Weddings are all about ritual; white dresses, vows, rings, first dances, etc. Regardless of how unique a given wedding is, there are certain patterns, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because a wedding photographer has a rough idea of the arc of the day, a curse because if you’ve been doing this for awhile you want to avoid taking pictures you’ve made before. Even though your mandate is to make the best pictures possible of this wedding regardless of what precedes it. Other patterns emerge over a period of time, often having less to do with weddings per se than human nature.
A lot of wedding photographers are calling themselves wedding photojournalists these days. It’s hip, it’s trendy, and for the sake of marketing, many photographers have those words on their websites. If authentic wedding photos are important to you however, you should know how to spot the real thing before you hire someone.
I photographed Liz and Trafton’s wedding at the Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in Middleburg, Virginia. Though I work as a wedding photojournalist in Denver, they had heard of me when I was still in Washington DC and they brought me back. They were one of those couples that don’t take things too seriously. Well, they do and they don’t. Big things yes, small things no. It was a nice, intimate wedding, but they didn’t spend a year planning it, as they were much more interested in getting married than all the details of the event itself. A lot of my clients are like that.