Photojournalism in the Wedding industry

Today, I would like to talk about using Photojournalism style in Weddings and show you a concrete example of mine.

To start, let’s talk about the main three words that are quite common; Reportage, Documentary, Photojournalism.


What those words really mean:


A photographic genre with precise rules: it is a faithful documentation of well-identifiable facts. Reportage photography aims to tell a story through a gallery of images, it is often used in journalism, to document the lives of people in difficult situations, such as a war, a natural disaster or other events.

Documentary photography

Usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle events or environments, both significant and relevant to history and historical events as well as everyday life.It is typically covered in professional photojournalism, or real life reportage.


It's a particular form of journalism that employs images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images.

Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (e.g.,documentary photography,

by complying with a rigid ethical framework which demands that the work be both honest and impartial whilst telling the story in strictly journalistic terms

Like a writer, a photojournalist is a reporter, but they must often make decisions instantly and carry photographic equipment, often while exposed to significant obstacles (e.g., physical danger, weather, crowds, physical access).

For me, there is only a unique goal with those three meanings! Capturing and narrating emotion with the camera taking natural picture.

Ok and now what those words meant in the wedding industry? Well, let me explain with a concrete example of mine:

*The Wedding of Mariangela & Alessandro took place in Sicily, south of Italy. It was a winter season wedding.

After finishing all the preparation shots: make up, hair, dress... It was the moment to go out of the house with dad!

In Italy it’s an important traditional moment to capture for the family! Must do!

I walked out before them to be ready when they will cross the door, I started photographing some classic shots:

Stay tuned, there come the difference when using Photojournalism style!

A classical photographer will be happy with those two images, he will put back his camera in his bag, jump in the car and go straight to the next location!

But I don’t work and see things the same way! I ALWAYS stay focus on what can happen.

So I continue to walked and kept an eye on the bride & dad walking towards me.

I felt the wind getting stronger and suddenly BOOM a huge wind ruffle took the bride veil in the air!!

Oh yes I was ready and I pressed down the shutter release button of my Fujifilm X100V...

Fotografo matrimonio roma Martin Charrat

I knew straight the way that this image will be a great one, respecting the precise rules of Photojournalism style.

This is my way of working and approaching weddings, I NEVER stop observing around.

Because yes, it is also possible to anticipate a situation that will soon happen!

When photographers ask me advice about how to make this kind of images my tips number one is to

never put down the camera and think that it's done!!!!


Versione italiana,


Fotogiornalismo nel settore Wedding

Oggi vorrei parlarvi dell'uso dello stile di fotogiornalismo nei matrimoni e mostrarvi un mio esempio concreto.

Per iniziare, parliamo delle tre parole principali che sono abbastanza comuni: Reportage, Documentario, Fotogiornalismo. Confuso?

Vediamo insieme cosa significano veramente:


Un genere fotografico con regole precise: è una documentazione fedele di fatti ben identificabili. La fotografia di reportage mira a raccontare una storia attraverso una galleria di immagini, è spesso utilizzata nel giornalismo per documentare la vita di persone in situazioni difficili, come una guerra, un disastro naturale o altri eventi.