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What is wedding photojournalism?

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Wedding Photojournalism: What’s In A Name?

So what exactly is thing wedding photojournalism and what does it mean for you and your wedding day?

First off let’s begin by explaining that wedding photojournalism is often lso referred to o as, or referred to as documentary wedding photography, wedding reportage photography, storytelling wedding photography, natural wedding photography, candid wedding photography or unposed wedding photography. Yes, that’s a right old plethora of terms.  

However I’m going to be a little controversial here and suggest that wedding photojournalism is a different entity in itself, but more about this later. 

What sets aside wedding photojournalism is that it documents your wedding day in a candid, natural and discreet manner, with the aim of capturing genuine moments, real emotions and unfolding events of YOUR wedding story.  There’s no awkward posing, barking instructions or setting up contrived moments.

A young wedding guest holds up a button hole flower, during a same sex wedding at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

The Integrity of the Moment

In essence wedding photojournalism is about documenting the real, naturally evolving moments of a wedding without the photographer interfering, directing or setting up those moments. 

In other words, a wedding photojournalist generally shoots a wedding from the inside out ensuring the truth and integrity of the moment.  After all, when you look back at your wedding photography in years to come you’ll want to remember all those special moments that happened naturally, rather than a fake and clichéd story created by your photographer.

And let’s be honest, you can never fake true emotions or make clichéd moments look natural.  Wedding photojournalism is about authenticity and your wedding photography is more emotive and beautiful as a result. It’s essentially the art of wedding storytelling.

Wedding photojournalism of guests taking photos at the end of the LGBT wedding ceremony, inside Kingston Registry Office. Taken by one the best Kingston wedding photographers, Darren Lehane

Photojournalistic Values

Wedding photojournalism has obviously grown out of the grand tradition of news and reportage photography. One British documentary wedding photographer once described how a couple approached him looking for a “war photographer who shot weddings.”

Of course, a wedding can’t ever be compared to a war – but a wedding photojournalist will keep to the honesty and integrity of unbiased news reporting, in the context of your wedding day.  As a qualifying member, myself, of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) I have to adhere to their strict professional code of conduct and photojournalistic ethics.

The wedding first dance at Wandsworth Town Hall, in London

Capturing The Moment

In many ways, wedding photojournalism is about capturing the perfect moment rather than the perfect photo. It’s about documenting the human experience instead of fiddling around with camera settings. It lives in the reality of the here now rather than elaborate lighting set-ups or technical perfections

It’s about capturing the real and unique essence of your wedding day. After all, you’re unique as a couple and your wedding story will reflect this – and wedding photojournalism captures this brilliantly.

So wedding photojournalism is all about documenting the real and unfolding story of your wedding day in a natural and candid way.  After all, you want to remember your photos, not the way the photographer dictates them!

A classical wedding portrait of the bride and groom by by a documentary London wedding photographer.

Wedding Photojournalism is Not Documentary Wedding Photography

Remember earlier I said that wedding photojournalism is not the same as documentary wedding photography, that it’s a very distinct thing in itself.  Well, what did I mean by this?

It comes down to more formal and posed wedding portraiture.  As a wedding photojournalist 90% of my approach will be candid, unobtrusive and natural, but I understand you’ll also want some more formal portraits on the day, if only for your Aunty’s mantelpiece or parents walls.

Portraiture has been an integral part of photojournalism throughout its history so it’s not a dirty word, but a small but important part of the overall wedding photojournalism approach – unlike documentary wedding photography that really does only document a wedding without any interference at all.  And I’m guessing most of your guests aren’t professional models who don’t need some help and direction when it comes to group shots.

Wedding flash photography on the dance floor at Highdown Vineyard in Sussex


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If think that wedding photojournalism would be a good fit for your wedding day, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or fill out the form on my contact page.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you. You can check my current wedding fees and services by clicking here.

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