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Paul Retherford Photography | Wedding, Family, Portrait | Michigan & Destination Weddings

Petoskey , MI
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Covering Weddings around the World
Petoskey, MI 49770 US (map)

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231-445-1793
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ABOUT US

Michigan Wedding Photography and Destination Wedding Photography
Hello. Thank you for your interest in my Wedding Photography services.

I have always striven to serve... Read more
Michigan Wedding Photography and Destination Wedding Photography
Hello. Thank you for your interest in my Wedding Photography services.

I have always striven to serve my Clients. From the beginning, my Clients happiness has been the success of Paul Retherford Photography. I work with my Clients before, during, and after the Wedding day to make the entire experience perfection.

My background is in nature and people photography. I began photography in Yearbook in 7th grade. My interest grew all the way through college where I was a editor and chief and main photographer in Yearbook. Beyond college I exhibited my nature photography in galleries and was published frequently. My eye for pleasing compositions came from my background in nature photography.

Fourteen years ago I decided to make Paul Retherford Photography full-time. Since that time I have been honored to work with Clients from all over the World. I have photographed Grand, lavish Weddings, Intimate Weddings, Elopements, and everything in between.

Each Wedding is special and unique to me. I am always honored to be contracted to be a small part of the Wedding day.

My Client reviews speak for my service, professionalism, and end products.

If you have any questions about or for me, please call me at 231-445-1793.

I will do whatever it takes to get your business and make you 100% satisfied.

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Slideshow/Montage, Toning, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

REVIEWS

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Amber
Wedding:
9/24/2016
5.0/5.0
Paul was a pleasure to work with from the very first communication. He responded quickly and thoroughly. I live in Dallas, TX and got married in Mackinac Island, MI, and we did all communication via email until the week of the wedding, which I prefer. He was quick to offer help with other vendors. His work speaks for itself, I knew after looking at his photos that he was a great choice. The day of the wedding he was wonderful. Very professional, and his expertise of the island was much needed. He made sure we got photos done at ideal locations and kept us on schedule. His sense of humor is fantastic, he made our special day that much more fun. We also booked a second shooter that captured video for the day of the wedding, and did photos/video the night before on a sunset cruise. Paul turned out the images and videos in 6 days, which is unheard of! They are so beautiful, and we are so thankful that he captured so many beautiful moments. There were so many pictures taken when I didn't even know he was around for. He's basically a ninja. I highly recommend him for your special event, excellent results and an all-around professional.
Paul was a pleasure to work with from the very first communication. He responded quickly and thoroughly. I live in Dallas, Read more...
Paul was a pleasure to work with from the very first communication. He responded quickly and thoroughly. I live in Dallas, TX and got married in Mackinac Island, MI, and we did all communication via email until the week of the wedding, which I prefer. He was quick to offer help with other vendors. His work speaks for itself, I knew after looking at his photos that he was a great choice. The day of the wedding he was wonderful. Very professional, and his expertise of the island was much needed. He made sure we got photos done at ideal locations and kept us on schedule. His sense of humor is fantastic, he made our special day that much more fun. We also booked a second shooter that captured video for the day of the wedding, and did photos/video the night before on a sunset cruise. Paul turned out the images and videos in 6 days, which is unheard of! They are so beautiful, and we are so thankful that he captured so many beautiful moments. There were so many pictures taken when I didn't even know he was around for. He's basically a ninja. I highly recommend him for your special event, excellent results and an all-around professional. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/29/2016
5.0/5.0
I can not believe it has taken me this long to write this review!!! Shame on me. That being said...let's get right to it. From our very first communication Paul was absolutely awesome to work with. He was very professional and responded to my many, many.....haha emails in a very timely manner. Our wedding took place this last July on Mackinac Island, MI. :) Paul is very knowledgeable of the island and was able to recommend some very lovely places to have our pictures taken besides at our hotel/wedding reception area and he also gave us a few insider tips of places we might like to visit on the island during the rest of our trip. Which was very thoughtful and nice of him to do. :) All of our pictures were absolutely stunning!!!! I could not be happier with the final product. I would recommend Paul for any occasion you may have that you would like to have a professional photographer present. You will not be disappointed!! Our pictures were available to us less than a week after the wedding!! It was amazing!! And he took so many pictures! He really went above and beyond and he captured our day perfectly! Thank you again Paul!! :) :)
I can not believe it has taken me this long to write this review!!! Shame on me. That being said...let's get right to it. Read more...
I can not believe it has taken me this long to write this review!!! Shame on me. That being said...let's get right to it. From our very first communication Paul was absolutely awesome to work with. He was very professional and responded to my many, many.....haha emails in a very timely manner. Our wedding took place this last July on Mackinac Island, MI. :) Paul is very knowledgeable of the island and was able to recommend some very lovely places to have our pictures taken besides at our hotel/wedding reception area and he also gave us a few insider tips of places we might like to visit on the island during the rest of our trip. Which was very thoughtful and nice of him to do. :) All of our pictures were absolutely stunning!!!! I could not be happier with the final product. I would recommend Paul for any occasion you may have that you would like to have a professional photographer present. You will not be disappointed!! Our pictures were available to us less than a week after the wedding!! It was amazing!! And he took so many pictures! He really went above and beyond and he captured our day perfectly! Thank you again Paul!! :) :) Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
5/20/2016
5.0/5.0
I really don't think I can express how happy I am that we chose Paul to be our wedding photographer. He far exceeded my expectations. I feel my husband described it best when he referred to him as a "magician" because he truly helped to make our day magical. From booking to wedding day, Paul was great with helping us decide what was right for our day. Since our wedding was a destination wedding, it was so nice to have someone who had worked with local vendors and could make excellent recommendations. He gave some great tips and tricks to looking great in photos, as well as some insider tips on exploring areas of Mackinac Island. On our wedding day, he was everywhere taking tons of photos (and video) and we could not be more happy with the outcome! I cannot express how wonderful it was to have Paul as our photographer, and would urge all the brides out there to book with him! You will not be disappointed!
I really don't think I can express how happy I am that we chose Paul to be our wedding photographer. He far exceeded my Read more...
I really don't think I can express how happy I am that we chose Paul to be our wedding photographer. He far exceeded my expectations. I feel my husband described it best when he referred to him as a "magician" because he truly helped to make our day magical. From booking to wedding day, Paul was great with helping us decide what was right for our day. Since our wedding was a destination wedding, it was so nice to have someone who had worked with local vendors and could make excellent recommendations. He gave some great tips and tricks to looking great in photos, as well as some insider tips on exploring areas of Mackinac Island. On our wedding day, he was everywhere taking tons of photos (and video) and we could not be more happy with the outcome! I cannot express how wonderful it was to have Paul as our photographer, and would urge all the brides out there to book with him! You will not be disappointed! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was hiring Paul!! He is such a great photographer! He is so nice and personable and everyone at the wedding had such great things to say about him! He knows what to look for to make your pictures so beautiful and is able to think ahead and determine what spots will make great pictures! If you are not sure of what poses to do, don't worry because he is on top of it, suggesting things you won't even think about! We also had the photo booth and are so happy we choose to have that at our wedding! Not only were we happy with the pictures, but we are so thankful for all the help Paul was in making sure our big day went as smoothly as possible! Once we got our engagement pictures done and spent a couple hours with Paul, we knew we made a great decision! He communicates very well and quickly with you during the booking process and throughout the planning of your wedding! I would definitely recommend him to everyone!
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was hiring Paul!! He is such a great photographer! He is so nice and Read more...
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was hiring Paul!! He is such a great photographer! He is so nice and personable and everyone at the wedding had such great things to say about him! He knows what to look for to make your pictures so beautiful and is able to think ahead and determine what spots will make great pictures! If you are not sure of what poses to do, don't worry because he is on top of it, suggesting things you won't even think about! We also had the photo booth and are so happy we choose to have that at our wedding! Not only were we happy with the pictures, but we are so thankful for all the help Paul was in making sure our big day went as smoothly as possible! Once we got our engagement pictures done and spent a couple hours with Paul, we knew we made a great decision! He communicates very well and quickly with you during the booking process and throughout the planning of your wedding! I would definitely recommend him to everyone! Read less
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Jordyn
Wedding:
11/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Hiring Paul was hands down the best decision we made for our wedding. From the second I started talking to him on the phone it was obvious that he was a total expert in his field - professional, knowledgable, and personable. Your photographer is with you your ENTIRE wedding day - you want someone with a great personality that creates a fun and relaxed environment for people to look natural in pictures. My rowdy groomsmen were coming up to me telling me that “my photographer was awesome” and I cannot tell you how many wedding guests commented on how “cool” my photographer was - the photos show that the guests love him! So many natural shots that completely capture the tone of the whole wedding day. I referred to Paul as half photographer/half wedding planner and that’s the truth - he was teaching girls how to pose in a flattering way, putting corsages on the guys, and provided me with wedding ideas leading up to the big day (including great vendor referrals!). We genuinely enjoyed him and felt like we were hanging out with a friend all day.

Obviously, the most important thing is that we LOVE our pictures. They are truly beautiful - I honestly was in awe of them. He missed nothing - he knew every shot I wanted and he was constantly looking for the best light and trying to capture every moment. The equipment he has is down right cool - he even used a helicopter drone to capture ariel images. A week after my wedding, I get a link to 2500 edited photos and each photograph is beautiful. Any photographer can take a couple great shots out of thousands - but Paul will give you a thousand beautiful shots that are all frame worthy. You won’t regret your decision in hiring him - you will have no worries on your wedding day with Paul as your photographer. Paul is a class act and worth every penny and then some. Thank you so much Paul - we would recommend you to anyone!!]
Hiring Paul was hands down the best decision we made for our wedding. From the second I started talking to him on the Read more...
Hiring Paul was hands down the best decision we made for our wedding. From the second I started talking to him on the phone it was obvious that he was a total expert in his field - professional, knowledgable, and personable. Your photographer is with you your ENTIRE wedding day - you want someone with a great personality that creates a fun and relaxed environment for people to look natural in pictures. My rowdy groomsmen were coming up to me telling me that “my photographer was awesome” and I cannot tell you how many wedding guests commented on how “cool” my photographer was - the photos show that the guests love him! So many natural shots that completely capture the tone of the whole wedding day. I referred to Paul as half photographer/half wedding planner and that’s the truth - he was teaching girls how to pose in a flattering way, putting corsages on the guys, and provided me with wedding ideas leading up to the big day (including great vendor referrals!). We genuinely enjoyed him and felt like we were hanging out with a friend all day.

Obviously, the most important thing is that we LOVE our pictures. They are truly beautiful - I honestly was in awe of them. He missed nothing - he knew every shot I wanted and he was constantly looking for the best light and trying to capture every moment. The equipment he has is down right cool - he even used a helicopter drone to capture ariel images. A week after my wedding, I get a link to 2500 edited photos and each photograph is beautiful. Any photographer can take a couple great shots out of thousands - but Paul will give you a thousand beautiful shots that are all frame worthy. You won’t regret your decision in hiring him - you will have no worries on your wedding day with Paul as your photographer. Paul is a class act and worth every penny and then some. Thank you so much Paul - we would recommend you to anyone!!] Read less
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Paul Retherford Photography | Wedding, Family, Portrait | Michigan & Destination Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Jordyn! I enjoyed everything about your Wedding too. It was SO beautiful and you were just beaming all day long. I loved watching both You and Matt interact, and you guys made it really easy on me. Cheers to a long, happy marriage!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Paul photographed my sister's wedding last year and my fiance and I were so impressed with him that we hired him for our wedding as soon as we started planning (even before we had a venue)! I could not have been happier with that decision. Paul is not only a true professional and amazing photographer, but an amazing person. We had so many compliments from our wedding party that our photographer was awesome and so much fun to work with. He also went above and beyond with the services he offered and the images we received from our wedding were absolutely beautiful!
Paul photographed my sister's wedding last year and my fiance and I were so impressed with him that we hired him for our Read more...
Paul photographed my sister's wedding last year and my fiance and I were so impressed with him that we hired him for our wedding as soon as we started planning (even before we had a venue)! I could not have been happier with that decision. Paul is not only a true professional and amazing photographer, but an amazing person. We had so many compliments from our wedding party that our photographer was awesome and so much fun to work with. He also went above and beyond with the services he offered and the images we received from our wedding were absolutely beautiful! Read less
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Paul Retherford Photography | Wedding, Family, Portrait | Michigan & Destination Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Lauren. You were an absolute gorgeous Bride! Cheers to you, your husband, and your son/dog.:-)
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Maria & Justin
Wedding:
9/6/2015
5.0/5.0
Paul was amazing!! We did an engagement session with him in addition to the wedding. Our pictures are incredible and he was so easy to work with. He has a talent of getting everyone to have fun during a somewhat hectic day. Great value as well.

I could not be happier with my pictures and I am so glad we went with Paul!
Paul was amazing!! We did an engagement session with him in addition to the wedding. Our pictures are incredible and he Read more...
Paul was amazing!! We did an engagement session with him in addition to the wedding. Our pictures are incredible and he was so easy to work with. He has a talent of getting everyone to have fun during a somewhat hectic day. Great value as well.

I could not be happier with my pictures and I am so glad we went with Paul! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Paul is so easy going, friendly, and flexible to work with!! He went above and beyond for our special day! He showed up early, stayed late, and was extremely accommodating to our rowdy wedding party. On top of that, he offered us an amazing rate on LABOR DAY WEEKEND...... With an automatic photobooth station!!! ANDDD he had all of our wedding photos back to us before we returned from our week long honeymoon! But that's not all, when I messaged Paul with problems downloading the photos on my computer he apologized for the inconvenience and said he would mail me all my photos on a USB! What a great guy!! If you want a dependable, friendly, professional wedding photographer Paul is your guy!!
Paul is so easy going, friendly, and flexible to work with!! He went above and beyond for our special day! He showed up Read more...
Paul is so easy going, friendly, and flexible to work with!! He went above and beyond for our special day! He showed up early, stayed late, and was extremely accommodating to our rowdy wedding party. On top of that, he offered us an amazing rate on LABOR DAY WEEKEND...... With an automatic photobooth station!!! ANDDD he had all of our wedding photos back to us before we returned from our week long honeymoon! But that's not all, when I messaged Paul with problems downloading the photos on my computer he apologized for the inconvenience and said he would mail me all my photos on a USB! What a great guy!! If you want a dependable, friendly, professional wedding photographer Paul is your guy!! Read less
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Brent
Wedding:
8/31/2015
5.0/5.0
All I have to say is that Paul was the best possible photographer that we could have wanted for our wedding. Paul's professionalism and demeanor was a perfect fit for us. Paul was constantly watching the changing light during our wedding day to select the best photos, he was very creative. Paul doesn't know this, but there was a highly acclaimed professional photographer in the audience that made multiple comments about Paul's non-stop hard work, professionalism and high quality camera equipment. Paul went above and beyond throughout the whole process, from the first time we spoke with him in the months leading up to our wedding to the weeks following our big day, he was the best!

I would recommend Paul to anyone, he was great!
All I have to say is that Paul was the best possible photographer that we could have wanted for our wedding. Paul's Read more...
All I have to say is that Paul was the best possible photographer that we could have wanted for our wedding. Paul's professionalism and demeanor was a perfect fit for us. Paul was constantly watching the changing light during our wedding day to select the best photos, he was very creative. Paul doesn't know this, but there was a highly acclaimed professional photographer in the audience that made multiple comments about Paul's non-stop hard work, professionalism and high quality camera equipment. Paul went above and beyond throughout the whole process, from the first time we spoke with him in the months leading up to our wedding to the weeks following our big day, he was the best!

I would recommend Paul to anyone, he was great! Read less
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Shade
Wedding:
8/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Proffesional at every level ! Gave us directions and captured every moment! You wont be disappointed with paul, I promise ;-)
Proffesional at every level ! Gave us directions and captured every moment! You wont be disappointed with paul, I promise Read more...
Proffesional at every level ! Gave us directions and captured every moment! You wont be disappointed with paul, I promise ;-) Read less
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