Drew Bird

Oakland

Drew Bird Photography
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Drew Bird
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I love telling stories with photographs. When photographing a wedding I aim to capture authentic and unscripted expressions of beauty, love, and human connection.I was drawn to photography primarily because of the power of still images. Well made photographs have the capacity to preserve our most cherished memories — shared experiences with the people we love. 
 
Your wedding celebration will likely include the most important people in your life. The photos that we create together will become a time capsule and a family heirloom for your own memories and to pass on to future generations. 
 
Moments are fragile. My relaxed personality helps people to feel comfortable allowing moments to thrive. Access is always achieved via trust and the most beautiful and intimate photographs are always born out of trust and empathy. 
 
In addition to photography, I find peace in the natural world - hiking, mountain exploring, surfing, desert rambling, running, backpacking, growing vegetables, or sitting around a fire playing music with friends. I also give my time and photo skills to many environmental and social justice organizations in an effort to help make this world a better place.

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 little lemon tree and grow vegetables 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. Travel costs are generally already accounted for in any destination or travel wedding photo collections.

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

I've been in business as a photographer for 12 years. I've photographed more than 300 weddings as the main photographer: ranging from a 500 guest wedding in St. Louis to 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 California and San Francisco and Oakland where I live. From intimate micro weddings and elopements to really big multiple day celebrations, my team and I have photographed every type of wedding you can imagine.

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

My team and I approach weddings always with the intent of telling a story. Every couple, every client is unique. And our goal is always to understand and tell that story. Powerful photo storytelling always begins with listening. I make a genuine effort to get to know everyone of my clients. Understanding their story is the only path to developing a mutual trust, which grants access to more intimate expressions of beauty and connection. This access leads to genuine and passionate images.  
 
My approach is heavily rooted in wedding photojournalism. For most of the day my team and I will document events, people, and interactions with a hands-off journalistic style. These candid, genuine, and real moments make up a vast majority of any client's final photo story. In addition, we also love to create unique portraits of the couple and artistic photos of architecture, landscapes, and decor. All of these things are important parts of any wedding photo story.

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

Our most popular package includes: pre-planning, photos of the welcome party the day prior to the wedding, 8hrs on the day of the wedding, 2 photographers, hi-res JPGs delivered in color + black/white and a fabulous custom designed fine art coffee table story book. This package is $6,000. Engagement sessions, parent albums, rehearsal dinners, etc ... can all be added to any package. We also do special, custom pricing for destination weddings, micro weddings and elopements, adventure elopements, and for San Francisco City Hall weddings. We have a wide range of package options that are well suited to match most client's wedding plans.

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

I normally meet with clients initially via video chat. I'm also available for an in person meeting at my home and studio in Oakland.

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

I have photographed projects, assignments, and weddings for clients all over the world. The Wedding Photojournalist Association has ranked me as one of the "Top 100 International Photographers" in the world. My clientele and publication list (partial) includes: numerous wedding blogs and publications, Digital Photographer Magazine, Science Magazine, The Smithsonian Institute, Lufthansa Airlines, Uber, Disney, The Guardian (UK), Curve Magazine, Google, IBM, Adobe, General Eelectric, Intel, City of San Francisco, TED (Ideas Worth Spreading), The Aspen Institute, The Golden State Warriors (NBA), Curve Magazine, Aflac, Duke University, New York University, and many more ...

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