Some of our bride and groom's favorite photos are the ones where they were actually completely unaware of the camera! They love the natural, unposed photos that are of real moments. This type of wedding photo is often categorized as wedding photojournalism. The term photojournalism originally comes from newspapers and magazines to refer to visual storytelling with candid photos that little to no photographer direction or interaction.
Wedding photojournalism is also about telling a story - the story of your wedding day! Instead of doing traditional formal poses or recreating images from other weddings or events, wedding photojournalists capture moments and emotions as they happen.
Our previous jobs as photographers for travel and lifestyle magazines helped us hone our photojournalism skills, most importantly the skill of anticipation - anticipating what and when the "decisive moment" will happen & where we should be to capture it. We believe a great wedding photo collection should include formal posed photos, artistic portraits created with the guidance & vision of the photographer, and natural photojournalistic images.
Couples often ask us for advice of how to get natural looking wedding photos. Our main tip is simply to be in the moment! And savor that moment, no matter what! Let your wedding planner concern herself about the ceremony details and reception logistics and focus on what's really important - your family, your friends, and the person you are about to marry. Know that some things may not go perfectly - a groomsmen might be late, a bridesmaid might break a heel, your flowers may be the wrong shade of pink- and that's ok! The bride in this natural wedding photo awoke on her wedding day to find it pouring with rain and a forecast for thunder showers. But that did not diminish her excitement to marry her groom. I love the look of anticipation and excitement on her face as she steps out of the Rolls Royce into the rain - a pure photojournalistic moment!
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada.1/250; f/2.8; ISO 800; 153.0 mm.