Welcome! Pamela Anticole is a documentary wedding photographer in Pittsburgh, PA.
Documentary wedding photography (aka wedding reportage aka wedding photojournalism) is a unique approach to photographing weddings, that focuses on capturing CANDID moments in a really artistic way. All wedding photographers are trained to capture beautiful, classic portraits of couples on their wedding day, but documentary wedding photographers ALSO take it a step further… filling in all the gaps with emotive, creative pictures that together tell a full, emotional story of your wedding day.
This means your wedding photos won’t bring back memories of your wedding photographer telling you where to stand, how to tilt your head, or when your bridesmaids should get dressed. All you’ll remember is all the joy and wonder and love that surrounded you on the first day of your new marriage!
More than anything I want you to have time to enjoy your people: all those friends and family who gather to celebrate with you. Even crazy Uncle Bob! It’s your wedding day, not a day-long portrait session, and I 1000% respect that.
My priority is yours: celebrating the laughter and joy and tears and hugs and all of the in between. I am also looking beyond the obvious, flipping my camera around on your guests. The photos you receive from me are candid, authentic, and natural; often of moments that you may never even realize happened. Ultimately I want to show you the story of your wedding day from your guest’s point of view.
It doesn’t take long to create some beautiful, relaxed portraits together. But the rest of the day shouldn’t be directed by me. Enjoy yourself! I am just there to document it.
I am part of a growing community of professional photographers who value authenticity above all when photographing weddings. Using techniques rooted in photojournalism, we create pictures that are completely unorchestrated by the photographer, rather captured through the skills of observation and anticipation.
This means that couples have the freedom to enjoy their day without being overly directed by me, and they receive candid, emotional images that bring them right back to the emotions they experienced in that moment.
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These are my favorite found moments photographed at Pittsburgh weddings through the years. Of course I capture the obvious moments, toasts and first kiss and announcements and all the dances. But some of my FAVORITE moments happen in between all the crazy, in quiet pauses throughout the day. They require a bit of paying attention. And THESE are the moments that make my work unique.
Early on I can tell who is going to be the wild one on the dance floor, or who cries during speeches. I always know where the kids are and which grandma will be squeezing the bride’s cheeks in the receiving line. I pay attention to body language and touch and how people connect with each other. I am a friendly observer of the day! And that is why I am a documentary wedding photographer… because it combines two of my favorite things: making pictures, and people watching. 😊
I am happy to spend as much time as you’d like making portraits! Before your wedding day we will talk through your goals and time constraints for the day, together coming up with a plan that is custom tailored for you. I have been a wedding photographer in Pittsburgh for a very long time, which means I have lots of suggestions for locations for you, too.
My goal is to make your photo session fun! As every couple is unique, this may look different for you than it does for another of my couples. Some people want prompts and goofy direction from me, to bring out the smiles and interaction. Other couples do beautiful, natural things on their own when given some space and subtle direction. I figure out pretty quickly which method is right for you… and couples always tell me it’s a lot more fun than they expected it would be!
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With a background in photojournalism and two decades of documentary wedding photographer experience here in Pittsburgh, I photograph wedding ceremonies, receptions, and elopements in an artistic documentary style that focuses on unstaged moments and real family relationships. My clients hire me for my creative candid approach as well as my dedication to give each of my couples an easy photography experience. I really love my job!
Your wedding day will go SO QUICKLY, and you won’t want to miss a thing. It is MY job to fill in the gaps, with genuine, natural pictures that bring it all back. This mean that not only will I pay attention to all the one-of-a-kind touches and details that make your wedding day unique, but I am also dedicated to capturing those in-between moments, the quiet connections between people that together tell your own personal wedding day story. THAT is what is so special about the documentary approach, and why I choose to be a documentary wedding photographer in Pittsburgh.
Photography is storytelling, and I am passionate about capturing YOUR story candidly, and with integrity. ♡