Words of Wisdom Wednesday ● Wedding Photojournalism
I love the idea of photojournalistic wedding photography. I feel like the term is used a lot and means different things to different people. What is wedding photojournalism? Can a wedding be shot 100% photojournalistically? (is that even a word?)
To me, wedding photojournalism means the complete absence of posing. So while it’s certainly possible a wedding could be shot without any sort of posing at all, it would mean there would inevitably be some key shots missing (like that photo of you and your grandma). Every wedding I shoot is a hybrid. There are some parts of the day that are posed – family formals, for instance. There are some parts of the day that are posed but are made to look like they aren’t posed. And the rest of the day is unposed and completely candid.
And the best part of shooting a wedding in photojournalistic style? Being the biggest creeper on the planet. You know why wedding photographers typically wear all black? We’re hoping we won’t be seen by anybody as we work. This is fact.* Capturing photojournalistic shots is one of the toughest things when you have a camera. When people see a camera pointed towards them, they automatically stop what they’re doing and pose. For most of the wedding day, my job is to take photos without seeming like I’m taking photos. My job is essentially to be the ultimate Creepy McCreepDawg.
I am really coming to love shooting more and more in this style (I guess this makes me a creepy person). But in embracing photojournalism, I’ve had to let some control go. For me, it means becoming that person who, even though I wanted to re-arrange certain details in a shot to make them “prettier,” left them be because that was real.
I’m not shooting your wedding specifically to get it featured on a blog. I’m not shooting a wedding thinking I want to just further my “art.” I’m shooting your wedding so you will remember it exactly as it was. And I’m doing it in such a way that I’m hoping you won’t even notice I’m there.
*This is not fact.