what is photojournalism?

you know it's my favorite way to shoot. my MO. it's what you can expect from me. 

sometimes it's called visual storytelling or documentary photography. i think both of those terms work, too. 

i tried to explain some of it HERE, and i suggest you read that. the photojournalism style is what you find in my life with a newborn and birth sessions, too. photojournalism is the place i've settled because it is the most authentic way i know to express the way i see and experience the world and the people in it.

but it's not the only way to shoot, nor have i always shot this way. sometimes, i still venture into other ways of photographing people. 

i've attempted to write up a little bit of a comparison between three genres of photography that are available to anyone wanting to hire a photographer these days to have their family photographed. i think it's helpful to know a little more about each genre, then to know what YOU want for YOUR family. then you can go out and find the photographer who can deliver it. 

please note: these are my opinions, and my personal take on the differences between them. i'm sure some people would talk about this a little differently or disagree with some of what i've written here. i also know that the three types sometimes flow in and out of one another, and so the lines can be blurry! 

with that said, here, to the best of my ability, is a CHART -- yes, i am a dork -- detailing the differences between Portrait, Lifestyle, and Photojournalism photography.

 an example of a PORTRAIT

an example of a PORTRAIT

 an example of a LIFESTYLE photo

an example of a LIFESTYLE photo

 an example of PHOTOJOURNALISM 

an example of PHOTOJOURNALISM 

so, just know that if you hire THIS photographer, you're going to get a whole lot of column C and sometimes a little bit of A or B, but even then it'll have a little bit of C flavor because I just can't help it. :)

i look forward to working with you to tell YOUR stories.