Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

One of the top Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers, Joe Appel creates award-winning, candid, story-telling images focusing on moment and emotion along with modern and creative portraits.

Selected as one of the "50 Top US Wedding Photographers" by weddzilla,

I'm a Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer serving couples in the area at venues including: Heinz Chapel, Armstrong Farms, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Seven Springs, Heinz History Center, The Pittsburgh Golf Club, The Omni William Penn Hotel, Saint Paul Cathedral, The Hotel Monaco, The Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh, The Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh, The Omni Bedford Springs Resort and many others. You'll find links to weddings from these venues along with some helpful information in the menu at the top of the page.

I also photograph weddings in West Virginia, western Maryland, and Ohio. Each year I end up traveling to New York and Washington, DC to photograph a wedding or two.

Check out my most recent work by visiting my blog.

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Please fill out my contact form or call me at 412-999-7363. I'd love to hear about your wedding plans and talk about how I can tell your story.

Meet the photographer

"The most elegant news photographer that I've ever met." - best-selling author Bill Bryson

OK, so I photographed Bill Bryson and he really said that to me.  But I had a nice suit on and, well, news photographers aren't usually the sharpest dressed folks out there.  Who am I to turn down a compliment, though?

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

I'm a wedding photographer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But for a big part of my career I was a photojournalist at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Photojournalism is a terrific profession - you get to meet all kinds of folks in every walk of life. There’s probably no better way to get to know a community and the stories of the people who live in it.

A wedding has all the elements for a great story - characters, personality, feelings and emotions, drama - they’re all wrapped up in your big day! I work very hard to give my clients a collection of timeless, authentic photographs that are so meaningful and special to them. Hugs and tears are encouraged:)

Why Hire Joe Appel Photography?

Moments between you, your fiancé and your loved ones are what makes memorable photographs. They form the narrative of your story. My experience as a photojournalist has sharpened my ability to anticipate and capture those moments for you. It's also made me quick, adaptable to any situation, and calm. It's funny how many times couples mention just how calm and composed I am on their wedding day and how that put them at ease when they felt a little bit like they were going to freak out. I guess it's my nature, but it's also something that's evolved over photographing hundreds of weddings. I'm dedicated to providing my clients with an enjoyable wedding photography experience.

My photographs are vibrant, clear, and without gimmicks. I pay close attention to lighting. The shape and quality of light is a crucial element of a great portrait. It can make all the difference between a beautiful photo and a mediocre photo. Years of education and on-location experience have honed my ability to very quickly assess a situation and provide the necessary lighting to make exceptional images for you.

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Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

How Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, Joe Appel Photography approaches a wedding day and creates award-winning images for his clients:

Photojournalism is more than the style of a photograph. It’s a way of working without stage-managing or setting up a situation. It’s about observation. It’s done by letting events flow in their natural direction, being ready for and finding the defining moments and relationships within the day.

When a collection of images is made in this fashion you have a story. Unique, elegant, and distinctly your own – this story is something to enjoy and remember for the rest of your days, and to pass on to the next generation.

I’ve had a long career as a photojournalist. My photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. As a Pittsburgh wedding photographer, my photos have been featured in Whirl Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine and a number of online publications. The methods that I’ve practiced and skills that I’ve honed through this experience let me give my wedding clients a compelling photo documentary of the day they join together in marriage.

Portraits and formal family photos are really the only time of the day where I provide direction. The rest of the time is spent photographing the day as it unfolds. My clients often tell me that they’re surprised by the final images. This is because they didn’t realize that many of the photos were being taken. That’s the essence of what I’m after: Real moments, real emotions, real interactions. The stuff that makes your story yours.

Contact us for more information including a complete pricing guide. Please feel free to call or email with questions or to set up a consultation.

Phone: (412) 999-7363

Email: joe@joeappelphotography.com

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