Emotional mom holding a hand over her face

Hands in documentary wedding photography

As a mainly documentary wedding photographer, I prefer to work in a candid photography style, capturing events as they happen without asking people to pose for the camera. This approach gives wedding couples more natural photos and memories of their wedding day.

While I’m following you during the wedding day, I’m always looking out for expressions and gestures that will tell a story. Usually, this means I’m hunting for moments when people are naturally laughing or smiling. But I’m also trying to catch emotions expressed through hands.

Here’s how hands tell the story in documentary wedding photography

Maybe a bride’s hands are gripped tight with nerves.

Bride's hands clenched tight with excitement or nerves

A quartet of friends’ hands are working together to button up the wedding dress.

Bridesmaids working together to buttoning up wedding dress

Oh, and wedding days are full of high fives!

Bride and groom high fiving wedding guests as they walk down the aisle

Guests hold hands during the ceremony.

Bridesmaids holding hands

Bridesmaids holding hands and laughing at the ceremony

Sometimes a hand reaches out to wipe away tears.

Bride wiping away groom's tears during wedding ceremony

During the night, people fling their hands in the air while dancing.

Hands in the air as wedding guests dance together

And reach out to grab a friend’s hand in celebration!

Laughing groom shaking hands with friend

So many emotions are revealed through your hands! Those stories are what I’m trying to capture as a candid wedding photographer.

Below, you’ll find a collection of photojournalistic black-and-white wedding photos featuring hands. These are some of my favourite, in-the-moment, storytelling photos from weddings I’ve photographed.

If you’re getting married and you like this style of documentary wedding photography, please send me a quick message to see if I’m available on your wedding date.

Excited bride with wide open hands

Wedding couple kissing and groom's hand playing with the veil

Groom carrying bride down aisle and a guest's hand reaches out to touch her from the crowd

Wedding guests gesturing to friend to come and dance with her

Wedding guest pushing whiskey bottle down to get more booze

Wedding guests seating in lawn chairs and patting on the back

Wedding guests listening to emotional speech and holding hands

Flower girl curiously touching a flower basket

Wedding guest patting each other on the should as they dance

Greek dancing and hands around shoulders

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  1. Love black and white for the wedding photojournalism Kudos!

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