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Drew Bird

Candid Wedding Images

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.

14 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography

3 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits

1 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles

The WPJA proudly recognizes Drew Bird as a TOP International Wedding Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Wedding Photographers or, in some cases POY - Photographer of the Year.

8 Client Letters

The following letters are from the clients of Drew Bird.

Married: 4 years ago

Emily + Zach

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

Married: 4 years ago

Stephanie + Nick

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

Married: 4 years ago

Steve + Amy

Drew!!! We were just looking through all the photos and we simply couldn’t be happier with the results!! Thank you so much for blending in so seamlessly with all of our guests for the 5 day wedding celebration in Nicaragua. You captured so many meaningful moments with such candid energy. The photos bring back memory after memory of the incredible time we had. Thanks for helping to tell our story. - Steve + Amy

Married: 6 years ago

Tyler + Karim

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

Married: 6 years ago

Sarah + Stephen

Hey Drew - We went through all the pics last night and I just wanted to tell you again how awesome they are! You really captured some amazing moments and we're forever grateful! I was 3/4 through them and crying lol. It's as if we were replaying a story of the day. SO AMAZING! THANK YOU!!! We've shared the link with some of our guests and they are all raving about them as well! A thousand thanks, Sarah and Stephen

Married: 10 years ago

Sheree & Rashid

Drew, Looking back through the photos, I’m just so glad I chose you to take them. Your work is excellent. You managed to catch us at our funniest, and at our most human. Everyone who was there has mentioned how great a job you did, how friendly and easygoing you were how you managed to be right up in the heart of things without ever being obtrusive. You captured every moment of our wedding, every emotion, every smile and every expression of happiness in us and our guests. Our families and friends have also been absolutely impressed at the quantity and quality of the photos. It goes without saying that we would highly recommend your services to anyone. Thank you so much for going out of your way to capture every moment of this very special day. Thank you for such an amazing job.

Married: 12 years ago

Francine & Santiago

What can we say other than...amazing, beautiful, spectacular. Thank you so very much. The photographs are truly fabulous and are exactly what we had hoped for and sooooo much more. What a story they tell! Sorry it has taken a while to get to back; we have been digesting it all and have probably looked at the pictures 6-7 times each, maybe more. We love them!! Again, thank you so much for your wonderful work. You captured so many of the magical moments of our wonderful day with such artful integrity and emotion- each time we look at the pictures we relive the experience. Please do not hesitate to use us for a reference. A big hug to you Drew, we enjoyed working with you.

Married: 12 years ago

Uta & Mac

Hello Drew! Of course the first thing we did this morning was log in and look at the amazing!! pictures. We are so pleased and love the way you captured the day! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! My parents just called and they relived the whole day...spent 2 hours looking at them and love them. They have already sent the link to all my relatives in Germany. It's so great! (and fun) It was such a pleasure to have you at our wedding. It felt so natural and everybody looks so happy. The pictures are better then we ever imagined. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We'll keep in touch and hope to see you around. With love.

Wedding Elopement Multiple Picture Galleries (1)

Drew Bird chronicles small weddings and elopements from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other wedding day. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, and telling the real story behind the elopement day. Below are wedding elopement story awards for Drew Bird.