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Fearless. It’s an odd name for an international directory of wedding photographers but I guess it is intended to describe the spirit behind the photography it promotes. Set up by former wedding photographer and photojournalist, Huy Nguyen, in the States, it’s declared mission statement is as “a directory of more than 2,500 of the world’s […]

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  • shannon - April 16, 2015 - 4:38 pm

    Well said!! Competition feeds our ego do our brides really care how many (or few) Awards we have… some might, but most want to know your a good person who understands their vision for their day. Would I like to win a fearless award Hell Yes, do I think it will make brides desperate to book me… nope. Do I treat every bride and wedding like its/they are the most important person/wedding ever of course because that’s just who I am, I love that I have turned photographing weddings into a career, im blessed that these couples trust me to document their wedding. Not once has any bride ever asked if I have won awards or if I would submit their images into magazines or competitions. I really loved your take on the conference, your critique (which I think is lovely) and and awards. Thanks for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • Rob - April 16, 2015 - 8:34 pm

    I only very recently joined Fearless. I have various reasons for joining but one of them was indeed to enter images into competition. A win would be fantastic but I won’t get hung up on it if I don’t. Indeed, I was having the same conversation with a fellow photographer just yesterday. There are obvious trends and “awesome” wow images and in a social-media age these will always do well and in many cases, rightly so. But like Shannon implies above and as you point out – don’t shoot for awards, shoot for clients and yourself. That’s a truly award winning formula. The feedback you had from the Bride and Groom stands testament to that and for what it’s worth, I think it’s a beautiful capture.ReplyCancel

  • PIXIPfoto - April 17, 2015 - 12:12 am

    Quite some interesting perspective!
    Martin, you are a very very talented photographer and do you really need to win a portrait award?
    I mean these days the photojournalistic approach is rather getting dissolved into image-management or directed-still images, rather an artificial thing. But thats not too bad either. Artificial has ART in it.
    Cheers from india.
    This is Prithu De from PIXIPfoto.

  • Adam Riley - April 17, 2015 - 7:28 am

    Great read Martin! “Awesome” in fact :-) Really valid points here, to many fads around, a wedding photographers main concern should be making their clients happy.ReplyCancel

  • Alina - April 17, 2015 - 8:46 am

    Martin, you are 100% right on what you say about shooting for your brides and grooms. I totally agree!
    I was writing yesterday in an article that weddings are primarily about the couple, are about emotions and this things needs to be captured first.
    I was reading somewhere, but I don’t remember where something like first the moment then the focus. :) It made me think about what we really do! We have in our hands one of the greatest days of that couple. :)ReplyCancel

  • Harris Koutsopanagiotopoulos - April 18, 2015 - 11:33 am

    It was like I was reading some of my thoughts! A very well written article about wedding photography and all that “star making” system…ReplyCancel

Bride and groom portraits – do they fit in with documentary wedding photography? The portrait of the bride and groom has been the staple of wedding photography since the camera was invented and was first taken to a wedding. But a portrait means ‘setting up’ an image, doesn’t it? It’s a portrait. The subject knows […]

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  • Carmen Leiva - April 4, 2015 - 2:32 pm

    A good collection of photographs. I love weddings documentary. Great job :)ReplyCancel .