I don’t consider myself a wedding photographer.
I’m simply a family historian who documents weddings.
Starting out as a newspaper photographer, I discovered a passion for documentary photography early in my career and never looked back.
After almost ten years in the wedding business, I found himself questioning a lot of conventional ideas about weddings. That’s when I asked myself – why am I doing this?
I believe those why questions help me create more meaningful photographs that transcend the wedding showing who people are and the relationships that define them.
I was voted one of the “Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World” by American Photo in 2013, and have won both WPJA and Fearless Photographer awards but my best “accolades” are actually my wife and two boys, who have my heart and remind me why I’m dedicated to documenting family history. That’s why I say, “At my funeral, if all anybody says is I was a good photographer, then I’ve failed miserably at life.”
I provide photography at weddings for those not wanting wedding photography.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Tyler. The following awards have been earned by Tyler from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
This photo made me laugh, sorry, it did. I feel for her, and maybe that is what makes this photo work. There is just an emotional connection to this photo. But what supports the strength of the image is the touch of the groom and his expression. This photographer has a sense of humor and shared it in this photo.
That must have been one helluva reception. As the bride bows before the “throne,” her groom leans back with an assuring touch, and a self-assuming expression. It's a real- life moment, a humorous photo whether intended to be or not, and worthy to be captured regardless of how the bride may feel when she sees it later.
The composition in this image is unique and quite dynamic, slightly mysterious. This is the time when tilting the frame works well, to include information and not just for the sake of tilting.
You can't escape the amazing light in this pensive photo. But the use of light here is more than the obvious. Two elements stand out significantly: 1) The shadowed stairs and dark ceiling beyond that keenly separate the relative brightness seen at upper left (through the window) and lower middle (the unseen doorway). Thus the bride descends through the shadows back into light - a symbolic movement from one chapter to another. 2) And, the subtle reflections of family and friends who gather for her triumphant entrance. It’s a lovely image and excellent use of location and light.
I like photographers who take chances and the lighting on this really works.