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Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism

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Award-winning photographer Ian Martin has photographed more than 500 weddings. As a photojournalist, he believes that the best photographs of any wedding are the spontaneous, unscripted... Read more
Award-winning photographer Ian Martin has photographed more than 500 weddings. As a photojournalist, he believes that the best photographs of any wedding are the spontaneous, unscripted ones that happen in real life. By being mindful and unobtrusive, he captures these slices of time creating a heartfelt record of the wedding occasion, a story told with photographs. Ian is also an accomplished portrait photographer and is happy to provide traditional wedding photography to augment his documentary style. Ian photographs weddings all over Northern California and beyond. Now in his eleventh year as a professional wedding photographer, most of Ian's weddings come from word of mouth referrals.

Ian is a true photojournalist. He is a Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography winner and his work has appeared in a myriad of publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. To see Ian's non-wedding work, please visit his documentary photography web site through the link below. Read less
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What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Negatives, Prints, Proofs

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Tina
Wedding:
11/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Ian was wonderful to work with. He was patient, professional, and captured the day beautifully. His style fit ours perfectly and I highly recommend him. The photos are amazing.
Ian was wonderful to work with. He was patient, professional, and captured the day beautifully. His style fit ours Read more...
Ian was wonderful to work with. He was patient, professional, and captured the day beautifully. His style fit ours perfectly and I highly recommend him. The photos are amazing. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
10/25/2015
5.0/5.0
I am so grateful that I found Ian, who was available to photograph our wedding at Pebble Beach. He is an absolute pleasure to work with - he was response, flexible to our needs, attentive and a joy to be around. Above all else, his work speaks for itself. When I first went onto Ian's website, I knew he was a superb photographer. I loved his style, candid photography and use of light. He was definitely our first choice. But, just to be sure, I also interviewed a couple other photographers and a few things stood out to me. First, I found Ian to be more flexible than other photographers. He customized a package that was exactly what we wanted - everything from the actual images we'd received to the number of spots he would take us to after the ceremony (along 17-mile Drive). Second, with Ian - what you see is what you get. Since we were having a smaller ceremony, a lot of other photographers said they would send their assistants or partners out to our wedding. I think it's imperative to know exactly who is photographing your wedding. While Ian's prices are very reasonable, this was an area that I was willing to spend more on. These photos represent the memories that will last a lifetime. I truly can not be more happy with the photos that Ian has gifted me with... they are absolutely phenomenal and I am confident that this is because of Ian. His reviews on this website speak for themselves, as do his photos. Without hesitation, I would recommend Ian over and over again.
I am so grateful that I found Ian, who was available to photograph our wedding at Pebble Beach. He is an absolute pleasure Read more...
I am so grateful that I found Ian, who was available to photograph our wedding at Pebble Beach. He is an absolute pleasure to work with - he was response, flexible to our needs, attentive and a joy to be around. Above all else, his work speaks for itself. When I first went onto Ian's website, I knew he was a superb photographer. I loved his style, candid photography and use of light. He was definitely our first choice. But, just to be sure, I also interviewed a couple other photographers and a few things stood out to me. First, I found Ian to be more flexible than other photographers. He customized a package that was exactly what we wanted - everything from the actual images we'd received to the number of spots he would take us to after the ceremony (along 17-mile Drive). Second, with Ian - what you see is what you get. Since we were having a smaller ceremony, a lot of other photographers said they would send their assistants or partners out to our wedding. I think it's imperative to know exactly who is photographing your wedding. While Ian's prices are very reasonable, this was an area that I was willing to spend more on. These photos represent the memories that will last a lifetime. I truly can not be more happy with the photos that Ian has gifted me with... they are absolutely phenomenal and I am confident that this is because of Ian. His reviews on this website speak for themselves, as do his photos. Without hesitation, I would recommend Ian over and over again. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
9/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Ian did an amazing job with our wedding photos. He was extremely professional, flexible, attentive, and considerate. His photos were so amazing that now many of our friends are considering getting married at the same venue (Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur, CA) just to get photos like the ones Ian captured with us.
Ian did an amazing job with our wedding photos. He was extremely professional, flexible, attentive, and considerate. His Read more...
Ian did an amazing job with our wedding photos. He was extremely professional, flexible, attentive, and considerate. His photos were so amazing that now many of our friends are considering getting married at the same venue (Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur, CA) just to get photos like the ones Ian captured with us. Read less
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Steve
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Ian Martin was chosen to photograph our Carmel wedding after evaluating many photographers online. After one interview we were satisfied with the decision finding Ian to be relaxed, friendly, responsive, inquisitive, and professional. His work during the wedding went fluently and he took us to an amazing location to do beach photos for an hour after the wedding. We were very satisfied with the quality and style of the wedding photos after they were delivered to us. All in all, we are exceptionally satisfied with Ian Marting Wedding Photojournalism and would recommend him highly.
Ian Martin was chosen to photograph our Carmel wedding after evaluating many photographers online. After one interview we Read more...
Ian Martin was chosen to photograph our Carmel wedding after evaluating many photographers online. After one interview we were satisfied with the decision finding Ian to be relaxed, friendly, responsive, inquisitive, and professional. His work during the wedding went fluently and he took us to an amazing location to do beach photos for an hour after the wedding. We were very satisfied with the quality and style of the wedding photos after they were delivered to us. All in all, we are exceptionally satisfied with Ian Marting Wedding Photojournalism and would recommend him highly. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I chose Ian Martin to photograph my daughter's wedding on June 12, 2015 at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park (Berkeley, CA) and am so glad I did! Since the bride's father could not attend the wedding it was so important to hire a photographer that could capture the people and emotions of this blessed day. Ian did not disappoint! Out of several photographers I reviewed and interviewed, Ian was an obvious choice. His style of photography and his gentle and easy going manner made him so easy to work with and the finished photos are gorgeous! Several different people told me separately that they actually felt they attended the wedding after looking at the pictures. You could just feel the emotions pouring out of the photos. This just confirmed what I hired him for! Ian was very professional throughout the entire process. He arrived early and even stayed a bit longer to capture some important moments that got pushed out to later in the day. Thank you so much Ian! If you hire Ian Martin, you will be so glad you did.
I chose Ian Martin to photograph my daughter's wedding on June 12, 2015 at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park (Berkeley, Read more...
I chose Ian Martin to photograph my daughter's wedding on June 12, 2015 at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park (Berkeley, CA) and am so glad I did! Since the bride's father could not attend the wedding it was so important to hire a photographer that could capture the people and emotions of this blessed day. Ian did not disappoint! Out of several photographers I reviewed and interviewed, Ian was an obvious choice. His style of photography and his gentle and easy going manner made him so easy to work with and the finished photos are gorgeous! Several different people told me separately that they actually felt they attended the wedding after looking at the pictures. You could just feel the emotions pouring out of the photos. This just confirmed what I hired him for! Ian was very professional throughout the entire process. He arrived early and even stayed a bit longer to capture some important moments that got pushed out to later in the day. Thank you so much Ian! If you hire Ian Martin, you will be so glad you did. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We could not have been more pleased with Ian! We flew into Carmel from out of town and I just happened to stumble upon his website. I had a different photographer lined up already, but once I saw Ian's website, I knew he was the one for us! Due to rain, we had to scramble at the last minute to find an alternative location and Ian could not have been more calm and flexible. Once the rain let up, I really wanted to go to the beach to get some shots by the water (the origional plan was to get married on Carmel city beach). I had asked about going there and instead Ian recommended a secluded, rocky beach with huge crashing waves. I trusted his judgement and I am SO glad that I did!! The pictures were AMAZING. You will not regret using Ian!
We could not have been more pleased with Ian! We flew into Carmel from out of town and I just happened to stumble upon his Read more...
We could not have been more pleased with Ian! We flew into Carmel from out of town and I just happened to stumble upon his website. I had a different photographer lined up already, but once I saw Ian's website, I knew he was the one for us! Due to rain, we had to scramble at the last minute to find an alternative location and Ian could not have been more calm and flexible. Once the rain let up, I really wanted to go to the beach to get some shots by the water (the origional plan was to get married on Carmel city beach). I had asked about going there and instead Ian recommended a secluded, rocky beach with huge crashing waves. I trusted his judgement and I am SO glad that I did!! The pictures were AMAZING. You will not regret using Ian! Read less
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Sabine
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
We were looking for a wedding photojournalism type of photographers. We did some extensive research and could not quite find the photographer we wanted. A friend of ours mentioned Ian - and it was clearly a great fit for us. We looked at Ian's portfolio and we knew instantly he was the one. Ian is extremely professional, responsive, flexible and discreet: our wedding photos are gorgeous, fun and beyond our expectations. Thanks to him we are able to relive our epic day (because it does go in a blink!). We have no hesitation in recommending him. Two words: HIRE HIM!.
We were looking for a wedding photojournalism type of photographers. We did some extensive research and could not quite Read more...
We were looking for a wedding photojournalism type of photographers. We did some extensive research and could not quite find the photographer we wanted. A friend of ours mentioned Ian - and it was clearly a great fit for us. We looked at Ian's portfolio and we knew instantly he was the one. Ian is extremely professional, responsive, flexible and discreet: our wedding photos are gorgeous, fun and beyond our expectations. Thanks to him we are able to relive our epic day (because it does go in a blink!). We have no hesitation in recommending him. Two words: HIRE HIM!. Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That depends on the photographer. Some pictures are worth four words: here is my friend, here is the ocean. Ian Martin writes poems with his photos. As our wedding photographer, he managed to both document our special day and capture and highlight all the emotions of the day. He also managed to get almost all 85 guests in pictures and very efficiently wrangled all the wandering relatives for the posed group shots. In all the festivity, we somehow managed to not get a picture of our wedding rings on our hands, and he scheduled an additional session in his studio to add those shots.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That depends on the photographer. Some pictures are worth four words: Read more...
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That depends on the photographer. Some pictures are worth four words: here is my friend, here is the ocean. Ian Martin writes poems with his photos. As our wedding photographer, he managed to both document our special day and capture and highlight all the emotions of the day. He also managed to get almost all 85 guests in pictures and very efficiently wrangled all the wandering relatives for the posed group shots. In all the festivity, we somehow managed to not get a picture of our wedding rings on our hands, and he scheduled an additional session in his studio to add those shots. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We were married at Holman Ranch on 4/11/15, and Ian was our photographer. This was one of our biggest decisions when planning; we met with 6 different photographers! I was instantly comfortable with Ian. Before meeting him, I had myself convinced that I needed two photographers to get the coverage I was looking for, however Ian changed my mind on this and I couldn't be happier. He did such a wonderful job and captured the day perfectly! He was very quick and responsive during the planning process and explained everything. We also wanted to actually attend our cocktail hour, and Ian made this happen! He got us through the formal photos and we had 30 minutes to mingle with our guests. My favorite thing about Ian is his photojournalistic style. I believe our photos came out so much more natural because he was able to catch the essence of our day with the 'in the moment' photos. We loved all of the photos! We are having a hard time selecting the photos for the album since they are all perfect! Can't recommend him enough! If you are planning your wedding from afar as we did, he is perfect in this regard also - very reachable!
We were married at Holman Ranch on 4/11/15, and Ian was our photographer. This was one of our biggest decisions when Read more...
We were married at Holman Ranch on 4/11/15, and Ian was our photographer. This was one of our biggest decisions when planning; we met with 6 different photographers! I was instantly comfortable with Ian. Before meeting him, I had myself convinced that I needed two photographers to get the coverage I was looking for, however Ian changed my mind on this and I couldn't be happier. He did such a wonderful job and captured the day perfectly! He was very quick and responsive during the planning process and explained everything. We also wanted to actually attend our cocktail hour, and Ian made this happen! He got us through the formal photos and we had 30 minutes to mingle with our guests. My favorite thing about Ian is his photojournalistic style. I believe our photos came out so much more natural because he was able to catch the essence of our day with the 'in the moment' photos. We loved all of the photos! We are having a hard time selecting the photos for the album since they are all perfect! Can't recommend him enough! If you are planning your wedding from afar as we did, he is perfect in this regard also - very reachable! Read less
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Liesl
Wedding:
11/17/2014
5.0/5.0
When shopping for a photographer for our wedding - we were particular in capturing the essence of the day - not simple a series of staged moments. The additional challenge of planning a wedding from a distance made the decision all the more intricate.
Just viewing Ian's website demonstrated that he provided a photo journalistic quality to his work - just what we were looking for. Ian was incredibly friendly and easy going from the very beginning. When expressing my concern to find time to meet prior to the wedding, he eased my mind by addressing the fact that many of his photographs are of people he's only just met moments before - yet his photography appears he's known them a lifetime.

In the weeks and days leading up to the wedding Ian was very professional and very organized. We covered details shortly before the big day. On the wedding day, he rolled with plans that continued to shift as different parts of the wedding party were more ready than others. He even delivered the tux to the groom!!!! His demeanor and relaxed nature were just what we all needed.

THEN! The final result! The photos themselves! Words cannot define how amazing they are. Truthfully, we're a bit paralyzed about putting an order together, because we love them all. The glances, the holding of hands, the physical emotions, the touching family togetherness, the energy of the day are all captured in cherished photos. What Ian did with color, with framing, with daylight, with movement, are beyond what we had even dared to hope for.

If you want a wedding album full of staged photos, don't use Ian.
If, on the other hand, you prefer an album filled with the loving story of your wedding day, by all means, hurry up and book Ian as your photographer.
When shopping for a photographer for our wedding - we were particular in capturing the essence of the day - not simple a Read more...
When shopping for a photographer for our wedding - we were particular in capturing the essence of the day - not simple a series of staged moments. The additional challenge of planning a wedding from a distance made the decision all the more intricate.
Just viewing Ian's website demonstrated that he provided a photo journalistic quality to his work - just what we were looking for. Ian was incredibly friendly and easy going from the very beginning. When expressing my concern to find time to meet prior to the wedding, he eased my mind by addressing the fact that many of his photographs are of people he's only just met moments before - yet his photography appears he's known them a lifetime.

In the weeks and days leading up to the wedding Ian was very professional and very organized. We covered details shortly before the big day. On the wedding day, he rolled with plans that continued to shift as different parts of the wedding party were more ready than others. He even delivered the tux to the groom!!!! His demeanor and relaxed nature were just what we all needed.

THEN! The final result! The photos themselves! Words cannot define how amazing they are. Truthfully, we're a bit paralyzed about putting an order together, because we love them all. The glances, the holding of hands, the physical emotions, the touching family togetherness, the energy of the day are all captured in cherished photos. What Ian did with color, with framing, with daylight, with movement, are beyond what we had even dared to hope for.

If you want a wedding album full of staged photos, don't use Ian.
If, on the other hand, you prefer an album filled with the loving story of your wedding day, by all means, hurry up and book Ian as your photographer. Read less
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