Drew Bird Photography
We were looking for a photographer who could both capture candid, photojournalistic-style shots — moments that we didn't even realize were happening — and take beautiful portraits. Drew, whom we hired for our engagement photo shoot and the big day itself, delivered in spades. He understands how to use a place's architectural details, natural light, and color, and how to pace a session to take advantage of all of these elements. He works with great people: his assistant photographer and assistant were extremely competent and pleasant to be around. And importantly, he's a fun, friendly, smart person with a knack for getting people of all ages and types to feel good about themselves in front of a camera — including the two of us, who are not used to standing for nonstop photos. And so somehow, every person at our wedding came out looking amazing (even while dancing!). We've been told by multiple people that ours were the most amazing wedding photos they'd ever seen, and we love them to pieces ourselves. Believe the hype!
We chose Drew for our wedding photography because because he was easy to talk to and easy to work with, but mostly because his style of photography was exactly what we were looking for. We wanted someone who could capture our event in a way that didn’t feel forced or staged; Drew did everything we expected and more. His style was a perfect match for us: he emphasized candid, natural photos that would not seem forced (something that requires experience since every couple is different), and he was easy-going and a breeze to work with. We wanted our photos to capture us as a couple, and we really think Drew did that perfectly. Drew had great suggestions for locations that would not only work into our plans for the day, but also captured our personalities. He really got a feel for us as a couple in short order and we felt completely comfortable working with him all day. We did a few posed photos for the family, but otherwise Drew emphasized capturing the natural progression of our wedding, and we are thrilled with the candid shots he got. Drew accurately captured the emotions of our day, and we could not be happier to have worked with him.
Carmen and Barrett
Drew's talent in creating photo stories is obvious but I'm happy to report that he's also a one in a million person. He is the type of guy you might meet randomly on vacation and then become best friends for a week. This may not seem like an important consideration in choosing a photographer but I would argue that this trait is the most crucial component in the quality of Drew's work. He works diligently to integrate into whatever scene he's capturing in a way I can't quite recall witnessing in other photographers. We were incredibly pleased to see the rapport we had felt with Drew immediately extended to our guests. So not only did we love our photos, but many of our guests ended up with great keepsakes too. Given how many travel jobs Drew has, we were also impressed with the excellent communication that was provided in advance of our event. And the turn around on our project was well within what we were quoted. Drew is professional, talented, thoughtful, creative and incredibly easy to work with. I would highly recommend hiring him. Who knows, he might even throw a few surf tips in for free!
Andria + Ray
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!
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!
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.
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.
Steve + Amy
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.
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