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EXCELLENCE IN WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM
Since 2002 the WPJA has been helping couples capture the story of their wedding.
The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.
The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography - quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.
RANDOM WPJA PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT
Virginia, United States
My name is Eric Llanes and I am a photographer who wouldn't believe you if, ten years ago, you told me that I would someday be a professional wedding photographer. I have always had interesting hobbies, ones that always required mathematics, understanding esoteric concepts...Read more
Tyne And Wear, England
Jonathan Brown is a full-time professional photographer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He set up Browns Photography in 2003 with his wife to provide a bespoke wedding photography service. Since then he has photographed hundreds of...Read more
British Columbia, Canada
Jenna Shouldice is an award winning photographer, based out of Toronto and Victoria. Jenna photographs weddings across Canada with her husband Tristan Shouldice, from summer weddings in the Gulf Islands to winter weddings in downtown Toronto. They...Read more
Latest Contest Results - Q3 2013
The Wedding Photojournalist Association is pleased to announce the results of the Third Quarter WPJA Photography Competition. Join us as we congratulate all the winners.
The 2013 Q3 Contest showcases the wedding photojournalism of WPJA members from the second quarter of the 2013 year in 10 categories, with over 11,000 entries in this contest.
Every year WPJA hosts the largest wedding photography competitions in the world judged by panels of award-winning photojournalists. Competitions, which are held quarterly and open only to WPJA members, are part of the association’s commitment to upholding the highest standards in wedding photojournalism. Membership in WPJA requires rigorous standards in technical skill, aesthetics and best business practices.
2012 Photographer of the Year
The WPJA congratulates Steve Matteo of Illinois with the POY title for 2012.
WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM ARTICLES
For the PhotographerWORKING THE CAMERA ANGLES
Wedding photojournalists will agree that the most important aspect of their craft is telling the story of the day in an authentic, unplanned way. A key element of that basic definition is how the story gets told—and that’s where the photographer’s individual character and point of view come into play. One of the most defining tools in shaping that unique perspective is angles.Go to: Working The Camera Angles
For the Bride and GroomHIRING A CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL
Like many brides and grooms, your wedding could be the first time you’ll be hiring a creative professional. What could be so difficult, right? But just ask any talented pro, and you’ll get a grateful explanation of why it’s so important to truly understand their creative process. How you manage your relationship with a wedding photojournalist can have just as profound an impact on the photographs as the day unfolding before the camera.Go to: Hiring A Creative Wedding Professional
For the Bride and GroomWEDDINGS CAN BE CHAOS
A wedding is not just the culmination of a couple’s commitment. It’s also the final product of much planning and preparation. Yet despite the best-laid plans, your big day won’t necessarily get a free pass from Murphy’s Law. Some chaos is almost inevitable at some point along the way. Luckily, when you hire a wedding photojournalist, you have someone on hand who is an expert in capturing those moments as memorable visual stories that you’ll enjoy for years to come.Go to: Weddings Can Be Chaos
For the Bride and GroomEVERYONE IS A PHOTOJOURNALIST
These days untold numbers of wedding photographers state in their bios that they have a background in photojournalism. Yet many do not really have any actual professional experience as photojournalists. Some have maybe published just one or two photos, or work occasionally as a freelancer for a newspaper or magazine, while others fudge their own work history and interpretation of the term in order to bolster their own image.Go to: Everyone Is A Photojournalist
For the PhotographerWHO ARE YOU SHOOTING FOR?
Couples hire wedding photojournalists for their narrative approach to photography, but they’re also expected to get the more formal shots; portraits of the wedding party, family and friends. Balancing those competing expectations— pleasing our clients while producing unique and timeless images— is an ongoing challenge and a somewhat tricky proposition that not only permeates the wedding day, but also spills over to your web site design and public portfolio.Go to: Who Are You Shooting For?
WedPix Featured ArticleTRASH THE DRESS
Brides and grooms want awesome imagery from their wedding, but they also want a photographer that can get very creative during a Trash The Dress portrait session. That’s why couples everywhere are donning their wedding finery and not only descending into caves, walking through abandoned amusement parks and chasing other wild pursuits in an increasingly popular ritual and edgy extension of wedding photojournalism called Trash the Dress (TTD).Go to: Trash The Dress
For the Bride and GroomCAPTURING WEDDING TOASTS
These days, raising a glass to toast a bride and groom has an important purpose: to wish the couple happiness and success. Toasts can be emotional or funny, sometimes embarrassing, but always heartfelt. They can also be tricky to photograph, logistically and artistically speaking. For example, a bridal couple may be squarely in a photographer’s viewfinder during a toast, but when glasses are lifted, you never know if their faces will be obstructed.Go to: Capturing Wedding Toasts
For the Bride and GroomPHOTO TIPS FOR WEDDING GUESTS
How can you let your guests get great shots at the wedding while helping your wedding photojournalist get his or hers as well? Fortunately, the two goals are not mutually exclusive. A few WPJA members weigh in with professional tips and techniques that your wedding guests can use to kick their personal photos up a few notches, while ensuring that their efforts will not detract from the “official” photos produced by the hired photographer.Go to: Photo Tips For Wedding Guests
For the Bride and GroomMALE BONDING ON WEDDING DAY
Boys will be boys. Many photographers have found that the best man, the groomsmen and numerous other dudes contributing to the big day often serve as provocateurs and especially interesting subjects for wedding photojournalism. Of course, that’s the stereotype. Yet those same guys who tease one another, engage in colorful hijinks, and liven up the party also offer up plenty of emotion. You just have to look for it a bit more carefully.Go to: Male Bonding On Wedding Day
For the Bride and GroomTELLING A STORY THROUGH HUMOR
Even with the best-laid plans, things can happen. A tuxedo may be too short; the caterers may forget the sporks; the custodians could forget to hose down the dance floor after the 4-H fair. These and innumerable other little ”accidents” lend flavor to a nuptial bash, and should be celebrated for their ability to break you out of a routine. If you’re able to appreciate all that comes with living in the moment, you could wind up with some wonderful memories.Go to: Telling A Story Through Humor
For the PhotographerPRE-VISUALIZING BEFORE THE WEDDING SHOOT
While much of wedding photojournalism requires reacting to the scene presented before you, thinking about certain shots or techniques you may want to use can help you prepare for certain pictures you would like to capture if they arise. It’s similar to how a quarterback studies a playbook in the week leading to a game, when in fact he may not know what the defense will throw at him.Go to: Pre-Visualizing Before The Wedding Shoot
For the Bride and GroomCAPTURING ROMANCE AT THE WEDDING
A skilled wedding photojournalist knows how to anticipate and capture situations that convey those special feelings. When the day is over, your memories will be enhanced through photographs of the two of you looking at one another or simply being together, thus narrating the story of your love. That is what it’s all about. We talked to three WPJA members to find out how they zero in on the romantic moments.Go to: Capturing Romance At The Wedding
For the Bride and GroomWEDDING RECEPTION DANCING
Ever since early man learned to beat a stick on a rock, some guy has embarrassed his family by dancing to it. The primordial urge to shake your booty can be traced back thousands of years, when cave dwellers learned to ward off strangers by loudly grunting and jumping around like maniacs. Luckily, not much has changed.Go to: Wedding Reception Dancing