Drew Bird

Oakland

Drew Bird Photography
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Drew Bird
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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.

Where are you located? Do you charge a travel fee for weddings not in your location?

I live in Oakland with my sweet lady. We have a lemon tree in the backyard. I am available to travel everywhere on Earth. I often photograph for clients all across the USA and all over the world. I usually ask for clients to cover my travel costs + creative costs.

How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed as the main photographer?

I've been in business since 2006, so 15 years. I've photographed more than 300 weddings as the main photographer: ranging from 500 guest weddings in St. Louis, a four day Indian (Hindu) wedding in Aruba, to rooftop weddings in New York, to small backyard weddings in New Orleans, to beach weddings in Nicaragua, and many incredible weddings throughout San Francisco and California.

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

Drew is a visual storyteller. He 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.

What's the typical wedding coverage package that you offer? What is the price?

My most popular package includes: 8hrs on the day of, 2 photographers, hi-res JPGs delivered in color + black/white and pre-planning. This package usually ends up around $4500. Engagement sessions, albums, rehearsal dinners, etc ... can all be added to any package. I also do destination weddings. And, I offer special pricing for non-saturday weddings, courthouse weddings and city hall weddings + elopements.

Do you have a studio where we can meet? Do you use Skype?

Locally, I normally meet with clients at my home and photo studio in the Millsomont neighborhood of Oakland. I'm really close to Mills College. For clients who have busier schedules or who do not live in the Bay Area, I often meet with them via video chat (facetime or skype).

What are your professional degrees, credentials, affiliations? Have you taken any recent educational workshops or classes?

I have a BA in Creative Writing and Environmental Science. I've also completed graduate work in science related fields. I studied photography under the guidance of renowned Vermont photographers - first, Peter Forbes and then the illustrious Sparky Potter. Since 2006, I have photographed assignments and projects for clients all over the world. My clientele and publication list (partial) includes: numerous wedding blogs and publications, Digital Photographer Magazine, Science Magazine, The Guardian (UK), Curve Magazine, Google, IBM, Adobe, General Eelectric, Intel, City of San Francisco, TED (Ideas Worth Spreading), Vi Tidningen Magazine, The Golden State Warriors (NBA), Curve Magazine, Grace Potter, Aflac, Duke University, New York University, and many more ...

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?

I'm a visual storyteller. I see the world in photographs — angles of energy, lines of perspective, the beauty of expression. I seek out subtle glimpses of brilliance other people might pass by: the slight turn of a head, the blink of an eye, the warm reflection of light on an empty street. Still images help us all to understand the story our experience and to communicate a story that words alone cannot convey. 
 
I create images using an approach that blends a journalistic and editorial style — documenting real, authentic moments in a natural, candid, and artistic way. I also love creating unique, delicious and passionate portraits.  
 
My clientele ranges from brands and corporations to magazines, advertising agencies, universities, non-profits, foundations, record labels, weddings and people in search of professional and powerful photography.  
 
When not traveling for a photo assignment, I enjoy: surfing, hiking, wilderness camping, growing vegetables, writing, reading, studying science, playing guitar, and cooking and sharing food with friends. A good cup of coffee is pretty nice, too. I'd love to get together for a cup of coffee to chat about your wedding plans!

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