Josh Gruetzmacher Photography

San Francisco , CA


1760 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA US 94122 (map)




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My name is Josh Gruetzmacher, and I photograph fun weddings! I feel honored and blessed to be doing something that I LOVE for work. My goal is to capture real... Read more
My name is Josh Gruetzmacher, and I photograph fun weddings! I feel honored and blessed to be doing something that I LOVE for work. My goal is to capture real moments that can tell stories about the love and joy that couples find in each other. I don't do cookie cutter, and I push for unique and artistic photographs all the time. In addition to my photography experience, I also have a B.S. in Graphic Design. I pour my soul into everything that I do. I am available for travel and destination weddings too. I look forward to getting to know you. Please feel free to drop me a line. Thanks! Read less




What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Yes. I edit and make adjustments on every image that a couple will receive to ensure that they will all be awesome.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes, I have been shooting weddings full time since 2005. During that time I have photographed hundreds of weddings in all sorts of locations and lighting situations.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Film (and some digital)
How many photographers do you work with?
Primarily just me, but assistant photographers are available in all packages.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Of course!
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never. It is too crazy. I like to work with a limited number of clients each year so that i can provide them each with the best service possible.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. I have a network of other photographers that i have regular contact with. I have arrangements to cover an event in the rare event I was unavailable.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
2 Contax 645 cameras with lenses, tons of Kodak portra film, Canon 1V, at least two high end Canon digital camera bodies, and 7 Canon Professional L lenses, flash, extra batteries, memory cards for days, and a huge smile :)
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes. See above.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Both. I have packages available by the hour or by the day depending on the couple's needs for their day.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, please contact me for detailed pricing information.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I've found it's best if I eat around the same time as the bride and groom so that I'm done when they are done. You don't have to feed me if it is a shorter event or partial day coverage. If I'm shooting for more than 6 hours, I will be hungry around dinnertime.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes and No. If you are anywhere close to the SF bay area, it's included. I also don't charge for weddings in Santa Barbara (hometown love). If you are having a destination wedding, I charge for the plane ticket and sometimes for a hotel room. I am very flexible about travel fees because I love traveling.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Some of the images are available to view within one week. All of the images will be available within two months of the wedding.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Images are supplied in full resolution on disc, and also in an online gallery.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Forever :)
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, although clients are allowed to do anything with their images except sell them.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, unless other arrangements have been made.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes. I feel that the more you are able to use the images, the more valuable they become.
Will images be available for viewing online?
What kind of albums do you offer?
Handmade leather flush mount albums that are made in Italy. Also handmade case bound books with all sorts of custom finishing options. I have a degree in Graphic Design, and not only do I take all of the photos, but I also personally do all of the album layouts from scratch.
When will the client get the final album?
Once I know what images they would like to have in the album, I create a pdf proof of the layout. They are able to make any number of corrections to the layout until it is perfect, and then it is ordered.


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My husband had very little to do with our wedding planning process. He did insist on one thing, however, and that one thing was hiring Josh Gruetzmacher. I am so, so glad he did.

As soon as we looked at Josh's online portfolio, we knew he had the exact style that we wanted for our big day. And as soon as we sat down to talk to him in person, there was no question that we wanted him to spend one of the most important days of our lives with us.

Josh captures the best candid images I've ever seen. Somehow he manages to be in the exact right place at the right time to get everything. As we look at the beautiful album he put together for us, we get to relive our perfect day over and over again. He captured every moment -- from the emotion of our ceremony to the humor of the speeches to the craziness of the dance party. It was nearly impossible for us to narrow down the over 1,000 images he gave us to choose from.

Not only did Josh expertly chronicle the entire day for us, but he was also a pleasure to hang out with. I can't help but smile when I think about how Josh popped some champagne for the bridesmaids on the ride over to the church and masterfully dealt with groomsmen who were panicking about missing cocktail hour to take more photos.

If you want to have the most beautiful photos of your wedding day so that you always remember each moment, hire Josh. He made us look way better than we actually look. He kept those who were stressed out calm throughout the day. Our guests loved him.

He is the best.
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Josh was an amazing photographer! In addition to taking great photos, he was a joy to work with and put everyone in our wedding at ease. With his kind, calm demeanor and playful sense of humor, Josh truly brought out the best in my husband and me. The pictures were awesome!
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Josh was an excellent photographer for our wedding. He went over and above what I expected to make sure that all our special moments were covered. He is not only good with posed shots, but he has an excellent and impeccable eye for capturing the essence of the moment and event in a beautiful way.
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Jamie Pickert
Josh Gruetzmacher has been a fantastic photographer to work with. Throughout the entire process, he has been kind, patient, professional, and positive. Importantly, too, Josh did an amazing job of capturing emotion in the photographs he took of our wedding day. We are so happy with our photos! Josh clearly loves what he does and goes above and beyond to make sure things go smoothly and you end up with exceptional photographs that truly capture the love of your special day.
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Josh was an integral part of my day. I cannot tell Bride's enough that there are two things they need before anything else: a great photographer and a wedding planner a week or day of your event. Even if your cake falls apart (knock on wood) and your hair is unbrushed - your photographer is the most important vendor you can hire. You know why? He will know how to style the photo so you don't notice the crack in the cake or that your hair is falling. SO - Don't skimp. Don't cheat yourself. Get a great photographer. He will keep people on track, capture you looking your best even if you look tired, exhausted, crazy-eyed from excitement. Enter, our photographer.

That grin stuck on your face because you married the man you love needs a mirror of record and that is Josh. We were an unruly, crazy bunch running around going nuts and Josh before, during and after the wedding captured all the best moments. My ladies getting ready. My husband with his mates. My cousin bursting into tears when I put on her great-great-grandmother's 150 year old necklace watch, a wedding tradition. My father smiling from ear to ear walking me down the aisle. My mother laughing and enjoying the beauty she created. My father-in-laws merciless roast of my husband and all the adorable children we had in our wedding. He also captured our wedding and reception with the eye of an experienced artist. I would highly recommend Josh to anyone looking for someone with an artists eye, experience and great flexibility. He made the day look like magic. He went above and beyond.

Thank you, Josh!
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If you want the best, you must have Josh shoot your wedding. No gimmicky photohop tricks that will make your photos look dated later, just great quality photos. He's really fun too and easy to work with.
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Happy Mom
Josh is a very professional person. He was the photographer on my son's wedding. He went above with the quality of the photographs. The imagines, poses and background are absolutely beautiful!!!!!! Recently I decided to order a picture on Canvas from one of the wedding's picture and the company required specific dimensions and permission from Josh. Than soon I contact him, Josh was extremely helpful e immediately provide all the needs for the canvas turn amazing!!!!!! Thanks again Josh!!!!!
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The photographer was everything I could have ever wanted and more. My husband went to high school with him so it was especially nice to have it more of a personal experience having someone we know as our photographer. His talent is amazing and on the day of we barely notice he was there half the time! and the results are absolutely fantastic! I would highly recommend him for anyone!
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