the Authenticity of Wedding Photojournalism

Two people making a commitment of marriage want to remember the day for the rest of their lives. Shouldn’t the wedding photography that commemorates their celebration reflect the personal moments and honest emotions they will remember?

A love for authenticity in wedding photography — finding art in the actualities of a marriage celebration — led to the founding of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) in 2002. Out of respect for our clients, the wedding photographers and photojournalists accepted for WPJA membership have a demonstrated talent for candid originality and a dedication to the documentary approach in wedding photography. To maintain their standing in the WPJA, member photographers must adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards.

  • For Engaged Couples planning a wedding: Hire a WPJA photographer so you can reproduce and retell the beautiful, unique story of how your celebration unfolds — as you will want to remember it and have it told for generations.
  • For Professional Wedding Photographers with a photojournalist’s talent for capturing moments, not stage-directing them: Join the WPJA to have your expertise accredited, to help promote and further our craft, and to let the WPJA introduce you to the ideal clients for your work.

 

WPJA Photography Contests

1st place in Reception: Wellington Fugisse, Brazil

2016 WPJA Photographer of the Year

Southern California, United States

Brett Butterstein

When people are in midst of a celebration, in the throes of the festivities, nothing is planned. All the rules go out the door. The impromptu kiss between the young flower girl and the ring bearer, the sudden bolt of sunlight on the groom and bride, the shift in the dancing crowd; it is all born out of the unbridled emotions of the day. Couple all of this with a photographer who does not follow the rules, who intuitively understands the rhythm of spontaneity, and the results are award-winning moments in time. In fact, they are what have created the Wedding Photojournalist Association's 2016 POY, Brett Butterstein.

Client Letters

Rachele & Gilles

Photographed by Luca Fabbian

Dear Luca, We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for our wonderful photo album. You were able to catch the emotions of...

Carmen & William

Photographed by Fabio Azanha

We live in London and recently got married in Portugal. I can't thank you enough Maria and Fabio for all of your help. Not only...

Ivan & Jessica

Photographed by Foo Jim

Much appreciation to you for making our wedding a memorable one! You have been very helpful and took pride in your work. You took the...