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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 do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Lara
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Ian is a very talented, professional, and courteous photographer! We were absolutely thrilled with the quality of the photographs by Ian Martin, and when I received the photos (early I might add!), I had a smile from ear to ear. Ian has a natural talent, and he makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera that you forget the camera is there. I am a fairly camera shy person, and Ian made me feel so "myself" in front of the camera that he was able to capture very natural shots with ease! There are so many beautiful photos from my Wedding Day that I am having trouble picking which one to frame the biggest! He has a very unobtrusive style, which helps a Bride and Groom to remain "in the moment" while they enjoy their Wedding Day. Ian always responded quickly to any of my questions and was very courteous. He is a true professional!
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Meg
Wedding:
5/16/2014
5.0/5.0
Ian Martin was a true professional--he made us feel comfortable, made us laugh, and was super easy to be around. The photographs turned out so beautifully. He really captured the spirit of the day, as well as the beautiful environment of Pfeiffer Beach/Big Sur. We are having a VERY hard time choosing which photos to frame. We could have an entire wall of them, they're all so stunning!!
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Megan
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Ian was absolutely fabulous. As a former wedding photographer myself, finding the perfect person to photograph my own wedding was very important. He was great at communicating with us during the planning process which really put our mind at ease since we were planning the wedding from across the world. Day of he had great energy and knew exactly where to be at the right moments. I could not be happier with my photos and my experience with Ian and I would highly recommend him.
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Lisa
Wedding:
4/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Such a fantastic photographer. We are delighted with the photos. Ian was a fantastic presence at our wedding. Would recommend him unreservedly.
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JulieV
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Ian is incredible at capturing moments in incredible ways that can touch you back and really allow you to relive your special weekend. In addition to capturing moments as they happen, he also has great ideas for staging a shot that looks natural. He listens to what is important to you and delivers.

He provides every shot in black&white and color, all in 3 different resolutions and identifies his favorites which allows prompt use until you have time to look through all of the shots yourself. He was very responsive - would typically get a reply or call back within 24 hours if not same day.

Lastly, we really liked him as a person and enjoyed working with him.
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stephanie
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Ian is an amazing Photojournalist. We didn't see him most of the time and somehow he captured the moment beautifully. I don't know how he does it! After seeing Ian's work we booked him right away. We loved his style and the natural ease in his photos. We are so happy that we can relive our wedding with these incredible photographs.

Aside from being talented, Ian is very pleasant and fun to work with.
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Private User
Wedding:
9/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Ian is beyond wonderful!! His work speaks for itself. beautifully lit. thoughtfully framed and heaven only knows how he manages to get to know you just well enough to capture special and intimate moments throughout your celebrations. If you want your photos to be marvelous while you get to have a wonderful time. Leave the thinking and shooting to Ian Martin. We loved his work and his personality! I would and will hire him again in the future.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Ian did a great job for our wedding in Monterey at The Perry House. He really stuck with taking photos that represented what we asked for. For example, we requested to NOT have any cheesy poses or photos of rings and shoes and really to focus on candid shots of the two of us and our guests. He did a great job with our request. Ian was also great at keeping people on task when it came to getting the group photos taken after the ceremony! He got us through all the photos AND we still had a little time to enjoy the appetizers and cocktails with our guests prior to dinner. I highly recommend spending a little bit more on photography for your wedding so that you can have Ian preserve your memories just exactly the way you want it done!
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Dawn
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We had picked three photographers to choose from and interview, and knew from the very first phone call that Ian was "the one". The other two we contacted either did not return the call at the time they promised and/or we just did not "mesh" with them nearly as much as Ian. I was a little worried signing a contract with a photographer we had never met in person, but have no regrets whatsoever.
Ian was open to all questions and requests - he was very patient throughout the process and extremely professional. He answered any inquiry the same day. He was willing and ready to do whatever shots we wanted. From what I hear, brides usually have a list of photos at specific times with certain groups of people, etc. We, on the other hand, wanted more impromptu shots, and less posed ones. Ian was fine with that (and absolutely exceeded our expectations) - again, I'm sure he would be a superstar with any setting or requirements.
Ian captured moments of the wedding that I missed - it's been very entertaining filling in the missing pieces of the day and night. His mannerisms are so noninvasive and easygoing - I still have guests that thought he was a long-lost cousin or uncle with a camera dancing in the crowd. Everybody loved him!
My only concern at the beginning that I had asked Ian upfront is his ability to capture all the different angles of the ceremony since it is just him without any other assistants. He assured me both through his word and viewing the wedding pics on his website - he can do it. Again, I trusted in him, and again, he surpassed every expectation.
He sends his photos out as promised about a month after the wedding, both online and via mail with a CD. The CD is organized with three different formats and all three viewable in color or B&W. And he's available for questions even months after the wedding as well. Top-notch customer service!
I would definitely recommend Ian, and in fact I already have. I would work with him again in a heartbeat! ;-)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I would absolutely recommend Ian to anyone looking for a photographer for their wedding. I researched about 4 different companies and my first phone call with Ian was so relaxed and conversational. He made us feel comfortable right off the bat.
I had a destination wedding so we didn't officially meet until the wedding day. As soon as he came into the room he had my bridesmaids and nephew smiling and laughing. Ian is so easy to work with we're very happy we chose him for our wedding day.
The pictures are so great as well. We really liked that his style is more 'photojournalism' and not a ton of overly posed pictures. We did do some group photos and bride/groom posed photos which came out beautifully but some of my favorites are those that he captured in the moment.
Great photographer!!
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Erin
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Ian was one of the easiest and most rewarding parts of wedding planning. Ian has a great personality and was easygoing yet very organized. We got exactly what we wanted from our wedding photography: full-resolution digital photos downloaded from Ian's website exactly 1 month after our wedding. There were no hidden costs or complicated packages. We spent so little time with Ian on the day of our wedding, but he managed to capture the entire event with great candid shots. Our posed pictures were fast, fun and turned out great. Do yourself a favor and guarantee hassle-free and beautiful photos -- book Ian as your wedding photographer!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We first chose Ian because we were impressed by his online portfolio. After meeting him, he put us at ease, and we knew he was the right fit for our wedding day - a true pro.

Upon receiving our photos, we were blown away. Ian provided a link to an online gallery, in addition to a CD containing all high-resolution photos in color and black & white. The photos turned out better than we could have ever imagined. We are so happy with how he captured the moments throughout our wedding day. Ian's the best!
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/3/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding went by so fast, I barely had time to take it all in. Ian was able to capture the moments I missed and the beauty of the entire event! I wanted my pictures to tell a story and Ian was able to do just that! He was so easy to work with!
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Leigh Ann & Wayne
Wedding:
1/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Ian's pictures were amazing! We could not of been happier with his work. He was such a pleasure to work with during our special day. He has given us a lifetime of wonderful memories! We would highly recommend his work!
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Sarah
Wedding:
11/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Ian is a delight to work with. He has an easy personality and upbeat demeanor that put everyone at ease. But it's his sense of composition and his understanding of light that work in combination to produce extraordinary wedding photographs. I cannot recommend Ian more highly. (While beautiful, his website doesn't do him justice...)
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Kristin
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
There just simply are not enough words to appropriately describe the wonderfulness that Ian Martin is behind a camera. Even before he got behind a camera, I was completely in awe of his professionalism and experience. I "signed" our contract on our first phone call, and then when we met Ian in person for our engagement shoot - my husband and I were completely WOW-ed!! He put us at such ease taking our photos (which is kinda hard to do with the pressure of engagement shoots, right?) Ian went out of his way to make our wedding day extra special; he arrived to the venue early, and rode in the limo with us, he completely put our happiness and our photojournalism first and the pictures are absolutely stunning to prove it. My husband has already said, "maybe he can do our baby pictures?" Ian gets 10 stars out of 5 if you ask me!!
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Ian was amazing!!! He captured every moment of our wedding so perfectly. He managed to be everywhere, with out being noticed. He is a very talented photo journalist. We will forever be grateful to Ian for helping us cherish and remember one of the best days/ times of our life.

He was wonderful in every way, professional, creative, flexible, and passionate.
You can tell from his work he really loves what he does.

Our wedding was a long day for Ian, full of love, fun and laughter. Ian went above and beyond. He was hired to be there from 11am to 9pm. He got there at 10 am and started getting a feel for the place and snapping shots. When 9 o'clock rolled around he came to say good bye my husband and I , but the wedding was still in full swing so he kept taking pictures past his contracted time. He just could not pass on capturing the moment.

Ian also made the extra effort to come to our Venue ( Stillwater Overlook in Pebble beach) the day before and get a better feeling for the place since he had never been there before. We ran over plans for the next day.

To make him even more amazing, the day before the wedding when he came to the Venue he took some wonderful photos of my Grandfather (who has Alzheimer's and was having a " good day") with the family, since we had no idea what the next day would be like. He took advantage of the moment. We will cherish those photos forever.

We were so fortunate to have found Ian to capture our big day. Thanks to Ian we will have fantastic photos to remember our unforgettable wedding day!!

Contracting Ian Martin was one of the best things we could have done for our wedding!
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Tonya
Wedding:
6/13/2012
4.7/5.0
Ian truly captured the moment! We loved his journalistic style instead of all the "posed" photos..
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Ian was fantastic. He's relaxed and laid back, and took a lot of great pictures without getting in everyone's face.

Plus, he's a great resource, since he's worked at so many weddings. During the reception, every time we weren't sure what we were supposed to be doing, we'd just ask him. He knew about all the traditions but wasn't pushy about anything.

Plus you get the electronic files for the photos, so you don't have to spend a lot of extra money on prints.
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Laura Cosby
Wedding:
5/1/2012
5.0/5.0
We were delighted with Ian as our wedding photographer. He was really easy to work with and immediately put us at ease, and made posing for the photos fun. The end result was fantastic - exactly what we hoped for and really captured the essence of the day. I can't recommend him highly enough!
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Sysha and Brad
Wedding:
4/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Ian was the best! His skills as a photojournalist were appreciated greatly. All our photos were taken in a casual professional way that enabled the bride, groom and guests to enjoy this special day. The finished photo product turned out to be unbelievable making the outside/inside settings spectacular. We want to return to our wedding site soon, the photography is such a pleasure to see. The actual photos make your heart skip a beat, beautiful to the max. We have never seen wedding photos that are as perfect as ours catching each smile and action to perfection.
Ian is a fantastic photographer. We highly recommend Ian to capture your special wedding today, he knows what he is doing!
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savg13139
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
My wedding pictures turned out beautiful! Ian did an awesome job of really capturing the day!
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Shara
Wedding:
9/12/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were so impressed with the service that Ian Martin provided for us. When we first met Ian, he was immediately down to earth, funny and friendly with us. It is easy to communicate with him, to ask questions and have them answered and to collaborate towards a shared vision for capturing your special wedding day. His photojournalism artwork is provocative and expertly executed; his wedding photography is personal, vibrant and creative. Ian really honored the "in the moment" style of photography we had asked for. He was flexible, on time and our guests were charmed by his wit and playfulness and said they felt very comfortable with Ian. Ian was also patient and timely with my million bride emails asking for help with different details along the way!
The photos are stunning. We had such an eclectic, fun and loving wedding and celebration and Ian undoubtedly captured that feeling.
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Happy Bride
Wedding:
7/31/2011
4.5/5.0
Ian was easy to work with and was very flexible. I was so busy on my big day and did not have time to brief Ian so I just let him do his job. The photos came out great. My husband and I love the pictures! The flush album is also a great way to refresh our sweet memories of the day.

I am glad that I have the opportunity to work with Ian and would recommend him to prospective brides and grooms!
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meshell
Wedding:
3/28/2011
4.8/5.0
I hired Ian 3 weeks after I was engaged and just knew from his website and my continuous online searching that he was the guy for us!!! Man, was I right on!! Ian's pictures of our wedding really captured the moments and the love that filled the air that day. I have family and clients that I show my wedding pictures to and they ALL love them, saying it's like we were straight from a bridal magazine!! He's not cheap, but you do get a whole package of a reAlly cool guy and a FABULOUS photographer!
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randomnamehere
Wedding:
12/19/2010
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park and found Ian's name on the the vendor list provided during a wedding fair.

After talking with a couple of photographers, we knew Ian was the perfect match. He is very personable, professional, and had great photos! We also LOVED the fact he provided us with our photos on a disc automatically, rather than charging for this as many other photographers do. We also appreciated the fact he did not include the price of an album in his fees. While he offered this as a service, it was not mandatory, like many of the other people we looked at. (We just created a book using iPhoto on the Mac and they came out great with the photos we got from Ian! There are also programs to do this on a Windows machine.)

We highly recommend Ian's services and also loved the fact he was the one who recommended our florist who also turned out to be simply amazing (Chestnut and Vine in Berkeley).
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HCL
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Ian is fantastic to work with. He also takes fantastic photos. He captured some great night shots as well as all the important moments of the day. He sent our photo DVD to us very quickly (within 5 weeks) and had our online gallery up and running at about the same time.

He is very professional yet laid back. He has a great vibe about him.
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pufferfish
Wedding:
8/22/2010
5.0/5.0
We had Ian for our wedding, which took place at the Brazil Room in Tilden Park on August 2010. Ian was simply great and we cannot recommend him enough. He was pleasant, patient, and professional, he brought tons of good vibes to the event, and his photos really captured the atmosphere of our wedding. Flipping through the album, we were very happy with the results, and felt like we were re-living the entire thing.
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Niloo
Wedding:
5/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Ian Martin was referred to us by a friend of my husbands. She said that when Ian is photographing a wedding, he has a way of making everyone feel comfortable. We met Ian for a drink to look at his beautiful photography portfolios and knew right away that he would the perfect choice for us, especially since we were interested in a journalistic and creative approach to wedding photography.

Our wedding ceremony was at SF City Hall, and our reception was at Foreign Cinema Restaurant. Ian was able to capture the grandeur and elegance of City Hall and the fun, chic and cinematic atmosphere of Foreign Cinema. Our photographs are beautiful, unique, fun, and very touching; a truly great memory of a very important event in our life.

Friends and family who have seen our pictures are full of compliments which include "He made some really original choices", and "I am sad I missed it all and happy to have your album, it made me feel like I was there, a part of your lovely day. The happiness you radiate in every photo is just so palpable. Whoever took these photos did a marvelous job of capturing the joy and style of this day".

I would wholeheartedly recommend Ian Martin's services to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. He is passionate about his work, full of spirit, charming, and he is sure to capture great memories of your special day with his individual style and approach.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Ian both documented and captured the mood of our outdoor daytime Bay Area wedding without resorting to posed snapshots.

Ian was great with my husband, who pretty much has zero tolerance for posing for photos. Our couples shots are very natural and beautiful.

Ian was great with my guests, capturing the moments and yet not getting in the way.

The photos themselves (digital and hard copy) were high quality.

Regarding the style of the final prints -- Ian's style is to soften the edges of the final photos with a subtle but perceptible dark filter of perhaps 2-5% on just the borders of the total frame. I love the sort-of mid-century modern quality that the final images have as a result. You just have to be OK with that look.

I saw a lot of other (talented) wedding photographers with different styles, including bright and super-saturated colors (like candy colors); sepia/yellow-y 70s-style with rounded edges; highly posed "now all 16 bridesmaids hold these matching pink parasols, jump in the air and say cheese!" look. Ian's style is altogether different than any of those. For us, it was perfect.

I highly recommend Ian and his work.
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MarriedOne
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
In selecting a photographer for our wedding, it was important that the story be told photographically as the day really occurred. Ian accomplished exactly that, his talent as a photojournalist is evident in the photos of the day. He has a knack for artistically capturing the details of a story and communicating the overall event as well as interesting nuances. We highly recommend him, and could not be more pleased with our wedding photos.
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Laurie
Wedding:
10/13/2002
5.0/5.0
There is nothing more important to a wedding than the photography. We
couldn't be happier about, not only the photos, but the way Ian
treated us on our special day. He was so much fun to work with he felt like a part of the family! I will never understand how he managed to always be in the right place at the right time without ever intruding on our intimate moments. He told our story so beautifully! Every time I look at our photos I am transported back to that day! The moments he captured will stay with us for the rest of our lives as if they happened only yesterday. He is truly gifted!
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Julie
Wedding:
8/17/2002
5.0/5.0
Ian took incredible pictures of our wedding. He took the time to get to know us, and the photographs really reflect our style--they aren't just some standard wedding pictures. He was terrific at handling our two very large families for the family portrait, including elderly relatives who couldn't walk well or stand for long--and squirmy kids. He was so easygoing and kind to everyone--but really got the job done efficiently. My husband hates photographs, but somehow Ian got him to look relaxed and happy in almost every shot. He took so many great pics during the ceremony, and we never saw him during it. I'm still not sure how he managed to be so unobtrusive and still take such great pics.
You can't go wrong hiring Ian--you will get incredibly creative and beautiful pictures and get to work with a genuinely nice guy.
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