Usually when I meet with brides prior to their wedding and we discuss their wedding photography needs, I tell them that Austin Americana Photography photographs weddings in a photojournalistic-style. And what that means to me as an Austin wedding photojournalist is that the photographs and images that I capture at their wedding should tell a story.
Another thing that I tell brides is that we photograph the unfolding wedding story as it happens, unrehearsed, throughout the day or night. And when we finish, we take a special selection of these images and put them together into a group of wedding photographs that tell a one-of-a-kind story about your wedding day.
Wikipedia defines photojournalism as,
“A particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, but in some cases the term also refers to video used in broadcast journalism.” – Wikipedia.org
Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines photojournalism as,
“Journalism in which written copy is subordinate to pictorial usu. photographic presentation of news stories or in which a high proportion of pictorial presentation is used.”
Names of photographers or images of well known photographs come to mind when thinking of the word “photojournalism”. Nineteenth and twentieth century photojournalists such as Robert Capa (World War II), Henry Cartier-Bresson (international street photography) , Matthew Brady (U.S. Civil War), Margaret Bourke-White (Great Depression), Alfred Eisenstaedt (World War II) and others created iconic images that graced the pages of mainstream magazines and newspapers, inspiring multiple generations of photojournalism students and photographers. These photographers prided themselves on telling an honest, objective story with their photographs.
But as a modern wedding photojournalist, I don’t just stick the strict photojournalism principles that are used for capturing news as it happens in a purely subjective way. Austin Americana Photography attempts to add an additional layer onto telling the story of your day: Magic!
The truth is that much of what happens in our daily lives is often trivial and boring. Our lives are frequently habitual and routine, and unfortunately this can occur even at the most important events of our lives, including weddings. That’s why it’s up to the story teller (me, the photojournalist) to add some magic and excitement to what is happening, so that the images captured on wedding day have some pizzazz and intrigue.
As an Austin Wedding Photojournalist and Photographer, I want to create an air of energy and excitement to the “getting ready” photos of a bride prior to the ceremony. There should be some emotion and intensity that can be felt when viewing photos of a wedding ceremony. And hopefully a level of celebration and joy can be felt in images from the reception. Creating some emotion and stirring feelings in the viewer of a photograph is what Austin Americana Photography does and what makes the wedding special.
In the next week or so I’ll be creating a blog about photojournalism. I want to define what photojournalism is and how it applies to different events and in particular, weddings. Lots of photographers consider themselves wedding photojournalists or photojournalistic-style photographers here in Austin, but I want to delve a little deeper into the topic of what exactly photojournalism is and what it means for wedding clients.
I plan to talk about the importance and emotion that photojournalism style photography can bring to a seemingly ordinary event. And at its core, photojournalism is all about telling the story of a bride’s wedding, which is something Austin Americana Photography tries to do for our Austin brides. It should be fun and interesting so stay tuned.
Read more about Austin Wedding Photojournalism from Austin Wedding Photojournalist Martin Whitton HERE.