There seems to be some confusion about these terms. The journalistic approach means the photographer documents the event as it happens with no interruption. The ceremony is a perfect example to demonstrate this style. No photographer (even the ones with a more traditional style) would ever stop and interrupt you during your wedding ceremony. This is the time to take lots of candid shots showing emotion, happiness and joy.

Every wedding however has a photo session dedicated to taking pictures of the bride, the groom and the two of them as a couple. This little photo (and video) shoot is more similar to fashion, lifestyle or editorial photography. Lets face it, great wedding portraits don't happen by accident. Even the most experienced photojournalist can easily get stuck during this photo shoot without some basic ideas on how to direct the couple. Posed pictures are so much more than just the bride and groom standing next to each other and kissing. The combinations are endless and the only limit is your photographer's creativity. The problem with posed pictures is that if it's done bad they look cheesy, stiff and unnatural. It takes experience and practice to create images that are posed yet look relaxed and natural. And guess what, you can still be yourself and have fun in the process!

What will you likely enlarge into an 11 X 14 print from your long island wedding ceremony and reception? Close ups of pretty shoes or rings? Or a picture showing the back of your dress with your head cut off? Highly unlikely! It will probably be some kind of a posed professionally taken portrait of you looking at the camera or at least showing your face. Close up and detail shots are important and certainly help to design beautiful albums but down the road 10 years after your wedding, creative portrait pictures of you and your loved one will better stand the test of time.
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