Hi, I'm David! I'm a documentary wedding photographer who believes in real, raw, emotional photography. I have traveled and lived in many countries and states, always pursuing adventure and good stories. This is how I came to be a wedding photographer: every family's story is unique and I love making it visual. There is always emotion - sometimes a subtle hand brush, other times hugs or tears. Finding those moments and saving them for you is what I do.
I was named the #1 wedding photographer in the United States in 2020 by the Wedding Photojournalist Association, Top 100 in the World by Fearless Photographers in 2019 and 2020, and Junebug Weddings' Top 50 in the World in 2020.
Here's a little of my story:
I grew up on a small island in Washington, went to college in Pennsylvania, then joined the Peace Corps and worked as a conservation volunteer in the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau. A few years later I returned abroad to another small island in Okinawa, Japan, where I worked as an English teacher. While there I completed a year-long portrait photography project, highlighting interesting and important people on the island where I lived.
That project in Japan sparked an idea for a longer-term personal project where I visit small Pacific islands and take portraits and documentary photos of the culture and lives of the residents, then send portrait packages and books of the project back to the community.
In 2016 I went to my second island: Nomuka in the Kingdom of Tonga. In addition to family portraits, I also documented life on the island including church, kite flying, farming, weaving, and school. More photos from the project can be seen here.
In 2017 I photographed the small Vanuatu island of Makira and in 2018 I did the same for Salua Village on Manono Island, Samoa. In early 2020 I spent a couple months on the island of Taku in Kiribati, where I was nearly stranded due to Covid.
I believe strongly in doing personal projects with my photography to keep both my passion and skills on point. In 2016 I began another project documenting Montana's small-town rodeos. This is an ongoing project, the photos from which can be seen here.
I've been all over the world and have experienced a lot of special and unique stories. I bring this rich storytelling history to your wedding, where my primary goal is to document your most important family and friends gathering with you and for you.