After working as a staff photographer for news papers such as The Denver Post for more than 20-years, I started my own wedding photography business in 1997, specializing in wedding photojournalism. Having a BA in journalism and two feature Pulitzer entries to my credits prepared me for my career of documenting weddings. My first taste of wedding photojournalism came to me while I was traveling in Japan where I was allowed to photograph parts of a traditional wedding. At the time I was working for the Denver Post. Within a year I left the paper to start my own wedding photography business.
Since then I've managed to photograph completely traditional weddings in both Italy and China. Someday I hope to publish a book on wedding cultures of the world. These experiences have helped me grow as a photojournalist so that I don't depend on spoken language as much as body language and respect while I am working. Even here in Denver I get many different types of wedding cultures and traditions such as Buddhist ceremonies. Last year I was hired to photograph one couples western wedding here in Denver and a Vietnamese Buddhist wedding in New Orleans the following week.
I've always loved telling stories with my pictures. Now I get to cover about 20 weddings a year and tell the stories in web based slideshows and in custom made books.
42 Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Kent Meireis. The following awards have been earned by Kent Meireis from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
Great angle. Nice moment. Very different way to see it.
The bride’s attendees circle her as she steps into her dress. The circular form at left contrasts with the linear shape of the bridesmaids at right thus creating an interesting juxtaposition of shape and form. It's a moment delivered with clean composition and tastefulness. Finally, it presents an angle of view not normally found in similar scenes of the same subject.
That was some nasty strike on the bride’s eye, plastered with cake. But she returns the act with gleeful abandon as she “serves” him some cake. As for the rest of us we can only add, “Serves him right.”
This scene would be “lost” in time and space if not for a photographer discovering the pathos of an elderly gentleman in the latter phase of life, clutching his cane with both hands, surrounded by youth, his face sculpted from the years of old living similar occasions, perhaps even memories of his own journey through marriage. And now, here he sits, filled with knowledge he knows can only be learned by experience as a young woman gently touches his shoulder. Quietly beautiful.
A mother watches her husband, more likely known as dad amongst family, wipes away tears as he dances with their daughter, his “little girl," now wife to another. This is why I have long believed that wedding photojournalism is a spectacular universe of moments for a photographer. As a working photojournalist, a newspaper staff photographer, it was a rare assignment that ever afforded me the unsanctioned privilege of moments galore. If we only open our eyes long enough to notice, to pause from our day and behold, we might discover them in every direction. But, a wedding is a photojournalist's dream.
Great faces! Nice use of a longer lens so that the faces are the main focus. The cell phone doesn’t need to be sharp since we all know what they look like anyway.
I liked that the photographer left so much room around the boy running because there is so much to look at in the faces of those watching. The light was tough but the photographer managed to use it well.
Photographer's CommentThis might have been the smallest wedding I’ve ever photographed. We rode horseback for about 45 minutes to a nice spot with a view overlooking the valley for their heartfelt Native American ceremony which was accompanied with several songs on the flute.
Photographer's CommentThe man in the wheel chair came in the back entrance just as the bride was heading to the front of the church for the ceremony entrance. I was able to get two frames and move slightly for the second picture improving the composition. This is a full frame image taken with a 35mm lens.
There were very few images that I thought were photographs. This one is a journalist at work photographing an important moment without interfering with what was going on.
Photographer's CommentThis is from a Valentine's Day mass wedding at a ski area at 12,000 feet elevation. I had met the bride and groom in the parking lot and caught up with then at different points of the day along with the other 88 couples.
Oh what a hot shot! ;-) She looks delighted by the snow and exhilarated to be outside. Great composition with the snowboarder and the other skiers in the background. Very hard to do technically, especially in a near white out. Great job.
Photographer's CommentThis picture is all about expression and moment!
Nice composition and a very funny moment. Great expression on the bride.
Photographer's CommentThis is a real moment that's not be set up. The cool thing about this picture is they are each having a little moment of their own tasting the beer.
Photographer's CommentThis was a seriously catholic wedding. It was the bride's brothers first wedding after being ordained as a priest and he had 4 other priests help with the ceremony.
Photographer's CommentThis was the rainiest wedding ceremony I've photographed. I shot though a clear plastic umbrella. I like this view because it's from the perspective of their guests.
Photographer's CommentThese funny little moments crack me up! I like the way this picture tells a story about their relationship with their son.
Photographer's CommentThis is a moment inside a moment from the couple first dance. Their flower girls were watching so closely as they dipped and kissed at the end of the song.
The timing, lighting and emotion are all there for the conclusion of the first dance. The girls looking on in their colorful dresses only add to the beauty of the moment.,
Photographer's CommentThis is from Valentine's Day mass wedding ceremony at a ski area. I like the fact that they are skiing on telemark skis and the composition of the bridal party trailing the bride tell a nice little story.
Photographer's CommentBelieve it or not this was even funnier in person! The doves wouldn't fly out the basket so they set it on the ground and birds came out on their own and surprised everyone.
The birds in flight at the end of the ceremony is nice and the groomsmen dodging them.
A very successful photograph because it combines information with visual impact. The doves help lead the viewer’s eyes across the image from the kiss to the ducking groomsman.
This photo captured a great moment during the ceremony with great expressions and dynamism. The multi layers reading, the composition and the light are added values.
Photographer's CommentThis is the same dog as the previous picture. He waited in the car during their church ceremony. He kept staring at the boutiques like they were dog bones and even tried to bite them a couple of times.
This could be described as a perfect dog portrait. The angle shows the interest of the dog's eye towards the bouquet. Nicely composed. The subtle tux outfit and the bouquet imply wedding with just those two elements.
Photographer's CommentI had just arrive to photograph the groom getting ready for his destination wedding in the mountains. This moment between the groom and his dog happen just after I entered the room. They were having a church wedding and his dog couldn't be in the ceremony.
Nice quite moment. Sweet moment. The colors are really pleasing too. Wonderful and tender example of the human-animal bond.
Photographer's CommentThis is from a wedding in one of the most photographed places in Colorado, the Maroon Bells. After their ceremony the couple went for a walk down to the lake and this was a picture on the way back.
Of course not every photographer has the advantage of a location like this and the bride is going to regret ever listening to the photographer when her bridal gown is covered with burrs, but it is a winner. The flair actually adds to the photograph. The couple not looking at the camera adds to the photograph. Let me tell a not so brief story that was a favorite of Chairman Wilbur Mills, (the older readers will remember Wilbur Mills/Fanny Fox news story). Mills was running for re-election in Arkansas and his opponent’s campaign picture showed the opponent walking across a cattle pasture and looking confidently up at the sky (the campaign line was, “the candidate for the future). Mills countered the ad by saying, “Show me a man who walks through a cow pasture without looking down (to avoid the cow manure) and I’ll show you a fool.” Arkansas is a farm state and Wilbur Mills won the election.
Photographer's CommentThis couple brought a bottle of champagne up to their mountain top wedding ceremony and waited for everyone else to head down the gondola before popping the cork and having their own little moment of celebration.
Great job keeping the background clean and capturing the expressions of the bride and groom.
Photographer's CommentPictures like this demonstrate how a photographer can work close in without being a distraction. It comes from being comfortable to be around. People see how you work and think and forget that you are even in the room.
Of all the â€œmoment of prayer before the ceremonyâ€ photos in this batch, this one was the best. It showed the most energy. You could tell it was right before the wedding itself (and not possibly a bachelor party) since all the men are in their suits. Good faces on the grooms' party.
Photographer's CommentThis is a simple picture taking advantage of a high angle and waiting for the flower girl to walk into light.
A nice angle of the flower girl coming down the aisle. And the light hits her right. Everyone is looking at her.
Photographer's CommentClassic scene setters like this are packed with details answering of who, what, where, why and when. The coolest part of this picture is the layers of information from the bride and her father to the guests, and the background all coming together.
Beautiful vista and the photographer captures that and the wedding together nicely.
Photographer's CommentDetail pictures that aren't planned or set up and tell a real story are cool. A bridesmaid holding the couples drinks and the CD with their first dance song shows what it's like to be an important part of a wedding party.
The colors work perfectly together as well as the writing on the CD. I'm normally not much of a fan of tilted horizons, but it works here because it feels like a balancing act.
Photographer's CommentTricky exposure going from a ceremony to a church basement. I like how the colors, light and composition work together.
Photographer's CommentThe brides hands and rings tells a simple story.
Very unusual. The shapes, patterns, and designs. Totally unlike anything else in the category. Nice symmetry and energy flow to the rings.
Photographer's CommentQuite little moments such as this are why I enjoy photographing weddings. Being this close to sincere emotions fills me up. It's really cool to be knelling, bracing my camera on the table and not be noticed.
The candlelight casts a beautiful, soft shadow on the couple. The bride's expression shows they are in their own world and loving it. Pure romance. The photographer gently brings the viewer into the bride and groom's world. I like how you don't feel the photographer's presence.
Photographer's CommentThis is one of those funny little moments during a ceremony that I had no idea was coming. The groomsmen were judging the couples kiss at the end of the ceremony.
This is quite funny and unusual. It makes you want to know what they are rating.
Photographer's CommentThis is a moment later than the last image and it tells a whole other story. A different kind of moment. The brides sweet smile and the grooms tear make this one of my all time favorite wedding pictures.
Sweet candid moment as the Groom kisses the Bride who is sitting on his lap. The framing of the candle adds an atmospheric glow and both the couple and the guests in the background are nicely side lit adding a nice dimension to the photograph
Photographer's CommentThis was one of the funnest events to cover. Dog owners brought their dogs to either meet via speed dating or marry their partner. There were actual signed marriage certificates. The dogs in this picture remind me of how people act nervous before wedding ceremonies.
Gotta go with the dogs, though I want to know more about this situation. It's well composed, too, with the dog on the left having the perfect look for this scene.
Photographer's CommentThis was an unbelievably cold day when most people would reschedule their engagement session. Instead we took advantage of the cold using the steam from a street manhole to create a dramatic effect.
Clean composition. The graphics draw you into the heart of the photograph perfectly. Long lens is great. Letting the light bounce around from all the steam solved any lighting problems. Well exposed.
Photographer's CommentThis one of my all-time favorite getting ready pictures. The bride stopped to reapply her lipstick in the side mirror of the bumble bee Rolls Royce on her way to her wedding ceremony.
The tones in this image are a bonus to the great moment and super composition. The bride is almost glowing in the failing light as she does a touch-up. Nice!