Editorial and Photojournalistic Photography

One of the most fun and creative aspects of photography is being able using different styles—editorial and photojournalistic photography— in the same sessions to showcase many different looks. Even though editorial and photojournalistic photography may seem like the same thing to a lot of people, there are actually some big creative differences between the two and this is exactly why I love them both so much!

Editorial vs Photojournalistic Photography

EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

The best way to think about editorial photography is that it is set up in a style that is considered “magazine worthy” so it will fit nicely in either a print or online publication. In general, editorial photos are:

  • Posed, creative, and dramatic;
  • Cleaner overall, with less background clutter or excessive people;
  • Suitable for a magazine spread and full of space that is ideal for adding text directly into images;
  • An ideal style to focus on and showcase the fashion aspects of images.
bride stands in a strip of sunlight on a persian rug with her cathedral veil trailing beside her. Editorial and photojournalistic photography. Image by jenny Fu
Bride smiles down the table at her blurred out bridesmaid in the evening over candlelight. Editorial photography.
Bride holding a large bouquet of mixed white flowers and wearing a lacey, sheer gown that shows her legs from mid-thigh with a beautiful green space behind her. Editorial images taken by Jenny Fu
Bride and groom wrap their arms around each other and kiss underneath fireworks at their wedding in Bali. Editorial wedding image by Jenny Fu Studio
Bride wraps her arms around her groom's shoulders while they both watch fireworks exploding above them in Bali. Editorial image by Jenny Fu studio
Stunning bride stands beneath her cathedral veil and looks off the side as the veil trails behind her.
bride and groom pose with her shoulder on his chest and look toward each other under the archway leaving to a elegant staircase
Gorgeous bride looks out the back window of a yellow cab in new york with her mom and son behind her in the cab with her. Editorial image by Jenny Fu.

PHOTOJOURNALISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Photojournalistic photography gives the photographer and the clients more room to just be themselves with less direction and a more “fly on the wall” approach and it captures the personalities and pizzazz of the people in the images. Some of the main features of photojournalistic images are:

  • They are completely unposed and undirected (aka, “You just be you!”);
  • They are unobtrusive and informal, with no agenda or intention;
  • They are full of candid moments and evoke a wide spectrum of feelings and raw emotions. 

I use both editorial and photojournalistic photography styles during a wedding day (and often during an engagement session) so I always have a mixture of both styles to share with my clients. I tend to shoot editorial during the portraits with the bride and groom and I shoot photojournalistic during the majority of the rest of the day—getting ready, ceremony, dinner, reception. By mixing up the editorial and photojournalistic styles, I end up with a nice mixture of magazine-worthy and emotion-evoking images that perfectly complement each other. They also show my clients how model-worthy they are while also making them laugh, cry, and feel all the feels when they see the images of their wedding day.

A bride gets into a yellow cab in New York as her veil blows in the wind and her ring bearer tries to catch it
a group of wedding guests gather around a table to enjoy each other's company and toast the bride and groom in this intimate backyard wedding. Photojournalistic style by Jenny Fu studio
bride comes down the stairs to do her first look
bride and groom enter a sunny room, hand in hand, smiling and celebrating their first moments as husband and wife. Photojournalistic image by Jenny Fu Studio
bride wearing a flowing dress stands in a courtyard in a patch of sunlight and her shadow shows up on the wall perfectly
a bride and groom in silhouette as they walk down a hallway into a well-lit reception hall with the bride's cathedral veil trailing behind them
bride and groom exit the church and come down the stairs smiling and laughing to the applause of their wedding guests. Photojournalistic image by jenny fu
bride and groom stand up and kiss each other at the head table while their guests walk past
wedding guests sing and dance underneath a pile of flying paper confetti
fun with sparkling lights during a reception in Bali
bride smears cake on her groom's face during their cake cutting. photojournalistic photography by Jenny Fu