A NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY WPJA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Ben Chrisman, California
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Eric Lagstein, New JerseyCarlo Carletti, Italy
Wedding Photojournalism - Capturing the Real Moment Forever.
WPJA Q1 08 Photo Contest



CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED 12 HOURS!

Please reference the LIVE contest countdown clock on the WPJA site for the actual time remaining before the contest entry deadline of the WPJA Q1 '08 contest.

WPJA Award Banners



8 NEW BANNERS AVAILABLE FOR WPJA AWARD WINNERS

We've recently added eight new WPJA banners (top left pictured at right) for our award-winning members. Contest winners are encouraged to link these banners to their country / state / province page on the WPJA site.

Each image can be saved locally for use on the Web. You may also click on each image for a hi-res TIFF file that can be used for print publication and advertising.




HOW DO I GET TO THE TOP OF MY WPJA REGIONAL LISTING PAGE?

Member ranking on each page of the WPJA web site is based primarily on participation in WPJA contests. Members entering just their two free entries per contest will move up on their regional listing pages even if they don't win. A Top 10 winning image could quite possibly place a member in the #1 spot on their page!

Generally, WPJA members are listed on the site regionally, according to their primary business location. Within these local pages, there is more ranking--the order goes as follows (top to bottom):

1. Photographers with the most points after each WPJA contest. This includes placement points (1st-10th place), as well as participation points. Each contest entry receives one participation point.

2. Members not entering the contests (seniority listing).

3. Photographers from other areas that request extra state listings. Those with highest points will be featured at the highest levels available for out-of-state listings.

WPJA members are rewarded for being active. This could mean simply using your two free contest credits.

In addition to our new acrylic trophies, you could also score some additional free contest entries credits and cash:
1st Place: $200 USD
2nd Place: $100 USD
3rd Place: $50 USD


 

UPDATED RANDOM IMAGES ON THE WPJA.COM HOMEPAGE

We have recently updated the random image galleries that appear at the top of the WPJA homepage. Each new visit to this page (or a browser refresh) will result in three new images with photographer credits/links at the bottom of the page.

Below is a list of all of the members that have been added to these random galleries. All images have placed between 1st and 20th in recent quarterly contests:

Aaron Willcox, Adam Welch, Adrian Popescu, Alison Williams, Amanda Tung, Angela Swan, Anil Tohani, Anna Au, Anna Kuperberg, Anne Almasy, Anne Ruthmann, Anne Ryan, Anthony Ku, Ben Chrisman, Benjamin Rusnak, Bill McCullough, Brett Butterstein, Brian Tsai, Brian Wagner, Brian Wedge, Britta Trygstad, Brooke Lagstein, Brooke Mayo, Bryce Vickmark, Cameron Gillie, Can Turkyilmaz, Carl Walsh, Carlo Carletti, Catherine Hall, Chris Moseley, Chris Purdum, Christian Keenan, Christobal Perez, Christopher Prinos, Craig Fritz, Dave Robbins, David Biesse, David Crane, David Hill, David Tjiptogarsono, David Wittig, Dennis Viera, Dino Lara, Dominique Cabrelli, Doug Williams, Douglas Benedict, Eng Hong Loh, Eric Cable, Eric Dean, Eric Lagstein, Erin Beach, Florent Vidal, Francesco De Tito, Frederick Ng, Gabriel Mendes, Gary Allen, Genevieve Nisly, Genya Garrett, George Wolf, Heather Mabry, Hun Kim, Ira Lippke, Jacek Wiesnowski, Janet Hudson Schroeder, Jenna Walker, Jennifer Cody, Jennifer Stanton, Jeremy Lawson, Jeremy Thomas, Jesse Chamberlin, Joanne Bartone, John Ly, John Santerre, Joseph Kohn, Joseph Victor Stefanchik, Joyce Perlman, Julie Brown, Julie Gelfand, Justin Demers, Karin von Voigtlander, Kathleen Perez, Ken Luallen, Kenny Pang, Kim Bednarski, Kim Long, Kristy Ann Mann, Kym Skiles, Lauren Rutten, Malgorzata Woszczyna, Marc Climie, Marianne Earthy, Maribeth Romslo, Marie Labbancz, Mark Adams, Matt Kim, Matt Lee, Matt McGraw, Mindy Myers, Miranda Lievers, Nicole Wickens, Patrick Low, Paul Johnson, Paul Studd, Rhee Bevere, Rodolfo Arpia, Roey Yohai, Scott Juarez, Scott Schoeggl, Sean Meyers, Shalista Anderson, Stacey Kane, Stephanie Secrest, Steven Bridges, Terrence Bishop, Tim Zielenbach, Yong How Tey

 

UPCOMING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITIONS - BRIDES and AGWPJA!

2008 BRIDES Photo Contest
2008 BRIDES Photo Contest (for any image taken during 2007) - Open for your submissions between 12:01 a.m. EST on April 27 and 11:59 p.m. EST May 9, 2008.

Q1 '08 AGWPJA Photo Contest (for AGWPJA members only) - Contest entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, May 2, 2008.
Apply for AG membership.

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS FROM OUR TOP 3 PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM 2007:

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

Wedding Photojournalism 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