What is Photojournalism?

Photojournalist, Documentary, and Candid, have become must used buzz words in wedding photography. This is truly a bad thing because 99.9% of these photographers are actually doing editorial style photography where the "candid" or "photojournalistic" moments are typically directed and/or staged to allow for the perfectly lit and composed photographs.

Meanwhile, 95% of the couples out there actually want the more aesthetic Pinterest board style editorial/traditional wedding photography.

What ends up happening, couples think they actually want photojournalistic coverage cause they see the buzz words everywhere when they really want editorial/traditional wedding photography.  This makes it difficult for the true photojournalistic photographers to connect with the couples who are actually looking for true photojournalistic coverage. 

What are we talking about?

Wedding Photojournalism

This page will take you through what true wedding photojournalism looks like and help you decide if that's the type of coverage you truly want.

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FIRST, before we go any further, the question I'm asked the most, if we opt for a photojournalistic coverage, can we still have family photos and traditional wedding portraits? The answer is simply, YES!!!!

Leading up to the wedding day we do a deep dive on what you two would like regarding "posed" photos.  I'll help you build a timeline to schedule specific times to capture all the posed portraits and traditional photos that you would like to do on your wedding day :).  For some couples that requires 15 minutes.  Other couples it's 3 hours (if you're in the 3 hour group though, you may want to dive deeper into the editorial style below).  Either way, it's all based on the two of you and what you want to do here.

Samples below (might take a minute):

Traditional Posed Portraits

So now to the good stuff!  What exactly is wedding photojournalism??? If you were to pick up a copy of National Geographic or the New York Times, you would expect that the images contained within were a true representation of the story they're supposed to tell.  So you wouldn't expect to find out that photos for a story about protecting tiger sharks in the Bahamas were actually photos of sharks taken at the Camden aquarium because well, it was easier.

How does this relate to weddings? It's simple, traditional and/or editorial wedding photography, for the most part, isn't made up of photos of "moments" that would happen if the photographer wasn't there.  For example, would you have had a nice moment with your best friend or mom without a photographer there, 100%.  Would that "moment" have happened with you two perfectly framed in a window and turned slightly to the left to make the light just perfect? Possibly, but the odds of that are about the same as hitting it big in Vegas.  And then the question becomes, is it even a "moment" if you were told where to stand, who to stand with, and what to do with that person? Or is it just a beautiful photograph? 

If you've ever been in a wedding, you know there are 100's of more examples of staged moments done throughout a traditionally photographed wedding day, but I want to keep this relatively short so we will just stick to the one example but you should get the gist.

Now don't get me wrong, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with the scenario above.  It's what the vast majority of couples actually want on their wedding days.  And how the vast majority of photographers actually want to photograph their clients wedding days. That is, once you weed through all the buzz words.  Those photos will make people ooh and ahh on social media and it's what people expect wedding photography to look like.  If that's the style you're looking for awesome!  So are most couples out there.  I'm just probably not your photographer and you need someone with a more editorial/Pinterest board style. Again, nothing wrong with that at all and that's what 95% of wedding couples want from their wedding photos.

If you're the other 5% of couples out there, now we can dive into the good stuff!  True wedding photojournalism is for couples like me and my Fiancee who appreciate photography but don't want to spend the majority of their wedding day being directed and posed.  As mentioned above, we will of course take traditional and posed portraits for you two.  Those are just done during a time we allot to do those and we can take as little, or as much, time as you'd like on them.  During that time you'll be posed and you'll be expecting to be posed.  During the rest of the day though, you'll be living your best life.  However you want and however that may end up looking.  By hiring a true wedding photojournalist, you have a photographer that is there and present during every minute of the day.  Someone who is there to capture the REAL "moments", as they happen, without you knowing the photo was even taken.  

Most couples are attracted to my portfolio/true photojournalistic style because it feels real and they can feel the emotions in the images. This comes from the statement above, you two are living your best lives on your wedding day, and I'm just present and aware to capture those moments.  In all the samples below I had ZERO influence on what happened.  No one was told where to stand, what to do, or how to do it.  Even though some of these may look like portraits or staged moments I promise you they ARE NOT.  They are all just real "moments" I put the work in for and was present for. 

I gravitated towards this "fly on the wall" style not just because it's how I would want my own wedding documented, but because I think the photos turn out a million times better than the staged versions.  I've always felt that once I start interjecting myself into a real moment, the actual moment is gone and what I'm left with are people who are camera aware and just performing for the camera.  Instead, by just being present and keeping people as unaware of me as possible, I'm able to capture who people really are and capture the actual joy and happiness they are feeling on such a momentous day.

Ok, enough rambling. Below are samples of how true photojournalism can be translated into wedding photography. 

***If you don't have crazy fast internet these might take a minute to load.  All the more reason to live in the story of each photo while waiting for the rest :).


-kellie

You captured me so well! I never thought I was photogenic. Thanks for making me look fabulous!

What is Photojournalism

This is a bit more complicated, but in a good way.  Leading up to the wedding day, you get some questionnaires from me and we do a deep dive call once those are done.  That way, I can dial in with you two who are the VIPs on the day what little moments might mean the most to you two or even a certain family member. 

Legit photojournalism takes time.  I won't be posing, staging, or directing, which means that when I hone in on a photo I want to make, I have to stay with that moment for longer than a few seconds and often I stay with it until the moment has come and gone entirely.  This is how I capture photographs that embody the beautiful term from Henri Cartier-Bresson, "The Decisive Moment".  Because of this, I always like to know what moments will matter more to the two of you so I can truly stay with those moments from start to finish in order to create the best possible photograph for you both. 

I have a blog post with some sample photos that is a great read and shows what I mean here better than just words!  These photos most likely won't win any awards.  And to most people, it's just another photograph.  But to the people that I made the photograph for, it's an entirely different perspective.  My ALL TIME FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPH I've ever created is below.  It looks simple enough, but bring some tissues if you decide to dive into the story in the link below.  It makes me tear up as I'm typing this just thinking back to that moment.  Also, if you'd like to see how this process can flow throughout a single story/wedding day.  Check out the "Real Weddings" link.

Stories Behind the Photos

Real Weddings

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