Last week, The Wall Street Journal wrote a trend piece on the latest practice in wedding photography:
[R]eflecting popular culture's turn toward the risqu and voyeuristic, more photographers are setting up in dressing rooms to immortalize unguarded, preceremony moments. Wedding albums and public photographer Web sites alike are filling up with a different view of the bride — daddy's little girl cavorting in lingerie, adjusting a bra or hiking her gown for a bathroom break.
Sounds good so far, right? Who wouldn't want to see a woman, flushed with the joy of finally trapping her man, taking the time to hit the can?
After the jump, the persnickety professionals who populate Jim Romenesko's Media News site decide to spoil the party.
Matt Mendelsohn ("[f]ourteen years at UPI and USA Today covering the White House, the Gulf War, the Oscar") writes to say:
Like a lot of my colleagues who practice wedding photojournalism — Greg Gibson, a former AP staff photographer and two-time Pulitzer winner; Amy Deputy, a former Baltimore Sun staffer; Daniel Sheehan, part of a Pulitzer team at Newsday; and Joseph Victor Stefanchik, a former Dallas Morning News photographer and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Photojournalism (not sure if I'd call that group "so-called") — I sighed heavily when I read the article. Sure, none of us have seen anything that remotely resembles such a tawdry trend. For me, not once in over 400 weddings.
while Gibson adds:
I have photographed many brides getting into their wedding dress, many of which were in some state of undress. This is quite different from a boudoir shoot, and to me is one of the most important aspects of the wedding day. There is something magical, euphoric and uplifting in watching a woman become the "bride" while surrounded by her friends and family on one of the most important days of her life. I'm afraid an unfortunate side effect of the WSJ article is that important storytelling moments like this have been cheapened and equated to something they are not intended to be
Clearly, the Journal has hit a nerve. We guess taking pictures of chicks in a state of semi-undress sounds a lot classier when you don't use the words "sultry" or "boudoir." On an unrelated note, we just bought a digital camera. Drop us a line!