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As a photographer, I want my couples to be able to make the most of their professional photographs. These days, most clients insist on getting a disc of the high res files, but at the end of the day what happens to these files? They get shared online and emailed around the world between family and friends. This is a fantastic way of showing off your photos, but in the long run an album is something that you will be able to sit down and enjoy for years to come. A disc also requires maintenance, as eventually discs become corrupt and we can’t guarantee that they will always work.

Some couples intend to create their own album in their own time, which is a great idea. Unfortunately in reality, you probably won’t get the time to dedicate to this. On the other hand, creating albums is all part of our specialty as photographers. We have access to suppliers with unique products which we can suggest as ways to display your images.

Then there’s the issue of printing. As professionals we will always use a reputable professional level lab for printing and this ensures we can control the quality and reproduction of our prints. If supplying a disc we then lose some of this control, meaning the printed results you get yourself can vary from what the final intended look as processed by the photographer.

Photography by Erin King

Ms Gingham says: Oh the digital age. Everything exists in cyber space now days, including your wedding photos! I personally agree that it’s great to have your high res images but a physical album that you can show your kids and grandkids (!!) is bound to last longer than a disc. Some food for thought!

About Erin King:I am a professional Photographer based in Melbourne, Australia, servicing both Melbourne and Wellington, NZ (my home town) for wedding photography. Producing contemporary wedding photography, which is innovative and creative, with a unique feminine style. I’m passionate about capturing relationships and telling your wedding story. I like to keep things natural through a casual, fun and relaxed approach. I love being a part of a couples special day, sharing in their love for each other and celebrating that with their closest family and friends.”

This pic inspires us for lots of reasons.

The complete abandonment of all things traditional, having a wedding that they wanted, not what others expected. Having the guts to leap into the Coral Sea in their wedding outfits, spending the second half of their wedding day in togs and boardies and that they chose us to document the whole thing (including a dip in the ocean) fun fun fun!

♥♥♥ Cath and Ben

Image by Sass Studios

Ms Gingham says: Talk about really taking the plunge … literally. Gorgeous pic! Thanks to Cath and Ben from Sass Studios for sharing their inspiration today.

About Sass Studios: Ben and Cath are Sass Studios and have been shooting weddings for 5 years throughout Australia. Lucky enough to have home bases on the Sunshine Coast and Port Douglas they divide their time between the two. They love the ever changing world of weddings..especially telling your story in pictures.

Gone are the days of the wedding photographer wielding a large and cumbersome tripod, medium format camera and portable studio lighting to photograph portraits at a wedding or posing for every single photograph including cheesy photos jumping off park benches. Say hello to something a little different – Wedding Photojournalism.  Wedding Photojournalism involves documenting the wedding day, without directing or modifying the events, to remain truthful to the day. Pure wedding photojournalism is just as the name implies, everything remains entirely untouched by the photographer; they document the day as it happens without any directing of the subjects.

What are the advantages of having a wedding photojournalist instead of other types of wedding photographers?

A good wedding photojournalist will have the necessary skills to capture everything as it happens, without having to stage or direct ‘missed moments’. This gives the couple the ability to spend much more time enjoying the important parts of the day – like spending time with their family and friends. It takes one more thing off their mind. They don’t have to worry about the photographer or posing all day. It is the wedding photojournalist’s responsibility to capture the real smiles, the real tears and the real laughs.

Not only will a Wedding Photojournalist capture important moments, but this highly skilled professional will also put all of the moments together to tell a compelling and beautiful story with the images. Beautiful, honest and compelling images will never date or go out of fashion. Couples won’t look back in fifteen or twenty years and say “what were we thinking????”.

So how do we determine if a photographer is a Wedding Photojournalist?

Unfortunately buzzwords like “photojournalistic wedding photography” are often used on many websites, as “it’s good for search engines” but often these terms can be misused.

To decide if a photographer is really a wedding photojournalist, the first step is to look at their portfolio. This should be done by keeping in mind the definition of a wedding photojournalist that we went through earlier, “documenting the wedding day, without directing or modifying the events”. If we look through the photographer’s portfolio and it only contains shots of couples posing together, looking at the camera, we can quickly discern that they aren’t really a wedding photojournalist. Look at the context of the images, who else is in the photos? What’s happening in the background? Is it staged or directed? Have the photos been heavily manipulated and retouched? Are the subjects aware of the camera?

From a few quick questions and having a look through a whole wedding by a photographer we can quickly gauge how much of their work is actually photojournalistic and if their values and style is inline with yours.

Images by Jeremy Beasley

Ms Gingham says: I guess it depends on what suits your style but personally I love this trend towards documenting such an important day with such purity. To be left free to be who you are and be able to trust that someone will document it is such a fabulous concept! Great advice too on what to look for when determining if a photographer is a wedding photojournalist. Thanks Jeremy!

About Jeremy: “It all started back in high school, when I was away on a fishing trip with my father. A good friend and journalist came out in the boat with us and he photographed a portrait of me. I couldn’t believe the quality of the photo – sure it was just a fish, and me but it was amazing! It was also a really special moment with my dad and I’ll have a photograph to help remember it forever.

From there, I was inspired to buy a camera. That turned into an SLR a few months later and I started to teach myself photography. On the weekends I started assisting some local wedding photographers and taking pictures of anything I could find, flowers in the garden, jazz bands, family members, clothes pegs on the line etc. Looking back now the photos are terrible, but it was just the beginning.”