Contact:    541-729-9256    -or-   grj (at) aperturephotographics.com

 

Welcome!

My name is Glen and I've been a full time wedding photographer for the past twelve years, during which time I've shot well over 200 weddings. I live in a beautiful place called the Willamette Valley, in Central Oregon. From that home base, I travel the world shooting weddings for Eugene Oregon Wedding Photographer Glen Johnsonclients that care deeply about having their wedding day captured as a story, told by an artist. I just recently completed my 58th Destination wedding outside the continental US.

I absolutely LOVE what I do. I love meeting new people, making beautiful art with cameras and computers, and traveling around the world.

I often find myself in some beautiful or exotic location and I'll stop, take a long look around, and think to myself, "I'm the luckiest person in the universe for having found this profession."

My style...  is to shoot quietly and unobtrusively in the background throughout most of the day, and then work with you to create dramatic and unusual environmental portraits when we've got a few minutes alone. My greatest compliment is when a bride looks through the photos and says, "I didn't even know you were there when that happened."

Your style...  is bold, fun loving, adventurous and totally in love with your new partner. You appreciate photography as an art and you want an outgoing, friendly photographer that you feel comfortable hanging out with. You don't want to worry about being embarrased by an egotistical photographer who tries to take over your day. You're not looking for the cheapest photographer - you're look for quality and expect it to cost more because it's the best. Finding a photographer who can tell a story with a camera is of the highest priority to you. You shudder at the thought of seeing your own faces in the cheesy wedding photos that are so typical these days. You want a large collection of natural, unstaged images that capture a moment, and all together, they tell the story of your day.

Some advice...  You are almost certainly a new bride or groom just venturing into the confusion of shopping photographers for your wedding. I've talked with hundreds of people in that place and I've personally seen enough weddings that I think I can provide some advice for you!

First of all, when you interview a photographer, perhaps the single most important thing to know is that it's very easy for new or moderate quality photographers to buy a website that makes them look as good as the really great photographers - at first glance.

The thing to remember is that most photographers will pick out their favorite 20 images from each wedding and show those on their website, but that should leave you wondering what the heck they were doing for the rest of the wedding day.

You need to know that any beginner can get 20 good shots during a 10 hour wedding day and that is NOT something to brag about.

So don't ask a photographer to "Show me your best picture."

What you should be asking them to do, is.... "Tell me a story." And believe me, there is a HUGE difference between the photographers that can get 20 decent shots, and those that can get the hundreds of great images it takes to tell the whole story of a wedding day.

More advice... Here are some more detailed things you should know about shopping photographers...

The slideshows below tell stories. Each show may contain over a hundred images but this is still only a small selection of the images taken at that wedding, and I hope you'll agree that each show tells the story of the day.

I hope that someday I have the pleasure of working with you, to capture your story.

 

I hope I have the pleasure of working with you, to capture your story.

 

Slideshows from past weddings

For best viewing... Click the button at the bottom right side of each video.
This will take you to a full screen. Hit
PLAY, then PAUSE, then change the resolution from 480 to 1080p.
This is HD video so you may need to wait and let the show load for a while before watching - otherwise it may stop frequently.

To see all my slideshows, check out my YouTube Channel.


Maui, Hawaii

This is a very small selection of the images I shot for Antara & Kingsuk at their two day wedding ceremony on Maui. This lavishly decorated ceremony was mostly in the Hindu tradition - although perhaps not quite so long as what I understand some traditional Hindu weddings last. I think this was easily the most colorful wedding I've ever attended and it was an absolute delight to photograph.

Oregon, USA

Kira & Beau got married at the Thyme Garden, a beautiful little farm tucked away in the coastal mountains of Oregon near the town of Alsea. Their love for each other was so apparent in everything they did, from the minute details of the wedding, to the way they seemed to melt every time they looked at each other..... more.

Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

Jaclyn & Greg chose the Pelican Resort in Port Lucaya on Grand Bahama island.

The Bahamas are so amazingly beautiful but many couples look right over this nearby gem in the search for an exotic location.

I've shot weddings on Nassau Island, Crooked Island, Grand Bahama Island and Great Exuma. Every time, the Bahamian people ave been extremely friendly and accomodating.... more.

Oregon, USA

King Estate Winery was the setting for Phil & Shoshana's beautiful wedding in the Oregon countryside.

This is a good example of the storytelling work we do at a more traditional American style wedding here in the US.... more.

Jamaica

This (my 10th) Jamaican wedding was a total blast!

The ceremony was at the beautiful Rock House Resort at the west end of Negril.

The next day, we took a relaxing drive out through the Jamaican countryside and visited some of the locals near the town of Roaring River.... more.

Amalfi, Italy

This is the story of Dee & Jim.

The ceremony was at a beautiful little Villa just to the north of the town of Amalfi on the coast of Italy.

The day after the wedding, we took a drive up into the mountains to the town of Ravello were we wandered the streets for a couple hours shooting more pictures. ...more

Santorini, Greece

What can you say about a place like Santorini?

I've shot 4 weddings on this beautiful island (so far) and every one has been an absolutely magical experience. The couples have been so much fun and the place is stunning beyond belief.

Each time I go I discover little nooks and crannies that all seem more beautiful than the last..... more.

Mexico

This slideshow is from a wedding near Costa Careyes and Manzanillo, Mexico. A cliffside villa in a tiny village set the stage for quite a party..... more

 

Contact:    541-729-9256    -or-   grj (at) aperturephotographics.com

My Book for Brides - (eBook only)

Brides Guide Book

For most couples, finding the right photographer is a LARGE part of the wedding planning process. You know that aside from the rings, the pictures are all you’ll have left after the wedding is over. As you join together to become a new family, these images become the first record in your family history. The skill and style of the photographer you choose will determine how those memories are captured. And the scary part – for both the couple and the photographer – is that there are no second chances. Your wedding photographer has one chance to get it right and make it look beautiful – which means you’ve got only one chance to choose someone you can trust with that responsibility.

Read more about the book...
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(this book is NOT an advertisement for my photography services)

 

 

 

 

My Book for Photographers - 2nd edition

Whew! After a full year of making myself sit in front of the computer, I've recently finished the second edition of my book on Digital Wedding Photography. The first version has helped to educate well over 50,000 new wedding photographers - which is an astonishing thing to think that I've had such an influence on the next generation of wedding photography.

Digital Wedding Photography boook    
First Edition
Digital Wedding Photography: Capturing Beautiful Memories Digital Wedding Photography by Glen Johnson 
(Sold over 50,000 copies since 2006)

This book has well over a hundred glowing reviews on Amazon.com!

Here's what a one reader had to say....

Hi Glen,

I’ve been “doing” photography for many years, and I started selling prints last year.  I’ve mainly taken candid people shots, nature shots, architecture, and animals; basically anything in which I find interest in the subject.  I had thought many times about wedding photography, but I never wanted to be “that guy” that photographed my wedding and so many others:  stood out due to his lack of clothing sense; bossed people around; took not much more than staged photographs; took a few during the ceremony of people standing and not doing much else; and took a few of the reception (cutting cake and garter toss); then gives a proof book and tries to sell lots of prints later.

When Borders was going out of business, I bought two books on wedding photography on the spur of the moment.  One really was just about the shots that should be taken.  I found myself thinking “duh” through the entire book.  I read your book and found the type of wedding photography I could actually do and the type that has meaning to people beyond just “here is the whole family standing on a lawn in rows,” one that actually captures who people are and their personalities on this most special of days.

I have since gone through your book approximately three times, and it has been no less valuable the third time than it was the first.  It matches my style of wanting to capture people, their activities, and their emotions; not just pictures of people who are present.

Dan

I've been a full time wedding photographer, since 2000.

During that time I've shot over 300 weddings, with 58 of those being in other countries outside the US.

In 2010 I was invited to become a founding member of an association called
Best of Wedding Photography. This is a gathering of the best wedding photographers on the planet. Membership is free, but it is by invitation only and there are less than 500 members worldwide. I was also invited to be an official board member for this organization. So now I am one of 8 Internationally know photographers on the board who are responsible for providing guidance about the formation of the organization, and also for actually interviewing other photographers around the world to decide who gets invited into the organization.

 

 

Glen's Destination Wedding Travels

Over the past 11 years I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings in the US and 58 destination weddings (as of 2011) outside the US, in locations such as Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahamas, Aruba, Hawaii, Barbados, Tortola, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Italy, Fiji, Tahiti, Mauritius and Hong Kong.... Whew! (see the map below) And the list keeps growing as couples surprise me with new destinations I’ve never even heard of. You brides never cease to amaze me with your cool choices of locations.


View Glen's Wedding Travels in a larger map.

 

A note about Destination Weddings....

Since 2005 my wedding work has evolved into about 75% destination weddings and 25% local Oregon weddings.

In 2011 I shot my 58th wedding outside the continental US.
As far as I know, there are only a couple photographers in the world who can say they've done that.

If you happen to be planning a Destination Wedding, the experience I've gained through shooting so many destination weddings could prove to be a valuable asset. Not only does it increase my chances of successfully negotiating the many possible pitfalls associated with long distance travel, but it also allows me to assist in your planning and preparation phase by supplying valuable information and ideas.

Shooting a destination wedding is very different from shooting a wedding in the US. Having lots of travel experience is priceless, and with all the travel restrictions and visa requirements necessary today, that experience can easily be the difference between a photographer that shows up on time, and one that doesn't make it there at all.

Destination wedding photography is a combination of great photography, and working as your own travel agent / driver / navigator / enterpreter / doctor / etc, on the road less traveled...

 

For 2012 I will be limiting the number of Destination Weddings to roughly 5 per year.

 

 

Contact:    541-729-9256    -or-   grj (at) aperturephotographics.com

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