National Geographic, VOGUE, Outside Magazine, Patagonia, The New York Times: Brian's 15 years of photojournalistic experiences are impressive. Hundreds of weddings photographed all around the world, for celebrity and not-so-celebrity clients. Big or small, in hometown backyards, island paradises, mountaintops or vineyards in Tuscany... the essence of his work remains the same: put people at ease, understand & capture the story as unobtrusively as possible, and above all, have fun!
After his formal education at Bowdoin College and Brown University, Brian's development began while working with National Geographic photographer Galen Rowell in The Himalayas of Tibet, Nepal and India. The photography techniques developed were simple: be consistently respectful, unobtrusive and friendly while being highly efficient to creatively capture every detail of the story quickly. Brian quietly charmed his way in and out of Chinese jails, through rioting civil servants in Kathmandu and was welcomed to photograph more prohibited elements of real daily life then most ever get access to.
Brian learned there that a quick smile, a respectful nod and an efficient, unobtrusive approach can create incredible photographic opportunities, while also putting people at ease. His work appears in a variety of publications including books by Random House, as well as numerous national and international magazines.
But how and why weddings? At Brian's own Hawaiian beachside wedding to his wife Malia (also a photo nerd: she's the Global Photo Art Director for Athleta), he was amazed by how obtrusive his hired wedding photographer was and thought that there had to be a better way.
A "better way" to Brian meant developing a collaborative approach with his clients, just as he would with any editorial piece. The result is that clients get to know Brian, and Brian gets to understand his client's story well before the wedding day. When clients are truly comfortable knowing that their wedding is in the hands of a professional who understands them and cares deeply about their story... the joy and emotion of the day come shining through. It's Brian's incredible creativity, quick sense of quiet humor and commitment to capturing the real essence of a wedding that make his photographs unique and cherished.
Brian and Malia own and operate The Boathouse Studios as small, sustainably built studios in San Francisco, on the coast of Maine and on the windward side of Oahu in Hawaii. Every year, Brian supports select local and destination weddings worldwide as well as unique engagement and family shoots. When not photographing, Brian is a avid cyclist and a passionate fundraiser for cancer charities. If a camera isn't in his hand, he loves nothing more than quiet days camping out of his Volkswagen Bus with his best friends: his wife Malia and his "kids" Hoku (pup) and Jetsam (kitty).
Follow Brian on Twitter: @brianwedge
Follow Brian on Instagram: @brianwedge
Brian’s wife and best friend is also an accomplished photographer and acclaimed Art Director. She’s traveled the world as a successful actress, sports model and lived in Japan for years working as a stuntwoman (no, we’re not kidding, she can kick butt if needed).
Hawaiian born and raised, Malia (rhymes w/Maria) keeps the Aloha spirit alive and well no matter the workload or deadline. Malia is also a Bowdoin grad; she has an MBA, spent years as a producer and is currently The Global Art Director of Photography for Athleta (the snazzy yogawear/fitness clothing company). When not with Boathouse Studios, she is off supporting Athleta's photo shoots all around the world.
Malia is smart, sassy, creative and fun. She also serves as our resident linguist (she speaks 3 languages) and like Brian, photographs because she absolutely, positively loves to create. Malia's creativity and energy, along with her incredible experience and thoughtful insights are an amazing addition to everything we do. We think she’s pretty awesome and you will as well!
Brian and Malia own and operate The Boathouse Studios as small, sustainably built studios in San Francisco, on the coast of Maine and on the windward side of Oahu in Hawaii. Every year,, Malia and Brian support select local and destination weddings worldwide as well as unique engagement and family shoots. When not photographing or art directing in some exotic land, Malia is a passionate dancer and cook. Like Brian, the perfect day includes cruising in their VW Bus looking for surf, looking for food, looking for campsites or just looking.
Follow Malia on Twitter: @maliawedge
Follow Malia on Instagram: @maliawedge