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Drew Bird Photography

Oakland , CA
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LOCATION

Colby St. and 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?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Slideshow/Montage, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Drew did an absolutely fantastic job on our wedding photos. We wanted more storytelling and capturing the moment than posed photos, but we really got everything with him. Drew is a true photojournalist; his photos tell story of your wedding day. He really worked with us to get what we wanted out of it. We went in saying, "If we get about 30-40 great photos, we will be happy." At the end of the day, we got hundreds of photos that are just beautiful. We highly recommend using Drew.
Drew did an absolutely fantastic job on our wedding photos. We wanted more storytelling and capturing the moment than Read more...
Drew did an absolutely fantastic job on our wedding photos. We wanted more storytelling and capturing the moment than posed photos, but we really got everything with him. Drew is a true photojournalist; his photos tell story of your wedding day. He really worked with us to get what we wanted out of it. We went in saying, "If we get about 30-40 great photos, we will be happy." At the end of the day, we got hundreds of photos that are just beautiful. We highly recommend using Drew. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
There is only one opportunity to capture the importance of an event like a wedding. Thankfully, Drew dashed our anxieties by quickly delivering an amazing set of photos from our San Francisco City Hall wedding. Initially, we were drawn to Drew's photojournalism style and after reviewing the photos, we could not be more pleased with the results. He masterfully juxtaposed our ceremony with the amazing light and architecture of the SF City Hall building.

Prior to event, communication and planning went very smoothly. Despite neither party being based in SF, he had no issues meeting us there and even did some preliminary scouting the day before. With all the preparation, our photo session went very efficiently. We never felt rushed, and it left us plenty of time to enjoy our day.

After the event, Drew kept us up to date with the status of the pictures, and delivered them exactly when he promised (and for a very reasonable price).

Overall, we were extremely happy with Drew's professionalism and most importantly his talent. We will treasure our photos for years to come.
There is only one opportunity to capture the importance of an event like a wedding. Thankfully, Drew dashed our anxieties Read more...
There is only one opportunity to capture the importance of an event like a wedding. Thankfully, Drew dashed our anxieties by quickly delivering an amazing set of photos from our San Francisco City Hall wedding. Initially, we were drawn to Drew's photojournalism style and after reviewing the photos, we could not be more pleased with the results. He masterfully juxtaposed our ceremony with the amazing light and architecture of the SF City Hall building.

Prior to event, communication and planning went very smoothly. Despite neither party being based in SF, he had no issues meeting us there and even did some preliminary scouting the day before. With all the preparation, our photo session went very efficiently. We never felt rushed, and it left us plenty of time to enjoy our day.

After the event, Drew kept us up to date with the status of the pictures, and delivered them exactly when he promised (and for a very reasonable price).

Overall, we were extremely happy with Drew's professionalism and most importantly his talent. We will treasure our photos for years to come. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Drew was fantastic to work with, and the wedding photos came out amazing. We were pleased with his professionalism and character from day 1. I would certainly recommend him as a photographer.
Drew was fantastic to work with, and the wedding photos came out amazing. We were pleased with his professionalism and Read more...
Drew was fantastic to work with, and the wedding photos came out amazing. We were pleased with his professionalism and character from day 1. I would certainly recommend him as a photographer. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
What a pleasure it was to work with Drew! From the very first meeting, we felt so comfortable with him and could tell that he really loves what he does. He was very easy going, fun to work with, and got along so well with all of the various people involved in the planning process. We had a very large wedding and he and the 2nd photographer that he brought in were able to nicely demonstrate the overall excitement of the large event as well as beautifully capture the more intimate moments of the day. We are so happy with the results and recommend Drew Bird Photography wholeheartedly!
What a pleasure it was to work with Drew! From the very first meeting, we felt so comfortable with him and could tell that Read more...
What a pleasure it was to work with Drew! From the very first meeting, we felt so comfortable with him and could tell that he really loves what he does. He was very easy going, fun to work with, and got along so well with all of the various people involved in the planning process. We had a very large wedding and he and the 2nd photographer that he brought in were able to nicely demonstrate the overall excitement of the large event as well as beautifully capture the more intimate moments of the day. We are so happy with the results and recommend Drew Bird Photography wholeheartedly! Read less
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Karim&Tyler
Wedding:
10/17/2014
4.9/5.0
Drew has an unbelievable eye for photojournalism, which is shown through his story of photos. After looking through his online portfolio, I knew he was exactly what we wanted for our wedding. We wanted photos with depth, with meaning, that would resonate an emotion with future family members even 50 years later. Drew was able to capture that, plus more.

Drew has a very laidback composure but is very serious and professional when it comes to his business and clients. We sincerely appreciated his thoroughness in planning and detailing the day. He was also great in recommending other vendors-- which like Drew, were a dream to work with.

We highly recommend him-- we still can't pick out our favorite photo from the 800+ he sent us. There are just too many good ones!
Drew has an unbelievable eye for photojournalism, which is shown through his story of photos. After looking through his Read more...
Drew has an unbelievable eye for photojournalism, which is shown through his story of photos. After looking through his online portfolio, I knew he was exactly what we wanted for our wedding. We wanted photos with depth, with meaning, that would resonate an emotion with future family members even 50 years later. Drew was able to capture that, plus more.

Drew has a very laidback composure but is very serious and professional when it comes to his business and clients. We sincerely appreciated his thoroughness in planning and detailing the day. He was also great in recommending other vendors-- which like Drew, were a dream to work with.

We highly recommend him-- we still can't pick out our favorite photo from the 800+ he sent us. There are just too many good ones! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Drew was outstanding. He did an impeccable job capturing our favorite moments, and his photos really tell the story of our wedding. Every time we look through them we feel like we are reliving the day, and we always seem to discover something new! Not only is his work wonderful and creative, he is incredibly professional. He was somehow everywhere at once at the wedding, capturing all the key and intimate moments, but also unobtrusive. So many of our guests, especially those who recently had weddings (and their own photographers), commented on the fact that he blended in seamlessly, and those who he did interact with had nothing but nice things to say about him.

Drew's professionalism also extended to the months leading up to the wedding. He always responded immediately to our emails, and he took the time to meet with us twice before the wedding to go over anything and everything we wanted to talk about. Those meetings went a long way in making us feel calm and comfortable about the photography and the event in general, and Drew never rushed us. He was patient and offered advice when we asked, but never intruded on our decisionmaking or told us that we had to do something a certain way. For example, we were not very into the idea of posed shots, and Drew suggested to us a few posed shots that he thought would look really nice, but immediately moved on to focusing on the look and feel that we were going for. We ended up taking the posed shots he suggested, and we are really glad that we did.

As you can probably tell from this lengthy review, we could not have been happier with Drew and would highly recommend him for any event!
Drew was outstanding. He did an impeccable job capturing our favorite moments, and his photos really tell the story of our Read more...
Drew was outstanding. He did an impeccable job capturing our favorite moments, and his photos really tell the story of our wedding. Every time we look through them we feel like we are reliving the day, and we always seem to discover something new! Not only is his work wonderful and creative, he is incredibly professional. He was somehow everywhere at once at the wedding, capturing all the key and intimate moments, but also unobtrusive. So many of our guests, especially those who recently had weddings (and their own photographers), commented on the fact that he blended in seamlessly, and those who he did interact with had nothing but nice things to say about him.

Drew's professionalism also extended to the months leading up to the wedding. He always responded immediately to our emails, and he took the time to meet with us twice before the wedding to go over anything and everything we wanted to talk about. Those meetings went a long way in making us feel calm and comfortable about the photography and the event in general, and Drew never rushed us. He was patient and offered advice when we asked, but never intruded on our decisionmaking or told us that we had to do something a certain way. For example, we were not very into the idea of posed shots, and Drew suggested to us a few posed shots that he thought would look really nice, but immediately moved on to focusing on the look and feel that we were going for. We ended up taking the posed shots he suggested, and we are really glad that we did.

As you can probably tell from this lengthy review, we could not have been happier with Drew and would highly recommend him for any event! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
Drew was a wonderful photographer who was very easy to work with. We first used Drew for engagement photos. My wife and I both initially had qualms about taking professional photos, but Drew quickly put us at ease and we both really enjoyed our session with him and the photos turned out fantastically. Our wedding day was even better - Drew has a fantastic eye and worked great on the fly. When extremely hot weather modified our entire photo shoot plans, Drew improvised a new plan and created some absolutely fantastic images. On the day of the wedding, Drew and his assistant were the vendors who did absolutely everything we asked for and more.

Our only (slight) complaint came in the post-production. Whether due to his recent move or to getting married in the busy season, it took us longer to get our images than we expected. Moreover, our high resolution photos were lower resolution than we had expected, keeping us from printing very large photos (bigger than 20"x30"). After talking with Drew, we were able to find a solution
Drew was a wonderful photographer who was very easy to work with. We first used Drew for engagement photos. My wife and I Read more...
Drew was a wonderful photographer who was very easy to work with. We first used Drew for engagement photos. My wife and I both initially had qualms about taking professional photos, but Drew quickly put us at ease and we both really enjoyed our session with him and the photos turned out fantastically. Our wedding day was even better - Drew has a fantastic eye and worked great on the fly. When extremely hot weather modified our entire photo shoot plans, Drew improvised a new plan and created some absolutely fantastic images. On the day of the wedding, Drew and his assistant were the vendors who did absolutely everything we asked for and more.

Our only (slight) complaint came in the post-production. Whether due to his recent move or to getting married in the busy season, it took us longer to get our images than we expected. Moreover, our high resolution photos were lower resolution than we had expected, keeping us from printing very large photos (bigger than 20"x30"). After talking with Drew, we were able to find a solution Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Drew photographed our wedding in Washington, DC and Maryland this August and together with his partner for the day, Alexis did an absolutely fantastic job! We both live in New York and did not have time to come down to DC to meet with Drew until only a few weeks before the wedding but just talking to Drew via Skype, we felt very comfortable with his professionalism and with his work of art. We spent 1 year planning the wedding and I guess we both have a real passion to think through all elements of a wedding, from hand-made paintings for each table, to a travel fund for friends coming from abroad, a hand-made wedding Pinata or Mariachi band. But there are always some things that you just can't fully control, photography is one of these things. Yes, you can make a list of must-take photos but ultimately, if you want candid and non-staged pictures of your guests, you need to leave it up to the photographers. We thought our search for "the perfect" photogropher would take a long time but we quickly came across Drew's portfolio and decided to go with him. The results speak for themselves (see below) and we were incredibly happy. Just a few quick additional notes: - the rights for the pictures stay with Drew, as is common practice with nearly all photographers. If you want to use pictures on social media etc. you need to link to Drew's side and might need to check with him for permissions. Not everyone likes the idea of restrictions coming with their own wedding pictures but I spend many hours researching this and it just is the way it is. Photography is art and artist want to make sure their work is protected. -It will take about 1-2 months until you get the final pictures. You really don't need them right away, its great to see them after a few months when the memories are slowly fading. I am sure you could ask him to have them sooner but pictures require a lot of post-editing.
Drew photographed our wedding in Washington, DC and Maryland this August and together with his partner for the day, Alexis Read more...
Drew photographed our wedding in Washington, DC and Maryland this August and together with his partner for the day, Alexis did an absolutely fantastic job! We both live in New York and did not have time to come down to DC to meet with Drew until only a few weeks before the wedding but just talking to Drew via Skype, we felt very comfortable with his professionalism and with his work of art. We spent 1 year planning the wedding and I guess we both have a real passion to think through all elements of a wedding, from hand-made paintings for each table, to a travel fund for friends coming from abroad, a hand-made wedding Pinata or Mariachi band. But there are always some things that you just can't fully control, photography is one of these things. Yes, you can make a list of must-take photos but ultimately, if you want candid and non-staged pictures of your guests, you need to leave it up to the photographers. We thought our search for "the perfect" photogropher would take a long time but we quickly came across Drew's portfolio and decided to go with him. The results speak for themselves (see below) and we were incredibly happy. Just a few quick additional notes: - the rights for the pictures stay with Drew, as is common practice with nearly all photographers. If you want to use pictures on social media etc. you need to link to Drew's side and might need to check with him for permissions. Not everyone likes the idea of restrictions coming with their own wedding pictures but I spend many hours researching this and it just is the way it is. Photography is art and artist want to make sure their work is protected. -It will take about 1-2 months until you get the final pictures. You really don't need them right away, its great to see them after a few months when the memories are slowly fading. I am sure you could ask him to have them sooner but pictures require a lot of post-editing. Read less
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Jane
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
We could not be happier that we hired Drew to be our photographer! Drew is extremely warm, kind, calming, patient, honest, knowledgeable, talented, and professional—basically, he is just the type of person with whom you want to share one of the most important (yet potentially stressful) days of your life!

Throughout the wedding planning process, Drew was an absolute pleasure to work with. A couple of weeks before the wedding, we set up a call to discuss wedding details and what we hoped for in our photographs. Drew was completely open to all of our ideas, but he was upfront about where there might be limitations based on timing, lighting, etc. He also gave us some good tips about how to move through portraits as quickly as possible and how best to schedule the day. The phone call left us feeling like we had a good sense of what to expect the day of the wedding and how to prepare to make things move along most efficiently.

Drew caught tons of priceless, candid moments during the ceremony and reception, while managing to remain completely unobtrusive. After the ceremony, he was able to pull off an amazing overhead group portrait of my husband and me with all of our wedding guests, which was no easy feat given the number of guests, topography, and harsh sunlight at our mid-day outdoor wedding. We are so pleased with that portrait and all of the other portraits, but the candid shots Drew took during the ceremony and reception were probably the greatest treat for us to comb through after the wedding. Drew was able to capture in photos exactly how our wedding felt to us, and we could not be happier with the beautiful photographs we have to commemorate the day. We could not recommend Drew more highly!
We could not be happier that we hired Drew to be our photographer! Drew is extremely warm, kind, calming, patient, honest, Read more...
We could not be happier that we hired Drew to be our photographer! Drew is extremely warm, kind, calming, patient, honest, knowledgeable, talented, and professional—basically, he is just the type of person with whom you want to share one of the most important (yet potentially stressful) days of your life!

Throughout the wedding planning process, Drew was an absolute pleasure to work with. A couple of weeks before the wedding, we set up a call to discuss wedding details and what we hoped for in our photographs. Drew was completely open to all of our ideas, but he was upfront about where there might be limitations based on timing, lighting, etc. He also gave us some good tips about how to move through portraits as quickly as possible and how best to schedule the day. The phone call left us feeling like we had a good sense of what to expect the day of the wedding and how to prepare to make things move along most efficiently.

Drew caught tons of priceless, candid moments during the ceremony and reception, while managing to remain completely unobtrusive. After the ceremony, he was able to pull off an amazing overhead group portrait of my husband and me with all of our wedding guests, which was no easy feat given the number of guests, topography, and harsh sunlight at our mid-day outdoor wedding. We are so pleased with that portrait and all of the other portraits, but the candid shots Drew took during the ceremony and reception were probably the greatest treat for us to comb through after the wedding. Drew was able to capture in photos exactly how our wedding felt to us, and we could not be happier with the beautiful photographs we have to commemorate the day. We could not recommend Drew more highly! Read less
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Liza
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
We can't say enough good things--Drew was professional and very reliable. It was really important to us that we found a photographer who was amazing at their job (obviously) but also someone we felt comfortable with and wanted to be around---aside from each other, he was the person we spent the most time with on one of the most important days of our life. We had a fantastic time during the photo shoots and that's evident in how comfortable we look in the pictures. He is the perfect mix of directive and setting up a few shots and journalistic and just capturing the moment. We couldn't be more pleased with our wedding photos!
We can't say enough good things--Drew was professional and very reliable. It was really important to us that we found a Read more...
We can't say enough good things--Drew was professional and very reliable. It was really important to us that we found a photographer who was amazing at their job (obviously) but also someone we felt comfortable with and wanted to be around---aside from each other, he was the person we spent the most time with on one of the most important days of our life. We had a fantastic time during the photo shoots and that's evident in how comfortable we look in the pictures. He is the perfect mix of directive and setting up a few shots and journalistic and just capturing the moment. We couldn't be more pleased with our wedding photos! Read less
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