California Wedding Photographers

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.

Brett  Butterstein
5500 US Dollar

Brett Butterstein

Encinitas in California, United States

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-...

4200 US Dollar

Shaunte Dittmar

Solana Beach in California, United States

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.

Andre  Maier
4000 US Dollar

Andre Maier

Santa Monica in California, United States

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...

3200 US Dollar

John Decker

Sacramento, United States

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. John...

Matt  Theilen
5500 US Dollar

Matt Theilen

South Lake Tahoe in California, United States
3800 US Dollar

Joyce Perlman

San Francisco in California, United States

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. Associated...

3800 US Dollar

Sarah Kang

San Francisco in California, United States

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...

Brian  Wedge
4000 US Dollar

Boathouse Studios: Brian Wedge

San Francisco, United States

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...

5500 US Dollar

Tara Arrowood

San Francisco, United States

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. I strive to deliver...

Stephanie  Secrest
3400 US Dollar

Stephanie Secrest

Alameda in California, United States

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...

Annie  Bang
1900 US Dollar

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, United States

I’m a moment junkie. I studied Journalism in college and I once was an international journalist based in Seoul. I strongly believe that the absolute best way to re-live the most special day is looking at your photos of the real moments and emotions...

Teresa  Klostermann
3400 US Dollar

Teresa K Photography: Teresa Klostermann

Sacramento, United States

Hi! I’m Teresa K, an awarding winning professional wedding photographer from Folsom, California. I crave images that are authentic, creative, organic and every bit as unique as you are! I approach my work with a documentary style that’s meant...

3500 US Dollar

Viera Photographics: Dennis Viera

Encinitas in California, United States

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...

Chris  Shum
4500 US Dollar

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale, United States

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...

Scott  MacDonald
3000 US Dollar

Scott MacDonald

San Jose in California, United States

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...

3500 US Dollar

Viera Photographics: Jaime Viera

Encinitas in California, United States

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...

1800 US Dollar

Chris Howard

Roseville in California, United States
4000 US Dollar

Loic Nicolas

San Francisco, United States

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. Though my parents did not appreciate the unauthorized sale of...

Mark  Toung
4100 US Dollar

Memoire Studio: Mark Toung

Santa Clara in California, United States

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...

4800 US Dollar

David Crane

Santa Clarita, United States

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. A...

Jon  Sun
3000 US Dollar

Studio Kibo: Jon Sun

Mountain View in California, United States

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. I want my photos to be more than just...

1600 US Dollar

Siliang Wang

Milpitas, United States
4300 US Dollar

Maya Myers

Los Angeles, United States

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. Based in Los Angeles, Maya balances her days...

Devon  Meyers
1500 US Dollar

Devon Meyers

Malibu, United States

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...

4000 US Dollar

Erin Beach

San Francisco, United States
3500 US Dollar

Heidi Sandoval

San Leandro in California, United States
Deborah  Coleman
4500 US Dollar

Deborah Coleman

Oakland in California, United States

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...

Aaron  Willcox
500/hr US Dollar

Aaron Willcox

Encinitas in California, United States

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...

Lauren  Lindley
3400 US Dollar

Lauren Lindley

South Lake Tahoe, United States
1500 US Dollar

Edeelin Labra

Vallejo in California, United States

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. From their first steps, to their high...

Michael  Bezman
3500 US Dollar

Michael Bezman

Sherman Oaks in California, United States
Steven  Branstetter
2800 US Dollar

Steven Branstetter

Oakland, United States

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...

Jean-Philippe  Dobrin
2900 US Dollar

Jean-Philippe Dobrin

Tiburon, United States

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...

1795 US Dollar

Douglas Zimmerman

San Francisco in California, United States

Douglas Zimmerman understands the huge responsibility of documenting a couple’s wedding. Drawing on his decade and a half experience working as a photojournalist, he specializes his photography in capturing the important moments of the day. Doug...

8500 US Dollar

Erin Chrisman

San Francisco, United States

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...

5300 US Dollar

Rhee Bevere

Campbell, United States

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...

Kristina  Cazares-Neri
2850 US Dollar

ANZA foto+film: Kristina Cazares-Neri

San Diego in California, United States
5000 US Dollar

Joseph Kohn

Daly City, United States
Christine  Zona
3000 US Dollar

Christine Zona

San Francisco, United States

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...

750 US Dollar

The Uncommon Image: Samara Manger-Weil

Los Angeles, United States

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...

Nick  Otto
1350 US Dollar

Nick Otto

San Francisco, United States

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)...

Douglas  Despres
4000 US Dollar

Helios Images: Douglas Despres

Alameda, United States

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. Doug has shot near...

Jonathan  Moore
2800 US Dollar

Jonathan Moore

Los Angeles, United States

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...

Jenna  Schoenefeld
2100 US Dollar

Jenna Eve Photography: Jenna Schoenefeld

Los Angeles, United States

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. Weddings have a beautiful state of...

Ryan  Bethke
1650 US Dollar

Ryan Bethke

Hemet, United States

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...

David  Posey
2000 US Dollar

Lexigraphics Photography: David Posey

Rescue, United States

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. David knows love when he sees it;...

2500 US Dollar

Liz Caruana

San Francisco, United States

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’m fluent in French as I was educated in the French Immersion...

Gina  Clyne
925 US Dollar

Gina Clyne

Los Angeles, United States

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...

3000 US Dollar

Debra Zeller

San Francisco, United States

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. She cultivates such a...

2500 US Dollar

Michael Andrews

Sacramento in California, United States

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. Think of me as a sensitive...

Chris  Werner
3850 US Dollar

Chris Werner

Truckee, United States
Kemmeo  Parr
3200 US Dollar

Photography by Kemmeo: Kemmeo Parr

Oakland in California, United States

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,...

Beck  Diefenbach
2900 US Dollar

Beck Diefenbach

San Francisco, United States

I'm a San Francisco native and a Bay Area lover. My background is originally in newspaper photojournalism. Most recently, I was honored to receive an Award of Excellence in the 68th annual Pictures of the Year International photo contest for...

2000 US Dollar

David Royal

Monterey Bay, United States

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. He holds a masters degree in...

1500 US Dollar

Mike Milne

San Francisco, United States
2800 US Dollar

Courtney Potter

Raleigh in North Carolina, United States

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? My passion is to help you break free...

Client Letters

Abbie and John

Abbie and I believe that Joyce and Randy elevate themselves above other photographers primarily because they take the time to develop friendships with their subjects, and in so doing feed their already formidable instincts. By...

Alexis and Ted

W-O-W! I knew you and Katherine were at the wedding but I didn't realize you captured so many moments when we weren't looking. You guys have an amazing storytelling ability and allows me to experience the emotions and...

Jerilyn & Peter

You have been making us smile for weeks!! Because we've watched your three song slideshow so many times and each time your photos and how you put the show together almost moves us to happy tears! You are an incredible...

Wedding Photojournalism Articles

For the Photographer

WEDDING IMAGES WITH DEPTH

Anyone who’s been to a wedding knows there’s nothing simple about the photographer’s job.

WEDDING IMAGES WITH DEPTH

For the Bride and Groom

HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST

How do you find the ideal person to document your wedding?

HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST

For the Photographer

FLEETING WEDDING DETAILS

With the snap of a shutter, a camera lens captures a single moment in time; one that can never occur again in the exact same way.

FLEETING WEDDING DETAILS