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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.

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1st place in Reception: Max Pell, Argentina
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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How to Care for Your Wedding Negatives

By JACK SAADY - The Wedding Photojournalist Association

When making a decision about a wedding photography package, couples often ask, "Will the negatives be included for us to keep?" The answer varies. Some photographers prefer to keep the negatives because the photographer or studio is skilled at preserving these precious originals.

If couples do purchase the negatives or have them included in their wedding package price, the responsibility for preserving these important originals falls to the couple. Here are some guidelines that should be followed for the safest storage.

Quick Guide:
Negatives should be stored in archival negative sleeves and the sleeves placed inside an acid-free box. The box should be clearly labeled.

Place a desiccant (silica gel pouch) inside the box to prevent mold and mildew.

Store in a cool and humidity controlled room.

Safe Handling of Negatives:
Negatives are most easily damaged when they are removed from the archival sleeves. Dust, scratches and fingerprints can result when negatives are removed from the protective sleeves. Negatives can be permanently ruined if bent or creased. This can happen with any negatives but especially larger (medium format) negatives are prone to creases from improper handling. If you must remove the negatives from the archival sleeves, handle them only by the edges with cotton gloves.

You can avoid removing the negatives from the archival sleeves by simply viewing them while they are in the sleeves. Negatives do not need to be removed from the archival sleeves until they are at the lab to be printed.

If you wish to only print a part of the image or 'crop' the image, follow the instructions of the photography lab that is printing the negatives. Sometimes, special negative sleeves and cropping guide tools are used. The lab can provide these, or, if you order prints over a customer service counter, the customer service person will assist you.

Storage of Negatives:
Room temperature will work well for short term storage. However, long term storage of negatives calls for special care. Relative humidity should be kept below 60 percent. Using a room dehumidifier and silica gel helps further control the humidity inside the box. Keep the storage containers away from windows, radiators, and warm air registers. Coolest possible temperatures are best for long-term storage.

Light can affect the photographic dyes in color negatives. Storage temperatures for true black and white negatives is not as critical as for color negatives. Some newer types of black and white negatives are actually black and white images recorded on film that contains color dyes. Check with your photographer to get the specific name and type of film you have.

While humidity and heat control is still important, fading due to light exposure is a further concern for color negatives. It is best to place negatives in metal drawers or file boxes. Metal is superior to wood or plastic because woods and plastics may contain volatile substance that can adversely affect your negatives. Properly stored color negatives can be printed many times without noticeable fading.

Protection from humidity, heat, and light combined with careful handling to avoid dust, scratches and bending will ensure that negatives will last for many years to come.

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