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The full day photo story collection just got even better…

It’s been an amazing 2012. I’ve had the chance to meet some lovely people, I’ve heard some fantastic wedding plans – and all the beautiful weddings that I’ve had the opportunity to shoot. It’s important to me that I deliver only the best for my clients. So I’ve been researching and thinking, listening and considering. And here is the result! Here are a few new fab goodies – now included in the Full day photo story collection

 

– FULL DAY PHOTO STORY. When I say full day I mean full day. I would really like to be the photographer not looking at the clock and say: “Sorry, I’m gonna have to give your first dance a miss, it’s all running a bit late and my time is up…” Nope, I want to be there in good time in the morning to capture your bridal party get together with the excitement in the air, I want to be there all day for you and stay until after the first dance – and longer if I feel that there are more amazing shots waiting to be captured. So with the Full day photo story package, I am now staying til I’ve got all the awesome shots that we want from your day. Of course, for couples who want to book a shorter time than this, an hourly ‘A la Carte is still available. (Please double check if you are getting married on a weekend)

– ONLINE PASSWORD PROTECTED GALLERY WITH ORDERING FACILITIES. Your included password protected online gallery is now more than just an online slide show!

  • Now your family and guests may also order a range of products from your wedding images! I have ploughed my way to find superb, high quality products and am now offering canvases, wall art, coffee cups and…. you name it… as well as high quality prints and small 4 x 6.;). All you need really is a Paypal account and a few clicks on the button! ( Bride and groom can still print the images from their supplied high resolution files as well of course – although it might not be the same professional printing quality, depending on what lab is used. )
  • Your images can now also be seen as a full screen slide show, and your guests can leave their personal comments for you! Please click on these slide shows that pops up in a new window, to see some samples from the new password protected galleries… ↓

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Face-book-photographerA FACE BOOK POSTING! Are you a face booker? Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could just tag your self in images and so have your images showing up on your own FB page, without having to actually upload all the images? Now, I’m providing this service totally complementary! A few of your best shots, in your own Face book posting.

THE COMPLEMENTARY PRE WEDDING PORTRAIT SESSION is still (nearly) complementary for all full day wedding bookings! This one is a keeper from last season’s package – for just an added £50 this session (valued at £350) is all yours!

A pre- session means that you will be more relaxed with the camera around on your actual wedding day.
I will know you better and have an understanding of how to best photograph you.
And it will give me as well as you a chance to know in advance, what sort of shots you want to have on your day.
… And of course, by the end of it, you will have more photographs! ↓
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PART 2, Defining THE EDITORIAL STYLE: Editorial style wedding photography vs Photojournalist / Reportage style wedding photography

Dear readers, brides & grooms,

Yes it’s definitely time for a follow up to my article on Photojournalist style wedding photography

Apologies, it’s taken ages – last few weeks have been mega hectic, and of course photography always comes first!

So, it’s time I talk a bit about editorial style wedding photography. If you haven’t already read my blog article on reportage style wedding photography,

just press on the link below to read about the reportage style first:

Part 1 defining the reportage / photojournalist / documentary style wedding photography

editorial-wedding-photography, editorial-wedding-photographer-london editorial-photojournalist-wedding-photography-londonNow, imagine that you’re flicking through a fashion magazine. The magazine consists of lots of different articles, advertising images etc, and then you come across something that looks like a story in images. It might be 3, 4, 7 something pages of images that all belong together. You can clearly tell that one photographer shot a series of images – the model is the same, or the tone is the same, and more importantly it seems to be an event that appears: as if the images are telling a story. Perhaps it is a couple on a beach – in one shot walking across the sand, in another dipping their toes in the water, in yet another sitting down on rocks smiling at each other. Very likely, they’re not facing the camera in most of the images (although they might) – so it looks like something that actually happened. But you know that really, it didn’t. Just outside the frame on the left, you’ll probably find a gum – shewing assistant, holding up a fill in flash to recreate that amazing light falling across the couple’s faces. And the couple is carefully directed by the photographer, for him/her to be able to capture the correct expressions. It’s a story of images selling you an idea and putting you in to a certain mood. This is a fashion editorial. The creation of a story that draws the reader in and makes the reader want to be in that situation. Here is where the editorial wedding photography style was born. The main goal for an editorial wedding photographer, is not just to capture events as they happen. It is more about telling the story – weaving together elements, creating compositions and bringing out the beauty and look about you and your day.

Key elements for editorial wedding photography

  • An editorial photographer tends to always think creatively. A reportage style photographer can be more passive and just capture the shots as they appear. (Although good reportage style photographers are very aware and creative in their use of light and composition etc)
  • In editorial photography it doesn’t need to be about the one amazing image that tells a whole story on its own: While it is in the essence for reportage style photography to capture that one image that is outstanding, a capturing of a decisive moment – the editorial photographer might capture that moment with several images from different angles – a bit like a storyboard.
  • An editorial photographer might also look for themes throughout your wedding day: it can be themes in colours, spatial elements, etc, which will add to the atmosphere or story about your day.
  • An editorial photographer keeps very up to date with fashion magazines and editorials in wedding magazines to get inspiration for their photography.
  • An editorial photographer has to be a bit of a stylist and a photographer all in one: Seeing how to best use locations, how to best hang things and place things to get certain compositions, what sort of backdrops and expressions go best with a couple’s personality and style of wedding day, etc
  • An editorial photographer is more noticeable on your wedding day. An editorial photographer will not totally melt in to the background on your day as much as a reportage style photographer: An editorial photographer will very possibly suggest things: such as where the light is best in the room for your “getting ready images”, what time in the day is best for portraits, occasionally direct you in to poses, etc. So this is something to be aware of when booking your photographer. (Of course things are within reason! No photographer is going to interrupt a ceremony! At least I hope not…)
  • It is probably even more important for an editorial photographer to make pre- visits to your venues and communicate with you before your wedding day. The planning process is very important not only to see the lighting conditions, but also in order to see the themes and get an idea about how to capture the story about your day and make the images personal to you.
  • Editorial posed photography does not mean cheesy posed photography. There are many ways and styles for posing people. You can be posed without looking posed at all.
  • Editorial style photography can come in very varied styles since photographers find their inspiration from many different mediums: current trends in fashion photography, different styles of post production techniques, art photography, contemporary portrait photography, graphic design ideas, film – styles (cinematography) and from the particular theme/style/look of your wedding day. With so many different sources for influences, the styles between different photographers can vary quite a lot.
  • In photojournalist/reportage style photography the main focus is on capturing a moment as it happens. While an editorial image doesn’t have to have these boundaries: It can be a created/staged situation in the images. But both styles have as a goal to tell the story about your day – it just does it with different means and the images you keep from your day will look different.

 

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“Reportage style” is similar to Photojournalism, but have the connotations of being even less creative and more strictly objective.

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Have a look through the gallery below, to get more an idea of what Editorial images might look like. Many images probably comes across as reportage, although they’re not! They’ve just adopted that kind of look on the shooting stage…

Thank you for stopping by and have a read! I just want to point out that the words in this article are my own, influenced from analyzing different photographer’s styles and different trends in wedding photography at the moment. The aim for this article is to work as a “translator” for brides and grooms planning their wedding day, to hopefully help them when picking the style of photography they want for their day!

Don’t forget that this is chapter 2 to my article on reportage style photography!

To go back to chapter 1, please follow this link: Part 1 defining the photojournalist / reportage / documentary style

 

– Part 1, Defining THE REPORTAGE STYLE: What Reportage / Photojournalist style is in wedding photography and how it differs from the Editorial style.

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Dear bride, groom and reader, today I wish to talk about some certain styles of wedding photography that couples who are planning their wedding, often come across when browsing around for their wedding photographer.

 

Have you guys heard the expression Editorial style photography? How about Reportage / photo journalist style? Yep thought you’d know that one! Most wedding couples that I meet with like those natural shots – the shots of your smiling and champagne drinking guests caught totally unaware by the camera. Many couples refer to this as the “reportage style photography”. But nobody ever mentions the “Editorial style”, although this might very well be the word that you are looking for, if you want your shots to be natural as in the reportage style, but sort of reminiscent of something from a fashion or wedding magazine.

 

Gone are the days when the wedding photographer was just stood outside church after your ceremony, waiting to capture that one shot for the frame on your wall. In modern wedding photography most photographers are there to document your whole day – creating a story told in images. The reportage/Photojournalist style and The editorial style are both genres in wedding photography which aim to tell your day as a story in images.

 

So I am intending to sort out the definitions a little bit. In this chapter I will describe more in detail what reportage / photojournalist style entails, what the expression is born from, what sort of images you can expect from it and what is required for the photographer to practice this style. Next, I will do a follow up chapter, which defines the Editorial style photography.

 

 The key elements of reportage style photography

  • Reportage style wedding photography descends from journalism: Just as reporters are sent out by a newspaper to cover a story from an “objective” angle, the wedding photographer is there as an eye from outside to capture all the moments on your wedding day, without interfering.
  • What characterizes reportage / photojournalist style wedding photography, is that the images seem to be moments frozen in time of what actually happened in that split second – nobody is addressing the camera: it is as if the actual camera wasn’t even there.
  • Reportage / photojournalist style photography tells a story: I placed quotation marks on ‘objective’ above, since really, a story told in a reportage way is actually never totally ‘objective’ – there will be a brief for the news photographer, such as: capturing the sad/joyful atmosphere, showing how rich/poor somebody is by including certain elements in the image, and so forth. The reportage style wedding photographer will do the same: He/she has a brief inside their head of what to capture: People’s reactions, the joyful/tearful atmosphere, certain details that says something about you or your venue, etc.
  • Quite the opposite to what it sounds like: Reportage / photojournalist style wedding photography has a lot of pre- planning to it: In order for the photographer to work independently on the day, the photographer will probably need to know a lot of details about your wedding beforehand – such as exact timings, pre- visits to venues involved to see what the natural light is like and where the good vantage points are. As just mentioned, it’s not a question about snap- shooting on your day, it’s a question about being as prepared as possible to be in the right place with the right camera settings on your actual day.
  • Reportage / photojournalist style wedding photographs can be totally straight forward or how ever creatively shot: The image will have the appearance to be a frozen moment. But that does not mean that there isn’t a lot of work put in to it by the photographer. Just as in the news paper/magazine world, where there are certain photographers that win the big awards and are world famous, while others supply for a local paper – reportage style wedding photographers can range just as much in quality: But the bottom line is, that a well shot reportage style image is never “just a snap”. It carries the photographer’s mark, style and professionalism, which all comes from how well he/she knows how to calculate the light, see the composition and capture the moment.
  • How ever, the reportage / photojournalist photographer does not really interfere with what is happening, nor does he/she hold up the bride and groom to direct them. The pre- planning is merely for the photographer to be prepared and then when the day comes, the photographer will capture everything as it happens. Of course, all photographers are different and a photographer can practice the reportage style without being totally rigid, but if the photographer would to be real hard core reportage style, then this would mean that he/she wouldn’t interfere at all. For example:  The dress would not be moved to a different place than where it’s already been hung in the morning, even though it could make a better photograph somewhere else. The photographer probably wouldn’t ask the bride to get ready in a different spot where light and composition is better. And so forth.
  • In reportage / photojournalist style, every image aims to be strong in it self: It aims to convey emotions, to make the viewer feel a certain way and to tell a story or communicate something about that precise moment in time: Every image should tell a story on it’s own.
  • A reportage / photojournalist style image is at its best when it manages to capture a decisive moment: Imagine that the time and what is happening is a long line. But all the sudden there is a moment on that time- line that has something extra to it and the photographer captures that. It can be a certain gaze from the subject, a moment of emotion, or perhaps a moment when lots of things are happening at once in the image, and light and composition is just right. One second earlier it wasn’t there. One second later that moment is gone. It is a decisive moment – an interruption on that long line of time. That’s what the reportage style wedding photographer aims to capture!
  • Black and white photography is a bit of a signature for the reportage / photojournalist style: Reportage photography was born in an era when all photography was black and white and mainly used as news value or to document reality. For this reason, black and white photography kind of carries the meaning of being “real” and “objective”. Black and white also adds a certain drama and might de- cluster the composition. This doesn’t mean that all modern photographers who favor this style, will also favor black and white images. It’s up to each individual photographer’s taste, but a lot of reportage / photojournalist photographers do tend to include black and white images for their clients.

Is there a difference between Reportage, Photojournalist and Documentary style photography?

These 3 are all apples from the same tree really. But on a spectra between totally objective photography and more creative photography, the Reportage style would be most objective, while Photojournalism could be a bit less restricted and more creative, and documentary style even more creative. The reportage style is bound to stay objective since it is supposed to have news value, while documentary photography, although it tells a story about something that really has happened/is happening, can be more creative in terms of letting the photographer suggest locations, moving subjects or objects around etc. Editorial photography would be even one step further towards the creative side.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the information in this article! Underneath are two galleries sampling reportage style photography. Next time I will talk about EDITORIAL STYLE wedding photography – the differences and the similarities it has to reportage / photojournalism / documentary and why you could say that it has a look that fuses the reportage style with  the look of magazine/fashion/advertising.

* For this article I wrote most of the text from memory – I made my final essay at uni on H C Bresson and his idea about the decisive moment, and I tell you the work for a final essay kind of sticks;). But I did have a recap on Bresson and borrowed his images from www.henricartierbresson.org

 

Chapter 2 is now live. Click to read about Editorial style wedding photography vs the reportage style