I am a photojournalist and Pulitzer finalist whose personal work has been featured in The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Washington DC. I approach weddings with a quiet presence and an eye for authenticity. In practice, this entails moving with a calm demeanor and a desire to remain unnoticed, finding small moments of intimacy in the midst of public celebrations.
While environment and ritual play an important part in my wedding coverage, I also focus on the personal connections and latent emotions brought to the surface by such pivotal moments in life. I feel my task is to anticipate and document moments as they naturally occur, without direction or interference. My ultimate goal is a highly personal book that is both beautiful and meaningful, authentic to the moment and revealing of those depicted.
I'm a recent transplant to Denver from Washington DC and I continue to cover weddings nationwide.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Carl. The following awards have been earned by Carl from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
The following letters are from the clients of Carl Bower. Click an image to view a larger version.
Alysa & Joseph
Married 9 years ago
I realized -- aghast -- that we had not yet emailed you to tell you how amazing, beautiful, intense, and wonderful your photos were of our wedding. We LOVE them. They just truly captured the feel of the whole evening, and were everything and more that we hoped they would be. Thank you. We know you worked hard that night, and we really appreciate all that went into the photos. Again, thank you so much.
Cynthia & Chris
Married 9 years ago
We love them all! You've made it really difficult for us to choose. We must thank you once again for such a wonderful job. We are more than happy...words just can not describe. Without knowing our guests you captured their personalities as if you had known them their whole lives. You are a gifted artist and have a true eye for photography. We couldn't be happier. We will certainly recommend you to our friends. We'll be in touch upon our return. Take care and thank you once again.
Kathy & John
Married 7 years ago
What a happy surprise! We didn't expect to see these for several days yet. They look awesome! John and I will review them together and get back to you. Thanks so much for photographing our wedding. It was so wonderful not only have you do it from a professional standpoint but it was great to have you there. You get us. We'll talk to you soon and thanks for the fast turn around!
Julie & Benjamin
Married 10 years ago
The pictures are fantastic, I was totally mesmerized looking at them. Thank you so much for putting them online so quickly! They are really phenomenal, I am so happy. Ben and I will look through them together and start to think about what we want in the book, and will let you know when we have that sorted out. Thank you again, these are truly great pictures and do a perfect job of capturing the essence of the wedding. Thank you!
Vanessa and Dan
Married 5 years ago
We are not sure what exactly to thank you for -- for your eye, your warmth, your spirit, your style. You were so refreshing. You have a way of making everyone feel comfortable - real. We are so grateful for your air, your way of being. We both felt so at ease with you and anxiously await our images, confident we will love them as much as we loved you!,
Stephanie & Dave
Married 7 years ago
I received the photo today - looks fantastic! Also, I keep meaning to tell you that we are 100,000% in love with the books we received from you. The leather, embossing, layout, (and of course) your photos are just so beautiful. Thank you for all the time you spent on them - they are really incredible.
Isabella & Peter
Married 7 years ago
It's not very often your photographer makes you cry... I love (should say we love) love, love your photos. They definitely reflect our story. In as much as we love each other, we love and enjoy our families and our friends and the pictures reflect that. I can't wait to see the prints and pick my favorites for the album...that'll be hard as I love so many! I was just on the phone with my brother who is now in the Philippines and I talked him through the entire wedding gallery...he was blown away by the photos. He said it was like he was at the wedding again. The photos are amazing!!!
Ericka & Brandon
Married 6 years ago
The pictures are amazing! We can't even figure out HOW you got some of the pictures you got! We didn't even SEE you taking these pictures of us just inches away from us! OUTSTANDING! We're going to keep looking at them in awe for a while and respond back once we've regained our senses.
Heather & Tom
Married 6 years ago
Tom and I enjoyed going through all of your pictures yesterday and the day before. They are lovely and capture the fun-loving spirit of our wedding day. Your compositions are great. Thanks for focusing on our families, too -- Tom's mother and my parents, in particular. Thank you for running around like crazy all day and catching so many great expressions and moments. It was great because we knew you were there all day with us, but I felt like we barely saw you. Tom and I just got back from a Korean wedding on Saturday where the photographer and videographer were always in everyone's face, using flash and constructing poses. They even had all of us bridesmaids do that silly shot where you jump up and down. Quite the opposite from your style! Anyhow, we really appreciated your great work and easy-going manner.
Chesney & Greg
Married 4 years ago
Carl This may be the biggest compliment you've ever received: I just paid Holland America $50 so I could use their satellite internet for three hours and look at all the photos. They did not disappoint. Every shot you took was a cut above. Not only are you a master technically, you're an artist. You understand how objects and shapes come together to create a powerful image and tell a story. You've also obviously carefully studied how people interact. The photos are so well-timed.. it's almost as if you knew what I was going to do before I did it. That takes quite a trigger finger. You not only took photos of everyone who's important to me.. You captured who those people are. My panic. Greg's graciousness. My mother's goofiness. My wedding is the first time I've ever seen my father cry… I know it was just another Saturday at work for you, but that album is the best wedding present I received. I'm so grateful I found you. On top of the compliments regarding your work, I just wanted to say that both Greg and I really enjoyed your company. You have a good spirit about you.
Wedding Photography Packages
My standard package includes:
• site visit prior to the wedding day with guidance on photographic hazards
• up to eight hours of coverage
• 4x6 prints without logos or other such nonsense
• website to view the pictures or order custom prints
• 1,000px JPEGs
I usually begin photographing an hour and a half before the ceremony (two hours if the preparation is in a different location) and work through the end of the reception.
I work very unobtrusively with the intent of conveying a sense of those present. Nothing on the website was guided, arranged, or staged in any way. The documentary work is usually done in black and white. On around half of my weddings, people request some group pictures, which are usually taken in color.
My primary concern is to tell YOUR story; experience can serve as a guide to what to expect, but I pick up my cameras without preconceived notions of the day or the subtleties of the relationships before me. My approach is specific to the individuals involved, and I try to approach each wedding with a fresh eye, open to moments both telling and unexpected.