Ian Weldon: World’s Coolest Wedding Photographer

Since wedding photography is often highly staged, Ian Weldon’s unorthodox methods make him unique in this field.
His work, in addition to Martin Parr’s support, has earned him the title of “the coolest wedding photographer in the world” by Vice.

Ian Weldon: World's Coolest Wedding Photographer
Untitled, from ‘I Am Not A Wedding Photographer’ © Ian Weldon

‘I’ve tried, I really have, but there’s no easy way to tell you that I’m not a Wedding Photographer. I mean, as much as I’d love to stand around for hours lining people up, ordering them around and taking photographs of every combination of family member & guest, I’ve more important things to be doing. And quite frankly, so have you.’
– Ian Weldon

Ian Weldon: World's Coolest Wedding Photographer
Untitled, from ‘I Am Not A Wedding Photographer’ © Ian Weldon

Weldon describes his approach as a “photographic democracy where one photograph is no more important than another” – where all things are equal and people are identical to objects.

Ian Weldon: World's Coolest Wedding Photographer
Untitled, from ‘I Am Not A Wedding Photographer’ © Ian Weldon

What Weldon is offering his clients is an angle of their marriage that they would have missed without him.

“It gave us a glimpse of how others experienced the day through your lens,” explains one of his subjects.

Ian Weldon: World's Coolest Wedding Photographer
Untitled, from ‘I Am Not A Wedding Photographer’ © Ian Weldon

The backstage, usually hidden, becomes a real playground for Weldon, who perfectly captures the stress of the preparations, the beer cans, the last-minute ironing, the forced smiles…

Ian Weldon: World's Coolest Wedding Photographer
Untitled, from ‘I Am Not A Wedding Photographer’ © Ian Weldon

I Am Not A Wedding Photographer by Ian Weldon was first exhibited at the Martin Parr Foundation this summer, with the release of a new book co-published by RRB PhotoBooks and the Martin Parr Foundation.