Encore Photography

February 6, 2011

Finding the right photography style that fits what you are looking for in a wedding photographer. Is it traditional or photojournalistic? What’s the difference between traditional and photojournalistic?

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Who else would like to know the difference between photojournalistic and traditional style wedding photography?

There is a lot confusion surrounding the different styles of wedding photography that professional photographers are shooting today. Most couples want the style and glamour that they see in magazines. They often don’t know exactly what that style is called and how a skilled photographer can make them look as good as the bride and groom in the latest trend-setting celebrity wedding. Other couples are looking for a more traditional style of wedding photography.

These are the two most common types of wedding photography; traditional and photojournalistic. While similar equipment is used in both, there are significant differences in technique and approach.

Traditional photographers concentrate most of their efforts on posed portraits, and rarely capture candid moments. The quality of traditional photography is usually judged by sharpness, lighting, correct skin tones, and the use of the background. Most traditional photos are instantly recognizable, as many poses are standard for all weddings.

The more glamorous, or modern style of photography is called Photojournalistic. It is also called documentary photography. While similarities exist between traditional and photojournalistic approaches, the main expectations of each style are very different. Traditional style is portrait oriented. Photojournalism is candid oriented. The photojournalist’s goal is to take pictures while people are not aware they are being photographed. By blending with the crowd, a photojournalist is able to capture the action as it unfolds – the true emotions, the real expressions, the happiness and joy. Instead of the traditional formal portraits and posed photos, this approach produces a more intimate, artistic take on a wedding. Photos will reflect a fleeting, unposed moment that conveys the emotions of the day.

Photojournalism means to capture the real, true thing. Visual perception of an experienced photojournalist will add a unique charm to your pictures and you will end with up emotional and artistic photos capturing the very essence of your wedding day. The Album will resemble a storybook, rather than just be a series of posed portraits.

If you are a bride that loves wedding photojournalism, it is still a good idea to choose a photographer who recognizes the value of certain aspects of traditional photography and will work aspects of that style into their wide variety of shots. The photographer will gently direct a situation, and with a little guidance and interaction with their subject, get the shot that has the look and feel of a candid, photojournalistic shot, but the compositional beauty of a traditional one. A few familiar wedding poses, mixed in with the glamorous photojournalism, can also satisfy the desire for traditional portrait style poses that many people grew up with without taking away from the overall photojournalist style.

So the take away here is to determine the style you are looking for, search for photographers who offer the style you are wanting, and another most important factor is like them along with their work.  As you know you will be spending most of your big day with this person and it is extremely important you like the photographer you are about to hire if not there are many photographers out there so keep looking.

Encore’s photography style is candid and photojournalistic; we love capturing the moment and letting the day tell your story through our lenses.   We take a limited of number of weddings per year as we really love our work and want to give the best we have to each and every client.     Give us a call and we would love to chat with you about your special day!

February 3, 2011

The Grand Hyatt – A New Year’s Day Celebration for Emily and Spencer!

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New Year’s is always a great time to celebrate and that’s what Emily and Spencer did, they celebrated their big day with family and friends on New Year’s Day!  It was a bitter cold day, but they braved the weather and took most of their pictures outside, downtown, with their bridal party and WOW they were all soo much fun.  I have been blessed with such great clients, I am truly humbled and honored to work with these couples.

I have had the privilege of working with Emily and her family before; I did Emily’s senior pictures and also her brother’s who is now in the Air Force Academy.  Their family is truly special to me and soo much fun.   Thanks Emily and Spencer for making my job soo much fun!!!

February 1, 2011

Boettcher Mansion December 30th wedding and Fun Times in the Snow!

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Okay it has been way too long since my last blog and I just hate it as I have soo much to share and great clients to rave about like Ashley and Cody.  They were married on December 30, 2010, yes, the first major snow storm of 2010 and it was a snowing up at the Boettcher Mansion.  When clients come to their visit with me I always tell them whether it be sunny, raining or snowing, we will have a blast as it should be fun and we always bring umbrellas to add that extra fun element into the picture.  It was soo cold that day but everyone and I mean everyone was in such great spirits you would have never known it was cold or snowing outside, it was beyond amazing how great people were!  Ashley and Cody braved the weather and we took the fun outside and we had FUN all right.  Take a look at some of the fun shots.  Ashley and Cody you rock!!!

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