My Wedding Photographer Style
My Wedding Photographer Style
is innovative and intuitive…
And is very deeply rooted in candid photojournalism…
My wedding photographer style includes portrait photography. I understand the art and techniques of both posing and lighting, and I know them well. How much posed photography we would do is up to you…
I believe a photography session should be full of life and expression. It has been said that a good photography session is a dance of the souls…
And I believe in being playful and having fun…
And to round out your wedding day story, I include editorial coverage as well…
Glossary of photography style terminology:
Editorial photography is based on creating photographs to support the printed word, as in magazine or newspaper articles. So in the truest sense, editorial photography can include portraits, photojournalism, candid, and even product photography. For a professional wedding photographer, editorial photography usually means set-up photographs with defined compositions and controlled lighting, of anything from the rings and bouquets, the gown, details of the gown and even the shoes. It can also include pictures of the wedding site, reception room, table tops or any other thing that may be significant to the day. In other words, the details of the day, no matter how large or small, to provide another element of the story of your wedding day.
According to Wikipedia, photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, but in some cases the term also refers to video used in broadcast journalism. Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (such as documentary photography, street photography, or celebrity photography) by the qualities of: *Timeliness — the images have meaning in the context of a recently published record of events. *Objectivity — the situation implied by the images is a fair and accurate representation of the events they depict in both content and tone. *Narrative — the images combine with other news elements to make facts relatable to the viewer or reader on a cultural level.
Photojournalism for the practice of illustrating news stories began sometime between 1880 and 1897. It is not known exactly when wedding photojournalism came into being, although what is known is that as film qualities started to improve significantly in the 1980’s, it allowed professional wedding photographers to be able to supplement their use of the large and slow-to-focus medium and large format cameras, with the smaller and much faster 35mm cameras. The use of these cameras then opened up the world of wedding candid photography. Then, as more and more candid pictures were being taken and presented to clients, the art of candid wedding photography became established. Sometime in the early 1990s, wedding photojournalism became in style in Europe, then caught on in the US, and was done primarily in black and white. Throughout the nineties, the style became so popular both in Europe and the US, it allowed for the advent of the wedding photojournalist, which were photographers who provided wedding coverage using photojournalism only.
Faux-tojornalism, which is also known as “controlled candid”, are images that have a look of being candid and photojournalism but in reality, the subject or subjects have been given or are being given direction from the photographer.
Portraiture or portrait photography:
Portrait photography or portraiture is the capture by means of photography of the likeness of a person or a small group of people (a group portrait) in which usually the face and expression is predominant. The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. With the most common known type of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is the person’s face, although the entire body and the background may be included.
Another type of portraiture is environmental portraiture, where the object is to photograph a person or group of people in a particular setting. And is typically done to show a relationship between the subjects and the environmental setting.
While photojournalism can be done “on the fly” using only available light or on the camera flash, professional portraiture typically involves multiple lighting sources even if done outside of the studio, for instance, at a wedding. This doesn’t mean that a candid photograph can not qualify as a portrait. If the composition, lighting, and subject matter all come together, a candid portrait can tell more of a story than a posed portrait.
Most subjects of portrait photography are often non-professional models. Family portraits commemorating special occasions such as weddings, pregnancies, or new additions to a family, may be professionally produced or may be vernacular and are most often intended for private viewing rather than for public exhibition. However, many portraits are created for public display, ranging from fine art portraiture, to commercial portraiture such as might be used to illustrate a company’s annual report, to promotional portraiture such as might be found on a book jacket showing the author of the book.
When non-candid portrait photographs are composed and captured, the professional photographer has control over the lighting of the composition of the subject and can adjust direction and intensity.
Proper lighting, lighting techniques, composition, the rule of thirds, golden rectangles, “Nautilus Spirals”, posing styles, posing techniques, and the appropriate equipment are all essential elements of professional portrait photography.