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Capturing the Real Story of Your Special Day

Benjamin Gray


The wedding day is always a blur, no matter who you are or how much you try to stay calm in the midst of the chaos. People running to and fro, people laughing, people crying, a thousand tiny (or sometimes not so tiny) crises all happen at once. A good wedding photographer, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a healthy dose of people skills and manipulative ability, can effectively screen out most, if not all, of the pandemonium. Such talent yields a wonderful and beautiful artistic reminder of the near utopian atmosphere you envision that your wedding is supposed to be.

But what about the real magic of your most special day? What about all the fleeting moments that string together to make your wedding a successful and joyous memory for everyone involved? Where do all those special memories go when the bird seed settles, the cake is mostly eaten, and the presents are on their way to someone’s living room until you return from the honeymoon? Usually those memories simply disappear like a vibrant sunset on the heels of a thunderstorm. The brilliant reds, vivid indigos, and warm burnt oranges vanish like ghosts as soon as their canvas of clouds dissipates. Photojournalism brings a solution to saving those special apparitions in time. All of those precious, elusive memories will fade as quickly as whispers in the soft winds of time if they are not caught in photographs. A photojournalist can catch those impromptu moments that tend to elude other camera lenses and fade quickly under the gloss of the regular wedding proofs. While the wedding photographer tries to bring forth order from the madness that typifies most wedding days, a photojournalist “hides” behind the scenes capturing everything you would miss or never remember. He or she brings the skills necessary to snare these snip-its of joy as they happen in their natural environment, whether it’s behind the bride’s back, down the hall from where the groom is waiting, or out on the lawn in front of the church. Plus, he or she can do it in either vivid color to remember the particular magic of the moment or in the timeless relief of black and white.

With an album prepared by a professional photojournalist you can always remember the look on your maid-of-honor’s face when she shoved the last half of her cheeseburger into her mouth in defiant response to the last dare you ever made to her as a single woman. You can recapture the celebration after the winning touchdown when the ushers defeated the tux-clad groomsmen in the touch football game on the lawn behind the church while they were waiting to have their pictures taken with the groom. You can always cherish that uneasy look on Dad’s face. The one where he tried desperately to hold back a flood of smiles and tears before sharing that last moment with his little girl before he must give her away to the groom.

All of these moments will be lost for posterity without the skills of a professional to seek them out and trap them with professional photographic equipment. Some people try to use their family members and friends armed with personal or disposable cameras to achieve the same effect as having a photojournalist. While this option may work at some level, it simply cannot compare to the quality of work produced by a professional with experience in capturing normally unnoticed hidden treasures. With Tim, your best friend in fifth grade, armed with his 30-dollar camera and all of Aunt Sarah’s kids snapping away with disposables you might be lucky enough to glean five decent pictures of candid moments. A trained photojournalist will produce an entire album of passing pleasures and surfacing dreams, all positioned for the most meaning, and bound together so that your grandchildren will be able see what your wedding day was like.

Photojournalists have a wide range of tools at their disposal to coax out the essence of what they see in their lenses. They use high-end digital cameras and a keen eye to sift through the hysteria and antics of your entire wedding day to bring you the full story of your wedding. They have professional grade, digital cameras to capture pictures and memory chips with enough memory space to capture photo-quality images. Compared to Uncle Steve’s three mega pixel camera, a photojournalist’s professional camera will take masterpieces. A camera with a ten mega pixel capacity or higher has enough memory to capture enough pixels, or dots, of light to generate an image with a computer that looks as detailed and clear as a traditional camera using celluloid film. This equipment can be expensive, and therefore, a photojournalist’s fee may be a bit more than having family take random pictures. But the quality of the professional product far outweighs any added expense.

Another tool, or set of tools, photojournalists have at their disposal is software. Photo editing software has advanced light-years in the past decade. Now a photojournalist can take pictures of events and people at your wedding, and then alter those pictures on a computer to enhance their overall effect. A photo can be brightened. Textures can be softened or sharpened to bring out different effects. If you or someone else in a picture has a hair out of place or a spot where lipstick went awry, the photojournalist can correct these imperfections before printing a finished photograph. Pictures can be enhanced and modified in almost any way imaginable. Photojournalists point their lenses away from the main action of preparing for your wedding to find the hidden blocks of activity that, when pieced together, comprise the foundations of your wedding experience.

Your photojournalist will see to it that you get the whole story of your wedding and not just posed plastic portraits. No wedding tale can really be complete without telling the untold stories. A photojournalist specializes in passing glances, impromptu moments, and all the little things that go into every wedding. He or she captures what is really the extraordinary part of the whole wedding day – the part no one really remembers – and then passes it on to you for all time.