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The Art of Storytelling in Wedding Photography With Joe Buissink

By Chris Nachtwey on June 11th 2014

Here in the US, summer has begun (well, give or take a few days), and for many wedding photographers, the season is in full swing. I thought this would be a great time to share with you one of my new favorite short videos about the art of storytelling in your wedding photography.

The days of very formal posed images are gone and most photographers have changed over to a more photojournalist style of wedding photography. Yet, it still never hurts to have a little reminder of exactly what you are doing on the wedding day as a photographer; you are capturing a story.

In the B & H sponsored videos below, Joe Buissink talks about the art of storytelling in wedding photography.





Weddings are Unique

Joe mentions one very important thing in this video: every wedding is unique. We as photographers can sometimes forget that, but when you are shooting multiple weddings in a season or week for that matter, they can all meld together. Remember each wedding is unique and all have their own story lines that you should capture. It’s how you capture those stories that will allow the couple and family to look at their images years from now and remember the day vividly.




Personally, I try to capture the story of the day every time I photograph a wedding. That’s my style and that’s my personality. That’s why I started photographing weddings, the opportunity to tell a unique visual story. As Joe states, your images are of the wedding day, but in essence contain a piece of your personality. That, in the end, is what makes photographing weddings fun, you have the opportunity to tell the story of a couple’s day with your own spin, and capture their story one frame at a time.

Via: B & H Youtube Page / Images via screen capture

Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mary fee

    Love this article, so inspiring! Mary,

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  2. Richard Bremer

    Interesting video, I’m definitly going to look up more video’s from Joe. Very inspiring!

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  3. Maribeth Castaneda

    Love this article… Joe’s passion and love to his craft and photography is inspiring…

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    I have watched a 3 hour lecture during Wedding Brazil 2014 and it was amazing the passion that he puts it to conquer his clients. He is a true storyteller like no other.

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  5. Jeff Lopez

    Very inspiring.

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  6. Kurk Rouse

    His images are great but during his creative live workshop he said some stuff that made me decide not to follow him, wished I remembered what he said, hope it comes back to me so I can comment

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  7. Tyler Friesen

    He is quite fantastic.

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  8. David Park


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