I often get asked, “What do you do for a living?” I am always happy to answer, “I am a photographer.” Most times I elaborate and explain that I am a primarily a Wedding Photographer, but also enjoy Lifestyle Photography. Then the obvious question follows… “What is Lifestyle Photography?” Answer: Photographing Life as it happens.
Documentary Photography is a good term to describe how I see the world. It is so important to me that I photograph Weddings and Life in the most unobtrusive way. I enjoy seeing people be themselves. I want to follow, observe and document instead of directing and posing. I want viewers of my images to feel as though they were there, without drawing attention to myself. I utilize available light in the majority of my work. I also enjoy using off camera lighting when I am creating images of individuals, to add depth to the images.
Early on in my career as a photographer, I was under the impression that wedding photography had to be stopped, posed, perfectly lit and shot from a tripod as often as possible. How wrong I was! I remember the time when I just started photographing the little things (as I was assisting) that were going on around me. The flower girl smelling her flowers, the “in-between” moments during the family formals, the laughter of the bride and her brides maids as they are getting ready, etc… I came alive at that moment and knew that I needed to be a different kind of photographer.
I love Life. I love People. I look forward to each and every day. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, and 4 precious children. When I meet new people and become a part of their lives, I treat them as my own and think of how precious they are to each other. This motivates me and helps me to enjoy each and every assignment I have.
I wish I could say, it was all me that figured it out, but I would be mistaken. I thank my wonderful wife, Bridget, for giving me the push to “Go For It!” Her love, encouragement and support has brought us to where we are today. Together, our Faith in God and embracing His Grace is what really keeps the ball rolling. To Him, we are forever grateful.
Thanks for stopping by, we look forward to meeting you!
David Burke is a photographer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is available for travel worldwide. For more information contact him through his website or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new studio is located at:
633 Washington Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228