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BRIDES UK Magazine Cover

Member Publishing Opportunity

BRIDES UK Magazine is looking for an image of a WPJA member with the bride and groom in it as well:

"We need an image of a bride and groom but also with a WPJA photographer in the picture because it's for the cover of our photography supplement. It's a very important image. We urgently need to find this image by tomorrow."

Many thanks,

Ashley Lumb, Photo Editor
BRIDES UK Magazine, London

Q1 Contest Deadline: 24 Hours

The deadline for the Q1 '09 quarterly contest is Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Remember, this contest is only open to B&W/grayscaled images! Also, every member receives 40 FREE contest entries for 2009.
More info here.

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.

Creative Motion Design

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With websites starting at $195, they have a product that will fit most budgets. WPJA members will receive a *$200.00* discount on any CMD Elite website.

Learn more about what Creative Motion Design can do for you!


$200.00 off any Elite Design

Use Promo Code 'wpjadiscount'

FREE 10-day Trial

Please call 888-228-0399
(extension 1) for details!

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

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


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

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