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WPJA Member Testimonial

As part of your WPJA membership benefits, we've just added a new feature to the WPJA site: A Member Testimonial module is now located on regional listing pages. Twenty-five new testimonials have been added to the regional module since yesterday. See a working example at the bottom of the Pennsylvania, USA page.

These new member testimonials are linked to PIX pages, if applicable.

Many WPJA members have submitted great feedback when filling out their membership renewal form. There is a question in the form that reads: “In the year(s) you have been a member, approximately how many weddings would you attribute to your WPJA membership?” It’s great to hear that so many members are booking between 10%-90% of their total weddings as a direct result of their WPJA membership! Couples need to hear about your booking success through the WPJA, as it will help with their decision to hire you. See instructions to submit your testimonial at the bottom of this email.



If you have booked Destination Weddings as a result of your DW listings on the WPJA site, we’d love to hear from you. Take advantage of this new benefit today! See a working example on the Caribbean Destination Wedding page.

"I wanted you to know that I just returned from the most beautiful place in the world...Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! Thanks to WPJA, I was fortunate enough to be hired for this beautiful destination wedding. It was such a dream come true for me! I never would have landed this if it wasn't for WPJA. I look forward to my upcoming destination wedding in St. Thomas as well. Dreamy! Thank you so much for giving me these amazing opportunities!"

—Kim Chapman, MAINE

This is a great way to let couples know you're passionate about traveling and that you are booking Destination Weddings through the WPJA. Build their confidence in you!

WPJA Member Testimonial / Contact Us Form


Please use the WPJA Contact Us form to submit your member testimonial today!

Be sure to select 'Testimonial' in the Subject drop-down box (pictured to the left) to ensure your testimonial reaches the appropriate department.




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