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Drew Bird Photography

Oakland , CA
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Colby St. $ 63rd St.
Oakland, CA 94618 US (map)

PHONE

503-545-7580

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ABOUT US

Drew is a storyteller. Past clients have referred to him as a 'photo-ninja'. He is a keen observer of light, form, emotion, and human behavior. Drew approaches a wedding as a... Read more
Drew is a storyteller. Past clients have referred to him as a 'photo-ninja'. He is a keen observer of light, form, emotion, and human behavior. Drew approaches a wedding as a photojournalist - aiming to tell a visual story about people, place, and experience. In addition to candid images your photo story will also include creative portraits and artistic photos of details including architecture, landscapes, clothing, food, and decor.

Drew proudly supports equal marriage rights.

Drew's passion for storytelling and photography is rooted in balance: beautiful, artistic imagery is the result of personal connection with his clients and the patience required to understand and anticipate the spontaneity of events unfolding around him. Drew is an active member in the prestigious Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). According to their website, the WPJA is "an international network of vigorously vetted professional photographers" and they are "dedicated to upholding the highest standards in creative wedding photojournalism while promoting best business practices."

Drew is also an active member in the esteemed International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP). The ISPWP is a highly exclusive group of the best wedding photographers from around the world. As their website suggests, "when you hire an ISPWP Photographer, you are hiring a talented veteran with a track record, peer recognition, and a passion for creating heirloom images of your wedding."

Drew has photographed in a diverse range of genres. His photo stories have focused on urban agriculture, food culture, the music industry, cultural landscapes, travel, human-environment stories and weddings. His work focuses primarily on long-term photojournalistic storytelling.

When not photographing Drew enjoys surfing, walking in the mountains, growing organic vegetables, reading, playing guitar, and laughing as he bicycles past cars that are stuck in traffic.

web photojournalism, documentary, lifestyle: http://www.drewbirdphoto.com

web weddings, engagements, and elopements: http://www.drewbirdphotowed.com

Contact:
drew@drewbirdphoto.com
503.545.7580
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Jessica
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Planning a wedding is an extremely stressful experience and my husband and I chose each vendor carefully. We were extremely lucky to come across Drew and were thoroughly impressed with his portfolio. Drew met with us multiple times prior to the wedding to discuss our style, the event and what our expectations were for the day and the wedding. On the day of, Drew kept us calm and collected as he constructed a beautiful "first look" utilizing our ceremony space and decorations. When Drew took pictures of the two of us, we relied on Drew to create natural pictures using the landscape. They turned out beautifully and don't look like cheesy wedding pictures.

During the ceremony and reception Drew captured memories of not just the two of us, but all of our guests and the atmosphere and thoughtfully portray a story with his pictures. Since both of our families are large, I was shocked and impressed that Drew took charge to take the family pictures efficiently and beautifully.

Our guests loved the pictures and said it allowed them to see moments that they missed, which was exactly how we felt. I would recommend Drew to anyone looking for a creative, professional and talented photographer!
Planning a wedding is an extremely stressful experience and my husband and I chose each vendor carefully. We were Read more...
Planning a wedding is an extremely stressful experience and my husband and I chose each vendor carefully. We were extremely lucky to come across Drew and were thoroughly impressed with his portfolio. Drew met with us multiple times prior to the wedding to discuss our style, the event and what our expectations were for the day and the wedding. On the day of, Drew kept us calm and collected as he constructed a beautiful "first look" utilizing our ceremony space and decorations. When Drew took pictures of the two of us, we relied on Drew to create natural pictures using the landscape. They turned out beautifully and don't look like cheesy wedding pictures.

During the ceremony and reception Drew captured memories of not just the two of us, but all of our guests and the atmosphere and thoughtfully portray a story with his pictures. Since both of our families are large, I was shocked and impressed that Drew took charge to take the family pictures efficiently and beautifully.

Our guests loved the pictures and said it allowed them to see moments that they missed, which was exactly how we felt. I would recommend Drew to anyone looking for a creative, professional and talented photographer! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had a fantastic experience with Drew and Drew Bird Photography, and we couldn't be happier with how the photos of our destination wedding in Puerto Rico turned out. Drew was a positive and calming presence on our wedding day, and was extremely easy to work with during the planning process (which was done remotely since we were in different cities). Everyone is raving about the photos, which truly capture the feel of our wedding. Drew managed to capture everything from the sweeping setting to the tiniest details, and I hardly knew he was there. We will treasure the beautiful photos he created for years to come. Highly recommended!
We had a fantastic experience with Drew and Drew Bird Photography, and we couldn't be happier with how the photos of our Read more...
We had a fantastic experience with Drew and Drew Bird Photography, and we couldn't be happier with how the photos of our destination wedding in Puerto Rico turned out. Drew was a positive and calming presence on our wedding day, and was extremely easy to work with during the planning process (which was done remotely since we were in different cities). Everyone is raving about the photos, which truly capture the feel of our wedding. Drew managed to capture everything from the sweeping setting to the tiniest details, and I hardly knew he was there. We will treasure the beautiful photos he created for years to come. Highly recommended! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
11/3/2013
5.0/5.0
I have nothing but outstanding things to say about Drew and His and Her Photography.
Some details:

He's a delight: Drew's easy demeanor and kind spirit were the first thing my husband and I noticed. He seemed very interested in delivering the kinds of pictures we wanted, and wanted to make sure he could deliver (he did!).

He captures moments not poses: Sure he can do particular pictures if you want him to (and is happily willing), but what set Drew apart from other photographers is how he captures authentic emotions throughout our wedding day. Looking at these photos brings us back to the feelings we were experiencing during the day, it's incredible.

The guy does crazy impressive things with light: I'm no photographer, but the way Drew captures beautiful images and light when the light seemed less than ideal is kind of awe inspiring.

Value: My husband and I looked at a number of photographers who were charging much more than Drew. He could (and maybe should) charge more for his work.

He's unobtrusive: Drew captured a TON of images during our wedding, yet no one seemed to notice him. He was ALWAYS there, but never-ever in the way.

This chica with high standards doesn't have a single negative thing to say. THANK YOU!
I have nothing but outstanding things to say about Drew and His and Her Photography.
Some details:

He's a Read more...
I have nothing but outstanding things to say about Drew and His and Her Photography.
Some details:

He's a delight: Drew's easy demeanor and kind spirit were the first thing my husband and I noticed. He seemed very interested in delivering the kinds of pictures we wanted, and wanted to make sure he could deliver (he did!).

He captures moments not poses: Sure he can do particular pictures if you want him to (and is happily willing), but what set Drew apart from other photographers is how he captures authentic emotions throughout our wedding day. Looking at these photos brings us back to the feelings we were experiencing during the day, it's incredible.

The guy does crazy impressive things with light: I'm no photographer, but the way Drew captures beautiful images and light when the light seemed less than ideal is kind of awe inspiring.

Value: My husband and I looked at a number of photographers who were charging much more than Drew. He could (and maybe should) charge more for his work.

He's unobtrusive: Drew captured a TON of images during our wedding, yet no one seemed to notice him. He was ALWAYS there, but never-ever in the way.

This chica with high standards doesn't have a single negative thing to say. THANK YOU! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience with Drew of His and Her Photography. He offered excellent value and the photos were just gorgeous - we got SO many compliments on them. Drew was very responsive and he even set up a meeting to call/skype my husband and me because we were out of town often for school. Drew did exactly what we asked for, but put in a lot of input to provide us truly lovely photos. He took a ton of pictures of our family and friends enjoying themselves which allowed us to see things we missed on the day itself. He was also willing to do impromptu posed shots for our families. My husband and I loved working with Drew - he helped make our day truly special! He was friendly and very professional - a great photographer.
We had a wonderful experience with Drew of His and Her Photography. He offered excellent value and the photos were just Read more...
We had a wonderful experience with Drew of His and Her Photography. He offered excellent value and the photos were just gorgeous - we got SO many compliments on them. Drew was very responsive and he even set up a meeting to call/skype my husband and me because we were out of town often for school. Drew did exactly what we asked for, but put in a lot of input to provide us truly lovely photos. He took a ton of pictures of our family and friends enjoying themselves which allowed us to see things we missed on the day itself. He was also willing to do impromptu posed shots for our families. My husband and I loved working with Drew - he helped make our day truly special! He was friendly and very professional - a great photographer. Read less
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Paola
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Drew is a true professional. He was very non-intrusive and I could tell he was capturing some really cool moments on our wedding day. Drew was very organized, creative, and responsive to all of our questions, no matter how minor. He really worked well with us to make sure we got the types of shots we wanted, and gave some great insight and ideas during the planning process. We are so happy and grateful we had the opportunity to work with him in Virginia.

We really love all of our photos (and so do everyone we share them with)! If you're looking for the perfect photographer for your special day, don't look anywhere else. Drew is it!

Don't look anywhere else for a photographer. This is it!
Drew is a true professional. He was very non-intrusive and I could tell he was capturing some really cool moments on our Read more...
Drew is a true professional. He was very non-intrusive and I could tell he was capturing some really cool moments on our wedding day. Drew was very organized, creative, and responsive to all of our questions, no matter how minor. He really worked well with us to make sure we got the types of shots we wanted, and gave some great insight and ideas during the planning process. We are so happy and grateful we had the opportunity to work with him in Virginia.

We really love all of our photos (and so do everyone we share them with)! If you're looking for the perfect photographer for your special day, don't look anywhere else. Drew is it!

Don't look anywhere else for a photographer. This is it! Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Drew with his and her photography does amazing work. I looked at countless photographers and met with a few but I kept coming back to Drew. I was planning my wedding from 4 hours away and he was really flexible and accommodating. We were able to communicate mostly by phone and email and he was always quick to get back to me. We were in town for a meeting at our venue and he was able to meet with us at the last minute.

Drew doesn't just show up on the day of your wedding, he really takes the time to get to know his clients. He wants to know what type of pictures you like (I sent him a few examples) and what your must have pics are on the day of the wedding. He will help you create a timeline for the day of your wedding. It is really helpful to know that everyone is on the same page since the day goes by so quickly.

Drew was able to capture all of the major moments of our wedding day and all of the details and quiet moments that I never would have even known about (like the flower girl coloring with her grandfather). It is so important to invest in quality photography with a reliable vendor. I would highly recommend His and Her Photography to anyone getting married.
Drew with his and her photography does amazing work. I looked at countless photographers and met with a few but I kept Read more...
Drew with his and her photography does amazing work. I looked at countless photographers and met with a few but I kept coming back to Drew. I was planning my wedding from 4 hours away and he was really flexible and accommodating. We were able to communicate mostly by phone and email and he was always quick to get back to me. We were in town for a meeting at our venue and he was able to meet with us at the last minute.

Drew doesn't just show up on the day of your wedding, he really takes the time to get to know his clients. He wants to know what type of pictures you like (I sent him a few examples) and what your must have pics are on the day of the wedding. He will help you create a timeline for the day of your wedding. It is really helpful to know that everyone is on the same page since the day goes by so quickly.

Drew was able to capture all of the major moments of our wedding day and all of the details and quiet moments that I never would have even known about (like the flower girl coloring with her grandfather). It is so important to invest in quality photography with a reliable vendor. I would highly recommend His and Her Photography to anyone getting married. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We are so happy that we worked with Drew and His and Her Photography for our engagement photos and for our wedding! Drew and Alexis did such an amazing job! We really couldn't be happier. They really captured the day in a natural, unobtrusive, yet artistic and beautiful way. If anyone out there is considering working with His and Her Photography, stop thinking about it and just do it. Drew is unbelievably great to work with and takes fantastic photos.
We are so happy that we worked with Drew and His and Her Photography for our engagement photos and for our wedding! Drew Read more...
We are so happy that we worked with Drew and His and Her Photography for our engagement photos and for our wedding! Drew and Alexis did such an amazing job! We really couldn't be happier. They really captured the day in a natural, unobtrusive, yet artistic and beautiful way. If anyone out there is considering working with His and Her Photography, stop thinking about it and just do it. Drew is unbelievably great to work with and takes fantastic photos. Read less
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Holly
Wedding:
4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Planning a wedding in the DC area is expensive. We found a list of photographers at the WPJA and made a list of our top 6 choices. We gave our list to the best man and told him to narrow down the list. The best man is an amateur photographer and listed Drew as his top choice with the words "created framing, nice story. Great a capturing emotions of people and good retouch skills. Very well done" Drew was professional at the meeting and all correspondence before the wedding. At the wedding, he was like a ninja. I never saw him, but seeing his product, it was obvious he was everywhere.
Pricing wise, I budgeted the photographer for X amount of dollars. Drew's "Monet" package was $300 over for what I planned, but after seeing the product and comparing to other photographers' pricing, His and Her Photography is an excellent value.
Planning a wedding in the DC area is expensive. We found a list of photographers at the WPJA and made a list of our top 6 Read more...
Planning a wedding in the DC area is expensive. We found a list of photographers at the WPJA and made a list of our top 6 choices. We gave our list to the best man and told him to narrow down the list. The best man is an amateur photographer and listed Drew as his top choice with the words "created framing, nice story. Great a capturing emotions of people and good retouch skills. Very well done" Drew was professional at the meeting and all correspondence before the wedding. At the wedding, he was like a ninja. I never saw him, but seeing his product, it was obvious he was everywhere.
Pricing wise, I budgeted the photographer for X amount of dollars. Drew's "Monet" package was $300 over for what I planned, but after seeing the product and comparing to other photographers' pricing, His and Her Photography is an excellent value. Read less
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allegralorea
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I first met Drew when he photographed my sister’s semi-traditional wedding in 2009 (no white dress, no walking down the aisle, etc). He was great to work with then, and we loved the moments he captured.

When looking for a wedding photographer two years later, our goals were to find a photographer who 1) had a photojournalistic style, 2) was easy to work with, 3) was professional and knew what they were doing, and 4) took great photos. We thought of Drew immediately because after being in a few weddings and having engagement photos taken ourselves, we realized that not all photographers are like His and Her Photography (even when prices seem comparable). Drew is extremely personable, easy going, and nice, while at the same time very professional, artistic, and confident in his work. He is very talented and captured great moments for us, and when we were taking portraits he knew exactly what he wanted to see. I even brought some props along (Mr. & Mrs. plaques and an umbrella) and he worked them into a few shots, no problem.

Drew was also extremely helpful in the planning process, even from 3,000 miles away. We happened to be visiting my sister and brother in law in Washington, DC and Drew was able to meet with us while we were there to determine a timeline for photos that ended up helping us plan our wedding day.

About a year after our wedding, we decided that we wanted an archival quality album of our favorite moments that we had removed from our original photo package. Drew was just as easy to work with as ever, and designed a beautiful album for us from photos that we had chosen.

We couldn't be happier with the memories that Drew captured and provided us, and I know that they are such happy memories in part because he helped make our day stress-free.
My husband and I first met Drew when he photographed my sister’s semi-traditional wedding in 2009 (no white dress, no Read more...
My husband and I first met Drew when he photographed my sister’s semi-traditional wedding in 2009 (no white dress, no walking down the aisle, etc). He was great to work with then, and we loved the moments he captured.

When looking for a wedding photographer two years later, our goals were to find a photographer who 1) had a photojournalistic style, 2) was easy to work with, 3) was professional and knew what they were doing, and 4) took great photos. We thought of Drew immediately because after being in a few weddings and having engagement photos taken ourselves, we realized that not all photographers are like His and Her Photography (even when prices seem comparable). Drew is extremely personable, easy going, and nice, while at the same time very professional, artistic, and confident in his work. He is very talented and captured great moments for us, and when we were taking portraits he knew exactly what he wanted to see. I even brought some props along (Mr. & Mrs. plaques and an umbrella) and he worked them into a few shots, no problem.

Drew was also extremely helpful in the planning process, even from 3,000 miles away. We happened to be visiting my sister and brother in law in Washington, DC and Drew was able to meet with us while we were there to determine a timeline for photos that ended up helping us plan our wedding day.

About a year after our wedding, we decided that we wanted an archival quality album of our favorite moments that we had removed from our original photo package. Drew was just as easy to work with as ever, and designed a beautiful album for us from photos that we had chosen.

We couldn't be happier with the memories that Drew captured and provided us, and I know that they are such happy memories in part because he helped make our day stress-free. Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
My wife and I met Drew a couple of months before the wedding. We were trying to find a photographer that would capture the whole feel of our wedding. Our wedding was outdoors and one of the first times our families, who are from different parts of the world, would meet. Drew's style was such a great fit: professional, attentive, and relaxed.

Wedding days are a blur and it's hard to take everything in. Drew has a great instinct for somehow capturing the essence of what's going on at any given time and developing all that he captures into a story. He seamlessly got us into great spots for pictures when the light was especially interesting (we narrowly missed a storm) and also largely used a photojournalistic style.

My wife and I were just looking through our photos again (the wedding was 2 years ago) and were blown away again by the quality and feel of the photos. I can't recommend Drew highly enough.
My wife and I met Drew a couple of months before the wedding. We were trying to find a photographer that would capture the Read more...
My wife and I met Drew a couple of months before the wedding. We were trying to find a photographer that would capture the whole feel of our wedding. Our wedding was outdoors and one of the first times our families, who are from different parts of the world, would meet. Drew's style was such a great fit: professional, attentive, and relaxed.

Wedding days are a blur and it's hard to take everything in. Drew has a great instinct for somehow capturing the essence of what's going on at any given time and developing all that he captures into a story. He seamlessly got us into great spots for pictures when the light was especially interesting (we narrowly missed a storm) and also largely used a photojournalistic style.

My wife and I were just looking through our photos again (the wedding was 2 years ago) and were blown away again by the quality and feel of the photos. I can't recommend Drew highly enough. Read less
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