Greenville Wedding Photographer | What is ‘Photojournalism?’

As you scroll through wedding photography business sites there’s a common word, photojournalism. If they’re all claiming to possess this technique then why are their images so different?

I went through my parents wedding album the other day(35 years ago next month, go mom and dad!) and saw a lot of posing and staged shots.  These are shots I tend to stray from.  It’s inevitable that photographs of the family with the B & G will need to be set up, but why stay in that frame of mind?  Think outside the box and incorporate your surroundings to aid you in your creativity.

So the big question here is ‘What is photojournalism?’    Think about it for a moment;  what is it that a journalist does?  They find a story and they capture it through their descriptive words to insure that you feel as if you were there yourself when reading the story.  A photojournalist has the same effect on viewers.  As you flip through the photographs you feel the moment, you feel the emotion and you feel the real events of the evening.  Weddings are full of emotion and should never be bottled up and contrived.

Creating the moment, setting the atmosphere, stand here, put your hand there… those are not traits of a photojournalistic photographer.  The moment is already created and it is our job to capture it, as is.  The atmosphere is beautiful and full of love, why change that?  A good photojournalist needs more than just camera skills.  Personality and people skills are just as important.  A photographer must be able to interact with the guests and make them feel comfortable with the camera and with themselves.  It is our jobs, as photographers, to capture the moment as it happens and to capture you and your guests flawlessly.

I personally like to be in the middle of the action.  A lot of photographers prefer to stand in a corner so they’re out of the way.  I agree with that to a certain extent.  But when guests are huddled and having a great time, I want to be right there with them snapping away and catching every moment of it.

The publics perception of photography is not what it used to be.  As I have stated in a previous article, anyone can buy a fancy camera.  It is important that the public understand that photography is an art and a craft.  A lifetime of memories should not be jeopardized in an attempt to save money so when planning your wedding make sure to leave room for a professional photographer.  If chosen for the right reasons, you will never regret spending the extra money.

March has been good!

I feel like I have a bunch of cheerleaders running around doing PR for me!  I've been very lucky this month and the hard work of my clients has not gone unnoticed.  If you have had or will have a session in March I will give you half off your next session. (Must be scheduled by May 31).  Just a way for me to say thank you to the great people I have been blessed to meet and photograph.

A promotion I am running now and will probably have for a while:  A client refers you to me and you book within 2 weeks of their session, you get $100 off the $250 session+cd package.

Get in touch with me asap if you plan to book in March... I am going on vacation March 27 to April 5th and I have a few more shoots this month before I go!

Thanks again!

A bunch of misc things


I'm working on a preferred vendor list.  If I have worked with you in the past please send an email to with your company logo and a brief description of your business.


Baby shower, going away party, graduation, bridal shower.... how would you like to have professional photographs of your party?  This is something new we are offering and the rate is $50/hour (does not include any images).  For more info email us!


I will be in Florida March 29th to April 4th.  I've booked a few sessions already but I am only booking a limited amount while on 'vacation'.  So please, book before it's too late.


Need to get into shape before the big day?  I just started CrossFit.  It is an intense work out and if you take some time to google before and after images you will be pretty blown away.  Depending on your current size and goals after about 6 months you'll be ready to go.  Crossfit recommends you follow the 'Zone' diet... I have been on the diet 3 weeks and I have a lot more energy and I feel healthier.  It is an easy diet to follow, I can forward you information if you're interested. for more info on the work outs.

The blog!

I finally got around to making a blog and after several hours (and tantrums) I came up with a design that I was happy with.  But, don't be surprised if it changes often.

What to expect:

Along with facebook, our Photo Blog will include our favorite images from shoots.

You'll get the first peak at new promotions.

Company updates and news.

A HELP section (which will be us asking for your input.)

A heads up on up-coming shoots.

And much more :)

The web site has received great reviews and I hope that this blog serves as an aid to provide clients and potentials with as much info as they need.  Feel free to drop your comments - love is always welcome :)

As always - special thanks to Tanner @ TCWD for his patience and excellent work on the splash page and logo.  I told him I wanted something pretty and swirly and he did it!  Thanks to my clients that have been spreading the love and showing off their images.  BTW, I'm shocked that in a little over 4 weeks I was able to create a business from the ground up AND keep my sanity (while working a full time job and photographing on a fairly regular basis).  Whewww....

It's 1 AM and I've been up all day (and night) editing images and working on this blasted thing. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to bookmark us!

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