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EXCELLENCE IN WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM 

Since 2002 the WPJA has been helping couples capture the story of their wedding.

The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography. 

The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography - quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.

RANDOM WPJA PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT

Taichung, Taiwan
Ke-Wan Li

Photographer Ke-Wan Li from Taichung, Taiwan 婚禮紀錄 | 自主婚紗 | 活動紀錄 | 人像寫真 | 親子寫真 | 寵物寫真 | 商業攝影 ​ 一場好的婚禮紀錄能為一個新家庭的建立寫下歷史性的一頁。 婚禮攝影是屬於新人及攝影師的個人風格攝影,但它又不專屬於某一派別或類別,因為拍照的同時攝影師要了解各種攝影的特性、熟悉各種攝影器材的應用進而展現出屬於婚禮當天新人的專屬回憶照片。一個專業的婚禮攝影師當他面對決定性的瞬間畫面時,腦海中要快速決定構圖當中的人、事、時、地、物以及顏色、光線及畫面比例切割等的紀實攝影,目的就是要讓「照片說故事」。 每場婚禮在開拍前,都需要與新人及家中長輩所想要的期盼進行溝通及了解,婚禮攝影具有許多攝影的特性,但善用這些特性讓作品越單純就越有意境,而這些意境就顯示出了婚禮它所擁有的獨特性。好的攝影師會利用婚禮現場的光線特性讓之後欣賞照片的新人們透過照片回憶起當時內心的期待、雀躍以及不捨。完整「記錄」一整場婚禮並不困難,困難的是要將婚禮紀錄提升到視覺藝術的境界,讓新人永難忘懷這才是技巧。 您好,我是攝影師...

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Centro, Portugal
Gabriel Sarabando

Photographer Gabriel Sarabando from Centro, Portugal Portuguese photographer shooting since 2009 For me, the secret of a good image, derives from a fundamental understanding of light, composition and message. With a photojournalistic background, was creating my own...

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Illinois, United States
Jennifer Jackson

Photographer Jennifer Jackson from Illinois, United States I am a Chicago-based photographer living in the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago with my husband, and closest friend, Shawn.  When I was thirteen I picked up my mother's camera and started documenting our lives. The...

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PHOTOGRAPHY CONTESTS

1st Place Reception by Fabio Mirulla, Italy

 1st Place in Reception: Fabio Mirulla, Italy

4th Place Getting Ready by Tracey Buyce, United States

 4th Place in Getting Ready: Tracey Buyce, United States

5th Place Getting Ready by Daniele Torella, Italy

 5th Place in Getting Ready: Daniele Torella, Italy

5th Place Wildcard Portrait by Lin Zhao, China

 5th Place in Wildcard Portrait: Lin Zhao, China

9th Place Details (Found) by Isabelle Hattink, Netherlands

 9th Place in Details (Found): Isabelle Hattink, Netherlands

7th Place Details (Found) by Francesco Survara, Italy

 7th Place in Details (Found): Francesco Survara, Italy

2nd Place Reception by Brett Butterstein, United States

 2nd Place in Reception: Brett Butterstein, United States

1st Place Details (Found) by Jacob Hannah, United States

 1st Place in Details (Found): Jacob Hannah, United States

9th Place Reception by Artem Pitkevich, Russia

 9th Place in Reception: Artem Pitkevich, Russia

7th Place Emotion by Omar Berr, Peru

 7th Place in Emotion: Omar Berr, Peru

Latest Contest Results - Q1 2016

The Wedding Photojournalist Association is pleased to announce the results of the First Quarter WPJA Photography Competition. Join us as we congratulate all the winners.

The 2016 Q1 Contest showcases the wedding photojournalism of WPJA members from the first quarter of the 2016 year in 7 categories.

Every year WPJA hosts the largest wedding photography competitions in the world judged by panels of award-winning photojournalists. Competitions, which are held quarterly and open only to WPJA members, are part of the association’s commitment to upholding the highest standards in wedding photojournalism. Membership in WPJA requires rigorous standards in technical skill, aesthetics and best business practices.


2015 Photographer of the Year

The WPJA congratulates Samo Rovan of Slovenia with the POY title for 2015.

WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM ARTICLES

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  • For the Photographer
    WORKING THE CAMERA ANGLES

    Wedding photojournalists will agree that the most important aspect of their craft is telling the story of the day in an authentic, unplanned way. A key element of that basic definition is how the story gets told—and that’s where the photographer’s individual character and point of view come into play. One of the most defining tools in shaping that unique perspective is angles.

    Go to: Working The Camera Angles
  • For the Bride and Groom
    HIRING A CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL

    Like many brides and grooms, your wedding could be the first time you’ll be hiring a creative professional. What could be so difficult, right? But just ask any talented pro, and you’ll get a grateful explanation of why it’s so important to truly understand their creative process. How you manage your relationship with a wedding photojournalist can have just as profound an impact on the photographs as the day unfolding before the camera.

    Go to: Hiring A Creative Wedding Professional
  • For the Bride and Groom
    WEDDINGS CAN BE CHAOS

    A wedding is not just the culmination of a couple’s commitment. It’s also the final product of much planning and preparation. Yet despite the best-laid plans, your big day won’t necessarily get a free pass from Murphy’s Law. Some chaos is almost inevitable at some point along the way. Luckily, when you hire a wedding photojournalist, you have someone on hand who is an expert in capturing those moments as memorable visual stories that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

    Go to: Weddings Can Be Chaos
  • For the Bride and Groom
    EVERYONE IS A PHOTOJOURNALIST

    These days untold numbers of wedding photographers state in their bios that they have a background in photojournalism. Yet many do not really have any actual professional experience as photojournalists. Some have maybe published just one or two photos, or work occasionally as a freelancer for a newspaper or magazine, while others fudge their own work history and interpretation of the term in order to bolster their own image.

    Go to: Everyone Is A Photojournalist
  • For the Photographer
    WHO ARE YOU SHOOTING FOR?

    Couples hire wedding photojournalists for their narrative approach to photography, but they’re also expected to get the more formal shots; portraits of the wedding party, family and friends. Balancing those competing expectations— pleasing our clients while producing unique and timeless images— is an ongoing challenge and a somewhat tricky proposition that not only permeates the wedding day, but also spills over to your web site design and public portfolio.

    Go to: Who Are You Shooting For?
  • WedPix Featured Article
    TRASH THE DRESS

    Brides and grooms want awesome imagery from their wedding, but they also want a photographer that can get very creative during a Trash The Dress portrait session. That’s why couples everywhere are donning their wedding finery and not only descending into caves, walking through abandoned amusement parks and chasing other wild pursuits in an increasingly popular ritual and edgy extension of wedding photojournalism called Trash the Dress (TTD).

    Go to: Trash The Dress
  • For the Bride and Groom
    CAPTURING WEDDING TOASTS

    These days, raising a glass to toast a bride and groom has an important purpose: to wish the couple happiness and success. Toasts can be emotional or funny, sometimes embarrassing, but always heartfelt. They can also be tricky to photograph, logistically and artistically speaking. For example, a bridal couple may be squarely in a photographer’s viewfinder during a toast, but when glasses are lifted, you never know if their faces will be obstructed.

    Go to: Capturing Wedding Toasts
  • For the Bride and Groom
    PHOTO TIPS FOR WEDDING GUESTS

    How can you let your guests get great shots at the wedding while helping your wedding photojournalist get his or hers as well? Fortunately, the two goals are not mutually exclusive. A few WPJA members weigh in with professional tips and techniques that your wedding guests can use to kick their personal photos up a few notches, while ensuring that their efforts will not detract from the “official” photos produced by the hired photographer.

    Go to: Photo Tips For Wedding Guests
  • For the Bride and Groom
    MALE BONDING ON WEDDING DAY

    Boys will be boys. Many photographers have found that the best man, the groomsmen and numerous other dudes contributing to the big day often serve as provocateurs and especially interesting subjects for wedding photojournalism. Of course, that’s the stereotype. Yet those same guys who tease one another, engage in colorful hijinks, and liven up the party also offer up plenty of emotion. You just have to look for it a bit more carefully.

    Go to: Male Bonding On Wedding Day
  • For the Bride and Groom
    TELLING A STORY THROUGH HUMOR

    Even with the best-laid plans, things can happen. A tuxedo may be too short; the caterers may forget the sporks; the custodians could forget to hose down the dance floor after the 4-H fair. These and innumerable other little ”accidents” lend flavor to a nuptial bash, and should be celebrated for their ability to break you out of a routine. If you’re able to appreciate all that comes with living in the moment, you could wind up with some wonderful memories.

    Go to: Telling A Story Through Humor
  • For the Photographer
    PRE-VISUALIZING BEFORE THE WEDDING SHOOT

    While much of wedding photojournalism requires reacting to the scene presented before you, thinking about certain shots or techniques you may want to use can help you prepare for certain pictures you would like to capture if they arise. It’s similar to how a quarterback studies a playbook in the week leading to a game, when in fact he may not know what the defense will throw at him.

    Go to: Pre-Visualizing Before The Wedding Shoot
  • For the Bride and Groom
    CAPTURING ROMANCE AT THE WEDDING

    A skilled wedding photojournalist knows how to anticipate and capture situations that convey those special feelings. When the day is over, your memories will be enhanced through photographs of the two of you looking at one another or simply being together, thus narrating the story of your love. That is what it’s all about. We talked to three WPJA members to find out how they zero in on the romantic moments.

    Go to: Capturing Romance At The Wedding
  • For the Bride and Groom
    WEDDING RECEPTION DANCING

    Ever since early man learned to beat a stick on a rock, some guy has embarrassed his family by dancing to it. The primordial urge to shake your booty can be traced back thousands of years, when cave dwellers learned to ward off strangers by loudly grunting and jumping around like maniacs. Luckily, not much has changed.

    Go to: Wedding Reception Dancing