Dear Bride & Photographer: Part 2

Explaining this new approach

If there’s one thing I consistently hear from couples celebrating 10+ year anniversaries, it’s that they regret not having photographs that tell a story of their wedding day. Think of these coverage options as photojournalistic mini-sessions for your wedding day. To make myself more accessible to admirers of this approach, I had to break the mold most are accustomed to. I’ve foregone packages which often times require clients to pay upfront for products they may not want and I’ve split the day into three sections so that I may be booked for a smaller portion of the day. Let’s face it, no matter how much you appreciate the images a photojournalistic approach can produce, chances are you don’t want your entire wedding captured this way. I’ve designed my wedding coverage options to allow you to choose which parts of your day. Just because you aren’t going to hang …picture… up doesn’t mean your parents. May not better or worse, just different (thats up to you). If you enjoyed the images contained in the portfolios above, a photojournalistic approach may be for you. Let’s get real for a moment. Wedding photography has largely been approached as nothing more than a glorified portrait session. 

The history of (Wedding) Photography

Weddings have been celebrated far longer than photography has existed. Since it’s debut, wedding photography has skewed ever closer to nothing more than a glorified portrait session; contrived moment’s perpetuated by photographers competing for features on large wedding publications to simultaneously gain access to potential clients and avoid paying for a monthly membership granting them a spot on the “preferred” vendor list. I know this because not so long ago, I was one of them. Looking for a clever way to explain to folks on the prowl for a wedding photographer that at one point in time photography didn’t exist. That when it came about, due to slow shutter speeds and long exposure times, portraiture (formals) where common practice to show who was in attendance and that’s all you got. And that while cameras/sensors/film have drastically improved, a majority of photographer’s abilities have not.

Dear Photographer

The reward doesn’t lie with being featured/publicity, it isn’t instant, it lies 10 years down the road when she looks at her photographs and remembers what that first dance felt like. ***From an early age we are conditioned to stand still and smile and all we have to do as photographers, in order to combat the static/contrived image, is anticipate. If a couple gets married and no one is around to photograph it, do their foreheads touch? Helsinki Bus Station - eventually the driver gets off and that’s when you get to take over. At which point you’ll want to avoid any influence for an attempt at something resembling originality. There’s an entire shutter speed dial and aperture ring at your disposal and while it’s scary to venture one way or the other, 

Dear Bride and Groom

Because the nature of photojournalism relies solely on the subjects actions and the photographer’s ability to capture them. I’m not saying I’m the better choice but that this is clearly a better approach. How many weddings have been affected by this that would otherwise have images… hindsight… don’t let yourself have regrets. “As your guest I am at my most creative when left to roam around the wedding capturing those perfect shots of you and your guests. The moments you may never even have noticed happening during the wedding day itself. Weddings that have reams of formal and group shots will disable my ability to capture those images. I appreciate that most weddings have some form of formal photography, and that’s fine, but I try and keep that to a minimum. Too much formal photography breaks the cohesion of the day and the opportunity for me to fully explore and photograph the wedding.“ Or join the hordes of people in hindsight. There’s an unspoken agreement that you’ll put your best foot forward and I’ll direct you into the most flattering light using the most slimming angles because the resulting images are no longer for our wallets, walls, or albums. They are to be judged and compared to everyone else’s. They are created to die online.

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What do you see in Hindsight?

  • the shot you didn’t know you wanted

What is lost in automation/technology?

A balance of pleasing yourself and your parents

  • traditional shots

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