooting street photography when I spotted this wedding group having their official wedding portraits taken.  Alternatively, it may have actually been a Chinese pre-wedding shoot – as I know some, more affluent Chinese wedding couples will travel to different iconic travel destinations around the world to have pre-wedding portraits shot, in their formal wedding attire, in the year running up to their actual wedding day.

What really caught my eye with this scene, was the way the wedding party contrasted with the families having picnics in the Jubilee Gardens as well as the 3 girls, in odd masks, dancing in the background.  I really love capturing these odd and surreal juxtapositions in my street photography…amusing photos but also ones that raise a few questions too.

Candid Wedding Photography for Your Wedding

Hopefully this small selection of candid photos demonstrates how my personal passion for street photography not only fuels my candid wedding photojournalism approach but they can also sometimes cross over too!

So if you are getting married and looking for a more candid and natural approach to your wedding photography then I’d really love to hear from you.  You can either call me right now on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page here. We can then talk about your wedding plans and I can explain my wedding photojournalism approach in more detail. You can see my current wedding photography packages and prices by clicking here.

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