Los Angeles Wedding Photographers
I am a Los Angeles wedding photographer specializing in candid and fun photographs of brides and grooms.
Are you looking for LA wedding photographers who are not only great at capturing spectacular candid pictures, but who also show a fun and quirky style in their photography? If so, you've come to the right place. Los Angeles is best known for amazing weather, spectacular beaches, crazy traffic, and making blockbuster movies. But I also think that the City of Angeles is well-known for being home to some of the best wedding photographers in California.
I hope that you'll carefully consider my work as you're selecting the wedding photographer who will be responsible for recording some of your most important lifetime memories. I'm currently booking couples for 2016 and 2017!
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Brides & Grooms Say
I include 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
I always include a second photographer in your wedding-day coverage. Although I can cover weddings by myself and have done so countless times, I can't be in two places at once and thus I've found that a second photographer is always a valuable addition to your coverage plan.
When I photograph your wedding, my main focus is on the story of your day and the people attending your event—specifically you and your fiancé, the wedding party, and your family and friends. When I work alone, although I'll photograph many scene-setting details, an additional photographer will always have more time to concentrate on those particulars and dedicate significant time to capturing the most important décor and details. Examples of those details include shoes, dresses, flowers, rings, table settings, invitations, food, cakes, venues, and signage.
Another consideration in favor of a second photographer is realized when we consider your wedding ceremony coverage. If an additional photographer is present during the ceremony, my colleague will be positioned to simultaneously capture photographs from secondary angles. That coverage wouldn't be possible if I was working alone.
And of course by having two photographers, multiple angles of approach help ensure that important moments aren't missed when the angle of view for one photographer is obscured for any reason. As an additional benefit, with an additional photographer, I move less during the ceremony which means that I'll be less noticeable to your guests and thus their attention remains on you.
Including an additional photographer also helps me do my best work. If I need a critical piece of equipment, I can send my second photographer to locate that item while I continue my photography. Likewise, when I'm dehydrated, then that additional photographer can locate refreshments while I continue to photograph your friends and family. And when I'm directing large groups of people, the second photographer is helpful in organizing the participants.
Finally, as I drive to your wedding and between locations, the additional photographer allows me to take advantage of the carpool lanes which can often be a life-saver in our crazy Los Angeles traffic. It's no idle exaggeration to mention that my additional photographer also performs hundreds of other duties throughout the day that help me make your photographs better.
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 special day. To this end, I've gathered together several descriptive words that sum up my approach to wedding photography.
At your event, you'll always find that I'm cool and composed, even if highly stressful happenings occur on your wedding day. I'm a Marine Corps combat veteran and I can promise you that your celebration is going to be far less stressful by comparison.
When you hire me to photograph your event, you can rest assured that I'm the one who is fully committed to photographing you and your fiancé on your wedding day. I'll begin preparing days or even weeks before your date and in the end deliver everything I've promised, working to exceed your every expectation.
As your professional photographer, I have the requisite knowledge necessary to deliver a complete photographic story. My confidence in these abilities is reflected in my pictures and in the manner in which I carry myself throughout your wedding.
Although some photographers may occasionally create noteworthy 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, 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 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 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. As your 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 photographer, 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 a studio owner, 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 photos 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 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 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 day run smoother than it might run otherwise.
Things don't always go as planned. And in some cases, some people around us 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 when I'm behind a camera. 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 one of the greatest celebration days in your life.
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-day 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 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 Los Angeles wedding 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 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 at weddings. 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.
Photographing weddings in LA can be really hard work. The day after I photograph an event, I'm a physical wreck. This is not uncommon in the industry and vendors often call this physical phenomenon a "wedding hangover." However, although I may be in physical pain or tired or under great pressure on your special day, you'll find me performing my job without complaint, even in the face of extreme adversity.
Great wedding photography is about more than just taking pretty pictures. It's also about storytelling and knowing how to artistically photograph your once-in-a-lifetime event while juggling hundreds of details, considerations, and concerns.
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 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
(this is my fun rewrite of The Rifleman's Creed)
This is my camera. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My camera is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
Without me, my camera is useless. Without my camera, I am useless. I must use my camera well. I must take better photos than my competitors. I will...
My camera and I know that what counts at weddings is not the number of photos that we take, the noise we make, nor the dark clothes we wear. We know that it's great photos that count. We will create.
My camera is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its viewfinder and its lenses. I will keep my cameras clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before everyone, I swear this creed. My cameras and I are the defenders of human memory. We are the masters of matrimony. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until the wedding is over and there is no more cake, but rest!
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 spend for great pictures. 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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