What the PJ Style is / Wedding Photojournalism
By GEORGE WEIR - The Wedding Photojournalist Association
There are probably at least twice as many definitions of What
The PJ Style Is as there are photographers practicing it.
When asked 'what is photojournalism'? W. Eugene Smith, one of
the 20th centurys greatest photojournalists, replied Documentary
Photography with a purpose.
For me the single most important element of the PJ Style is meeting
and exceeding the clients wishes, desires and taste with
my own documentary style. Beyond delivering technical excellence
the photographers eye and brain must be able to anticipate
and recognize not only the physical actions and emotions but also
the geometric shapes, lighting and composition that come together
to reveal seemingly simple but complex images. It is the photographers
assignment to record these moments and produce images that will
warrant many second looks over many years.
PJ Style should be a cohesive collection of images that are not
only a record of the days events but are also images that
capture as many decisive moments as possible. The
resultant images should be able to stand the test of time and
look as fresh and vital in thirty or more years as they did when
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