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Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism

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Carmel
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831-601-5344

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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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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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Sonia
Wedding:
10/24/2014
5.0/5.0
I am so, so happy that my husband and I chose Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism for our wedding photos. Ian was incredibly easy to work with, friendly, and, most importantly, super talented. I'm normally not a fan of having my photo taken, and he took the stress out of it all.

On to the photos: they were even better than what I was hoping for, and I had set a pretty high bar. Ian does no't overly photoshop anything, does not over-stage pictures, and has the ability to capture simply stunning shots. If we had to do our wedding all over again, we'd rebook him in a heartbeat - simple as that.
I am so, so happy that my husband and I chose Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism for our wedding photos. Ian was Read more...
I am so, so happy that my husband and I chose Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism for our wedding photos. Ian was incredibly easy to work with, friendly, and, most importantly, super talented. I'm normally not a fan of having my photo taken, and he took the stress out of it all.

On to the photos: they were even better than what I was hoping for, and I had set a pretty high bar. Ian does no't overly photoshop anything, does not over-stage pictures, and has the ability to capture simply stunning shots. If we had to do our wedding all over again, we'd rebook him in a heartbeat - simple as that. Read less
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Deborah
Wedding:
10/7/2014
5.0/5.0
It was a big decision to choose a photographer for our wedding and I am so happy we went with Ian Martin. First of all, he was so easy going and accommodating with all our questions and worries. It was great that he was a photojournalist which we felt he really told a story rather than just taking pictures. What a story he told with the fantastic results! WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND him for your wedding or any event you may be planning! YOU WILL BE SO HAPPY YOU DID!!
It was a big decision to choose a photographer for our wedding and I am so happy we went with Ian Martin. First of all, he Read more...
It was a big decision to choose a photographer for our wedding and I am so happy we went with Ian Martin. First of all, he was so easy going and accommodating with all our questions and worries. It was great that he was a photojournalist which we felt he really told a story rather than just taking pictures. What a story he told with the fantastic results! WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND him for your wedding or any event you may be planning! YOU WILL BE SO HAPPY YOU DID!! Read less
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B
Wedding:
9/7/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience with Ian. He did a great job of really capturing the fun and the happiness of our special day, and the photos are beautiful. I love the way he can capture the unplanned, unposed moments of the day that were so special. Plus, he got photos of pretty much everyone at our wedding so I can also send our guests lovely photos of themselves as well! Thanks so much Ian!
We had a great experience with Ian. He did a great job of really capturing the fun and the happiness of our special day, Read more...
We had a great experience with Ian. He did a great job of really capturing the fun and the happiness of our special day, and the photos are beautiful. I love the way he can capture the unplanned, unposed moments of the day that were so special. Plus, he got photos of pretty much everyone at our wedding so I can also send our guests lovely photos of themselves as well! Thanks so much Ian! Read less
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Margaret
Wedding:
8/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I couldn't be happier with our photos. Ian is wonderful. His work is incredible. We are so glad he shot our wedding.
I couldn't be happier with our photos. Ian is wonderful. His work is incredible. We are so glad he shot our wedding.
I couldn't be happier with our photos. Ian is wonderful. His work is incredible. We are so glad he shot our wedding. Read less
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Cory
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Ian was an extremely professional, talented and FUN photographer to work with. He was accommodating and attentive. We LOVE our photos and really feel that Ian added to the fun of our day.
Ian was an extremely professional, talented and FUN photographer to work with. He was accommodating and attentive. We LOVE Read more...
Ian was an extremely professional, talented and FUN photographer to work with. He was accommodating and attentive. We LOVE our photos and really feel that Ian added to the fun of our day. Read less
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