I love dancing shots at weddings! Nothing like getting stuck into the middle of a party and capturing everyone having an awesome time. But invariably the lighting for the party isn’t great, what’s fantastic for a party atmosphere isn’t always good for a photographer. So if you want to capture some incredible dancing shots, you’re going to need to add your own light.
Wedding Photojournalism or Photojournalism? What’s The Difference?
This is an unposed, naturally caught moment at Rachael and Carl’s wedding at The Vineyard in Stockcross, Berkshire. It’s recently won a couple of awards from This is Reportage and the Wedding Photojournalist Association. It’s a striking image, and drew some criticism that it must be staged, or was not photojournalism. So I thought I’d explain why I believe this is wedding photojournalism, and how I came about taking this image.
A few couples from Central Florida are accusing an award-winning photographer of not delivering what they paid for. The couples found him through TheKnot.com, a popular website for wedding planning, where he received three “Best of Wedding” awards. However, despite the website’s recommendations, the photographer reportedly left the couples without their precious memories.
If you make a living from photography, losing the photos you shot is not only your loss. When something unpredictable happens, it’s your clients who lose their precious memories, too. One very strange case recently got under the spotlight: a photographer’s house burnt down, and the fire destroyed all photos from a wedding he’d previously shot. So, he’s delivering anything to his clients, but also not giving them a full refund. He reportedly offered a 90% refund because of the time he invested in shooting and editing the photos.
If you browse through random wedding photos on the internet, you could soon get bored. You’ll also probably notice something: they’re all kinda similar. But why is this so? In this video, Jamie Windsor discusses why wedding photos are boring, but he also suggests how this can (and should) be changed.
I have read so many magazine articles, social media posts, and had discussions in which ‘established’ photographers don’t think new and aspiring photographers should be allowed to chart the same course that they once did (and perhaps still do). I’m referring to the general idea of starting with little or no fee to gain experience and establish themselves.
With destination weddings and elopements, this is a particularly hot topic because photographers may be willing to work in exchange for their travel costs being covered.
It’s a common complaint of wedding photographers and happy couples alike. Although, with the latter, it’s typically after the wedding when they see how many of their friends and relatives have ruined the paid photographer’s shots by standing in the way with smartphones and even iPads to get snaps of their own. Fortunately, more couples are speaking out and going “unplugged”, but word hasn’t spread to everybody yet.
For photographer Hannah Mbalenhle Stanley of Hanna Way Photography, she faced one iPhone too much recently and posted a rant to Facebook expressing her thoughts. It’s since been shared over 150,000 times, with over 140,000 reactions and has left commenters divided.
It’s not that rare for self-proclaimed Instagram influencers to feel like they’re entitled to getting freebies. One of them asked Betrothed & Co for a $5,000 wedding photography package, and they wanted it for free, of course. The photographers said no in a brilliant, tongue-in-cheek response, but then the person called them “abusive” and threatened to publicly shame them.
There’s a common belief that our loved ones sometimes visit us as butterflies after they pass away. When she photographed a wedding a few weeks ago, Jessica Manns captured the moments when butterflies were released to honor the groom’s late sister. However, instead of flying off, they stayed around during the entire ceremony. Jessica captured the scenes so moving that I doubt it will leave you without tears in your eyes.
Love and family should be appreciated and celebrated on any occasion, and Abigail Lydick of Abigail Gingerale Photography has found a magnificent way to do it. She organized a surprise photo shoot for her grandparents’ 60 wedding anniversary. The photos are truly heartwarming, and Abigail was kind enough to share them with DIYP, along with some backstory.