A Photojournalist style of wedding photography takes its cue from editorial reporting styles and focuses more on candid images with little photographer interaction; a wedding photojournalist typically shoots images quickly using available light or on-camera flash rather than using traditional, formal posing techniques and studio lights. Candid images flow naturally and make for beautiful photography opportunities for the wedding album. So, today’s blog post is all about journalism photography and why you should consider shooting in this style at a wedding.
What Is Journalism Photography? - In previous articles we’ve talked about the most common types of photography styles that wedding photographers tend to adopt when shooting a wedding. As we previously mentioned in the introduction of this article, today’s blog post is centred around journalism photography. So, you may be wondering what journalism photography is. Let’s find out! Photojournalism is a term that is actually used to describe a style of journalism accomplished through photography that is used for story telling in news, magazine and other publications. As a type of journalist, photojournalists were expected to observe and record events as they unfolded, without any interference or adulteration. Another word to describe these types of photographs is called ‘candid’. In the late 1980s early 1990s, a group of photojournalists moved into the wedding photography industry and created a new unique style of photography called wedding photojournalism.
Photojournalism & Wedding Photography - When introduced to the wedding photography industry, this new style of wedding photography was a breath of fresh air. Prior to that point, wedding photography seemed to be firmly entrenched in a standardised set of perfect cliche-looking shots and effects. Every wedding portrait had the same glamoured look with a soft wash over the image. Wedding photography consisted of capturing, and even fabricating, the exact same image with each and every client, for example a shot of the Bride gazing out of the window in her wedding gown or a shot of the Groom putting on his cuff links and adjusting his tie. But when photojournalism entered the wedding scene, the photographer would stand back and let events unfold naturally, rather than directing every single image in front of the camera. This approach to wedding photography makes the client’s wedding photographs very unique and true to memory. This has come to mean more to people compared to the posed images and directed shots.
Journalism Photography Today – Pretty much every single wedding photographer today adopts the practice of photojournalism, 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 photojournalism, there are many photographers out there who have no experience in wedding photojournalism, or photojournalism in general. In fact, often their wedding photography portfolio doesn’t even exhibit photo-journalistic style shots and remains a selection of documentary style images. Check out our other articles using the links below and learn more about wedding photography!
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