STORY OF 2017
Real Weddings, Real Couples
2017 Annual Review
I will cherish the photographs Richard took for the rest of my life. It is impossible to pick a favorite, or even remotely narrow it down. Not a single one looks posed or unnatural. The slideshow he created brings me to tears every time. He managed to capture our motley crew of friends/tribe/family in the most gorgeous way.
The sheer number of images we received EDITED in just three weeks time still ceases to amaze me. He also sent over some teaser images just a day (in which he traveled) after.
He is truly an artist, and the hardest worker in the field. I feel lucky to know him.
Retaining Rich as our wedding photographer was the easiest and best decision we made for our wedding day. He is doing exactly what he was born to do. A total professional from the start, we never had any doubts that he would do everything he could to maximize his time, but create breathtaking products (which he did). He was thorough yet unintrusive, sensitive yet clear, and a complete joy throughout the day.
Our images are priceless artifacts that, due to his keen eye and editing, could be magazine features.
I understand that wedding photography can seem like an indulgent cost, and I get that weddings are already very costly, but Rich is worth every penny and more. I have too many friends who regret skimping on wedding photography because, at the end, it is the only visual artifact from the day (unless you also opt for a videographer). The whole day goes so fast and you can't be there for every beautiful moment. If you can, you want someone with the care and skill that Rich has to document those moments. We will cherish ours forever. Thank you, Rich!
The photos we received were mind blowing. Adam and I both knew that we had made the right decision, even if we did get a few weird looks from family and friends when we would tell them we were flying a photographer in from LA.
Then came the time for our wedding. Communication was perfect, he answered any questions we had, and made us 100% comfortable. He arrived wedding day bright and early and was there throughout all the chaos. There was a moment where he even told me to breath, calming me down since my nerves were clearly obvious, moments before walking down the aisle. He just seems like he cares, he is passionate about his work, and for the day, is a part of the family even though he is there for a specific job.
My family and friends absolutely adored him. We have had nothing but amazing comments about how fun he was and I can't even put words to how much we love the gallery and slideshow we have now received from our big day. He's a photography wizard and deserves all the praise possible. Thank you so much Rich. Adam and I both appreciate your hard work and will cherish these photos forever.
Imagine being overjoyed and in awe of every single picture from the perfect perspective, telling your wedding story that gets you emotional every time you see it. Everyone has been in awe of how amazing the pictures are and have said "I've never seen wedding photos like it, they are unbelievable. It is like a magazine cover shoot". Rich seems to have an omnipotent awareness to preempt where he needs to be to capture the perfect picture. And not just of the bride and groom.
Rich captured many intimate moments between our guests, including one of expecting parents, with their hands on baby-bump. Just one of the many priceless moments he has captured forever. This skill of being in the perfect place every time has produced an astounding story of our wedding and captured the emotion in a stunningly beautiful image, with every single shot
While Rich’s pictures speak for themselves, what is equally remarkable is Rich’s professionalism, adaptability, incredible work ethic, friendliness, and fun demeanor. He so easily fit into whatever was going on and was all a pleasure to be around!
Aside from getting married and choosing for it to be on Catalina Island, where my husband and I met, Rich was the best decision we made while planning our wedding. While there is much to stress about during the whole process and especially on the day, having Rich as our photographer was one thing we never thought twice about.
His pictures are authentic (never forced or too posed) and he really knows what he’s doing. We will be forever grateful for his talent. Along with having amazing memories captured through his lens, we really had a great time with Rich and are so happy to have spent the whole weekend with him. We would hire him again in a heartbeat a thousand times over!
We can’t thank Rich enough for capturing what he did and for giving us the gift of pictures we will treasure forever!! We are so happy to have also made a new friend in the process.
I have to start with saying that my wife and I were blown away of how perfect everything was. I am a professional photographer myself, and before we met Richard I naturally started thinking of how certain scenarios were going to be dealt with. I was completely put to ease from our very first conversation
From the first conversation we had, until we received our photos, everything was seamless and wonderful. Richard has an ability to come across as an old friend you have not seen in years. It was easy to trust him completely
Richards wedding photography is by far the best I've seen in LA. and his passion for creating a lasting impression with his work is inspiring
Rich was phenomenal to work with. When looking for the right photographer for our wedding, we knew we wanted someone who not only took beautiful photos, but who also took photos that had something to say. We wanted to capture the quiet moments, the funny moments, the unscripted and genuine moments that made up the story of our day and revealed something of the texture of our relationships. Rich delivered on every level. He was professional and tenacious, fun and funny -- all invaluable qualities when you spend 15 hours together on one of the most emotionally charged days of your life.
Our wedding was so much more than we could have hoped for or imagined, and the images Rich captured are authentic, intimate, and beautiful windows into it. We'd hire Rich again in a heartbeat.
One of the best decisions I have made was hiring Clarkie Photography for my wedding! Rich was so great at walking us through the process, understanding exactly what we wanted, and far exceeding our expectations in his execution! He is not only professional, but incredibly funny and easy going. Which was crucial in maintaining a fun, natural, stress free environment on your special day. We absolutely loved him
Rich is incredibly professional and easy to work with, and you can trust him to deliver. He is very punctual and a clear communicator. He always responded to our emails in a timely manner, and took the initiative to check in and give us updates. He also took the initiative to arrive early and stay late, which means he captured moments of our wedding that even the videographer missed.
Rich is also very kind. My whole family loved him. Emotions were running high at the wedding because my family was dealing with a very recent death, and there were several difficult vendors having meltdowns. Rich was able to work with all of this chaos, adjusting his photography plans according to what was going on. He was also really honest and calming, which I truly appreciated! I was extremely stressed the whole weekend, but Rich made a point of telling me when it showed on my face, so we could have the best photographs possible. My husband and I both felt awkward taking couples photographs, which was compounded by exhaustion and hunger, but Rich did a wonderful job of encouraging us and instructing us on how to best pose
I cannot recommend Clarkie photography enough. His photographs are gorgeous and real. Our family and friends oohed and aahed over their beauty, and we were happy to have photographs that will always remind us of the details, big and small, of our wonderful wedding.
When my now-husband and I met with Richard the first time, I didn't expect to reach a decision so quickly. We immediately felt comfortable with him, and as soon as he brought out his sample wedding album I fought back tears as I reviewed the beautiful story before me. That's what makes Richard such an incredible photographer. He uses his camera to tell a story.
On the day of our wedding, Richard's calming presence was even more than we expected. He made everyone feel comfortable, which allowed him to capture raw and real moments. It was an incredible day, and he really was a part of that.
As I look through the pictures from our day, I see and feel the emotions all over again, and that is a real gift. Richard's pictures show so well what the focus of our day was-- the love and joy shared among so many people. The candid expressions, stolen moments, and unbridled emotions became the details that mattered, and his photographs tell that story.