Thank you so much to every person who commented on yesterday’s discussion about what constitutes the art of wedding photography. We are humbled and grateful to be able to read all of your opinions. We have really taken them to heart and they will definitely inform our decisions around our editorial content and our submission guidelines for the annual Best of the Best collections going forward. In the meantime, we have added language to the Best of the Best 2010 explaining the context of the included images.
We want to reiterate that we did not put any limitations on what kinds of photos were allowed to be submitted to our Best of the Best 2010, so all photos were welcome, and we stand by our choices. We think it is a powerful collection filled with inspirational images, and that it’s a representation of the evolution of our industry in general. For example, this year’s submissions trended towards saturated and graphically composed images, couple portraits, and moments of very subdued emotion, and we received a very small percentage of photos documenting ceremonies or receptions. As a result, our final selections reflected the whole. We are always fascinated to see what we will have to work with and we can’t wait to see how the zeitgeist will evolve this year.
Because we’re all human, and because art is subjective, we do not pretend to think that we can please all people all of the time. What we can do is stay open, flexible and committed to integrity, and strive to do our very best for the wedding photography community. Photography is our passion, and we’re honored to be part of an industry that can engage in intelligent and respectful debate and discussion – for us this is where creativity and innovation are born. Our goal, as always, is to be a supportive, encouraging and inspirational resource for all.