Garrett Richardson – Photographer & Owner
I met Garrett at Loft Coffee in Little Italy earlier this year and was impressed by his professionalism and kindness. He was full of joy and excited to share his business adventure with me. Garrett truly captures the timeless beauty of marriage. He is married to his beautiful best friend, Meg, who is absolutely lovely. We love collaborating with this wonderful industry friend and look forward to each opportunity to grow alongside them.
- Tell me a little about who you are.
I am photographer located in San Diego, joyfully serving Southern California as well as Central and Northern California. I grew up in Los Angeles, California but have traveled the country shooting weddings and portraits. Some of my favorite destinations have been Paris, Washington DC, Chicago, and Seattle. I love capturing life outside of the U.S. and have traveled across Greece, Italy, France, Thailand, Switzerland and England. My travels have broadened my view of cultures and traditions, and have given me a deep appreciation for people.
- How would you describe yourself in three words?
Joyful, passionate, curious.
- What do you like to do on your free time?
Exercise, yoga, wine tasting, travel, play guitar, go to concerts, snowboard, spend time with Meg
- Tell me a little about your business.
Garrett Richardson Photography was established in 2015 and though my studio is in downtown San Diego, I find myself shooting throughout Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco. My work has been featured in The Knot, Style Me Pretty, US Weekly, E! News, Destination I Do, Brides, Darling Magazine and I’ve had the honor of working with recent contestants from The Bachelor ABC.
- Who is your inspiration?
I grew up going to Yosemite National Park every year with my family and it has become a formative place in how I experience nature and the world around me. I am inspired by Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers who ever lived, and how he captured Yosemite’s beauty so organically. Also, living on the coast of Southern California has influenced my love for the ocean – whether I’m in the mountains or on the Pacific Ocean, it’s all infused into my art and heart behind the camera.
- What are you most proud of?
The invitation to be with couples during one of the greatest commitments in their entire life and to be an advocate for strong, healthy marriages.
- What is your favorite moment during the wedding day (i.e. the first look, first kiss, etc.)? Why?
Spending time with my couples during their portraits. It’s such a special time because they get a chance to be alone during their wedding and just be present with each other. I love being able to say to them, “You will look at these photos we’re taking right now, for the rest of your life”
- Describe your ideal bride.
My ideal bride is Meg of course. But in business, she is someone who sees marriage as a daily choice and has a strong connection to family. She loves to plan but once everything is in place, she is present and in the moment. When she travels, private experiences are significant to creating memories that tie her adventures together around the world. Whether that’s wine tasting, a cooking class, or being led by an experienced guide, she loves to utilize all of her senses in new places.
- What services do you offer clients?
Wedding photography, engagement sessions, fine art albums, professional prints, rehearsal dinner coverage and portrait sessions.
- What do you wish your clients knew about your industry?
It’s very collaborative. It’s very easy to see when people love what they do and believe in the work. It’s an amazing industry to work in and I love that we can all support each other as we work together to create amazing experiences for our clients.
- What keeps you engaged in the wedding world?
Staying up to date on trends and aware of what is happening in the design world. Also, surrounding myself with other photographers who I can support and feel supported by has been huge.
- What would you say is the most challenging aspect about your industry?
With the development of technology and social media, anyone can create an account and call themselves a photographer. Couples have the challenge of sifting through dozens of accounts and images to get to the photographer that is a good fit for them. Word of mouth continues to be one of the most powerful tools in finding the right vendors because at the end of the day, everyone wants to have full confidence and trust in their wedding photographer.
- What is the best piece of advice you can give to a bride or groom?
Remember at the end of the day, you are planning a wedding so that you get to live a life-long marriage together. Don’t let the wedding details keep you from connecting with each other throughout the planning process. Take time to go on date nights and be intentional and remember to be present on your wedding day. It goes by quick so take the time to really absorb it all… your photographer will do the rest.