For California based editorial photographer Tom Irwin storytelling is of utmost importance and he aims to capture authentic moments as they happen. As a hybrid photographer with a background in fashion, Tom Irwin shoots weddings on both film and digital, as well as Super 8 video.
What would you like couples to know about you?
With a background in fashion editorial and lifestyle photography I aim to capture the details and the beautiful moments before they become memories. I believe that time is the most valuable thing you can’t count, so be present in the moment. From the simplest of gatherings to the wildest of parties, I strive to live in the moment, so it’s one worth remembering for a lifetime.
Where are you based?
Los Angeles, California.
Do you travel for weddings?
Yes, I will travel to wherever the client needs me to capture their day.
How would you describe your style?
Documentary style photography, capturing the authentic moments as they happen.
What is your most memorable career moment?
The most memorable career moment would have to be photographing a clients engagement and them loving the photos and experience so much, that they chose me to capture their wedding instead of Vogue Weddings.
What inspires you?
Being a hopeless romantic at heart, I pride my work on creating an experience that I myself would dream of having. Someone that cares not only about the end result from a photo aspect - but also the well-being of the couple themselves. Seeing the endless options of how a wedding day can be brought to life is a beautiful thing. No one wedding is exactly the same, and there are always new stories to be told.
What motivates you to do what you do?
Having the chance to meet so many wonderful new people during one of the happiest times in their lives. Sharing moments and creating memories along the way, to be remembered for generations. Doing what you love and have 'the work' not really feel like work, while traveling to place I’ve dreamt of visiting.
How would you describe your working style?
I am a hybrid photographer, capturing my weddings on film and digitals. Storytelling is of utmost importance, everyone has a story to tell. I capture their big day as it candidly happens, allowing my couples to be as present as possible and enjoying their day to the fullest.
Do you shoot digitally, on film or both?
I shoot both, 35mm and 120 film, digital coverage, and Super 8 video.
Do you have custom packages according to individual needs?
I have a few package options that a client can selects from with available add-ons to cater to their needs. Should a client desire to create a custom wedding package that meets their vision of their ideal wedding day, I am happy to discuss this further with them.
What is a favorite product or service that you offer and why?
I love to photograph my weddings on film 35mm and 120. I believe it captures a moment so authentically. Creating a still moment that looks and feels like a painting, evoking an emotion whenever you look though the images.
Where would you love to travel to for work?
My dream destinations are Italy, Ireland, France, Australia, Switzerland and Greece.
Who is your dream client?
My dream client is someone that has a vision of what they want their day to look and feel like. Someone who wants to create memories and bring their dreams to life in a cinematic and romantic display of love.
How do you select music to your films?
I begin to think about how I feel in the moment watching though the scenes. The ask what kind of emotion am I trying to make the viewers feel, as they become enthralled in the beauty and elegance of my lovely couples.
What is your advice to couples getting married?
Try and enjoy the process, as it’s a stressful time trying to create your ideal wedding day. Focus on what has brought you and your significant other together and the future you seek to create together. Remember to breath and take in the wedding day as it happens. Everyone says its over so quickly, so try and be as present as possible. Creating moments worth remembering for years to come. My job is to capture the day so you can live it, so make it one worth remembering.