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WPJA Online Polls for BRIDES Magazine Article

BRIDES Magazine Cover BRIDES Magazine has requested the help of the WPJA and our members. They have asked us to gather information that will be featured in a planning article on wedding photography in an upcoming issue. We're hoping for complete participation from all WPJA members. The polls will be open through the weekend. The following three questions have been added to the Member Login section of the site. Please take a moment to vote today!

On average, how early in advance are your clients booking for your peak dates?

Based on the current economy, do you find that your clients are booking your services closer to their wedding date than in previous years?

How are you currently photographing weddings?

Help Your Fellow WPJA Photographers Book Weddings

WPJA Member Calendars WPJA Member Calendars Couples typically begin their search for a wedding photographer by sending out e-mails or making phone calls requesting services for their wedding date. In some cases the date is already booked and the photographer, out of professional obligation, then has to respond with his/her lack of availability for that date. This back-and-forth between couples and photographers, which consumes time on both ends, is eliminated by using the WPJA online calendar.

When a WPJA member is booked on a couple's wedding date, a 'referral' is made to another member by use of the online calendars. This system helps to ensure that when a couple comes to the WPJA site, they end up booking a WPJA member. By using your WPJA calendar, you are referring work to fellow WPJA members.

Your personal WPJA availability calendar may be activated or updated simply by clicking on the Manage Calendar link in the left navigation of the Member Login section of the site. Once you activate the calendar, an icon will appear next to your listing(s) on the site.


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2008 POY: Franck Boutonnet
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1st Runner-Up: Rob Witzel
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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