I'm all about creating an artistic photodocumentary of your wedding day, a collection of images that years from now will reawaken your memories every time you look through them. In our trademark low-key, unobtrusive "wallflower" style, I'll focus on thoroughly capturing the various wedding tasks, rituals, emotions, moments, details, faces and places that all swirl together to make up your wedding day. I'll also handle all your family portraits efficiently and professionally, and then we'll spend some time having fun and getting creative, romantic, and maybe a bit wacky with bride/groom and wedding party portraits. The distinctive clean, crisp look of our images starts with good photographic technique and is completed with enhancements that we apply later, in the studio. It's that unique blend of Photoshop and photojournalism skills that got me a #3 national ranking by the AG|WPJA in 2014. I'd love to hear more about your wedding! Please get in touch today.
I'm based in North Tacoma, and I'll travel about two hours in any direction without charging a fee. I rarely shoot weddings outside of western Washington, but am happy to give quotes for weddings anywhere.
I've been shooting weddings professionally since I launched Wallflower Photography in 2003, and have shot about 350 weddings as the main photographer. In fact, I shoot nearly all my weddings solo, although I do have options for additional photographers.
I'm primarily a photojournalistic wedding photographer who strives to be the unobtrusive, easy-to-forget "wallflower" at a wedding. I'm good at getting people to forget about me so that they can be their crazy selves without worrying about the camera, allowing me to get real-life candids. I always remind myself that weddings go by in a blur, and those memories are only going to get blurrier over time, so I do my best to create a thorough photo-documentary of the events, people and details of a wedding day to help my clients remember everything years down the road. I enhance this documentary with a portrait shoot with the families, wedding party, and bride and groom. Although my time for posing my subjects is usually around 20% of the total time I spend with them, I'm able to create a terrific mix of images: both formal and fun, timeless and creative, and making great use of the best features of our surroundings. I've made the use of off-camera lighting a major part of my photography style, which improves both posed and candid images in totally different ways. A lot of photographers in my area don't use off-camera lighting, and the difference is obvious. Last, I spend quite a bit of time after the wedding filtering down my set of images and then enhancing them with software to give them the high-definition "pop" that I'm known for.
All of my clients purchase my base photography package at $2500, which includes 6 hours of photography, and then can pick and choose from a wide range of upgrades to build a custom package. Our most popular upgrade is adding an album, with prices starting at $750.
We have a dedicated meeting room at our home in North Tacoma. I can also use Skype, although I think the combination of a phone call and sending documents and links to go over during the phone call works better.
In addition to being a relatively new addition to the Fearless Photographers family, I've been a long-time member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) as well as its Artistic Guild, where I've made the Top 10 list of all photographers in the U.S. for four straight years based on competition points. I'm also a member of the Professional Photographers of America, and just won 2nd place in the 12-state Western District in 2016 based on competition points. One other brag: Reviewers on Mywedding.com have helped us to a Best in Washington State award in each of the past four years. I owe part of my success to training and workshops with some truly amazing photographers, including Jerry Ghionis, Bob Davis, Sal Cincotta and Yervant.
I'm a friendly family man with three young boys and a wonderful wife who photographed weddings along with me for many years until semi-retiring to start and manage a massively successful business selling children's books with Usborne Books & More.