A NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY WPJA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
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Rob Witzel, FloridaGenya Garrett, Florida
Wedding Photojournalism - Capturing the Real Moment Forever.

The Q1 Contest Is For Black & White Images Only

The Q1 '09 contest is now open for your submissions. The deadline is Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST. We're excited to try something new for this contest. Only B&W/grayscaled images will be accepted! More info here.

All Members Now Receive 40 FREE Contest Credits!

The WPJA is proud to announce its move from fee-based contests to free contests. As a reminder, for 2009, all members will receive 40 FREE contest credits (valued at $400 USD) to be used for the Q1 through Q4 contests. This will give every member an opportunity to enter the quarterly contests without an increase in spending.

Contest Categories

Getting Ready Reception Details (Found) Creative Portrait
Ceremony Kids (Being Kids) Emotion  

Contest Judges

Walter Astrada Tiffany Brown View Judges Bios
Damon Winter Melissa Lyttle  

Photographer of the Year Eligibility (POY)

WPJA POY Trophy We've changed the criteria for POY eligibility. Beginning this year, the title of POY will be given to the member who holds the most contest points (except those awarded from categories designated for portraits and/or details) at the end of the year. Whereas in years past, POY points were calculated using all contest points, we are no longer including points obtained from portrait and/or detail categories.

This recipient is recognized with a permanent engraving of his or her name on the perpetually Traveling Trophy. Each year, this trophy is returned to the WPJA and awarded to their successor the following year. The WPJA PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR wins an additional $1,000.00 CASH (USD) GRAND PRIZE BONUS.

Contest Sponsors

The WPJA would like to thank Creative Motion Design and D-65 for sponsoring our Q1 '09 contest. Through these sponsorships, we are able to offer our members exciting discounts on top-notch industry products and education.

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D-65 Workshops

The WPJA is proud to announce that D-65 is sponsoring all of our 2009 quarterly contests.

D-65 is a company dedicated to educating photographers. They work with the industry to offer new ways of thinking, while incorporating the latest technologies. Their services include digital workflow workshops, seminars, bidding and production for still photo shoots, digital workflow analysis for studios and agencies, legal witness on copyright cases, private consulting along with marketing strategies and portfolio reviews. D-65 provides quality professionalism, while understanding the needs of photographers and creative individuals.

Click here for more information about these D-65 workshops.

2009 DATES


Boston:
June 12th - 15th
Seattle:
August 14th - 17th
Chicago:
September 11th - 14th
New York:
October 2nd - 5th
Los Angeles:
November 13th - 16th
New Orleans:
December 11th - 14th


WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS FOR THIS PAGE:

Photographer - Top Left
2008 POY: Franck Boutonnet
Photographer - Top Middle
1st Runner-Up: Rob Witzel
Photographer - Top Right
2nd Runner-Up: Genya Garrett
 

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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