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About the Photographer

"My goal with every wedding is to capture the spirit of the couple and record moments that they’ll always remember. Every wedding is a new story with new characters and new moments to wait for and document."

DCphotojournalist.com was created by Jay Clendenin, a working photojournalist and former staff photographer at the Hartford (CT) Courant newspaper. Jay continues to work in the editorial world and has had his work featured in many publications, including: Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report magazines, Washingtonian Magazine, New York Times Magazine, the L.A. Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Palm Beach Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, USA Today.

Jay went into wedding photography with the goal of giving people something different, captured moments that many couples never even see, all with his creative eye, high energy and desire to get the most out of every assignment and life in general.

The best photojournalists become a fly on the wall, whether working on assignment for a magazine or covering your wedding. This work method allows them to capture real moments, real images that will be remembered forever.

"I make a point to blend into my surroundings, it’s the journalist in me. The pictures made when people don’t realize I’m shooting end up being the ones most loved and cherished. I like letting things unfold in front of me, with as little direct contact as possible. I don’t want to be a pest or annoyance to anyone, as I’ve heard some photographers become."

Many photographers throw out terms like "photojournalistic" and "documentary" when talking about their work, but the proof is in the book. Will they show you a photojournalistm portfolio? Jay will. Click here to see some recent editorial work .

"One of the reasons I fell in love with photojournalism was the challenge of an ever-changing story and while I could work on projects for several days to make a story complete, weddings presented me the challenge of capturing a love story in one day’s work. I loved the possibilities and decided this was something I could see myself doing as more than an occasional job."

At the end of the day, the story in pictures will be complete. From the major moments to the little details and all the emotion of your day, Jay will give you every image he creates, leaving you with the power to decide what to keep and what to give to your sister, or brother, or mother-in-law!

Jay Clendenin is ready to document the story of your wedding day with his unique vision and proven talent.

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Jay Clendenin


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