Los Angeles Wedding Photographer
I'm a Los Angeles wedding photographer specializing in photographing candid moments, casual portraits, and spectacular details. I specialize in weddings because I love challenges and weddings are possibly the most challenging of all photographic specialties—short of being a war photographer. Simply put, I tell wedding stories through photographs. If you'd like to learn more, check out my portfolio of favorite wedding photographs.
Brides & Grooms Say
I'm including a client review at the top of this wedding photography overview because the experience of having me photograph your event is as important as the photographs that I'll create for you and your fiancé. Here are some choice words that a past Los Angeles client shared about me and my work:
"I didn't want my photos to look like every other wedding photo I had ever seen … Rob far exceeded our expectations that day—he was fun, relaxed, and willing to roll with the punches. It felt like one of our good friends was our photographer—we were so comfortable with Rob and our family all fell in love with him too. By the end of the night, everyone was laughing and joking with him as if he were a part of our family—he fit right in. My husband and I were still out, celebrating with our friends on the night of our wedding and Rob was home uploading photos of us from the day to Facebook. We were SO excited and couldn't believe we were able to get a sneak peek of the images so quickly. Then, while we were on our honeymoon, he delivered the other 857 photos. We spent an entire afternoon in Bora Bora flipping through the images, each one of them better than the last." – Erika Lehmann Brown
These words describe various aspects of my personality and my craft and will perhaps give you a better idea as to how I approach photographing a bride and groom on their wedding day. To this end, I've gathered together several descriptive words that sum up my approach to wedding photography.
At your wedding, you'll always find that I'm cool and composed, even if highly stressful happenings occur on your wedding day. I'm a combat veteran and thus any wedding is easy by comparison.
When you hire me to photograph your wedding, you can rest assured that I'm fully committed to photographing you and your fiancé on your wedding day. I'll begin preparing days or even weeks before your wedding and in the end deliver everything I've promised, working to exceed your every expectation.
As your professional wedding photographer, I have the requisite knowledge necessary to deliver a complete wedding story. My confidence in these abilities is reflected in my photographs and in the manner in which I carry myself throughout your wedding.
Although some photographers may occasionally create noteworthy wedding imagery, I deliver exceptional results week after week—at wedding after wedding. My consistency yields excellent photographs throughout the day—as you get ready, through your romantic and family portraits, during the ceremony, and throughout your reception.
Harnessing my imagination at your wedding, I search out photographic moments that will reflect your personal sense of style while pushing the boundaries of wedding photography as an art form. As your wedding photographer, I'll embrace my creativity to ensure that I capture imagery unique to your event.
How can I grow as a photographer? I ask myself this question every day and strive to find answers through research, seminars, conferences, experimentation, and of course through incessant practice. I never stop striving for professional growth as a photographer.
As a Los Angeles wedding photographer, I am driven by a keen desire to create exceptional photographs. And since this desire for "photographic perfection" is very strong, my clients reap the benefits.
Every wedding provides a unique cultural mixture of friends, family, strangers, and vendors. These attendees often have unique needs and expectations on your wedding day. As your wedding photographer, I've found that to successfully interact with these individuals, I'll have to call on my skills as a careful diplomat. And through my diplomacy, I'm able to help ensure that your attendees remain happy and content throughout your wedding day (at least where my photography is concerned).
Although photography equipment isn't directly related to my professional characteristics, it's important enough that I feel it warrants mention within this context. Although it's true that a professional photographer can create above average images with consumer-grade or even disposable cameras, I believe that to consistently deliver exceptional images at every wedding requires professional-grade cameras and equipment. With that philosophy in mind, I'll photograph your event with the best camera equipment available.
When I speak of the ethics of being a wedding photography, I'm not speaking about moral principles as much as I am about conduct and my belief in the rightness and wrongness of actions. As the owner of a wedding photography studio, I make decisions every day about the direction of my business and how I treat my clients—including brides and grooms. First, I want to make sure that I'm trustful without being foolish. And that means that I'm open to new ideas and I request open feedback. Also, and perhaps more importantly, I will meet my business obligations without complaint and regardless of circumstances. I also provide clear documentation for couples that outlines mutual responsibilities and I follow them to the letter. Finally, I strive to treat everyone with professional respect and courtesy.
I began work as a professional photographer in 2004 and those years of experience are reflected not only in my photographs but also in the way I conduct my business. With hundreds of weddings under my belt, I will point to the idea that there is no substitute for experience.
On the wedding day I strive to maintain a friendly and cheerful manner for both you and your wedding guests under all circumstances. I feel that my demeanor not only influences the emotions of brides and grooms, it also reflects on them personally as wedding photographers are constantly in the eye of everyone attending weddings.
My personality is such that I constantly search for knowledge. And my interests are incredibly varied in that regard. In fact, it's a rare hour that passes that I'm not looking up a new concept or fact or tutorial on the Internet to feed my curiosity. In the more than 10 years that I've been photographing weddings, that thirst for knowledge has led me to learn about and study every nuance related to being a wedding photographer. And beyond the direct knowledge needed to perform my work, I've also learned countless facts and pieces of trivia that will help make your wedding day run smoother than it might run otherwise.
On a wedding day, things don't always go as planned. And in some cases, people around us at weddings may have priorities different than our own. In those cases, I strive to project patience and calm in these situations so as to keep the mood positive for the people around me.
I'm a likable, approachable guy—particularly on a wedding day. I'm engaging, forthright, courteous, and a little bit irreverent. If you meet with me before your wedding, before you hire me, you should pass my frosty beverage test. I invented this test as I like to suggest to clients that after our initial meeting, if they feel like they could comfortably visit a local watering hole with me and have two frosty beverages of their choice and not talk about either photography or their wedding, then I'm probably a nice enough guy to hang around with on their wedding day.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." And perhaps I take this idea to the extreme. If you've poked around the hundreds of pages on this website, you may have begun to get the idea that I like to plan for the unexpected. And although a wedding plan rarely makes it through the day without on-the-spot changes, if you fail to plan for the unexpected, then you increase the chance for failure.
Preparedness is similar to the planning I mentioned above but it's differing in that preparedness is really a series of precautionary measures intended to deal with potential disasters or mitigating negative outcomes. There are many ways that I ensure preparedness on a wedding day including a focus on planning, working closely with other vendors, education for myself and my clients, and ensuring that I have a plan B for everything related to my coverage of a wedding day.
As a photographer, businessman, and human being, I'm incredibly reliable. I never give up and I'm never late. Tenacity is my byword in everything I pursue and that dedication to my personal ideals is reflected in the work that I deliver for my clients.
My skill as a wedding photographer is probably the first factor that drew you to my work as my skills are most clearly evidenced in my wedding photography portfolio. And although I feel that my work is highly evolved and technically superior to many of my contemporaries, I constantly work to improve my skill and my craft and test myself against other photographers constantly through photography competitions. If you check out my photography awards you may get a better idea as to how those skills are constantly tested.
Time is the most valuable commodity on a wedding day. As you plan your event, you might think to yourself that it's going to be an incredibly long day. However, let me assure you that the day goes by in an instant. With that in mind, I've learned to work quickly so as to ensure that you receive the highest quantity and variety of photographs possible while at the same time learning how to quickly adjust to rapidly changing situations in order to capture candid moments as they happen.
Weddings are really hard work. The day after I photograph a typical wedding, I'm a physical wreck. This is not uncommon in the wedding industry and photographers often call this physical phenomenon a "wedding hangover." However, although I may be in physical pain or tired or under great pressure, you'll find me performing my job without complaint and even in the face adversity.
Education, desire, and passion are important for any craft and photography is no different. However, talent is a natural endowment of ability. I feel uncomfortable claiming that I have a talent for photography because so many of the skills I've obtained have been solely through education and hard work. That being said, there are some aspects of my photography that have undeniably always come naturally to me—most importantly my eye for image composition.
Going hand in hand with talent comes technique. For the purpose of this discussion, when I speak of technique I'm referring to how I use my equipment to best effect as well as how I work with my subjects in order to elicit the best possible responses leading to the most natural-looking photographs.
LA Wedding Photographer Promise
If you select me as your wedding photographer, I promise ...
- to show up excited and early
- that on your wedding day, you and your fiancé will be the center of my universe
- that I will always act with your best interests
- to be respectful to your friends and family
- to provide an excellent value for your investment
- to capture the candid, emotional photographs that make your wedding special
- to photograph the hundreds of small moments that together tell the story of your day
- to create images that will make you happy and amused
- to create images that will evoke feelings of love, longing, companionship, and togetherness
- to create photographs that will exceed your expectations
- that you'll love what I'll do for you
Wedding Photography Budgets
When you're looking at wedding photographers and you're trying to figure out your budget, you're probably at a loss as to how much you need to spent for great photos. Although I don't have a perfect answer for you, I'd like to refer to a quote from John Ruskin that nicely summarizes my opinions on how much you should spend.
“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money, that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better." – John Ruskin
For more information, check out the detailed wedding pricing information found on this website. As an additional note, although I'd love to provide you with a discount for my services, my prices already reflect an incredible bargain. When looking at other photographers of my caliber among my peer group, my prices are already lower than the prices offered of similarly skilled photographers offering comparable products and services.
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