Professional, experienced wedding photography for State College, Central Pennsylvania and beyond.
Flexible rates to suit your needs and budget.
You always own the rights to your photos and receive all of the full digital files at no extra charge. You can print or share your photos with no restrictions and no watermarks. Consultations in person, by phone or email.
Overnight travel and destination weddings available, 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.
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In terms of philosophy. I believe that the emotional content of a photograph is directly related to how real it is. In other words, photojournalism. This is not to say that I simply take what comes out of the camera, far from it. There's a big difference between how the camera captures a scene and how your eye perceives it, and I bridge that gap. I know my equipment well, and I will capture the real day in real time.
Yes, we'll have plenty of posed portraits, and a lot of 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 am often asked if I am an artist, and while there is certainly an artistic aspect to photography, Iconsider myself to be a craftsman. I take my craft very seriously. I'll find small gestures and special moments, fleeting expressions that elevate a photo into something more than a snapshot. I will include the landscape, the architecture and document the day so you can return to it again and again. In the post-process, I'll crop, dodge, burn and retouch each image you select from proofs to make sure that they capture the moment.
References are available, but a picture is worth a thousand words! At the bottom of this page are a few samples from my portfolio, or I can bring some along when we meet.
“Thanks again, and great job!
you never took a minute off
and these photos prove it.”
During the ceremony, I will be discrete. I will not intrude on intimate moments. I'll capture the genuine emotions of the day and keep it real. During the portrait session, I'll suggest settings, backdrops and poses, taking cues from your style.
Portrait sessions keep your guests waiting, so I work fast. I use state-or-the-art cameras, so I don't need a tripod or studio equipment for portraits, and I keep each of my lenses on a different camera body so I don't need to switch them out.
Photojournalism is the art of telling stories through photos. A photojournalist captures the day, as opposed to taking static, formal, portraits or imposing an unrealistic vision on the subjects, like a fashion photographer. This makes your photos real. In my opinion, some of the best photos are captured when nobody is looking at the camera.
So what does photojournalism look like? Here's a gallery from a wedding at the Nittany Lion Inn as an example.
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 $2650, 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, and consultations are always free.
You can print your photos printed yourself, or you can work with one of our partners for museum-quality mounting, matting and framing.
I only use the highest quality lenses, so your photos can be enlarged up to 40 inches or more.
A typical day will include photos of preparations, details, the ceremony, a formal portrait session and candid photography at your reception. This will include a wide variety of artistic shots, action and candid photos from a number of perspectives. Your requests are also important to me.
Below are some packages with the most common requests. You are always free to customize my services to your needs
Please note: I always give you every picture I take that day, even the "bad" ones. I will sort out truly unsuitable images, such as those that fired by accident, but I do not sort out my favorites, since certain images may mean something special to you. I also give them to you in RAW format, which is the digital equivalent of a film negative.
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Have some old family photos that you'd like to restore and display? Photo restoration services will make those old photos look like new!
Please email me at email@example.com if you would like more information or would like to meet and discuss your needs.
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.
Nittany Lion Inn
Nittany Lion Shrine, Penn State
The Penn Stater
If you're planning a Penn State wedding, here are samples from a typical Penn State wedding , 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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