About the Wedding Photojournalist Association

Since its founding in 2002, the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) has been the trusted authority for engaged couples seeking to document their wedding and its participants on that day as they really want to remember them. Recognized for its members’ creativity and craft by leading wedding publications, including BRIDES magazine, the WPJA reserves membership to select photographers around the world whose portfolios and practices demonstrate talent, expertise and client service in wedding photojournalism. Members of the WPJA — through their work as adjudged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners) — represent the highest standards and the cutting edge in the business of creative wedding photojournalism. As professional visual artists, WPJA photographers capture the real moments and emotions of the most important celebration in the lives of two people coming together as one.

For our clients

A couple hiring a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association wants a good wedding photographer. With both style and a sense of priority, they also are making a statement about authenticity, using the craft of photojournalism to create a visual record of their wedding celebration, whether shot as candids or composed as portraits. A WPJA photographer finds visual opportunities in the setting, employs ambient or creative lighting, frames shots in evocative and interesting ways, and captures a meditative pause or the action of the moment in whatever environment the preparations, ceremony, and reception are taking place. Each wedding is a unique story and a WPJA member uses the tools of photographic narrative to tell the clients’ story as they will remember it and will want to share.

For our members

Wedding Photojournalist Association members take some of the most beautiful — and beautifully honest — photographs in the world, all over the world. They have a passion for the integrity of their work and the integrity of their business, demonstrating compassion and respect for their clients and their clients’ family, friends, officiants and guests. Dedicated to the craft of wedding photojournalism, WPJA members have applied for and been selected for membership based on the variety, creativity and quality of their portfolios. As members, they continue to focus primarily on authentic, rather than staged, portrayals in their wedding photography, and they only conduct business as professionals — with honesty and dignity.

By finding their photographer using the WPJA’s online regional directory, the association’s photographer profiles and its links to members’ portfolio sites, engaged couples contacting a WPJA member have already self-selected themselves into a category of clients with a sophisticated perspective and interest in wedding photojournalism. Wedding photojournalists’ own brands benefit from the imprimatur of WPJA membership; their businesses receive increased exposure through WPJA promotional and editorial content; and each member’s best work can be entered into WPJA’s judged competitions for increased attention and publicity around the world. When unable to accept a booking, WPJA members can happily refer potential clients to other association members with confidence. Wedding Photojournalist Association members produce the most creative, evocative, memorable and beautiful work in our industry, demonstrating the integrity of originality in wedding photojournalism with each assignment.