I Am Wedding Storyteller Competition
I’m really excited and thrilled to have been invited to participate in the I Am Wedding Storyteller competition run by the MyWed website and sponsored by Nikon. As a photographer who specialises in wedding photojournalism and documenting the real story of a wedding day, a competition based on wedding storytelling was too good to miss. Therefore, I am delighted to have now submitted my 50 image wedding story, Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage Noir and you can view it by following the link.
B&W Wedding Photojournalism
I knew straight away that I wanted a wedding photography story that would have a strong narrative and a consistent aesthetic to pull it all together. Therefore, I made the decision pretty quickly that my submitted wedding story was going to be exclusively black and white. I decided on this for a number of reasons. Firstly, I am passionate about black and white photography. For me it’s both timeless and classic – it somehow see’s into the soul of a photograph in a way colour photograph tends to focus on the surface of things. Nearly all my photographic inspirations worked exclusively in b&w photography, see it’s definitely the field I feel most comfortable in. I also firmly believe that b&w presents a visual narrative much more strongly – the viewer isn’t distracted by colours and can focus more on the heart of the story. I guess this is why photojournalism and photojournalists are synonymous with b&w photography.
Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage
The difficult decision was deciding which wedding I have photographed to work on for the wedding story submission. The rules were clear, the story could only feature the wedding photography from one wedding – so I couldn’t pick and choose from the many fantastic weddings I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot. Knowing I wanted my entry to have a very strong narrative I decided to settle on Alex & Woody’s wedding in Oxfordshire from last August. Their big day had a lot of varied and interesting elements within it which would really help to hang a strong story off. There were all the bridal preparations in the morning, a Church wedding in Warborough, a reception at the delightful Frilford Heath Golf Course, a Rolls Royce, a helicopter and even a hot air balloon!
Yes, there may have been stronger singular images from other weddings, but I was determined my entry was to be a real story of a real wedding day with a real couple, rather than a stylized portfolio of sorts. So with that in mind, that’s why I settled on the title of an Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage Noir.
The Integrity of the Wedding Story
Given that I was going for an exclusively b&w wedding photojournalism submission, it meant I did have to re-edit images from the wedding day – this simply ensured a consistency in the narrative. It’s this strong sense of story that I believe makes wedding reportage what it is. Also, in order to ensure a storytelling flow to the entry, I did re-sequence a couple of images here and there. However, I don’t believe this harmed the integrity of the wedding story in any way at all. I’m really delighted with what I have submitted. I firmly believe it’s a strong and visual wedding story and, most importantly to a wedding photojournalist, authentic and real. Like all the wedding photojournalism I pursue, it’s about the couple’s story rather than my interpretation of that. That’s why there were no posed or formal portraits included in Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage Noir. I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did shooting the wedding photography and pulling the story itself together.
Wedding Photojournalism for your Big Day
If you liked my wedding reportage story or are getting married and looking for wedding photojournalism that will document your wedding story in a unique, candid and unobtrusive way then I’d love to talk to you about your wedding plans. You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me an email via my contact page.
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