Updated August 29, 2020
What is Wedding Photojournalism?
The Wedding Photojournalist Association defines wedding photojournalism as "telling the story of a wedding, not directing it."
Two people making a commitment of marriage want to remember the day for the rest of their lives. Shouldn’t the wedding photography that commemorates their celebration reflect the personal moments and honest emotions they will remember? [...] The photographs of the day, the event and the celebration should reflect that kind of authenticity — they should reflect you. [...] (Wedding photojournalists) want to tell, not dictate, the beautiful story of your unique wedding.
As a wedding photojournalist, I don't direct my clients unless asked for input in a given moment. Otherwise, I let the day unfold completely naturally.
Some wedding clients don't realize that a wedding photojournalist isn't a wedding coordinator. There are many lifestyle and classic photographers who will double as a wedding day coordinator. With wedding photojournalists, this isn't the case. We are there to not be a part of the show, capturing everything as unseen as possible. During formal portraits, we ask clients to bring a list of any important family shots, but even then, the client is in charge of what portraits they want captured, and when. Our jobs as wedding photojournalists is to allow our clients to enjoy their day without a photographer directing it.
We are, however, well-versed in details and portraiture and will still capture those important aspects of your day. However, our main focus and sole purpose is to capture your real moments and tell your true story. Whatever you're doing, we're capturing. If that means you have ideas for fun wedding party photos, for example, bring them on! The point is, we're there to capture your day authentically without imposing ourselves on you - or posing you when you don't want to be forced to pose.
Below are a few favorite photo-journalistic images I've captured. All of these moments occurred either completely naturally, or by the client's design - which, to me, is still authentic. I take no credit other than being at the right place at the right time with camera in hand! Of course, it's impossible to include all my faves from over the years, so please check out my gallery for more!
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