It was only by accident that I started shooting weddings. For 10 years at New York Newsday, I covered the NY Giants & Jets, Yankees & Mets, fashion collections in Paris, Milan and London, and the bombing of the NY World Trade Center in 1993. In 1996, after covering wars in Haiti Afghanistan, the Soviet Union, and winning the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for local news with a team of colleagues, I moved to Seattle and began a quiet business shooting photographs on assignment for magazines and corporations.
One day a few years back, I got a call from a couple that was desperate to find a photographer. They were getting married on short notice and everyone they called was booked. While working as a photojournalist, I hadn't considered shooting weddings professionally. At NY Newsday, it was not considered cool. The couple was really nice though, so I agreed to photograph their wedding if I could shoot it the same way I would cover a news story, documenting their day with a photo essay. They agreed (I think they were out of options). The resulting photographs proved very satisfying for the wedding couple. For me it was something of a revelation. I actually enjoyed telling a joyful story for a change.
Since that wedding I have made the transition from covering hard news to weddings, covering them in the same way as my news stories. I now get to photograph joyful celebrations of family and friends instead of getting shot at in conflict zones. (The food is always better too).
Faces can tell a story. I like to freeze the fleeting expressions of emotion crossing a bride or groom's face at a significant instant. I seek out good light, special moments and the smallest details that say so much. My goal is to make a visual record of the day, while creating as little distraction as possible. I prefer to observe, not direct the action. By photographing your wedding day, I get the chance to tell a beautiful tale about love and life, with images you will treasure forever.
Now more than 200 wedding days later, photographing weddings has become my most gratifying work. I love to be present when a couple looks over my pictures of their day. (I hardly ever got to watch people looking at my work when I was at the newspaper). It's nice to see my photographs make people so happy. Sometimes looking at photos from their wedding, a couple will gasp with surprise, being bowled over by a wonderful moment captured in an instant and say "This is so great and we didn't even know you were there." For me, this is the highest compliment.
My wedding packages begin at $3,500 for basic coverage and go up from there. All packages include a web based slideshow and proof galley with shopping cart for online print orders, as well as a 12"x 36" panorama group photo. Other options include a traditional style album or the latest digital coffee table style book. I would be happy to work with you to create a package to perfectly fit your needs.
The Wedding Photojournalist Association has named me an International Award Winning Wedding Photographer.