Wedding Photographers of California - Northern, United States
Northern California Cities: Santa Clara, Oakland, Shasta Lake, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Alameda, Vallejo, Sunnyvale
California - Northern Elopement Photographers
In recent days, some of our North America photographers have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.
Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.
The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style elopement photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings can’t wait. Find yours today!
Elopement Photographers for Small United States Weddings
Shooting an elopement or small California - Northern wedding event is a wedding photojournalist’s dream: a fairly open schedule with lots of breathing space for creativity – it’s just the photographer, the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a few select companions.
Members are ready to document any pop-up, themed, fast, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.
We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your unique, religious, romantic, small wedding from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other event that we have covered. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, telling your real love story, as well as creating artistic portraits and details.
Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving California - Northern Couples
54 Documentary Wedding Photographers...
I use a documentary approach with a fine art style to my wedding photography capturing real & raw emotional moments. I don’t see photographs as just a job. I have the desire to create beautiful images that tell love stories through photos, I can help you tell your own special love story in a way you’ll remember and cherish forever. [San Jose Wedding Photographer]
I am a Texas Longhorn at heart and a transplant to the South Lake Tahoe area, which I have called home since 2006. Today, I am a destination wedding photographer available for event, portrait, elopement and wedding photography in the Reno Tahoe Area and beyond. I love traveling and one of my former clients tells people that I’m a shutterbug: if I get to travel and take pictures, then even better. Let’s do this! I have a Bachelor of the Sciences in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin but discovered late in that I’m pretty damn talented at combining my education with my love of people into this job. I am a contributing photographer to the Tahoe Mountain News as well as a contributing blogger and photographer for Tahoe South. I am frequently found snapping photos of locals at South Lake Tahoe events. [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]
Years ago, Papa presented me with one of his spare cameras to play with. Eventually, I learned that photography was much more than simply pointing and clicking. Starting out with a Pentax Honeywell film camera, I learned what proper exposure and composition were through many many discarded photos. Even as I inevitably created garbage, Papa would always encourage me by picking up my photos at the store or buying me more film and better equipment. All those years I didn't want to just throw myself out there as a "photographer" until I was sure I knew what I was doing. Photographing family and friends' events, working as a nightclub photographer, and getting the right gear has all been necessities along the way. A wonderful support system pushed me to better myself in it. San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer with a focus on moments, with a kick of humor and creativity! I hope to give you images that are unique and don't look like anyone else's, and to capture beautiful moments that don't look too posed :D [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
My name is Thanh and I am the owner of Ineffable Studios. I first fell in love with Hollywood movies and the art of films before transitioning to photography. I believe that's how I develop my style and my approach to wedding photography because I love to tell stories. Since my couples are the story, I want to be able to tell it as genuinely as possible. I want to say that my style is photojournalistic with a touch of ineffable. I don't want to just capture the moment, I want to capture it from a unique perspective. I challenge myself to see and shoot each wedding differently because each wedding is uniquely it's own. The venues and locations can be the same, but each couple is not. I really enjoy being able to document the story of my couples and capture all the emotions throughout the day/s by being in the background. My team tries to work like ninjas so that you can fully enjoy your day. I feel like that's how we able to get everybody to be comfortable enough to show their real emotions because they don't feel our presence. [San Jose Wedding Photographer]
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. He believes it is one of the most beautiful and joyful event in life, and he understands how every moment, from engagement to the end of the wedding day, means to the couples and their families. Through his artistic eyes and un-obstructive approach, Chris documents these precious moments into elegant, story-telling photographic images that the couples can cherish. Chris is a destination wedding photographer based in San Francisco, California. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
I fell into my passion for photography at a younger age and used it as a means to document the world around me. Having been fortunate enough to be trained by photographers such as American Photojournalist Ed Kashi, I continually push my storytelling and photojournalistic eye each year. Fascinated by human expression and interaction, I began photographing weddings and elopements and haven't looked back since. My goal is to create a relaxed atmosphere for my clients so that they can feel comfortable, be in the moment and enjoy themselves on their wedding day. I don't want to just take photos for my clients, but instead, I want their photos to speak for themselves. I am a California based documentary wedding photographer who also travels anywhere. [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]
We are Matt and Tara Theilen–just two people in love with life and passionate about what we do. We met in 1998 when Matt was living in his VW van, spending winters rock climbing in Joshua Tree while Tara was finishing up graduate school in Tucson. Over the next 9 years we were friends living our lives in different places. We would see each other and hang out from time to time, mostly high up on a rock face or on some long, mosquito-ridden approach in the Sierras. We were both rock climbers and sought out the solitude and adventure of the mountains. We soon fell in love with each other and naturally, we united forces photographing weddings and building this amazing business together. [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]
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; stylish and sophisticated. She has a sophisticated style that transcends trends. Associated with The Saret Gallery, formerly The Photographers Gallery of Palo Alto, she contributed to the education of the public in the aesthetic and technical aspects of photography for many years. Joyce's work experience includes directing design for visual communication media in the consumer, business and education markets for Apple Computer, Adobe Systems , Amazon and Electronic Arts. She is a well-known professional resource to the creative community for high-quality design and photography. Joyce studied fine art history and advertising at Syracuse University in New York, London, England and Florence, Italy. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
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. This experience taught me the delicate balance between capturing images and responding to ever-changing situations. After graduating college, I worked as a staff photographer at The Contra Costa Times (California), Fort Worth Star Telegram (Texas) and The Palm Beach Post (Florida). Being a newspaper photographer in different parts of the country taught me the importance of preparation, flexibility and having a sense of humor. No matter where I lived, I learned to be open-minded. My experience as a wedding photojournalist began when a fellow Palm Beach Post photographer asked me to shoot a wedding with him. I was immediately hooked. Since that time, I still get excited when I capture the story of two people on their wedding day. I am drawn to the wide range of emotions, the gathering of friends and family, the celebration with its quiet moments and the anticipation of starting a new life. When I returned home to San Francisco in 2004, I began working at Pixar Animation Studios and helped create my job as their in-house photographer. I am responsible for documenting life at the studio and creating photos for marketing and PR campaigns. I photograph weddings because it is an extension of my love of visual storytelling. Wedding photography allows me to explore new places, meet interesting people and create art from intimate moments. If you are having a wedding, I would love to be there for you. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
Hey! I am Kevin Sawyer. I am an international award winning destination wedding photographer and am based in the Lake Tahoe area. I strive at making a photojournalism type approach to your wedding day and at the same time making those "moments" into art. I live with my very beautiful wife and our two amazing pups! [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]
Although born in the United States, I spent the first 7 years of my life in the Sultanate of Oman. California was “abroad” and my accent at that age was so thick that I could have passed as British. After moving to California, my older brother and I continued to spend our summers on the Arabian Peninsula. During those formative years, we sought after our own adventures. We built skateboard ramps out of plywood and 2×4’s. We raced one another to the top of sand dunes. I should also mention that we lit things on fire. We engineered and tested homemade rockets and flamethrowers on a regular basis. Beginning in 1994, I studied black and white film. In the darkroom, we developed and printed every photo by hand. At some point between photographing goats in the Himalaya and taking pictures of guanacos in Argentina, I moved from film to digital. I began photographing weddings in 2009. Weddings challenge me to creatively document an incredible range of personalities, places and emotions. No couple’s relationship is the same. No two celebrations are alike. This is surely the best job in the world. I would love to photograph the excitement, joy, and love of your wedding day! [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]
Drew is a visual storyteller, based in San Francisco, California and he is available travel - everywhere on Earth. Whether you are getting married on a beach in Nicaragua, on a rooftop in New York City, in a forest in Marin County, or at the amazing San Francisco City Hall, your wedding is unique and has a story to tell. Drew approaches weddings as a photojournalist, creating a visual story about you, your loved ones and the experience. In addition to candid images, your photo story will also include creative portraits and artistic photos of all the details, big and small. Drew regularly photographs for clients all over the world - including for weddings, corporations + brands, magazines, news agencies, marketing agencies, and people in search of powerful and provocative imagery. Drew proudly supports equal marriage rights. When not traveling for a photo assignment, Drew lives in Oakland, California with his sweet-lady Zoom and a little lemon tree in their backyard. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
Nick is a photojournalist with 13 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). He has also worked for the Associated Press and Bloomberg News and is currently represented by Zuma Press Nick Currently lives in San Francisco but is available for weddings worldwide. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
Doug is an award-winning photographer based out of San Francisco Bay and offering coverage for tiny weddings and elopements during COVID. His style is documentary with drops of lifestyle. He is known for his peaceful and positive demeanor, and ability to easily connect with family and guests. Doug has shot near 600 wedding events since 2002 from San Francisco to Seoul and Big Sur to Bangkok. Seen as an extension of the family, he gets in close and comfortable, being quickly accepted and forgotten, while framing the perfect shot at the height of the moment. Departing a bit from his days as a photojournalist, Doug prefers to photograph from 'inside the circle' instead of out... often ending up as a longtime family photographer and friend. Published in leading blogs such as NPR, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Snippet, Ink, and Le Magnifique, his images are treasured by the professional community. Doug is listed as one of the top 30 photographers in the world by the Wedding Photojournalist Association and is a preferred talent on premiere venue and coordinator lists along the California coast. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
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. Sarah graduated from Brown University and studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography. Aside from shooting weddings, she loves to travel and salsa dance. Sarah currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and has photographed weddings across the country. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
Hey there! I'm Tanarak I'm an award-winning wedding photographer serving Hong Kong, San Francisco, Bay area, & beyond... with twelve years full-time experience. Why weddings? Anticipation, excitement, joy, awe, pride—there are so many emotions on a wedding day. But no two love stories are ever the same. From family and friends to you and your partner, the energy of every person present creates its own unique magic. Regardless of culture, tradition or background, love is universal, and I believe it should be celebrated in all its forms. There’s no greater privilege than capturing a love story. Tanarak Awards WPJA - The Wedding Photojournalist Association 8th Place: 2014 Q4 - "Kids (being kids)" 3rd Place: 2012 Q4 "Toasting/Speeches" 8th Place: 2012 Q4 "Ring Details" 18th Place: 2012 Q2 - "Toasting/Speeches" 7th Place: 2012 Q1 – "Ceremony" 2nd Place: 2011 Q2 – "Portrait of the Bridal Party" 12th Place: 2009 Q4 – "Emotion" 19th Place: 2009 Q4 – "Reflection" AG|WPJA - The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association 18th Place: 2016 Q2 - "Wildcard Portrait" 4th Place: 2014 Q4 - "Getting Ready" 9th Place: 2013 Q4 - "Details (Found)" 5th Place: 2012 Q4 - "Ring Details" 11th Place: 2012 Q4 - "Ring Details" 12th Place: 2012 Q4 - "Reception" 10th Place: 2012 Q2 - "Flower Details" [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
My love for photography had long since began. For me, photography was simply a hobby that transformed into a passion. For several years, I would take a lot of pictures of my relatives and friends. It was more then just a snap of the shutter; it was capturing memories that could be cherished and passed down forever. I am more of an observer than a talker, I believe the most important element to be captured in a photograph is emotion. The more emotional the shot is, the more it appeals to our senses, and the greater the connection we feel to it. If a picture conveys emotion – whether it’s happiness, surprise, sorrow, disgust – then it stands out! I find a moment and then tell a story. For me, photography is all about capturing authenticity, movement, spontaneity, and mood.. we can help you feel and preserve your emotions more vividly. As a photographer, I can make a unique impact on how your wedding is remembered, not just in pictures, but in emotions. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
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 photographs that will timelessly capture the moment while keeping the bride and groom calm and relaxed. My style is photojournalistic- documenting stories as they unfold, focusing on emotion, expression and even the smallest details. Light inspires me. I find angles and light in the most usual ways and shoot in an unobtrusive manner. In addition to photographing weddings, I am a fine art equine photographer. Through patience and observation, I communicate with horses through the art of photography. Whether on a ranch or in a wildlife preservation, I seek to document the beauty and emotion of horses in their natural environment. There is a deep connection between humans and horses and my challenge is to explore it, seeking to understand the complexities of this centuries-old relationship. Along with my husband Travis and our French bulldog named Chicken, I reside in Moss Beach, California. The San Francisco bay area is one of the most diverse environments on earth. From the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley to the foggy hills of San Francisco, we’re surrounded with natural beauty and the inspiring whims of Mother Nature. I love my home, my husband and my life. There’s no greater gift than love. Published work credit includes multiple covers of Today’s Bride magazine and real weddings featured in The Knot, Grace Ormonde, Modern Bride, the San Francisco Chronicle, California Wedding Day, Horse & Style Weddings, Ceremony, 7x7 Weddings, California Home+Design, and SouthAsian Bride Magazine. Online feature credits include Style Me Pretty, Huffington Post Weddings, Carats & Cake and Maharani Weddings. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
Douglas style is relaxed and casual and his typical clientele is couples who want a photographer to unobtrusively capture all the special moments of their wedding day or elopement ceremony. For over 15 years Doug has photographed weddings and worked as a professional photographer. He has been a photographer/photo editor for SFGate.com, a staff photographer for the San Francisco Business Times and Los Angeles Times Community Newspapers. His freelance photography work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times Digital, the San Francisco Chronicle, ESPN The magazine, Reuters, and Men's Health magazine. His interest in photography began as a high school student when he started shooting for the school newspaper. Doug found that photojournalism was the best way for him to explore the world around him, meeting new people and exploring different cultures and traditions. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
I've always been a creative and adventurous person, and have wanted to pursue the arts ever since I can remember. I majored in fine art at the University of California, Santa Cruz, but it wasn't until I met my now-husband, Sean, and he introduced me to the DSLR, that I really found my calling. We enjoyed photographing our adventures together - travels to Europe, biking, camping, and exploring. Photography was a favorite hobby until a friend got married and asked me to photograph her wedding. I instantly fell in love with the unique intersection of creativity and meaning that is wedding photography, and have been shooting weddings ever since. I am passionate about immortalizing the precious minutes of life in a way that is both beautiful and true. Sean and I live and work (and play!) in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. [San Jose Wedding Photographer]
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 style through a relaxed, low-pressure approach and through her charming ability to engage and create an unobtrusive rapport with her clients. [San Francisco Wedding Photographer]
Equipped with a background in graphics design, the attention to composition is key to my images. I have a very simple philosophy and style: I shoot life, as it happens. I thrive on shooting split-second moments that mark life-altering experiences: an extended gaze, a touch of the hand, a tearful smile. I capture the details that few people notice, the moments everyone wants to remember, and ultimately the feelings that can be relived, over and over, for years and decades to come. [San Jose Wedding Photographer]
Calm and unobtrusive, yet determined to get the shot. Initially, I was somewhat intimidated at the prospect of shooting weddings professionally, as a business. Fortunately, that changed after my first summer as a wedding photographer in South Lake Tahoe, California and I never looked back. The feedback I received during weddings and upon delivery of the final product motivated me to continue my pursuit of wedding photography. Today, I am an experienced wedding photographer, having shot weddings in downtown Sacramento, the California foothills, Quincy, Truckee, Reno, and almost every venue in Lake Tahoe. I am deeply passionate about photography and capturing the most meaningful moments of your wedding. I specialize in a photojournalistic approach, documenting your day as it unfolds. As a seasoned photographer with a wide range of freelance experience, I know how to anticipate the unique, natural moments of a dynamic event. I spot the key moments, big and small, that you will want stunningly, permanently recorded. Creativity, attention to detail, and dedication define the services provided. Whenever possible, I utilize both my artistic skill for shooting the natural environment and my experience as a wedding and event photographer to produce timeless, compelling imagery that truly captures the moment and the place you have chosen to get married. Formal or casual, you have a vision for your wedding and I would like to be there to tell your story with my camera ... [Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer]
I was born in Ukraine. From childhood, unlike most children my age, I had an overwhelming appreciation for art, but growing up in an impoverished town, being a photographer was only a distant dream. In 2007, I bought my first camera and 5 years later I embarked on my journey through Europe journalistically capturing magical weddings and events. And if there is one thing I learned, is that you can find beauty anywhere you look. My approach to photography is capturing the beauty, emotion, passion, and excitement that every event has to offer. In 2016 my husband and I began our next journey, and that story begins here, in California. Over a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, let's meet and chat about how I can tell Your Story. [Sacramento Wedding Photographer]
I’m a moment junkie. I studied Journalism in college and I once was a journalist based in Seoul, including for The Associated Press. I strongly believe that the absolute best way to re-live the most special day is by looking at your photos of real moments and emotions. Both my academic and professional backgrounds have influenced my documentary and photojournalistic wedding and elopement photos. And these timeless and priceless photos define who we are and nothing makes me more thrilled than documenting our lives as they are. Life is a series of moments, and those moments are fleeing away from us instantly; that is why photography is incredibly powerful and important to our lives, and I feel extremely honored to be part of every moment. I do what I do, coming from my heart, passion, and love. I love listening to all kinds of music nonstop. I love eating/cooking food - especially noodle soups. I lived in Panama for about 6 years when I was a kid. But my Spanish is really embarrassing. I visited the most secluded country North Korea twice when I was a reporter. I love wandering around and reading books about why we are the way we are. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]
Being a wedding photographer allows me to combine my passions for art, creativity, photography, adventure, love, and people. As one half of a husband and wife photography team, I have the honor of witnessing as couples commit to their relationships alongside my own husband. We specialize in capturing people in nature and in documenting the stories of adventurous couples. [Denver Wedding Photographer]
I'm a documentary wedding photographer located in the Seattle area of Washington. I live on the rocky beaches of Bremerton Washington and love riding the ferry to Seattle as often as possible. I started my professional photography career shooting for The Daily Evergreen and Columbian Newspapers before shifting my focus to wedding photography. I have been photographing weddings since 2011 now and see no end in sight. In 2016 (my then girlfriend) started shooting wedding alongside me and in 2018 we got married Cannon Beach and Leavenworth Washington. Allie Leaf and I regularly shoot weddings together. When not shooting weddings, I photograph concerts like Taylor Swift, Metallica, Nada Surf, The Black Keys, and Twenty One Pilots for the music publication I started in college called Seattle Music News. [Seattle Wedding Photographer]
Being more confident standing behind the camera and creating the stories than writing, I could only help you to understand more about my philosophy about photography. I always believe photographs were a way to "freeze" cherished moments and memories. I think that they cannot be reproduced, and without a camera, they would be gone forever. So, every day, I pursue the love of photography and have learned new ways to see the world through lenses. Presently, I decided to build a milestone in my journey by offering service as a wedding documentary photographer to clients! I look forward to showing them my unique perspective in capturing their precious moments and memories as a way to preserve them for years to come. My journey continues, and I hope you will join me! [Orange County Wedding Photographer]
Shaun grew up studying film and television with the dream of becoming a director. He graduated college with six production certificates and his bachelor’s degree in communications. Shortly after his college graduation, Shaun put the video camera down and picked up a DSLR. He was constantly looking for something to photograph. Something with meaning, a purpose. He shot his first wedding in 2009 and never picked up a video camera again. Shaun lived in NYC for 7 years with his wife Keri and their two dogs. They now reside in San Diego, CA. Shaun is very humble about how he makes his living and is honored everytime he is chosen to photograph a wedding. [San Diego Wedding Photographer]
Kristina knew she wanted to be a photographer since before she knew how a camera works. She ruined countless rolls of film as a child because she wanted to take photos but had no idea how to operate a camera. Luckily for you, her passion for photography continued on into her professional career. Her idea of a perfect day is being in a beach house in Baja with friends and family eating Mexican food and sipping on margaritas. She loves being a wife to Eric and mother to their little boy and girl, [San Diego Wedding Photographer]
Will is the co-founders of SW Photo Studio. He is a passionate photographer who has grown up and resided in many different places such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Japan, and China. The rich experiences of traveling and crossing between those different cultures have made him a fully open-minded person. Will has not only appreciated those lessons life had taught him but also tried to get inspired and fulfill them into his photography works. [Taipei Wedding Photographer]
Stephanie received her Master's degree in photojournalism from top-ranked, Ohio University. She was invited to attend the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, a national forum for top photojournalists. She has also received awards in one of photojournalism's oldest, largest and most highly respected contest, the Annual Pictures of the Year competition of the National Press Photographers Association, among other organizations. [Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer]
I am a Oaxaca destination wedding photographer. My first Oaxaca destination wedding came in 2008, when a Brooklyn bride, with her fiancé, from the Isthmus, came across my photographs of Spain, Morocco, California, and Oaxaca, at an art sale on Alcalá in Oaxaca. She said she loved my style and wanted me to shoot her wedding. Since I had never shot a wedding before, her coordinator, Marcela González, with whom I have collaborated on so many of the most beautiful weddings in Oaxaca since 2008, recommended I be the second shooter to the photographer they had already booked. It was a part-Jewish, part-Istmeña wedding at Casa de Los Pintores and the day was full of so much life and fun and amazing moments that I was hooked. I began investing in my education as a photographer, and in my professional equipment. Soon enough I started giving workshops in English and Spanish and served as a liaison and interpreter for iconic film photographer Mary Ellen Mark's Oaxaca photography workshops. I have exhibited in places like Casa de la Ciudad, with financial support from the Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation, and published in magazines and newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and El País, among many others. I have met the needs of discerning clientele like Casa Oaxaca, Oaxaca Film Fest, and brides from around Mexico and the US looking for something different for their destination wedding photography. So many years later, each new wedding still gives me the same thrill as the first. This is because I push myself to meet the artistic and storytelling challenges each new wedding puts before me. It would be an honor to be your photographer, and tell the story of your day in a way you will love to revisit the rest of your lives. [Oaxaca Wedding Photographer]
I found my way into being a photojournalist in the Navy, but I never had any interest in photography. Everything changed for me when a tearful mom unfolded an old newspaper and said she wanted to get a better copy. The reason for the request? Her 10-year-old son had recently passed away after a long battle with leukemia and the image on the front page of the paper was him, bald from rounds of chemo, with a bird on his head and smile that would melt your heart. That was the last picture taken of him smiling … looking carefree like any other young boy. They wanted the new copy to frame and place in his little brother’s bedroom so he’d always remember his big brother being happy and smiling down on him. What changed my life from this experience was that was my image. An image from my very first newspaper assignment. I remember taking it and felt the whole assignment was taking away from my dream of being a DJ. Two things passed through my mind when this happened: I found my life’s calling The power of photography and that tangible element is real and is meaningful. It’s the visual documentation that provides proof we were here. We experience life, love, receive love, accomplish great feats, endure, and are a part of history within our family and communities. After that experience, I immersed myself in photojournalism. I studied, job shadowed, worked my butt off telling the stories of people who I was lucky enough to get an inside look of their lives. I’ve focused the photojournalism experience from all the assignments I’ve covered into telling stories of the people who won’t have their images highlighted inside a newspaper or magazine. This is why I do what I do. It’s also why my home has images hanging from every wall to highlight who my daughters were growing up, and who they are now. I want to always remember the 20th anniversary trip with my wife, and see myself and my girls acting goofy together. These moments are fleeting and the memories quickly fade without the images to remind us. Through portraits and weddings, I’ve devoted a big part of my life to telling stories with my images. And I take that responsibility very seriously. Because I want you to have that tangible element that will tell your story to your children, and grandchildren, and their children. I want a family member to walk down a hallway decades from now and point to a picture and ask about that moment captured in time. [Coeur d'Alene Wedding Photographer]
Since 1999, I have been a professional photographer serving in Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA and international destinations. While weddings are my first love, I also apply my style to portraits, promotional images, live music, commercial and editorial work for a number of clients and publications. I regularly travel for weddings, and have been commissioned to photograph weddings all over the world. Over the past 18 years, I have photographed over 600 weddings, from as few as 6 guests in Seattle to 600 in Seoul. My work has been featured in ad campaigns for Amazon.com and Sony Ericsson mobile phones, album cover art for musicians: Pete Droge, Downpilot, Fauna, February, Kim Field and The Mighty Titans of Tone, Rachel Harrington, Sugartown, Brother Sun Sister Moon, Visqueen, Truckstop Souvenir, Declining Winter, Memory Drawings, and Broadcast Oblivion. My images and quotes have been printed in local and national magazines, including Minnesota Monthly, Rolling Stone (Germany), Fuji Love Magazine, Fuji X Passion Magazine, Olympus Passion Magazine, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times, Seattle Sound, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Photo District News (PDN), MSNBC.com, ROCKRGRL, The Big Takeover, Three Imaginary Girls, Washington Free Press, Local Planet, Seattle Police Annual Report, Seattle Police Foundation Calendar, Lutheran Brotherhood "Leader" Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Seattle Bride, Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom, The Knot, Conde Nast's Brides Magazine, Wedding Pages Magazine, Wedding Expo, Herban Feast's wedding brochure and Banquet & Event's promotional literature and billboards. My images have been used in websites for the Arc School of Ballet in Seattle, Seattle Police Foundation, Daniel Boen Law Office, Bel Canto audiophile stereo equipment and Jai Healing chiropractic office. I have been interviewed in Martha Stewart Weddings, Seattle Bride, Minnesota Bride, Junebug Weddings, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, InMyBag.net, ShutterStock, Photography Live and Uncut with Paul Griffiths, X100C, Photo Business XPosed, Fuji MIrrorlessPro, Fuji X Passion Magazine, Olympus Passion Magazine and MirrorLessons. Every Wednesday I do a podcast called Outerfocus with UK photographer Ian Weldon about the history of photography. Each week we discuss a photographer in history while interviewing a current photographer about his/her work. You can find Outerfocus podcast on iTunes. [St. Paul Wedding Photographer]
Ron Storer is an Award Winning Photojournalist with the WPJA and the AG|WPJA. Ron is based out of the Northwest area and is available for local as well as destination weddings. Ron Storer has been married to his wonderful friend, Neesie, for nearly the past 29 years and they have two amazing boys; Grant and Torey. 15 years ago, Ron Storer worked on a freelance basis with non-profit Organizations doing relief work around the globe. Now on occasion Ron still assists NPO's when possible and as his schedule allows. What motivates Ron is the passion of the moment. Ron believes that every wedding has incredible priceless moments and he works hard to capture and preserve them for each couple. His typical clientele is someone who wants their wedding memories captured in a unique and special way. His clientele also tend to be artistic and relational as many of his clients have become dear friends. Besides receiving awards here at the WPJA, Ron Storer has also received numerous awards at the AG|WPJA and was listed in 2016 as the Top American in the AG|WPJA. Prior to his photography career, Ron Storer raced on the US Cycling Team earning a Gold Medal in the Pan-Am Games and a Silver Medal in the Olympic Trials. [Seattle Wedding Photographer]
My name is Gingi Freeman. I am a photographer, artist, storyteller and mother of two adorable toddlers in Visalia, California. I often shoot alongside my husband Jonathan, where we love to capture real moments and raw emotions. My non-intrusive approach to weddings allows couples to relax and be present in their moments of happiness rather than focusing on posing. That’s what I want to deliver with each assignment, a meaningful and beautiful storyboard. I am a crazy cat person, adventure seeker, Christ follower and overall geek! Some of my hobbies include traveling, gardening, dropping random Mel Brooks movie quotes, going to comic book conventions and making frequent trips to Disneyland. I are located in Visalia, California but travel to many cities and states for wedding photography, my primary passion! [Visalia Wedding Photographer]
I am a Chicago-based photographer living in the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago with my husband, and closest friend, Shawn. When I was thirteen I picked up my mother's camera and started documenting our lives. The one hour photo lab down the street turned into hours and hours in the b&w darkroom in undergrad, then the color darkroom, then a Masters in photography. Today I still find myself in the darkroom every day with my students at New Trier High School. Photography is more than what I do, it is who I am. I teach so that I may pass that passion onto future generations. I am at home and at ease when I am working with and photographing people; it has always made complete sense to me. I take pride in making my clients feel comfortable during our shoots, even the most camera shy. I have an admiration for beauty, peculiarity, and the everyday stuff of life. I let my intuition lead me and I do not force situations to occur. I allow moments to unfold and adjust myself to the situation. I am humbled and honored to photograph the memories and milestones in people's lives. I know that I will always do my best to document people as they are, so they will look back on the moments and still feel all the love and warmth that went into creating those memories. , [Chicago Wedding Photographer]
With more than 17 years behind the camera, Robert approaches each and every wedding he photographs with a distinctive, fine art, photo-journalistic style. Fun, Relaxed, Discreet, and Professional are how client's describe their experience working with award-winning and published photographer Robert Walker. Happily married for over 20 years, Robert and his wife share their home in Dallas with their son, and their ever-playful Golden Retriever. [Dallas-Fort Worth Wedding Photographer]
The moving moment of the wedding is a fleeting moment that cannot be repeated. It is only once in a lifetime. We try our best to keep all the memories of the day for each couple. Maybe it is the shy expression of the bride, the look of the groom, the parents’ reluctance. Tears, happy smiles, these pictures are the most beautiful memories. I like to record happy times and write a picture that the newcomers have not noticed on the day so that you can be deeply touched when you relive the photos for many years. Wedding photography is not just a record, but the camera leaves the temperature of the day, presenting the story of your day. I hope that I will have the opportunity to be a friend who records your story, record the moment of change, and capture the picture of your life once. I am married, Jimmy Lee. [Taipei Wedding Photographer]
I fell into wedding photography by accident. I was in school for photojournalism, dreaming of working for a newspaper when a friend asked me to photograph her wedding. From that moment on I was hooked, and I haven’t looked back. I loved that wedding photography merged my photojournalistic eye with my artistic passion. I am not only passionate about photography, but also about my home. I love exploring Portland, Oregon, hiking in the gorge, or going on adventures with couples throughout the Pacific Northwest. There is so much to do and see. The possibilities are endless. We can be inspired together. [Portland-OR Wedding Photographer]
My work as a photographer began back in 2008 as a sports photography intern at Getty Images. As a freelancer, I covered baseball, football, basketball, rowing, tennis, and motorsport. My experience at Getty sharpened my eye for composition, light, and timing. The technical challenges were amazing, but as time passed, the nature of the work became impersonal and systematic. Another touchdown, another home run, another victory lane… I was just one of a gang of photographers trying to capture the same moment. I felt like my life’s work was becoming a commodity. I growingly became frustrated and disillusioned with my professional journey. Something had to change. Then it hit me. How can I be truly passionate about my work when I don’t have any personal connection whatsoever with the people that I'm covering? As a sports photographer, I was always at arm's length from my subjects – leaving me without the ability to truly relate to what they were feeling. At that moment I knew I wanted to work one-on-one with my subjects. There is something so gratifying about capturing two people madly in love, handing them the images and then hearing how their experience brought them even closer in their relationship. This is the joy that wedding photography brings me and it is why I have chosen to dedicate my life to this work. It would be an honor to hear from you! [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]
I would describe my style of wedding photography as photojournalistic. While capturing formal portraits are important, I also believe that catching the ambiance of your day and the life-force of your invited guests is of equal priority. With a gentle eye, I will steer your formal photographs to best reflect your personalities, while simultaneously documenting those subtle yet profound candid moments that make up such an important day. I keep a keen watch as the day naturally unfolds so you have a document long after the day has passed you by. High school introduced me to photography and there I spent my waking hours deep within the dark room. Upon graduating, I set off to art school to study Fine Art Photography (2001-2005), where I was introduced to art theory and artist's studio practices. After college, I flexed my logistical side and worked with art fair companies (2004-2012) to share contemporary art to communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and New York. Soon I transitioned into a small business owner and realized my goal of becoming a full-time photographer. So if you will, find comfort in knowing that art and photography are a part of my physiological make-up and the path I've taken shows this. Photography is more than a passion for me, it is the frame in which I have chosen to live my life. My camera and I stay vigilant throughout your day, which no doubt will have many moving parts, while maintaining an unobtrusive and honest presence. Stay in the moment and I will do the rest. KIVA LOAN PLEDGE — I pledge to make a Kiva loan for every wedding that I book. This is something that has been important for me to integrate into my wedding photography business model early on. It hasn't escaped me how becoming a small business owner has changed my life for the better and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see my goals through. I believe when you are given a chance to work hard towards a goal that leads to a better quality of life, a life that you deliberately design for yourself, it can be transformative and ripple positively outwards. The empowerment that results is truly priceless and I believe that all people have the right to choose what they want for themselves and see their goals come to fruition. Struggle is real, I've been through my share, and I feel it's time to do my part to help fellow builders and dreamers. [Los Angeles Wedding Photographer]
At 38, Morgan Davis has been documenting weddings since 2014. She remains inspired by the work of Cari Mae Weems, Marilyn Nance, and Gordon Parks. With a passion for international humanitarian photojournalism, she shoots a limited amount of weddings to be available to travel abroad to, in her own words, "tell the stories that often go untold." When Morgan is not shooting weddings or other lifestyle portraiture concepts, she can be found working out at the gym, listening to 40's jazz, by the ocean, or enjoying her family. She has been married to the love of her life Chris for 19 years and together they have 3 children. [Baltimore Wedding Photographer]
I am ... Passionate about the beauty of images and about all the unique moments that make us what we are. Ready to follow you everywhere and in all your emotions! My experience? My daddy's old camera and B&W films. Press report, in a regional agency. As a photographer, I want ... "See more intensely" (Bill Brandt, English photographer) Grasp emotions on the face, a few fragments of time, tell a story in a simple shot with, always, a fresh look. Guide you without interfering in your duo during your couple photos, so that happy memories are forever linked to my images ... I love weddings because ... I believe in it as you do! These are unique opportunities to create memories with all your loved ones. [Le Havre Wedding Photographer]
I'm a documentary wedding photographer that manages to squeeze bright, shiny images from a black box that stays attached to my right arm. MAGIC! Yes! and it’s definitely an obsession. I live in West Texas but photograph weddings everywhere. Love is great and grand and NEEDS TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED! Are you In love? If so, we need to talk. I consider myself a storyteller. One that puts together what I've learned from photographing over 250+ weddings, all the lessons and education and experience, and I use that to tell YOUR story on your wedding day. From the time you first put on your gown, to saying YES to the love of your life, to cutting that cake and tearing up that dance-floor. ALL OF IT. Your story. [Texas - Northern Wedding Photographer]
Based in the gorgeous state of Colorado (Native here!), I spend my days roaming mountain-tops with Clients, and exploring all that this state has to offer with my little fam (Twin boys, hubby and the coolest German shepherd EVER.)! Being a wedding and elopement photographer in one of the most beautiful states in the country allows me to really pull together my love for documenting the adventure, real-time moments, as well as creating some Epic Environmental portraits! I love problem-solving lighting and all the "think on your toes" aspects of weddings, and thrive on the fact that no two weddings are ever the same! I love the spontaneity of emotions, weather, and all unscripted moments! I have been many times referred to as a "photo-ninja" (probably my most favorite compliment ever...), so you can bet I will be jumping in Rivers, climbing on rocks....or whatever it takes to get the shots! If there are kids at a wedding too...you can also bet I'll take 7689 photos of them...because kids do funny stuff. (Fun fact: Top notch service and experience for my clients is a must! I was a Catering and Events Manager for a high-end hotel chain for years before becoming a photographer...so weddings and service are ingrained in my blood! I like to offer that little "extra" service and experience to all my clients...helping keep planning and the day running absolutely smoothly and just as intended!) [Denver Wedding Photographer]
I graduated from the University of Houston with my Master’s Degree in Accountancy and started a career as an auditor in 2015. Only a few months after I started, I felt out of place. Photography has always been my passion growing up. When I was little, I would borrow a camera phone from one of my cousins and start taking photos of things around me. In my senior year of high school when one of my good friends got this very awesome Sony camera phone (it was not a smartphone yet), she would let me use it an document our memories of senior years, per my request of course :). I used the paychecks from my very first part-time job to buy myself a DSLR and start taking photos for friends and family. So yes, it would be so much fun and exciting to start a photography business. While people spend 4 years of college trying to learn to do a job, I spent my 4 years to learn how to do a different job, not photography. I started doing wedding photography and fell in love. I fell in love with the exciting and upbeat environment of a wedding, I fell in love with the emotions that a bride goes through on her wedding date, I fell in love with how the guests dance the night away and how the wedding cakes taste just so indulging, and I fell in love with being the one to document all of that. So that was how Half A Rice Studios was born. [Houston Wedding Photographer]
Our lives are all collections of moments and I am a photographer because of moments. Capturing and sharing them is my joy. I'm an award-winning photojournalist available to shoot your wedding or family gathering wherever it is. My documentary approach is unobtrusive, honest and subtle. I blend in. I make my subjects feel comfortable. I watch, I wait and work hard to never miss a moment. I have a master's degree in photojournalism from Ohio University. I worked for newspapers in New Mexico, Maine, Delaware, Virginia, Montana & Washington. My domestic & international photography has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, Women in Photojournalism & College Photographer of the Year. My little family summers on Bainbridge Island, WA and we spend the rest of the year living a life less ordinary in San Pancho, Mexico. [Nayarit Wedding Photographer]
I am a professional wedding photographer living in San Diego! A few years back, if someone had told me that someday I would leave my career in technology to take photos, I wouldn't have believed them. But here I am today, reinventing myself and making the most of my life in the world of light, shadow, and perspective! I have a special love for natural light, sunsets & beaches. With over 7 years of experience in working with clients from various cultures, traveling & attending numerous workshops, I capture beauty and moments in the most authentic, subtle & intimate way. My effort is to create real, sincere and fun memories for you, which will get you all nostalgic years from now. The Memories of all those emotions, atmosphere and the feeling of being loved, and being together! Do you think I might be a good fit for your photography needs? Take a look at my website, I will be honored to share your special day and look forward to creating wonderful memories for you! [San Diego Wedding Photographer]
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Gina these are so great!!! It's so fun seeing them after time has gone by and the weather is cooling off. Such an awesome summer day that you captured SO well. We love these, I cant wait to comb through all of them. Thank you for your amazing craft. The family pictures are so special!
Hi Drew - These photos are absolutely incredible!! We are speechless. We were looking through them this evening and it was like re-living the whole weekend in the sierra mountains. These are such treasured memories. We feel so lucky to have had you as our storyteller and that you were part of the weekend story, along with all our friends and family. Thank you!!!! -Emily + Zach
We wanted to drop a quick note and tell you how awesome you are. You got in the spirit and came prepared, and brought so much happiness from behind the camera to whoever was in front of it. We're so grateful to have had you as part of our day, and can't wait to recommend you to everyone we know. (And everyone we don't -- so please let us know any and all sites where we can leave you reviews!) Much love, Christy + Stuart
Thank you so much for the incredible job you did! Your pictures are beautiful, fantastically capturing the spirit of our wedding and creating perfect memories of our big day! It was so relaxing to have you -- not once did we have to worry about the pictures, because we knew you would do a great job and think of all kinds of motifs! You really did everything to get the very best pictures out of the situation, and it showed. Thanks for all the running you did along the pier to catch us in the boat, and your acrobatic shooting onboard! Honestly, we couldn't have wished for a nicer, more professional, gifted photographer. Thank you so very much, and all the best in the future!
Huge hugs and thanks Tanarak and your team for capturing all the sweet and unforgettable moments of our wedding on Christmas Eve in 2014. The pictures and videos are even more perfect than we ever expected. Happy tears still roll down our cheeks when we look at them. Thanks for being part of it and making our wedding complete.
I must say again, that I love what you've done to capture the memories of our special day. Matt and I both really appreciate how you've expressed our personalities so accurately with your shots and the candid yet flattering moments you captured. You have a gift and your genuine interest in us only made the photos that much better! Thanks again!
Hi Drew, The images are amazing!! Absolutely wonderful!! Your images really are a very special way to preserve our memories! The photos that you made around City Hall are gorgeous. It was nice to relax and laugh a little and enjoy the amazing architecture. We also love how you captured artistic candid details at the reception at Stable Cafe. There are so many wonderful moments: like so many conversations, the toasts, the food that was served, and the atmosphere. Thank you so much for your professionalism and good spirits on our wedding day. You were such a pleasure to work with, and are so amazing at your craft. We really enjoyed working with you throughout the day, and you put us at ease while making photos. We really love how you had a stress-free attitude. You really captured the feelings of the day! Thank you so much for all of your help creating lasting memories for us and our friends and family and for being such a significant part of our wedding day and story. We honestly can't thank you enough. Best, Stephanie + Nick
Hi Drew, These photos are AMAZING! We haven't been able to stop looking through them since Thursday night. All work productivity has been shot! We love reliving every moment of the day through the beautiful storybook you've created for us. There are so many moments that we weren't even aware of-- and we're so thankful that you were able to show those to us. It's absolutely beautiful. We especially appreciative of the creative shots you were able to capture within live shots-- the lines, colors and images from the churches and venues are incredible. We are so happy and thankful for your attention to detail. We had a lot of family and friends also comment on how professional you were and inquire about your website. Let us know where we can leave our public reviews to help let other folks know about your amazing work. Best, Tyler & Karim
Thank you so very much for taking such beautiful photos on our wedding day! From the first phone call we made, to the day of our wedding, and months after, you have been such a pleasure to work with. Based on your portfolio and the questions you asked us, we were confident that you would truly capture the essence of our day, but you brought even more to the table with your very calm presence and very artistic eye and adventurous techniques - we could barely believe our eyes when you headed into the rocky water with two cameras strapped around your neck to photograph our picnic!! Those pictures in particular are truly phenomenal, and we are so grateful that you ventured into the ocean to capture our special moment! It was really fun spending the day with you...Thank you for not only taking lovely photographs but for also being just wonderful to share such a personal day with. Thank you also for the framed picnic photo! It's in our living room and we love it! Thank you so much for providing us with such lovely photos to remember our wedding with! All the best to you!