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.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Deborah. The following awards have been earned by Deborah from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
The facial expression of the bride really works well with the overall mood of this photo.
There were probably few words necessary in this moment, and the photograph captures everything about how these two men feel.,
A very intimate moment composed for maximum effect.,
Another nice toast moment. Great faces.
I love how everyone is engaged in this timeless moment even though they appear to be looking in different directions. The rich color makes it even more beautiful.
A really simple and spontanous picture taken with a strong photojournalistic style.
Humorous photo, great expression.
A somewhat typical portrait, we've seen many variations on this but the photographer really got great expressions out of everyone and nailed the exact perfect moment. I'm sure they all loved that picture.
Way to use natural lighting. Love the red!!
The angle and perspective show intense unity between the women and also draws your eyes to the bride. Classic intense moment. Perfectly composed.
Oh, I just cringe looking at this picture! Good job catching just the right moment in the groom's reaction. The light is also nice.
The following letters are from the clients of Deborah Coleman.
Married: 11 years ago
Erin & Jeff
You did a great job at our wedding! I looked through the proofs with my family last weekend, and everyone commented how perfectly you caught every moment, and how unobtrusive you were.
Married: 7 years ago
Sheila & Ascher
You captured the day in an incredibly special way. Each of your photos was striking, intimate and beautifully composed. Each one told a story. Many of your photos captured emotion and important fleeting moments that were so discreet and could have gone unnoticed to most. This is exactly what we were looking for. Thanks again.
Wedding Photography Packages
Based on an 8 hour coverage with my custom album together with all images on a disc