Today I get to write about long-time sponsor A Beautiful Day Photography out of Seattle. I think the best sum up I can give of Daniel, the photographer himself, is that he’s the real deal. As wedding photography gets trendier and trendier you hear things thrown around like, “I’m a wedding photojournalist,” and you see endless images edited with the hottest filter of the moment, sun flares, and over saturated colors. I don’t have to tell you, because you know. You know the, “Huh, so when I look PAST the filters and the sun flares and the hip brides… what do I really think?”
Not with A Beautiful Day Photography, that’s for sure. Look at the pictures and you know, “Oh, he’s got it. He shoots what’s really there. He really sees you.” And that’s what you want. It’s that simple and that complicated.
Daniel is not just a wedding photojournalist, he’s an *actual* photojournalist. He spent much of his career shooting sports, fashion, and also shooting in war zones. He has a Pulitzer Prize. I’m not kidding. And now you can hire him to shoot your wedding, which is sort of mind boggling.
He says, “I have made the transition from covering hard news to weddings, documenting them in the same way as my editorial stories. Now instead of getting shot at in conflict zones, I get to photograph joyful celebrations of love, family and friends. (The food is always better too).”
He shoots in both digital and film, and his signature is these amazing huge group portraits taken on a large format black and white film panoramic camera, and includes 12″ x 36″ print with every package. Now, before my wedding I looked at these pictures and thought, “Oh, that’s cool.” But after? Yeah, guys, you want this, you really really do. Daniel told me, “It is the one picture people love to have framed and hanging on their wall. It shows everyone who attended the wedding and 5 -10 years from now it will be more highly valued than any other picture shot that day.”
And he’s right. You know why? In blog land we spend a lot of time focusing on wedding pictures as art (and they are that, just look at the pictures in this post). But wedding pictures are more than that. They are documentation. They become part of our collective history. The picture of my grandparents wedding that we have on our bookshelf, right where you see it when you walk in? I don’t love it because it’s art, I love it because it’s a documentation of history, of people I loved. And that’s what you get with A Beautiful Day Photography, and what’s more important than that?
Oh, and PS: He photographed Conan O’Brien’s wedding. I’m not kidding. So, um, what are you waiting for Seattle & West Coast ladies?