A NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY WPJA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Franck Boutonnet, France
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THE WPJA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
FRANCK BOUTONNET AS THE 2008 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR


2008 Photographer of the
                        YearThe WPJA is proud to honor Franck Boutonnet of Lyon, France as its 2008 Photographer of the Year. Along with this title, Franck received a $1,000 grand prize. His name will also be permanently engraved on the WPJA Traveling Trophy.

The first thing that makes Mr. Boutonnet's work stand-out is his ability to capture light within any environment with striking results either in black and white or vibrant color. Each composition also offers a multitude of layers, from the subject's emotional expression to the candid activity in the back- and foreground. Franck is able to capture the ideal frame even amid extremely fast action situations. As a result, visitors to his site will definitely want to take ample time to enjoy the fine details, finding something new each time they return.

Mr. Boutonnet began working as a professional photojournalist in 2000 while living in California. When it comes to photography, he likes to do his own thing without feeling limited by the confines of formal photography lessons. In 2001, he, along with two other photographers, founded 'item' (collectifitem.com), a collective of photographers. In 2008, Franck was honored with six Wedding Photojournalist Association awards including Photographer of the Year, First Place in Ceremony (Q3) and Reception (Q2). He divides his time among personal and commissioned reportages for clients around the world, his favorite of which being weddings.

2008 Photographer of the YearWhen approached to document a wedding, he's typically chosen as a result of his portfolio of past work and is delighted to receive carte blanche. To ensure each assignment represents his signature style, he strives to first please himself and next his client. While aiming to push his limits beyond past accomplishments, he remains fully aware of the important moments he must capture during the day's narrative. With this in mind, he builds a commemorative photo essay - from preparations through the ceremony and reception.

Franck wants each wedding story to portray the personal and unique aspects of the event, fully mindful of his responsibility as the day's memory maker. He doesn't differentiate wedding photography from any other photojournalism assignment and believes a great image will have the same components regardless of its intent or subject matter. These components include a strong composition and universal meaning that transcends time. It's a picture that lives by itself. It means more over time. It's immensely personal.

2008 Photographer of the YearTypically shooting at close range, Franck likes to use a 35mm lens. "I like to be close, and sometimes really close," he explains. "The photographer has to move around the world and not the opposite." That said, he's also known to step back and switch to a longer lens depending on the situation and locale. While he works, he wants to be as soft as possible, and his clients appreciate this attitude and work style.

Regardless of the location, situation or subject, Franck can find and capture good images at any wedding. He finds this easiest when his subjects trust him completely. Challenged to describe his own style, he always tries to explore the intimacy of the special day with simple yet strong compositions in a documentary approach. "For me, wedding photojournalism is the responsibility to build a family memory in the most personal and powerful way for the generations to come."

Once the day's exuberance fades, his clients thank him for preserving the personal moments that speak both of their important day and the individuals involved.

Lisa Evenson-Ohr / For the Wedding Photojournalist Association


TOP WPJA PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR 2008:


       Photographer Location
Total Points
   1. Franck Boutonnet FRANCE
46
   2. Rob Witzel FL, USA
40
   3. Genya Garrett FL, USA
38
   4. Matt Adcock GA, USA
36
   5. Stephen Loh SINGAPORE
32
   6. Hassel Weems GA, USA
30
   7. Meg Baisden FL, USA
28
       Shane Snider NC, USA
28
   9. Edmund Tham MALAYSIA
26
       Scott Juarez TX-N, USA
26
       Dorota Kaszuba POLAND
26
 12. Tony Cabrera IL, USA
25
 13. Christian Keenan ENGLAND
24
 14. Dominique Cabrelli FRANCE
22
       Brett Butterstein CO, USA
22
 16. Ronald Soliman DE, USA
20
       Kenny Nakai IL, USA
20
 18. Anthony Ku TX-C, USA
19
       Bill McCullough TX-C, USA
19
       David Murray ME, USA
19
       Ryan Brenizer NY-C, USA
19
       Ben Chrisman CA-N, USA
19
 23. Britta Trygstad ND, USA
18
       Mark Earthy SWEDEN
18
 25. Malgorzata Woszczyna NY-C, USA
17
       Kelvin Koh SINGAPORE
17
       Matt Mcgraw NC, USA
17
       Steven Bridges TN, USA
17
       Eng Hong Loh SINGAPORE
17
       Siang Loo WA, USA
17
 31. Dino Lara PHILIPPINES
16
       Jesse Chamberlin GA, USA
16
       Merri Cyr NY-C, USA
16
       Corey McNabb NC, USA
16
       David Wittig IL, USA
16
       Anna Kuperberg CA-N, USA
16
       Luigi Rota ITALY
16
       Tom Paice ENGLAND
16
       Debra Zeller CA-N, USA
16
       Genevieve Nisly OH, USA
16
       Rich Janniello NY-C, USA
16
       Jonathan Kirshner IL, USA
16
       Chris Humphreys CA-S, USA
16
       Adam Welch CO, USA
16
 45. Alana Couch BC, CAN
15
       Jeffrey Neal Lawler CA-S, USA
15
       Wendy Woods MN, USA
15
       Alison Rose Williams CO, USA
15
       Jay Reiter NH, USA
15
       Brooke Hendricks WA, USA
15
       Ron Storer WA, USA
15
       Karen Bridges IL, USA
15
       Cindy Brown GA, USA
15
       Angela Lang CA-N, USA
15
       Chris Moseley TX-N, USA
15
       Janne Miettinen FINLAND
15
       Rick Collins BC, CAN
15
       Tara Lokey OK, USA
15
 59. Christobal Perez NC, USA
13
       Sarah Bastille MA, USA
13
 61. Ryan Browne ENGLAND
12
       Channing Johnson MA, USA
12
       Sol Tamargo MEXICO
12
       Lauren Brooks OR, USA
12
       Yu Hsin Seah SINGAPORE
12
       Tina Wright AZ, CANADA
12
 67. Neil Palmer ENGLAND
11
       Daria Bishop VT, USA
11
       Kent Meireis CO, USA
11
       Janis Ratnieks LATVIA
11
       Holly Pacione CO, USA
11
 72. Carrie Pratt FL, USA
10
       Edoardo Agresti ITALY
10
       David Bracho IL, USA
10
       Christine Rucker NC, USA
10
       Aaron Willcox CA-S, USA
10
       Mariano Friginal CA-C, USA
10
       Glen Cooper MA, USA
10
       Melissa Laggis AK, USA
10
       Michael Temchine DC, USA
10
       Karri North ON, CAN
10
       Andrew Collings IL, USA
10
       Tim Harman GA, USA
10
       Konstantin Andruhin RUSSIA
10
       Joseph Gidjunis PA, USA
10
 86. Mark Wallis ENGLAND
8
       Scott Lewis PA, USA
8
 88. Jenna Tye BC, CAN
7
       Andree Kehn ME, USA
7
       Jaime Viera CA-S, USA
7
       Brett Buchanan TX-C, USA
7
 92. Brett Carlson IL, USA
6
       Amy Newman NJ, USA
6
       Cameron Clark AZ, USA
6
       Marco Ficili ITALY
6
       Art Pinney WA, USA
6
       Anne Ryan IL, USA
6
       Lina Jang NY-C, USA
6
       Stacey Brandon FL, USA
6
       Aurel Virlan ROMANIA
6
       Fadi Kheir NY-C, USA
6
       John Zich IL, USA
6
       Andre Maier NY-C, USA
6
104. Jen Capone PA, USA
5
       Lewis Lau HONG KONG
5
       David Zaveloff PA, USA
5
       Mark Seymour ENGLAND
5
       Michael Barber OH, USA
5
       Simon Grosset SCOTLAND
5
       Kim Hayes WA, USA
5
       Jason Brown IL, USA
5
       Rhee Bevere CA-N, USA
5
       Pete Lucas ENGLAND
5
       Emin Kuliyev NY-C, USA
5
       Lawrence Ng SINGAPORE
5
       Monte Swann MN, USA
5
       Andy DeLisle AZ, USA
5
     
 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS FOR THIS PAGE:

Photographer - Top Left
2008 POY: Franck Boutonnet
Photographer - Top Middle
2008 POY: Franck Boutonnet
Photographer - Top Right
2008 POY: Franck Boutonnet