Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
Drew is a visual storyteller, based in San Francisco, California and he is available travel - everywhere on Earth. Whether you are getting married on a beach in Nicaragua, on a rooftop in New York City, in a forest in Marin County, or at the amazing San Francisco City Hall, your wedding is unique and has a story to tell.
Drew approaches weddings as a photojournalist, creating a visual story about you, your loved ones and the experience. In addition to candid images, your photo story will also include creative portraits and artistic photos of all the details, big and small. Drew regularly photographs for clients all over the world - including for weddings, corporations + brands, magazines, news agencies, marketing agencies, and people in search of powerful and provocative imagery.
Drew proudly supports equal marriage rights.
When not traveling for a photo assignment, Drew lives in Oakland, California with his sweet-lady Zoom and a little lemon tree in their backyard.
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
I love the way that the APW community is so reinforcing. I feel like the vendors and the couples all seem to be operating on the same aesthetic wavelength where relationships, character, and quality are very important. For me, photographing a wedding is about so much more than someone hiring me to provide a service. I tend to develop strong and lasting relationships with my clients. I feel like this connection helps to create more intimate, honest, and meaningful imagery.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I am a storyteller. I love to tell stories with still images. My style is rooted in photojournalism and the documentary approach. When I photograph a wedding, I aim to tell a story about people and place, about interaction and emotion, about love and family. I am a student of light, shape, form, and expression and it is always my intention to create artistic and timeless photographs - that taken together tell the story of your celebration.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
I'm a big fan of outdoor adventuring with my sweet lady: surfing, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, trail running, backpacking, and tree climbing. I love to play the guitar and sing and to explore coastal flats at low tide. Urban vegetable growing is amazing. Reading and science are pretty cool, too. Truth be told - I really love chemistry and physics.
What’s your favorite book?
Oh, there are so many! "Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light" by Leonard Shlain. Also, Walter Issacson's biography of Einstein is really incredible - "Einstein: His Life and Universe."
What’s your favorite movie?
Hmmmm ... so many good films out there in the 'verse. "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" by the Coen brothers is a classic. My favorite film would probably change every day you asked me this question ; )
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
We'd definitely have to go with something funky. Maybe "I wish" or "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder.
5 reviews on “Drew Bird Photography”
Steve + AmyPros
My brother suggested using Drew for our wedding and simply put, couldn't be any happier with the results! Over the course of 5 days he and his assistant blended in with our guests seamlessly, captured moment after moment in a candid and meaningful way while and then presented us with an incredible assortment of photos that bring back memory after memory of the incredible time we had. I should note, we got married in Nicaragua which didn't pose a single problem at all for him. He was up for anything and seemed tireless despite long days documenting all sorts of adventures.
Each time that we look at our wedding photos, they are a stunning reminder of a precious day, capturing our emotions as well as the feelings of those who surrounded us. My husband and I highly recommend Drew Bird as the person who took these fantastic photos. We first came across Drew's work while looking through a photojournalism website before our wedding, and immediately fell in love with his beautiful, honest and vibrant pictures. Drew’s artistic talent shines through all his work, not just his wedding photography but also his journalistic and travel photographs. He has an incredible ability to capture rare moments of emotion and expression. Working with Drew was fun and joyful throughout the wedding planning stages - he is relaxed but professional and helped guide us through photographic subtleties that we would otherwise not have considered such as lighting and crowd dynamics. The photos that he created for our wedding bring us so much joy every time we look at them. Drew is both social and observant. He became a welcome member of our wedding party and all our guests couldn’t stop talking about how interesting and fun he was to talk to. We would have invited him as a friend, even if he wasn’t taking photos! However he also remained “on the job” the whole time. He put everyone at ease, and became so much “part of the scene” that people stopped posing for pictures and he was able to capture all the varied moments of conversation, laughter, tears and joy. He was able to plan and complete all the photographs needed independently, requiring almost no input from us on the day of the wedding. He also has an incredible eye for picking out unique and creative backdrops, for example suggesting that we scramble up a little rocky hill, so that we would have the background of the Sierra trees and mountains behind us. He guided us to be relaxed and ourselves, and the resulting photos are simply amazing. We wish we could get married again, just so that we could get more pictures taken by Drew! We would recommend him again and again.
I don't know where to start-- with Drew as a person or with his photos?! We were recommended by my husband's friend and as soon as I checked out his portfolio, I knew we had found our photographer. His timeless style and documentary-style visual storytelling was exquisite, and I knew that in booking him we'd have no regrets in the years to come of looking through our photos. Then! We got to meet with him in person, and let me tell you, he will put you immediately at ease. This gentleman is one of the kindest and warmest individuals and a true professional. My husband and I were in total agreement that this is the person we wanted at our wedding, interacting with our guests and getting all the great shots. Which is exactly what he did- my guests all raved about his presence and warmth. And even my pre-wedding jitters were no match for Drew's calm, friendly, easy demeanor. We even managed to get in a spontaneous boudoir shoot, which came out beautifully. I can't recommend Drew enough - do yourself a favor and book Drew and cross worrying about your photos off the list.
Drew was so lovely to work with and the photographs he took of our wedding reception were amazing. From the initial consultation to the day of and even beyond, he has been so flexible and accommodating of all our needs. He made a point to get to know us, our tastes, and our vision as a central part of his planning. The day of our reception, he captured so many special moments. And the first time we saw all the photographs it was a beautiful opportunity for my husband and I to relive one of the most special days of our lives. Five stars!
Andria + RayPros
Drew was great to work with, and we could not be happier with how our wedding photos turned out. During our initial consultation, Drew provided just the right amount of insight and professional perspective while taking the time to understand our vision for our wedding. This really made us feel at ease, as we were looking for someone who would be honest and not just try and fulfill every demand we had, and Drew did just that. During our engagement shoot, he was very conscious of the time of day for the best lighting, which was a testament to his attention to detail. He then made sure to deliver our engagement photos in a very timely fashion, which was great since we had hoped to use them for our Save the Dates. Come wedding day, Drew was able to capture everything from getting ready to the late night dancing, all while seemingly being invisible. Our friends and family even complimented Drew, saying that he made everyone feel relaxed during the portraits and chose just the right candid moments to photograph. We would definitely recommend Drew for your wedding!