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About Paul Gargagliano:I love weddings. That's the first thing. I don't think I can convey the sentiment exactly. I just adore them. But thennn... I got married. And that? That is indescribable. So... if you are here because you have met someone special, and you are making moves, CONGRATULATIONS! You are in for an incredible ride.
So... my first photos? They were from a wedding! Unfortunately they took the human knee as their subject because I was short, because I was five years old.
As a photographer I am primarily a storyteller (I also write fiction.) Weddings are epic stories, and I aim to convey that epicness in the photographs I take.
My work ethic is strong, and also, I just love making emotional, dynamic photographs, so I work nonstop from the moment I arrive at a wedding.
There are photographers who set up the standard moments, and do little else. I tend to think the in-between moments are just as important. I like to be in all the places you didn't have time to be, to observe all the people and happenings you didn't have time to observe, and to document them for your pleasure. The day really does go by in a flash.
There are also photographers who chase the couple around all day long. As a result, there are guests who aren't photographed even once. These wedding guests are the most important people in your life, and they will support you in the long years of your partnership. Many of them will travel from great distances to show their love and commitment to you and to the partnership you are entering into.
For a single day your fiery grandma will break bread with your freshman year roommate. Your best friend from elementary school very well may fall in love with your partner's cousin. These things matter, so I make it my job to document these moments. One of my goals is to make a photograph of every guest.
So, yes, I tell stories about weddings, but not just any old story, I try to tell a gorgeous story that honors the vision the couple has for their union and its celebration.
In order to tell a story that honors a couple's vision, I need to communicate very well. I ask questions and I listen well, so that I can understand what matters most to my clients. Your photographs will remind you why you spent all those hours planning. They will remind you of all the help and warmth and support your family and friends brought to the occasion. They will remind you that an overwhelming number of people care about you, and it isn't just that they care about you, they care about your love and your partnership.
Where are you located? Do you charge a travel fee for weddings not in your location?
We are located in San Francisco. No travel fees apply within the region, or within an hour of Philadelphia and New York City. We also photograph weddings nationwide.