I love that brief second when my camera shutter is released and I know I just captured a moment in time, perfectly. It is why I am a photographer and why I love documenting weddings. From the time I began photographing, over fourteen years ago, I sought out to share relationships, interactions and the emotions of people through my images. I have created photo essays of subcultures, neighborhoods, families and individuals with a documentary approach. After photographing a wedding six years ago with a good friend of mine, I was hooked. I loved spending the day capturing so many different emotions, relationships and stories. A few months later I began my own business. I have taken all my experience as a documentary photographer and brought it to my wedding photography.
There are a few ways to describe my approach: documentary, photojournalistic, natural, candid and unobtrusive to name a few. These descriptions can sometimes be overused and bit vague, so I thought I would dive in a little deeper and answer the question….what is wedding photojournalism?
Wedding photojournalism is the recording of events, as they unfold, without interference. The photographer acts as an observer, anticipating and capturing moments while being as unobtrusive as possible. It is honest, human, narrative and emotional.
Rather than manufacturing moments or instructing poses, wedding photojournalist crave to be unnoticed. This allows everyone to forget the camera, and be themselves on the day. While you and your guests focus on each other, the photographer is capturing the essence of relationships and the atmosphere of the day. Looking back at your wedding album, you will relive all the little moments rather than the instructions of a photographer.
For more on Wedding Photojournalism and other photography styles, have a look at my previous post, Choosing a Photographer.
Have a great day!