1. Photojournalism defined
Photojournalism is a type of journalism that uses photographs to tell a story or report on a news event. It is often used to document events, places, and people in a way that is more immediate and impactful than words alone. Photojournalists work to capture images that accurately and objectively depict the subjects and events they are covering, and to present these images in a way that tells a compelling and informative story.
Photojournalism can be found in a variety of media, including newspapers, magazines, websites, and television news programs. Photojournalists may cover a wide range of subjects, including politics, sports, entertainment, social issues, and more. In order to be effective, photojournalists must be able to think quickly, work well under pressure, and capture images that are technically proficient and emotionally powerful.
Photojournalism is an important part of the media landscape, as it allows people to see and understand events and issues in a visual way that can be more impactful than words alone. It is a challenging and rewarding field that requires a combination of technical skill, creativity, and journalistic integrity.
2. Photojournalistic Wedding Photography
Photojournalistic wedding photography is a style of wedding photography that aims to capture candid, spontaneous, and natural moments from the wedding day as they unfold. Photojournalistic photographers strive to document the real emotions and events of the day in an authentic and unscripted way, rather than posing the subjects or directing the action.
Photojournalistic wedding photography is characterized by a candid, documentary approach, with the photographer taking a more observational role rather than actively directing the subjects. The photographer may use a variety of techniques, such as shooting from a distance, using available light, and capturing candid moments as they happen. The goal is to create a visual narrative of the wedding day that tells the story of the couple and their relationships with friends and family.
Photojournalistic wedding photography can be a great choice for couples who want a more natural and candid approach to their wedding photos. It can be especially well-suited for couples who want to capture the authentic moments and emotions of their wedding day, rather than posing for traditional, posed photographs. If you are considering photojournalistic wedding photography, it is important to work with a photographer who is experienced in this style and who can help you achieve the look and feel you are hoping for.
3. Wedding Photojournalism Today
Fast forward 20 years and it seems as though every single wedding photographer today appears to be a wedding photojournalist. Why? Well, because photographers are afraid of losing clients if they do not use the marketing term somewhere in their material. However, despite the usage of photojournalist, there are many photographers out there who have no experience in wedding photojournalism, or photojournalism in general. In fact, often times their portfolio doesn’t even exhibit photojournalistic style shots.
While it is not required for a wedding photographer to have worked at a newspaper agency in order to qualify him to be a wedding photojournalist, it should be expected that their training and educational background is in the field of photojournalism.
4. Our Experience in Wedding Photojournalism
While I have not worked in a newspaper agency setting, I have an innate eye for wedding photojournalism. I spend hundreds of additional hours each year studying my art. Each year I attend WPPI (the largest photography trade show and seminar in the world) in Las Vegas, Nevada, photography seminars, and photography workshops, each of which are taught and instructed by some of the world’s top wedding photojournalists such as: Denis Reggie, Joe Buissink, Mike Colon and many more.
Probably the easiest and most effective way of getting an idea of whether or not a wedding photographer is actually a wedding photojournalist is simply to take a look at their portfolio, as well as a sample wedding. Throughout our portfolio you will notice our roots in photojournalism. We would also love to show you a full wedding event in person. Simply call us to setup an appointment with one of the master wedding photographers.