What is the
photojournalistic wedding photography style? The answer to that question has been
debated for many years and will likely continue to be the topic of many discussions
in the future! This page wasn't setup to discount Photojournalistic Wedding Photographers
that don't actually take Photojournalistic photos, it is simply setup to explain
- or rather demonstrate - my views on the subject.
photos: capturing the wedding as it happens...|
My simple definition for
the photojournalistic wedding style: capturing the events of the day AS they happen
with very little (or any) interference from me, the photographer. I am not the
type of photojournalistic photographer that doesn't take ANY posed photos. However,
my primary emphasis is recording the wedding as it happens - not setting up and
posing group photos.
two images at right are a good example. Both photos show the groom and the best
man. The top photo was recorded while they were getting ready. Obviously, nothing
was posed. The groom was simply adjusting the best man's bow tie.
lower photo was a posed image that was taken earlier in the afternoon before the
ceremony started. We probably spent between 1 and 2 minutes setting up and taking
bride and groom will have both images to put in their album, but, I feel that
the first image more accurately represents their wedding day than the second (even
though the second is a good photo of the groom and best man and still has definite
Photojournalistic image of groom
and the best man.
Posed photo of the groom
and the best man.
time spent relaxing and enjoying the day than posing for pictures...|
the wedding pictured above, we had some time scheduled to take posed photos of
the groom and groomsmen in advance of the ceremony. We quickly took care of the
posed photos, and the fellows went back to "their room" to pass the
time. While they were spending time together, I took some pictures of them. Afterwards,
I preferred the photos of them passing the time together compared to the posed,
formal photos I took of them. The photojournalistic style emphasizes these types
of candid moments - from the groom telling a story, to the guys getting a bit
wild with the food and throwing grapes to each other.
candid photos can look as nice - or nicer - than posed images.|
of the bride and groom (at right) is a completely candid, unposed image. Immediately
following their wedding ceremony they were in the foyer while the rest of the
wedding part was recessing. They spent several moments completely absorbed with
each other. If I, as soon as the ceremony was over, had asked them to pose together
for a photo, they would have missed their special time together and I would probably
not have gotten as nice a picture.
picture of the videographer is similar (and no, he wasn't standing next to the
bride and groom during their kiss - it just looks that way because I put the photos
next to each other). The videographer, who was a friend of the bride and groom,
invested a lot of time videotaping their wedding. Instead of asking him to pose
for a photo, it was much easier (and more natural) to take a good photo of him
photojournalistic style is ideally suited to beautifully|
capture the little
details of the wedding...
is full of special symbols and memorable objects - some of which might have been
very expensive and involved much thought and planning on the part of the bride
and groom. All the images in this section were taken at the same wedding in July
of 2002. The only image that was posed was the image of the bride holding her
flowers. Each of the images took only a few second to create. And yet the
pictures highlight very special details from the wedding. A bride who is caught
up in the excitement of her wedding day might not even notice some of the details
until she sees them in the photos!