The Q: I'll be honest, I'm a little clueless about photography. But the one thing I do know is that I want some portraits, and it seems like everyone is busy being a "photojournalist". I don't want someone old fashioned, but how can I find someone who can shoot a good portrait?
The A: This is a pretty fair question. Photojournalism, or a less obtrusive, less posed style of photography has been the growing trend in weddings photography for the last 5 or 6 years,at least. And because it's in demand, many very accomplished photographers who can shoot a fabulous portrait or family shot simply don't showcase them on their websites. (To be honest, it's more romantic to browse through shots of a bride and groom walking off into the sunset vs. a couple you don't know sitting on an ottoman with their siblings.)
So, when you're browsing for photographers look for wedding photographers who also do portrait work- maybe baby pictures or fashion photography. If you like the photojournalism of their wedding work, you can also check out how you feel about their more stationary subjects! But the other thing is to ask to see actual, full wedding albums when you are interviewing your photographer. Brides and Grooms will always pick some portraits for their album, and it will give you a sense of the breadth of the photographers work. Here are examples of both styles by Elisabeth Millay, a Brooklyn Based Photographer.