If you choose one of our WPJA California wedding photojournalists as your wedding photographer, please let them know you found them through the Wedding Photojournalist Association.
The WPJA at a glance: The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the best California wedding photographers at your fingertips, by granting membership only to the most talented professional wedding photographers in the world--photographers who focus solely on using their documentary photography skills to capture ‘the moments’ of your wedding day.
Named one of the top ten wedding photographers by American Photo Magazine, Brett Butterstein is a San Diego based wedding photographer who wants to create pictures you can brag about. My approach to wedding photography is making vibrant, non-traditional photos that tell a story and give a sense of atmosphere.
Jaime Viera is an international, award-winning wedding photographer based in Sonoma, California. Jaime discovered a love for photography while pursuing her passion for traveling the world. On each trip she returned with an impressive collection of images - capturing the spirit of the world, it's people, and their cultures.
Stephanie received her Master's degree in photojournalism from top ranked, Ohio University and has studied under Arnold Gassan, a colleague of Ansel Adams. She was invited to attend the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, a national forum for top photojournalists.
My goal in wedding photography is to tell your story with captivating images that will take your breath away. With so many images oversaturating our eyes these days, it's easy to become numb to what we see.
Aaron has been photographing weddings for over 14 years all over the world. Over the past decade, Aaron has been able to witness the trajectory of wedding photography, where it has been, where it is headed. He is based in Carlsbad, CA where he explores with his wife and two young boys.
As a young child growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I knew I wanted to be an artist. Eventually, I realized that if I did what I loved, the rest would follow. While I was in college, I was selected to work in the White House Photo Office during the Clinton administration.
David Crane is an editorial photographer who has documented news stories as a photojournalist for more than 25 years. His images of celebrities, politicians, musicians, and sports figures have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and LIFE.
Scott MacDonald is a wedding photographer based in San Jose, Calif. with a strong background in photojournalism. Scott worked for a dozen years as a daily newspaper photojournalist in three different states, observing his community and telling stories through pictures.
Dennis Viera is half of the internationally recognized, award-winning wedding photojournalism team of Viera Photographics. Based in Sonoma County, Dennis and his wife Jaime split their time shooting weddings close to home in beautiful Northern California and traveling nationwide, and abroad.
Chris has had a great love for art since he was a young boy. At age of 15, he earned his first second-hand camera from his father. Since then, he was always “the photographer” among his friends and family. He finally turned this passion into his profession in 2007. Wedding is one of the events Chris loves to shoot.
An avid climber and a certified rescue diver, Mark has always mixed his passion for photography with his other activities. For the last decade, Mark has taken pictures in the oddest of places ranging from the side of an ice cliff to diving 100 feet in shark infested waters.
It is my sheer pleasure to capture life’s celebrations and it’s precious, unscripted moments. The images are proof that life happens, time passes and memories are sweet. I’ve been photographing weddings for over 15 years.
Photographing people is at the crossroads of two early interests of mine: people watching and technology. In my teens I began taking pictures with whatever camera I could put my hands on.
I’m a moment junkie. I studied Journalism in college and I once was an international journalist based in Seoul.
Aside from being a photographer, I am also a wife, a friend, but most of all a mother. Being blessed with four wonderful children, I am privileged to share some of the most important moments in their lives.
Sarah Kang is a professional photographer whose love of photography began decades ago with her first course in darkroom development. She has a unique eye and sense of anticipation that translate into her beautifully honest and emotional photographs.
Joyce Perlman lives in San Francisco and Mendocino, California, where she is best known for her images of fine art wedding photography. Her particular style utilizes a blend of documentary photography with contemporary portraiture.
I loved my wedding. When I got my photos back, I was transported to the exact moment they were taken and felt the same emotions I felt that wonderful day I married my amazing wife, Rebecca. Now, as a photographer, being able to provide that gift for loving couples is an amazing feeling.
I fell in love with photography when I was 14. The process of developing film; cracking open a film canister in total darkness and then unwinding it out of cold stainless steel holders with wet hands, examining negatives through window light- was absolute magic.
Hi! I’m Teresa K, an awarding winning professional wedding photographer from Folsom, California.
Douglas Zimmerman understands the huge responsibility of documenting a couple’s wedding.
Erin Chrisman, named one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo magazine, worked for daily newspapers in Georgia and South Carolina for six years before starting a wedding photography company in Atlanta with three partners.
I love to tell stories, both written and visual, so wedding photojournalism was a natural fit when I turned my passion into my profession in 2002. But, even though my focus is on the moment, I strive to make those moments full of grace and beauty.
My grandmother is the biggest advocate for love. She loves love. After 60+ years of marriage she still looks at my grandfather with hearts in her eyes. I adore that about her and it’s why I’m so passionate about photographing weddings. I get to document one of the most important days of a person’s life.
Samara Manger-Weil studied Cinematography & Photography at Ithaca College's Park School of Communications. She began shooting weddings alongside her father, himself an award winning WPJA photographer. At the age of sixteen she was the youngest member ever admitted to the WPJA.
National Geographic, VOGUE, Outside Magazine, Patagonia, The New York Times... Brian's 15 years of photojournalistic experiences are impressive. Hundreds of weddings photographed all around the world, for celebrity and not-so-celebrity clients.
Nick is a photojournalist with almost 10 years of experience. His work has appeared regularly in publications around the world. A few include The Washington Post (USA), The Telegraph (UK), The Australian (AUS) and The South China Morning Post (HK).
John is an award winning photojournalist with years of experience as a staff photographer with the Sacramento Bee, Bergen Record and others. He was also the official photographer for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver.
Doug is an award-winning photographer based out of San Francisco Bay. His style is documentary with drops of lifestyle. He is best known for his peaceful and positive demeanor, and ability to easily connect with all of the guests.
André Maier has been a professional wedding photojournalist since moving to New York City in 1992. Andre studied Chemistry and Molecular Biology in Berlin and London, before studying photography, which has been his true passion all along. Apart from English, André also speaks German, French and Spanish fluently.
Hello! I am an award winning documentary wedding photographer based in Southern California. As of January 2017, I have photographed 43 weddings both locally and abroad. I have been fortunate to have worked for some very nice couples, many of whom I am still friends with today. Thank you for looking!
Hello there! My name is Jenna Schoenefeld (Jenna Eve Schoenefeld), and I am a woman with a passion for pictures. Throughout my career as a photojournalist, I have always been drawn to document the true and candid.
Devon is a photojournalist with years of experience working for newspapers such as The Aspen Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Malibu Times. He has won numerous Colorado Press Association Awards. He currently splits his time between southern California and Aspen, Colorado with studios in both areas.
I am a wedding photographer whose work is influenced by the infinitely varied nuances of human expression and interaction. Everywhere I go I watch not only people, but also the light and the shadows, the textures and the shapes, making photographic images in my head when I don't have my camera with me.
As a photojournalist, it is Maya’s job to be an observer and storyteller. It is her passion however for the human condition, emotions, relationships, LOVE, that draws her to photographing weddings.
David is a storyteller. He's always loved stories. When he speaks, writes or photographs, his aim is to find the story and tell it in an intriguing way. A wedding is the ultimate story for two people in love.
Hi! I'm Liz Caruana, award winning San Francisco candid documentary wedding photographer. I’m born and raised in Toronto Canada and moved to San Francisco in September 2004.
I would describe my style of wedding photography as photojournalistic. While capturing formal portraits of the Bride and Groom are important, I also believe that catching the ambiance of your day and the life-force of your invited guests is of equal priority.
Debra currently divides her time between San Francisco and Florence, Italy. Debra's photography is characterized by its spontaneous ability to capture the personalities of its subjects in their most revealing moments.
My background as a photographer is based in photojournalism and documentary photography. In keeping with my photojournalism roots, when I shoot I'm going for real moments that authentically reflect your wedding.
I fell into my passion for photography at a younger age and used it as a means to document the world around me. I look to create photos with movement, color and real emotion.
A native of New York City, Kemmeo Parr lives with her husband and toddler (and two frogs) in Oakland, California where she enjoys storytelling in the form of photography. When she isn't photographing weddings and people, she enjoys gardening, hiking, knitting and making artisan breads and cheeses.
I'm a San Francisco native and a Bay Area lover. My background is originally in newspaper photojournalism.
David Royal is a freelance photographer based in on the Monterey Bay in California. A photojournalist with a base in art photography, he loves using his camera as a tool to meet people and discover new worlds around him.
Your wedding is an expression of who you are as a couple, and chances are you’re planning a celebration that’s a little unconventional. Your wedding won’t be traditional – why should your wedding photography?
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