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Photographer Profile


The WPJA is proud to announce our redesigned state/regional listing pages as well as the launch of the new Member Profile sections.

There are a number of new site additions and features that we encourage our members to take advantage of.



Customize Your Color Palette

The new Member Profile section provides WPJA members with creative control in presenting their profiles. With three levels of color customization (Default, Simple, and Advanced), members now have the option to maintain consistency between their WPJA Member Profile and their own website or Member Portrait.


Biography and Info

Upon landing in this section, potential clients are presented with an optional member portrait and biography. Other information presented here includes the photographer's location, rates, website address with link and, when applicable, their availability calendar, additional listings and number of contest winning photos.


Upload Your Portrait

For the WPJA Member Portraits, we're looking for images that show what our members look like. Photos of shoes, cakes, rings and business logos are not acceptable. Also, please do not upload images of you on your own wedding day. This would likely be perceived by the public as an image you created for a client.


Award-Winning Photo Gallery

The Photos tab in the Member Profile section displays award-winning photos that have placed 1st through 20th in a WPJA contest. These images will cycle through an auto slideshow if left untouched, but can also be viewed manually via thumbnails or navigation arrows.

NOTE: Please let us know if an image is either missing from your gallery or is improperly labeled. We are still in a transition period between the old PIX pages and the new Member Profile Photo Gallery.


Contest Achievement Recognition

All award-winning images which placed 1st through 20th in any past WPJA contest will be recognized in this achievement section. Beginning with the most recent contest, awards will be organized by quarter, and will display ranking and contest category.


Update Your Own Rates

You are now able to make changes to your rates as often as you'd like.


Experiment With Your Extra Regions, States And Countries

If you'd like to try different marketing strategies in other areas, you can now make changes to your additional listings anytime you wish. Try a weekly or monthly campaign with new areas altogether!


Destination Weddings - Freedom On The Fly

You now have freedom to control your list of Destination Wedding locations to reflect the different areas you're willing to travel. Update them seasonally or every other day.


Don't Forget About Your Online Availability Calendar

Your personal WPJA availability calendar may be activated or updated simply by clicking on the Manage Calendar link in the left navigation.

To ensure that potential clients can learn about your availability as easily as they would access the availability information of other WPJA members, we encourage everyone to take advantage of this feature. Once you activate the calendar, an icon will appear next to your listing(s) on the site.



Photographer - Top Left
2007 POY: Ben Chrisman
Photographer - Top Middle
1st Runner-Up: Eric Lagstein
Photographer - Top Right
2nd Runner-Up: Carlo Carletti

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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.

Photography Contests

3rd place in Great Natural Light: Clara Sampaio, Brazil
5th place in Great Natural Light: Dennis Crider, United States
1st place in Reception: Max Pell, Argentina
5th place in Reception: Max Pell, Argentina
4th place in Great Natural Light: David Clumpner, United States

Wedpix Articles

For the Photographer

Using Warm Tones (Sepia) Sparingly

Weddings, wrapped in tradition, are an appropriate subject matter to color in tidings of yesteryear. When sepia tone is added to a wedding photo, instantly it has that romantic, old time feel.

Go to: Using Warm Tones (Sepia) Sparingly

For the Photographer

Pre-Visualizing Before The Shoot

Do you ever catch yourself dreaming about the perfect shot? Of course, the elements never fall into place as perfectly in real life as we would like them to but it never hurts to dream. Some WPJA members pre-visualize a few of the shots they’d like to get when documenting a wedding.

Go to: Pre-Visualizing Before The Shoot

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 portraits shots. Balancing those competing expectations is an ongoing challenge and a somewhat tricky proposition.

Go to: Who Are You Shooting For?

For the Bride and Groom

Capturing Wedding Toasts

A celebratory toast to the bride and groom is deeply ingrained in wedding tradition, but do you know how the venerable custom came about?

Go to: Capturing Wedding Toasts

For the Bride and Groom

Planning Destination Weddings

Destination weddings offer stunning scenery and exotic atmosphere, providing the conditions needed to enhance those fabulous memories. However, since these types of weddings are often at resort locations in foreign countries, they’re subject to the unusual and the unexpected.

Go to: Planning Destination Weddings