I shot Veronica and Jason's wedding in San Pedro a few weeks ago. As I was going through the images I loved how many great authentic moments there were. It got me thinking about my job as a photographer. Looking back over the images from Cyndie and I's wedding, the images that mean the most are the ones that captured a moment and more specifically an emotion. THIS is what weddings are about. Sure, I love to shoot portraits. I'd probably go so far to say that's my favorite part of the wedding day. But, the fact remains that in the end I'm there to shoot a WEDDING... and weddings are about 2 people coming together to join their lives. That is an incredibly emotional thing and we, as photographers, are given the responsibility of capturing it.

I've never received an email from a client saying, "I didn't even know you were there!" I talk, laugh, joke with my clients throughout the day. It makes them comfortable having me around and I feel like I get better images because of it. I'm definitely not a pure photojournalist but I take the responsibility of documenting their wedding day very seriously.

So after thinking about all of that I decided to do and entire blog post only showing "moments" from the day... no portraits, no details. The only images I had any hand in "staging" were the ones from the "First Look" and those I only told them where to stand. The rest were as real as they get.

So here's the contest.

If you're a photographer I want you to blog an entire wedding with no portraits, no details and no staged or directed shots. I don't care if you've already blogged the wedding. Go through and pick out the best moments and show me what you've got.

Leave a comment below telling me you want to be a part of the contest. You'll have 6 days to blog it. Next Thursday I will go through all of the entries and pick my 5 favorites. On Friday I'll post the finalists and we'll have a vote. Monday the winner will be announced.

One last thing... This is not about getting everyone from Facebook and Twitter to vote for you. I'll be checking up on everyone to make sure their not campaigning. Telling people to check out the contest is cool but none of this "I REALLY need your vote to win this contest" stuff I see all of the time. OK? Cool.

THE WINNER will receive a FREE 8x10 10 spread (20 side) album from Madera Books. (or an equal credit toward another size album).

Okay, now on to the images.

I love how everyone in the room has a hand in helping her get her dress on, haha. Only on a wedding day is that normal.

The first look and a quick prayer.

I LOVE this shot of Veronica and her dad watching everyone enter the ceremony. I was able to get this because I had my good friend and awesome photographer, Victor Sizemore shooting the processional. Good second shooters give you the freedom to take risks on the wedding day to get images you couldn't if you had to get the "safe shot".

Another great father/daughter moment.

A few shots from their communion that I love.

Shooting the recessional is always one of my favorite things. The couple is always so excited and usually shows a lot of emotion.

I also love focusing on the couple during the toasts. There's always a lot of great reactions.

[February 4, 2011] Chelsea Patricia said:
Count me in!
[February 4, 2011] JenK said:
Michael! These are amazing. I'm so glad you shot Veronica and Jason's wedding. Veronica and I were just talking about how glad we were that you and Victor stayed to shoot the whole reception. I've been spreading the word about you two!
[February 4, 2011] Deborah Zoe said:
I'd like to play:) I'm posting mine on Monday of next week. Thanks!!
[February 4, 2011] Vegas Wedding Photographer - FogartyFOTO said:
I can't believe how colorful and sharp and magnificent these photos are. But then I can. Beautiful!!!
[February 4, 2011] Katie Lewis said:
I would love to participate! I'll be posting tonight!
[February 4, 2011] Hayley said:
We are totally in! :)
[February 5, 2011] Tara said:
Hey.... Not a photographer, but a floral/event designer... Can I blog a wedding that I love with the said details and enter on behalf of the photographer? Or just for me I guess! Have one in mind and love the look of your albums and would love to have a shot! =)
[February 5, 2011] Jan Garcia said:
would love to join. thanks!
[February 5, 2011] Hillary gamble said:
I love this idea! I'm blogging at least one, partially for the contest and partially just because I love it!
[February 6, 2011] Johnny5 said:
I'll see if I can find a wedding to blog. Love your shots from this one. I want to see the portraits!
[February 6, 2011] Shang said:
Such a great contest! I'm posting my entry on Monday!
[February 6, 2011] Yolie Ramirez said:
I would like to participate. Thank u! I love the books specially because you have the colors of my wedding.
[February 7, 2011] Kat Forsyth said:
I'm in! I'm no photojournalist, but I think this will be great to try. I'll try get it up tomorrow!
[February 8, 2011] Spring Smith said:
I'm in!!!! This is such a great idea :)
[February 8, 2011] Kenny Grill said:
I want to be in your contest!
[February 9, 2011] Lizzi said:
Your images are amazing... please count me in! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
[February 10, 2011] Andy Dunn said:
Hi Michael. maybe too late and not an actual blog post, but still in the spirit of the comp. Andy http://www.flickr.com/photos/theandydunn/sets/72157626016871200/with/5061012806/
[February 10, 2011] Kat Forsyth said:
I've got to say, I was looking through all the entries so far, and I already know who I think should win. And it's not me. I'm who I WANT to win. :-) My post is here: http://katforsythphotography.co.za/cape-town-johannesburg-wedding-photographer/moments/
[February 10, 2011] Kat Forsyth said:
I've got to say, I was looking through all the entries so far, and I already know who I think should win. And it's not me. I'm who I WANT to win. :-) My post is here: http://katforsythphotography.co.za/cape-town-johannesburg-wedding-photographer/moments/
[February 10, 2011] Ryan Gladstone said:
Thanks for creating a contest that celebrates photojournalism and capturing the moments of the wedding day! My entry can be found here: http://www.ryangladstonephoto.com/jefferson-city-wedding/
[February 10, 2011] Ashley Turner said:
I'm in! Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh? I love this idea :)
[February 10, 2011] Monica said:
Well... hopefully just in the nick of time...
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