Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Darren. The following awards have been earned by Darren from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
It would be fun to gather all of the similar images I’ve seen over the years and hear the story behind them from the photographer’s view. But I judge what I see - the feelings it imparts to the viewer and the cogs and whistles beneath the emulsion that bring moments to visual relevancy. Here we see the seemingly resolute visage of the groom in juxtaposition with his tearful bride. Americans would mostly lean to stereotypical narratives of reluctant grooms and tearfully expectant brides. But in other cultures, a brides tears could indicate the opposite. Nonetheless this is an enjoyable image illustrating (potentially, possibly) both pleasure and pain.
Great moment of a toast around an elderly couple. Also love the contrast of the younger generation and older generation.
The universal juxtaposition of extremes never seems to tire us. And that’s for good reason, because such images usually bridge a gap in the narrative that helps expand upon a moment. In this case, of course, the lovely elderly couple, seated as they toast, surrounded by youth that still raise their glass high.
If only I could see what created this surge, this torrent of emotion. It’s a mystery. I love a good mystery but I like a good photo even more. This image satisfies both of my desires.
I must admit, it’s more fun to make a toast when there’s wine in the glass. But this hapless young man, surrounded by festivity, seems to be making a toast to a different idea - to be anywhere but here. Nonetheless, he provides the anchor to this lovely image.
Interesting and bold composition. Assuming the graduation portrait on the wall is of this bride, it makes you wonder what she's thinking as she enters another new chapter in her life. Being in frames in opposite corners of the photo with all the negative space between creates a feeling of distance from her past. Very nice.
A framing of the toast.