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It’s a familiar question for photographers to hear, what’s your style?  One of the hot catchwords right now is photojournalism or reportage.  Whilst Photojournalism is the predominant style of coverage that Steff and I do for our clients at hyperfocus photography, we do use other styles of photography as well.  We really like to use a variety of techniques and shooting styles to create the story, mood and atmosphere of the day that will show the viewer what the day was truly like.  But for now, lets take a look at wedding photojournalism.

The photo-journalistic style of wedding photography involves photographing a wedding day as its actually happening, capturing real moments and true emotion; the end result are images that are real and can be related to on a much deeper level versus something that is staged or set up.

Any photography that is staged, or set up by the photographer is not photojournalism (this includes staged photojournalism, which are images that are staged or set up to look photo-journalistic).  Real photojournalism is often a much more difficult style to do well than other popular styles of wedding photography; the result however is that you get a much deeper emotional connection to the images.  Nice, well composed photo-journalistic photography has been our preferred style of shooting for the last 9 years now and our clients really love it.  And we love it too! But don’t worry about missing out on anything, we still love to shoot contemporary fashion-inspired portraits, great details and family portraits.  We feel the best wedding coverage is an expertly blended mix of techniques and styles.

If you have any other questions about photographic styles or would like to book a meeting with us to see our work first hand just drop us a line or give us a call.




I just love this moment!


A truly spontaneous piece of wedding day artwork.


Holly and Jeremy cutting their cake at the UBC Boathouse (with her nephew eagerly waiting for his slice–priceless) And yes, it was a REALLY good cake!


At this time of year everyone is thinking about giving and how to help those in need. So recently, Justin and I decided to donate to a charity that is a soup kitchen in Namibia for children with HIV.

A few years ago, Eileen Greene—a Camosun College nursing instructor brought a group of students to Africa for an international experience. They learned that there was medication available for those with HIV, but the meds had to be taken with food otherwise the strong medication can wreak havoc on their system and most (without food) decide to discontinue taking the meds due to the unpleasant side effects. Eileen was horrified to hear that the HIV meds were available, but really only to those who had food.  That prompted her to create the Home of Good Hope—a soup kitchen that now feeds two hundred orphaned children whose parents have died of HIV.

We were proud to be a part of this year’s charity dinner and fundraiser was held at Bon Rouge Restaurant in Victoria.  Our contribution feeds 175 of the kids for a whole month! When we heard that news we were just ecstatic, over the moon, totally excited (read: BIG Dance of Joy by yours truly!!) It feels so amazing to know that a few hours of our time creating beautiful photographs here in Vancouver has such a huge impact on the lives of these amazing children on the other side of the world.

Now those are some warm fuzzies on a cold winter’s day!

steff + justin 🙂

  • Angie Raymond

    You two rock! I too now feel all warm inside just from reading your blog!ReplyCancel

  • That’s amazing! And so admirable. You guys rock.ReplyCancel

  • This is amazing. And so admirable. You guys rock!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy K.

    That is so nice of you guys! Definately a warm and fuzzie 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dani Hiebert

    I was so pleased that you guys offered your help to the children of our soup kitchen. Thank you so much, looking forward to continued success in the future :0)ReplyCancel

real weddings magazine vancouver

Sometimes it can be pretty sweet having the last word, or in this case, the ‘Last Moment.’  Real Weddings Magazine’s Autumn 2009 issue has just hit the news stands and we are happy to see that the closing image of the magazine is one we captured at Fenella and Jason’s Bowen Island wedding this past July 25th.  The image shows their garden reception venue along with bride, Fenella underneath a bright orange sky with dual lightning strikes AND two rainbows- this really was quite the moment in time!

One of the amazing things about this image is that this is the shot straight from the camera, there have been no special effects added to this.  Those of you who were lucky enough to be in the Vancouver area that night will surely remember the evening well.  With no rain or storms in the forecast that day, everyone was set to go ahead with their summer plans and for us, that meant photographing Fenella and Jason’s big day.  While we were on Bowen Island that evening, many people around English Bay in Vancouver were treated to a double light show of both the lightning and the finale of the Celebration of Light fireworks display.  The lightning storm with it’s surreal red sky was definitely the most spectacular display of its kind that we’ve ever seen and we watched it all unfold from Fenella and Jason’s outdoor wedding that went full steam ahead, despite having no rain plan.  Anyhow, we don’t want to give too much away on their wedding story because we will be running a blog article soon on the whole day experience, and it was a spectacular day, even without Mother Nature and her surreal show in the sky that evening.  So, check back soon and we will have more tales to tell.

Steff + Justin

  • Jenny Ma

    I have the magazine and saw your photo! Wow! It’s so amazing! The photo truly looks like a fairytale. I totally remember that night, the weather was so crazy and the sky was so bizarre with the orange/red. It’s so beautiful how you were able to capture the lightening and the rainbow. Well done you two. Impressive!ReplyCancel

  • Saw this on the newstands guys! Looks awesome – what an epic night. CONGRATS!!!ReplyCancel

  • SO exciting! Congratulations to you both. I loved this photo and can see why it was chosen. I think it pretty much sums up the overwhelming range of emotions of a wedding day!ReplyCancel