Professional, experienced wedding photography for State College, Central Pennsylvania and beyond.
You own the rights to your photos and receive all of the full digital files at no extra charge, inlcuding raw files, on a hard disc drive. You can print or share your photos with no restrictions and no watermarks. Consultations in person at my studio, by phone or email. Serious inquiries only, please. There is a $50 fee for meeting in person, which is applied toward your service fee when you book.
Overnight travel and destination weddings welcome, photojournalism a specialty.
I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America, and I am passionate about photography. I've been a working professional for more than 20 years, with more than a million photos in my portfolio. My work has been featured in books, magazines, music albums, billboards and more. My fine art prints adorn the walls of hundreds of homes and offices.
I believe that the emotional content of a photograph is directly related to how real it is. That's photojournalism. In my opinion, photojournalism mixed with traditional portraiture is the best method to capture your wedding, because it allows you to enjoy your day.
“Thanks again, and great job!
you never took a minute off
and these photos prove it.”
Yes, we'll have plenty of posed portraits as you can see below, and we'll have fun during the portrait sessions, but the most dynamic and memorable photographs are the ones I take in the moment, and I'm very good at that! I will do my best to get the best possible photos of your wedding.
A picture is worth a thousand words! At the bottom of this page are a few samples from my portfolio, and you can always find my latest work on my Facebook page. If you need to see more, I have a really huge gallery online from a few dozen weddings here.
I'm a craftsman, and I take pride in my work, but different moments call for different techniques. In general, I'm high-energy for weddings. I'm a little quirky, with a wry sense of humor. That's the creative side. On the technical side, I want to get the best shot, and I'm competitive. I do not agonize over compositions, preferring to work as a true photojournalist. I work fast and get a wide variety of images. There will be times when I'm your wedding sherpa, pinning boutenirs onto the groom or leading you away from an awkward recieving line. In brief, I am the hardest working wedding photographer in the area, and I will do my level best to get the best, possible photos of your wedding.
During the ceremony, I am discrete. I will not intrude on intimate moments unless you specifically ask me to. I'll work hard not to miss anything, using two to three cameras. I'll use telephotos to get close-ups from a good distance. You may not even notice that I'm there during the ceremony but I'll get all the shots.
Unlike the rest of the day, the portrait session is where I need to be in charge. We have about 30 minutes to take six hours worth of photos. I won't waste your time, and we'll move quickly. I'll tell jokes, I'll bark like a dog...whatever gets you to forget that there's a camera there. On the creative side, I'll suggest settings, backdrops and poses, taking cues from your style and personality. This is where we have fun and make great photos.
Did I mention that I work fast? I do. You are not a model and I am not a fashion photographer. Let's get the portraits done as quickly as we can so you can get back to your wedding. I'm experienced enough that I know how to get the best photos in the shortest amount of time. This also means that you'll get more photos than you will with other photographers. Instead of two or three poses, we'll have fifteen. Instead of one great shot, you'll have 20. Experience matters!
Photojournalism is the art of telling stories through photos. A photojournalist documents the day and brings you back to it. My photos are designed to trigger memories. That's what I do. Your photos will be authentic, with genuine emotional content. I see other photographers in the area claiming to be photojournalists, when their key selling point is their "creative vision". These two things are opposites. I will find the real beauty in your day and photograph it. I won't impose my "creative vision" onto you.
So what does photojournalism look like? Here's a gallery from an actual wedding at the Nittany Lion Inn as an example.
Lots and lots of different photos! Literally, thousands of photos of all sorts. Close-ups and wide angles, focus on people as well as the venue and landscape. I'll capture everything I can.
Something I do a bit differently than most photographers is that I will give you every photo, in RAW format, with no restrictions. You own the copyright. You can even DIY the processing if you like. You don't just get a DVD or a thumb drive with just my personal favorites…you get an actual hard drive with about 150-200GB of data, usually 3000-5000 images, and that's a lot.
I have literally taken millions of photos in dozens of different styles. I tend to like warm, saturated colors, but I'm perfectly comfortable with the faded "no yellow in this world" look which is popular right now, but also black and white, high-key, low-contrast or muted tones. It's up to you, and if you prefer a particular style, we can make those adjustments in the post-process. Your photos will be consistent with my body of work as displayed in my portfolio.
For purposes of comparison, I shoot a mix of photojournalism and contemporary portraiture. Check my Facebook page for my most recent weddings and other activities. Here is a really big gallery of wedding photos from the past few years, broken down by categories. It's one thing to show you my "greatest hits" albums, so to see what a complete wedding looks like, here are samples from a Nittany Lion Inn wedding and a wedding on the family farm.
I always shoot using "RAW" format, which allows a wider latitude in post-processing. I will adjust the photos you select for proper exposure, contrast and color. I process all of your photos personally. For more information about how I process your photos, follow this link.
The typical rate for a complete wedding is between $1800 and $2850, depending on your needs. Rates are negotiable for off-season and other special circumstances.
All of the images and digital negatives are yours to keep—you own the copyright. There are no hidden fees, no printing fees.
You can print your photos yourself, or you can work with one of my partners for museum-quality mounting, matting and framing. You own the copyright, so it's your choice. If you do purchase prints from one of my partners, it's at my own wholesale cost, for example, an 8x10 is about $2.50.
A typical day will include photos of preparations, details, the ceremony, a formal portrait session and candid photography at your reception. Your requests are also important to me, so I try to accomodate any reasonable request.
Below are some packages for comparison, but no two weddings are alike, so you are always free to customize my services to your needs. I will note that the rate is not based upon the number of hours, since I can only photograph one wedding per day.
Please note: I always give you every picture I take. I will sort out truly unsuitable images, such as those that fired by accident, but I will give you all of the photos in RAW format as well as JPEG.
What separates most of the packages below is the number of fully retouched photos and processed photos. For the difference between the two, check this page.
Need help with timelines, locations or anything else? I'm happy to share my experience and help you plan.
You're not buying a bag of oranges here. The packages below are just suggestions that give you an idea of what combination of services merits which rate. If you have a specific budget in mind, tell me. If you want specific things that you don't see here, ask me. You want an album? We'll get you an album. You want aerial drones? We'll get the drones. Please don't think that these packages are in any way definitive.
Do you have old family photos that you'd like to restore and display? Photo restoration will make those old photos look like new! Likewise, if you have cell phone pictures or other "less than perfect" shots that you would like to optimize, I can make sure they look their best.
Do you need guidance in making photo displays for engagement sessions, slideshows or centerpieces? I can help. If you need printing of any kind, I can help you with wholesale pricing on posters, cards, table tents and other media.
Below are just a few samples from my portfolio. Don't see what you're looking for? Just ask! I have thousands more, including some additional links at the bottom of the page.
What can you realistically expect over the whole wedding? Here are about 85 photos from a typical Penn State Arboretum wedding.
Broken down by category
Classic pose at the Nittany Lion
My Hero Zero, Toftrees Ballroom - "Call Me Baby"
State College Bride, with bouquet at Toftrees
Wedding Reception at Days Inn, Penn State
Wedding at General Potter's Farm
Wedding Reception at General Potter's Farm
Wedding at C. Barton McCann Shool of Art
Nittany Lion Inn
Nittany Lion Shrine, Penn State
The Penn Stater
If you're planning a Penn State wedding, here are some samples from some Penn State wedding portrait sessions, a few Penn State arboretum weddings, and a Nittany Lion Inn wedding ...and if you're a really big Penn State fan? Here is a gallery of Beaver Stadium wedding photos.
I use state of the art digital cameras with some of the best lenses money can buy. Click here for details on my equipment.
PO Box 845
State College, PA 16804
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