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What is Wedding Photojournalism?

  First, let’s talk about what wedding photojournalism is not.

  Wedding photojournalism is not photographs of people standing around looking into the camera.  Wedding photojournalism is not a simple shot of the bride and groom as they kiss at the end of the ceremony.  Wedding photojournalism is not a bland photograph that the viewer simply glances at and goes to the next shot.

  Wedding photojournalism is capturing the emotions of the day as they happen.  Wedding photojournalism is shooting photographs that evoke an emotion.  Wedding photojournalism is capturing the joys, the laughters, the tears and the looks of love that a couple exchanges with each other and also with their guests and families.

   It seems as if every photographer’s web site I look at has  line that says they’re a wedding photojournalist, but all of their galleries show photographs of people posing for them.   Look closely for claims of wedding photojournalism.  If you don’t feel some emotion while looking at their photographs, chances are it’s not real photojournalism.

  I had the pleasure of photographing Kyle and Roxanne’s wedding at the new Tampa Museum of Arts last week.   It’s wonderful to have a beautiful, interesting venue to shoot a wedding in, but to me it doesn’t matter where the couple gets married.  I’m so much more interested in the way they look at each other, the way they interact with their guests and whether or not they’re able to forget I’m there and let their true emotions come through.

Mother and daughter before the ceremony

   I got a little emotional when I first saw this photograph of Roxanne and her mother comforting one another before the ceremony.  I actually got a lot emotional when I saw it.  My first thought was:  THIS is a photograph.  My second thought was:  THIS is why I do what I do. 

  But, how quickly things can change. 

Three seconds later

   According to the time code on my image data, this shot is exactly three seconds after the top shot.  The two shots are literal definitions of the term “gamut of emotions”. 

  Roxanne and Kyle’s wedding day did run the gamut of emotions.

Green elevator, green dress

  This shot is Kyle’s sister as she stepped into the green elevator with Roxanne to go to the ceremony.  That’s the actual color of the elevator.  Kyle’s sister said she could blend into it with her green dress.  She tried to.  Roxanne reacted to the much-needed comedic moment. 

  Photojournalism.

  There were rules about shooting in the Tampa Museum of Arts.  You could not photograph the exhibits.  They are protected by copyrights.  There were, however, ways to use the Museum’s beautiful interior and exterior design to enhance the photography.

Waiting to make their entrance to the reception.

  This is Kyle and Roxanne as they waited on the second floor for their cue to make their entrance into the reception.  To me, there’s something about the annonymity of the shot, combined with the graphic elements of the Museum that make me love this photograph.

  Kyle is a very personable and charming man and I think this photograph of him chatting with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and her husband shows captures those qualities. 

Kyle chats with Mayor Pam Iorio.

    Of course, you must shoot some posed photographs, even as a photojournalist, but I believe in adding some photojournalism even to the posed portraits.  They don’t have to look posed.

  Again, classy, confident Kyle posing, in an un-posed way.

Zimmerman, Kyle Zimmerman

  This was actually a portrait I did of Kyle while dialing in my exposure and lighting and waiting to shoot Roxanne.  I told him I thought he looked very James Bond-ish.  The minarets of the University of Tampa loom in the backround. 

    Again, a posed moment with a photojournalistic angle.

Photojournalistic Portrait

  I’ve found out that very often, the almost-kiss is much more romantic and dramatic than the actual kiss itself.     

    Of course you have to photograph beautiful portraits of the bride.   I really love this shot of Roxanne standing alongside the Hillsborough River looking confident, beautiful and completely at ease.

Roxanne by the Hillsborough River

  I love shooting everything during the wedding day, but particularly love the emotions of the reception.  By that time, the stresses of the day’s preparations have melted away and it’s time to relax and have fun, surrounded by the most important people in a couple’s life.

  The bride is always the center of attention as these two anonymous young men unknowingly helped to illustrate during the reception.

The center of attention

    I always say that I can only photograph what’s there.  This reception celebration had ample opportunies to capture the stress-less moments following the planning and execution of a wedding day.

The reception.

 

Toasting their guests

    Light is the seasoning of a photograph.   If you know how to do it, a photographer can greatly enhance the quality of the photographs by using it well.  In the shots above, the disco lights used by the DJ add to the ambiance of the shots, as do the backround lights of the city of Tampa in the overhead shot. 

  I also knew that the Tampa Museum of Arts had colorful lights on the exterior of their building but they were not lit while we were doing the exterior portraits of Roxanne and Kyle.  I had truly wished to incorporate them into the portraits.

  It wasn’t until later that I noticed Kyle and some of his buddies outside the Museum, taking some time for man-talk and play.

  The exterior lights had come on by this time.    I used them.

  Good photojournalism is telling the story of a wedding day through the photographs.  You have the emotions of a mother and daughter together in the last, few moments before the ceremony.    You have the laughter of a bride and her bridesmaid as she tried to blend into a green elevator.  You have the drama and beauty of the romantic portraits.

  You have to leave and call it a day sometime.

  I think this shot of Kyle is a good close to the story.  He’s married the woman of his dreams. 

  He’s the king of the world in a $1.99 LED headband.

The King of the World in a $1.99 LED headband

  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your incredible day.

The Pictures are Everything

  A man called me a few months ago and said he was getting married soon and wanted to meet with me about photographing his wedding.     He said he and his fiance “loved” the photographs on my web site. 

 His deep, gravelly voice said:   “The pictures are everything”.  I figured him for a lifelong smoker. 

  I was wrong.

  His name was Randy and he told me that it was to be a very small, private wedding.  There was not going to be a videographer and none of the guests would be taking photographs.

  “The pictures are everything”, he said again.

  We set up an appointment to meet at his home.  It was just a few miles from my own.

  I knocked on his door at exactly noon.  The door swung open, a massive man of a man walked out, extended his baseball mitt-sized hand and said, “Hi, I’m Randy.”

  “I know who you are,” I said. 

  He didn’t acknowledge my comment, but invited me in and introduced me to his lovely fiance, Lynn.  They offered me a drink.  I accepted.  Randy went to get it.

  “That IS Macho Man Randy Savage, isn’t it,”? I whispered to Lynn.  She said yes.

  Now, for the first time in a very long time of meeting clients and potential clients, I was nervous.

  He wasn’t the first celebrity I’ve ever met, but he was the first international celebrity who wanted me to photograph his wedding.    I had photographed HSN’s Lynn Murphy’s wedding last year, but had known her as a friend for a few years, so it wasn’t  the same.  Plus, HSN is only shown in the USA.

  Macho Man Randy Savage was an internationally-known professional wrestler and celebrity. 

  This day, and every other day we met for planning sessions and talked on the phone, he was just Randy.  He wanted nothing more than to have incredible wedding photographs for his bride.  

  “The pictures are everything”.

Lynn and Randy pose on the beach following the ceremony.

  The wedding was planned for Lido Beach in Sarasota at 7:15pm, about one hour before sunset.

The view from the Lido Beach Resort 7th Floor

  Beach weddings can be dangerous affairs.  You have to be concered about storms moving in, high winds, overeager, pasty-white  beachgoers creeping into your shot and bright sunshine that makes the couple squint or have harsh shadows on them.  The latter is always my biggest concern and I shared that with Lynn and Randy.

  “The pictures are everything.” 

  They meant it too.  They empowered me to direct the location of the setup of the bamboo trellis so it wouldn’t be directly backlit by the setting sun.  They trusted me to help choose the correct time of day to minimize the harsh sunshine. 

  They gave me everything I needed to capture the beauty, romance, emotion and incredible moments of the day.

  Most of all, they gave me themselves.

Lynn and Randy pose in the seagrass after the ceremony

    Their reception was to be a sit-down affair inside the glorious Lido Beach Resort.    The pair had met near there many years ago and wanted to return to that site to seal their union.

    The room was lit only by candles, as Lynn had requested.   

Elegant Reception Room

     Most of the reception photos were shot by that candlelight, allowing the glamor and mood to remain, enhance and maintain the dignity of the event.

Elegant Lynn Photographed by Candlelight

   Macho Man Randy Savage didn’t attend the ceremony.  He wasn’t even invited.

  It was very clear that this wedding was no different than any other union.  Lynn was the focal point. 

Bride on the Beach

    One of the first things they did after seeing their photographs was to place an order for a 24 x 36″ canvas wrap for over their piano.  I was incredibly flattered to have something that large being placed as one of the focal points of their home. 

  Randy reminded me that during our first meeting I had gotten a little cocky and said to them that one of my goals was to replace the large art print that was then hanging over the piano with one of their wedding photographs.    Success.

The Kiss photograph is now one of the focal points of their home. I could not be happier.

  “The pictures are everything”.

  I completely agree.

  (Please be advised that these photographs and all other photographs on this site are registered and protected by US Copyright laws.  I vigorously pursue all infringers)

Shannon Mulaire and Randy Scott’s Wedding Day

  A wedding is a monumental occassion.  I know from talking with my couples that there’s immense stress involved with the planning and an incredible amount of anxiety involved from worrying about whether everything is going to go off as planned on the special day.

  Shannon Mulaire and Randy Scott gave me the most incredible compliment when we had our last conversation before their April 8, 2010 wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida.  They told me “Tim, you’re the ONLY thing we’re not worried about”.

  In other words, they had complete confidence in my professionalism to be where I was supposed to be, when I was supposed to be there and that they knew I would deliver images that had power, emotion, drama, laughter and fun….and love.

Shannon and Randy

  That’s the key to great wedding photography.  Shooting images that have passion.  Not everyone can do that.  Wedding photography is so much more than delivering images that are simple inventories of who was there. 

  Shannon is a great reporter at WTVT, the FOX affiliate in Tampa.  She knows the power of images, visuals.  I know that she would much rather cover a story that has powerful video to accompany and enhance her stories.  Randy has a TV news/sports backround too.  He’s very much aware of how important great visuals are. 

  It was incredibly flattering that this pair would trust me to deliver those kinds of images.

Shannon in her room before the ceremony

Shannon's Maid of Honor's portrait of her

  And, sometimes, it’s not just me that shoots a powerful image.  This shot above was a photograph that Shannon’s Maid of Honor was shooting of her.  I think that what makes this such a nice image is not from MY photograph, rather because the shot from the Maid of Honor is a beautiful frame. 

  You have to keep your eyes open when shooting a wedding and let any ego you have subside.  I was very complimentary of her Maid of Honor for this photograph.  I have a standing  joke with guests.  It’s, “don’t shoot anything that’s better than mine”.    Sometimes, they don’t listen.

  Shannon and Randy’s wedding was stunning in its details, location, but more importantly in it’s sealing of the union between two people who are quite obviously very much in love with one another. 

   There is nothing more romantic or beautiful than the way a bride looks at her life partner while he says his vows.

Shannon looks at Randy while he says his vows to her

 And, a kiss is never just a kiss during a wedding.  I always try to shoot the kiss with a wide lens so you can see the reaction of the guests in the backround.  I loved going through the images with Randy and Shannon when they came by to pick them up.  Looking at this kiss photograph, they were pointing out the guests in the backround, admiring her father taking a photograph, Randy’s mother (in purple between the two) gripping her hands together–beaming with more emotions than I could probably imagine.

The Kiss

  That’s one of the secrets that many so-called photographers don’t know.  A photograph can have multiple layers of interest.    A professional photographer does not want someone simply glancing at their photography.  A professional photographer wants whoever is viewing their work to STAY in the photograph.  Adding multiple layers of interest is one way to do that.

Romance on the Gulf of Mexico

    Even this silhouette photograph has multiple layers of interest.  The color and drama of the sunset adds to the beauty of the moment between the two.

  Of course, sometimes a single layer of interest is all that’s needed.

Glamorous Bride along the Gulf of Mexico

  Even this photograph has subtle, multiple layers of interest.  Shannon said that one of the reasons she chose this gown was because of it’s light and airy structure.  She knew that it would blow easily in the wind along the Gulf of Mexico.  The movement of the gown adds to the beauty of this shot.

  The Ritz-Carlton in Naples was an exquisite place to shoot.  They know how to take care of their guests and I think a lot about visuals as well.    The reception area was lit with purple and blue lighting.  The tables glowed with light.    When I saw that, I KNEW that not only would there be great visuals of the couple’s first dance and the other moments of fun during a reception.  I also knew that the color of the room would add visual impact, drama, beauty and another layer of interest.  Of course, you cannot just go in and shoot it.  You have to have a true  knowledge of light and how to manipulate it, use, enhance it.

  That’s one of the differences between a professional photographer and the guy or gal who says:  “I’m a professional photographer, I have a Nikon camera”, then proceeds to photograph an entire wedding with direct, on camera flash in automatic mode.  Doing that would have not allowed the colors of the room to marinate into the frame.   You have to use slow shutters and subtle, subtle lighting. 

Color, Details, Multiple layers of interst (The web doesn't do justice to the color in this frame)

  A wedding is a celebration of love, but also of friendships and family and new unions.   

 After it’s all over, though, it’s the photographs that keep those moments fresh and vivid in your lives.   

Celebrating their Union

  Thank you both so much!!!

Lynn and Jerry Part 2

  Thank you all for for all your comments and views of the earlier post of HSNs Lynn Murphy and Jerry’s wedding photographs.

HSNs Lynn Murphy.

HSNs Lynn Murphy.

  Lynn and Jerry are incredibly flattered and thankful that people have been so interested in seeing their union, the love they have for one another, their families and friends and they have graciously allowed me to post some more photographs from their wedding day.   

Lynn and Jerry D'Hulster

Lynn and Jerry D'Hulster

  I guess I was kind of naive about who I was shooting that day.  Lynn and Jerry are both so down-to-earth, kind, friendly and caring that I very seldom thought about her “celebrity” status.  She doesn’t wear that cloak.  I wonder now if Jerry even realizes just how many people know her from her job as a host on HSN and what it’s going to be like to be the man that captured her heart and soul.

  It was kind of overwhelming to me that so many people would visit this blog to see parts of her wedding day.   

Lynn laughs with her mother, Maddie, before the ceremony

Lynn laughs with her mother, Maddie, before the ceremony

 Again, thank you all. 

   If you’re a family member or personal friend, leave me a comment or email me at:  tim@timboylesphotography.com and I’ll let you know where you can purchase prints and other items.    If you’re getting married, or know someone who is, and is interested in talking with me about shooting your wedding and giving you the same kinds of images,  please contact me the same way, or call me at:  727.504.9425.   I will travel anywhere for you. 

  You don’t have to be Lynn Murphy-beautiful to have stunning wedding photography.  All brides glow on their wedding days. 

   Enjoy the photos. 

The Romance of a First Dance

The Romance of a First Dance

Father-Daughter dance with Lynn's father, Jim.

Father-Daughter dance with Lynn's father, Jim.

The emotion of joy and sharing it with those closest to you

The emotion of joy and sharing it with those closest to you

Lynn, Jerry and Diana Perkovic

Lynn, Jerry and Diana Perkovic

John Creamans, Colleen Lopez and their spouses

John Creamans, Colleen Lopez and their spouses

 

Special time with close friends

Special time with close friends

Designer Anthony Mark Hankins and Lady's Day host Amy Leah Axelrod

Designer Anthony Mark Hankins and Lady's Day host Amy Leah Axelrod

Lynn and Jerry on the Gulf of Mexico

Lynn and Jerry on the Gulf of Mexico

Only have eyes for you

Only have eyes for you

 
Jerry admires his Love.

Jerry admires his Love.

Charley, Lindsay and Lindsey Rose Belcher’s Wedding

Sometimes even Charley Belcher sits in the back seat.

Lindsey Rose and Lindsay Belcher

Lindsey Rose and Lindsay Belcher

Lindsay and Charley Belcher

Lindsay and Charley Belcher

  The bride is always the center of attention at a wedding.  If you have a young, beautiful  child, they usually upstage you too.   

  Charley Belcher don’t mind. 

  He wakes up half of  Tampa Bay population’s every weekday morning as the features guy on Fox 13, but on Friday, June 5, 2009 he married his love, Lindsay.

    His daughter,  Lindsey Rose Belcher, was his Best Man.  No doubt if you know of the relationship between these two. 

Lindsey Rose Belcher's smile.

Lindsey Rose Belcher's smile.

    The ceremony was held at the Largo Botanical Garden.    This is the moment Charley greeted Linsday as she made her way to the ceremony.  Unposed.   

Charley Belcher greets his bride-to-be

Charley Belcher greets his bride-to-be

  There were so many great moments during the day.  This is one of my favorites.  Some of the photos are even too personal to share in this public forum.    Some were not.

Ceremony

Ceremony

  I always tell my clients that their wedding photography has more to do with how they enjoy it rather than my sometimes shaky camera work.    Charley and Lindsay’s day is a great example.  I can only shoot what’s there.  If your day is full of love, your photos will reflect that. 

Ceremony

Ceremony

 

Ceremony--A Kiss for Lindsey Rose

Ceremony--A Kiss for Lindsey Rose

 

Ceremony

Ceremony

  If it’s full of joy and laughter, your photos will reflect that.  I cannot shoot what’s not there, but I can capture those moments when they are there.  It’s what makes the difference between a wedding photojournalist and a wedding photographer.    

  Like Charley and Lindsay’s wedding.  It was full of those emotive moments.  I could have photographed those two all day long and you’d be able to see what they feel for each other in each and every one of those shots.  I hate to admit it, but you could almost count that another “easy shoot”. 

  I love posing my clients for glamourous portraits, but it’s not my favorite part of the day.    I’d much rather deliver an album full of emotional, spontaneous moments than an album full of portraits.   But, if done right, the portraits can also deliver a true feeling of emotion.  Again, Charley and Linsday’s wedding, did that too.

  They both, absolutely, had a bit of poser in them.

 

Largo Botanical Gardens backdrop

Largo Botanical Gardens backdrop

Beautiful Posers.

Beautiful Posers.

  Thank you Charley and Linsday for letting me be part of your most-special day.

(I was honored to shoot Charley and his daughter, Lindsey Rose, another time.  http://timboylesphotography.blogspot.com/2008/09/do-whatcha-gotta-do.html)

Lynn and Jerry D’Hulster

  Wedding photography is a tough, competitive, challenging business.  There are lots of photographers out there, each one fighting for their share of the market, and more importantly, fighting to deliver the kinds of photographs that make your clients feel the same emotions as they did when the photographs were shot.    Weddings are about emotion, committment, family, friends, joy, beauty, love, romance.   You have to be ready and prepared to capture these moments when they happen and you have to be lucky enough to find couples that trust you enough to do that without fail.

  Some weddings, though, almost shoot themselves.

Lynn

Lynn

 

  Do I need to say more?

  I believe in letting the photographs speak for themselves. 

 

The future Mrs. Lynn D'Hulster

The future Mrs. Lynn D'Hulster

  

Lynn and her mother, Maddie.

Lynn and her mother, Maddie.

 

      Millions of people know Lynn as Lynn Murphy of HSN.    Those that are lucky enough to know her personally, know her as a warm, giving, loving woman from a great family.   

  By the way, this isn’t a press release I’m writing for her and Jerry.  This is the real deal.

   Lynn’s beauty goes deep.  It’s not only superficial.

  Jerry is her match.  Outside to inside.  Front to back.   Top to bottom.

  On May 30, 2009, they married.

Enjoy the photos.

 

Lynn's father Jim escorts her to her beloved.

Lynn's father Jim escorts her to her beloved.

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Entering the reception

Entering the reception

First Dance

First Dance

Gown by Anthony Mark Hankins

Gown by Anthony Mark Hankins

 

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    Just a quick preview.  Thank you both for letting me be part of your most-special day.