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First, I'm not a speed dater...

...so I am not going to try to sell you with a quick list of random, non-photo related facts about me.  Let's be honest, you’re probably not going to reach out simply because we both think Stumptown coffee is awesome and we both love the color green... Am I right?

My approach...

My approach is purely documentary. Not a single image on this site was explicitly directed because let's face it, posed "prom" wedding poses are lame and reflect absolutely nothing unique about you or your partner.

My couples have always trusted me to capture the truest versions of themselves, so the very last thing I want is for you both to think of this as a "photoshoot."

My promise to you...

I promise never to tell you when to laugh, where to look or how to react. That is not the memory you want when you look at your images. You're not pretending to be "in love" in a commercial shoot, so why should your images reflect that? At the very least, your photos will reflect what already exists:

WHY you fell in love in the first place.

During our time together, focus less on me and the camera and more on all the things you love about your partner. What draws you closer? What amazing memories do you both have? What exciting adventures are on the horizon? What does your partner do to make you laugh? Focus on these things and I promise you will absolutely love the experience and the results...

Remember, I will always step in if something doesn't look right!

Face time is always better...

Friends are more willing to share and be open with friends, so in short, YES, we should be friends!  I propose we get to know each other in person and plan fun activities together.  We should go hiking, do yoga, drink wine, take a Crossfit class or go mountain biking if that's your thing, watch football, share stories...whatever! I'm still good friends with many of my previous clients. I can assure you our relationship probably will not end once you've received your wedding photos. :)

I look forward to getting to know you both!

Photo of Jonathan Moore, Temescal Canyon, Pacific Palisades

MY STORY

about how I chose wedding photography...

My work as a photographer began almost eleven years ago as a young sports photography intern at Getty Images way back in 2008. As a freelancer I covered baseball, football, basketball, rowing, tennis and dozens of NASCAR races. Yes, NASCAR...

My experience at Getty sharpened my eye for composition, light and timing. The technical challenges were amazing, but as time passed, the nature of the work became impersonal and systematic. Another touchdown, another home run, another victory lane… I was just one of a gang of photographers trying to capture the same moment. I felt like my life’s work was becoming a commodity. I growingly became frustrated and disillusioned with my professional journey.

Something had to change.

Saint James Park, London, Beloved Portrait

Then it hit me. How can I be truly passionate about my work when I don’t have any personal connection whatsoever with the people that I'm covering? As a sports photographer, I was always at arms length from my subjects – leaving me without the ability to truly relate to what they were feeling.

At that moment I knew I wanted to work one-on-one with my subjects. There is something so gratifying about capturing two people madly in love, handing them the images images and then hearing how their experience brought them even closer in their relationship. This is the joy that wedding photography brings me.

It would be an honor to hear from you!

TELL ME YOUR STORY!

I'd love to hear from you...

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