Styles 101: What is Photojournalistic Photography?

Many fans of photography aren’t aware of the intricacies of the craft, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles that professional photographers can offer. To help you better understand the types of photography available, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Example of photojournalistic photography from Lyell Photography

Photojournalism is one of the most well recognized styles of photography, and it has found its way into the repertoire of many professional photographers, especially wedding photographers. The main purpose of photojournalism is to tell a unique story through images, where the photographer acts like a silent observer or witness to the unfolding events.

While some clients still value images where their guests are posed and smiling directly at the camera, many prefer a style that captures the spontaneous moments and candid expressions of their guests. The minimal amount of posing and interference to create the image requires a photographer who is conscious of their environment, adept at blending into the background, and capable of moving quickly to capture those very special moments. This style of photography has the potential to document and tell the story of precious events, for many generations to come.

Example of photojournalistic photography from Kara Volle Photography

Example of photojournalistic photography from Teresa K photography

Example of photojournalistic photography by Lyell Photography

Photo credits: Lyell PhotographyKara Volle PhotographyTeresa K Photography


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