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One of the premier 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, Joe is a Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer serving the area at venues including: Heinz Chapel, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, The Pittsburgh Golf Club, The Omni William Penn Hotel, Saint Paul Cathedral, The Hotel Monaco, The Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh, The Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh,  and many others. Joe also serves West Virginia, western Maryland, and Ohio with wedding photography.

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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?

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.

Speaking of stories, a wedding has all the elements for a great one - characters, personality, feelings and emotions, drama - they’re all wrapped up in your big day! I love to make my clients happy by delivering a collection of photographs that are so meaningful and special to them.  Hugs and tears are encouraged:)

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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 been a full-time photojournalist for over 20 years. My photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. 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.