Michael Stanton

About Me

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Michael Stanton

I’m Michael, and I live near Brighton in Sussex with my young family. I was a writer for more than 10 years and now I’m a documentary wedding photographer – and I love every minute of it.

I’m guessing by now you’ve had a look through my portfolio and my approach to wedding photography. You can also see individual weddings on my blog. You’ll notice that my wedding pictures are shot in a documentary style (apart from a few relaxed group and couple photos for those clients that want them). I photograph weddings unobtrusively, telling the authentic story of your day as it unfolds without interruption or manipulation by me.

I also sometimes work with my partner, landscape and social photographer Claire Elise.

“Wedding photography as street photography”

The Story of Your Wedding

What I most like about documentary photography is how a picture can tell a real story in a single frame. And if well composed and thoughtfully captured, that picture can be a powerful one and instantly stir emotions in us. This, for me, is why it’s so important to choose the right photographer for your wedding – someone who knows how to capture all the love, beauty, humour and emotions during your big day – so that you can say, ‘yes, that’s what our wedding felt like’.

Wedding Photography as Street Photography

Before becoming a photographer I was a writer and journalist, and spent several years editing a photography magazine. As a writer I learnt the art of storytelling using words, and during that time worked with some of the world’s best photographers and picture editors. The whole experience inspired me to begin to tell stories using the visual language of photography instead of words, and now that’s what I do for a living.

My candid approach to wedding photography comes from a love of street and documentary photography by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt, Elliott Erwitt, Gary Winogrand, Diane Arbus, Tony Ray Jones, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and many others. Their work, and mine, is driven by the desire to observe and describe the world around us, to tell stories and to reveal something that moves us.

I think wedding photography should be approached in the same way – authentic and less posed. I’m convinced it will be the natural, storytelling pictures that you’ll treasure most in years to come.

So if you like what you’ve seen and want to know more, or just want to check my availability, please get in touch.