There has been a number of conversations and blogs of late in the industry regarding styled wedding inspiration shoots. A wedding blog’s purpose is to provide stylistic inspiration. Martha Stewart has set the precedence for creating such art through more staged, editorial styled shoots, much in the manner that the fashion and food industry presents their products through photoshoots. I don’t see anything wrong with this, they show off incredible talent.
However, some photogs and blogs use material from such shoots and call it “real” or make it look like it was part of a real wedding portfolio. I’m lucky that I’ve had enough work such that all the photos you see on myportfolio came from real weddings and engagements. However, when I first began, I too struggled with a tiny portfolio. I understand the desire to show everything that one is capable of, but not always having all the opportunities upfront… it’s life, we all have to start somewhere.
Every day I still hope to keep working hard, remain humble, and not take anything for granted. Weddings big and small, in the end, it’s all about the love, and that is universal.
I loved this contest that Michael Norwood Photography put together – “If you’re a photographer I want you to blog an entire wedding with no portraits, no details and no staged or directed shots. I don’t care if you’ve already blogged the wedding. Go through and pick out the best moments and show me what you’ve got“. For that, I have chosen to feature Nicole and Lino’s wedding that I photographed last year in Puerto Rico. These are true photojournalistic moments – moments that require a photographer anticipating and being in the right place at the right time, while keeping in mind all the technical challenges of photography itself, with split seconds to make such decisions. I’m also showing these photographs without captions, as I hope the images speak for themselves. A couple images here came from the ever-fabulous Emily Ku, a Las Vegas wedding photographer and my second shooter for that day. Hope you enjoy this recap! [If you’re curious to see what I’ve left out, you can check out the wedding recaps here, here, and here]
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