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Weddings by Roy Dressel Photography

Weddings are the most photographed events in our lives, bringing family and friends together in a traditional day of ceremony and celebration. As a  wedding photographer since 1984, I have seen weddings that range from the elegant to the down to earth, the lavish to the simple. No matter what style wedding you have chosen to have, it will be uniquely yours because you’re a unique couple. That variety is what makes this profession so dam much fun

Choose your wedding photographer with care.

You’ll spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than with any other vendor, so make your selection with care. An experienced wedding photographer can make the difference between an easy stress-free day and one where you’re always looking over your shoulder. If you’re dreaming about finding someone that can create romantic portraits; images that tell the story of your day that will last a lifetime, a photographer with the personality and skill to make that day stress free, then you have come to the right place. With over three decades in the wedding business, Roy Dressel Photography has the skill to make that dream a reality.

The dip and kiss at the Hanford civic auditorium
creating memories as a weeding photographer

 

Over three decades of wedding photography experience

In the three decades that I have been a wedding photographer, I have photographed over fifteen hundred weddings. Each one of them unique. From weddings with over six hundred guests to a wedding with just six people total, including me.

More than once I have gone home knowing all the names of every guest at the event. (OK, not that one with 600 people) I have photographed couples that had a dog as there ring bearer,  photographed a wedding with no attendants and one with forty-two people in the wedding party, (yes, 42)  shot weddings at the coast, at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia, at Convict Lake on the eastern Sierras and in just about every church in Visalia. Had couples get married in 105-degree heat and winter cold.

Romance has blossomed into marriage.

I have seen the romance of all those couples blossom into marriage. Heard the I dos and seen the tears of joy on hundreds of parents and couples (my son is one of them). Known the thrill of capturing just the right image, at the right time of the day, with the sun just right (there nothing better than when it all comes together) That is the thrill that I find in wedding photography.

I have seen people lose the ring before the ceremony, have no music to walk down the aisle to, had one wedding where the preacher arrived an hour late. Seen a goom that was so sick he had to sit down during the ceremony and had to cancel their Europian honeymoon, and shot a wedding where the groom went to the hospital in an ambulance.

This is not just a job; it’s an adventure. 

Wedding photography is not just a job. It’s not something that we, as wedding photographers (or any wedding vendor for that matter) go to, put in our time and then go home. It’s not just another day. Over those more then thirty years, I have been lucky enough to have experienced so many life-changing moments in so many couples lives. No, it’s not a job, it’s the adventure.

 

We Also Do Video

We have been doing video since we began the business in 1984, Video brings your wedding to life.  As the years go by you, you’ll sit around watching it again, maybe with your kids; you’ll laugh, you might even cry a little and realize how important having a video is. We offer a discount when you add a video to your photography package.  Video Price List

 

 

 

100 wallet photos free

 

100  Wallets Included With Every Package

Send out thank you cards and include a wallet photo with each one of them. Friends and relatives will put them up on the fridge and remember your wedding day over and over again

church wedding are rewarding as a wedding photographer

Thank you for being a part of our wonderful wedding day. We were unsure if we wanted a photographer when we were planning, but now know that the memories are invaluable.

You were very easy to work with and helped us avoid stress during our ceremony. The plan you brought to us allowed us to focus on other things and enjoy the day. We are very happy with how Lilah (their young daughter) was included in our photos and how much of the day we can look back on.

The book is beautiful, we could not ask for anything better. Thank you for how quickly you got us the pictures by email and for everything.

Jocelyn, Arlo and Lilah

outdoor weddings are a big part of being a wedding photographer

 

 Albums and Press Books

In today’s digitally connected world, where everyone looks at images on their phones and tablets, why have an album or book? Because your phone is no substitute when it comes to the memories of your wedding day. Plus, the book will last a lifetime. Will you be able to look at your wedding photos on the phone you have in twenty years? Your wedding is not just another trip to the beach. It’s the most important day in your life. We offer an album or press book with all our packages above the basic because we know how important they will be to you as the years go on.

albums and books are part of our packages
engagement sittings are part of our wedding photography coverage

 

 

Engagement Sittings 

The engagement is part of the journey of getting married. That romantic time in your lives where you learn to introduce him or her as your fiance/e. It’s a special time so plan an engagement session where you can create images that are uniquely yours. Bring props, pick a place that tells your story. We offer engagement sessions locally, at the coast or mountains or desert.

Read our engagement sitting blog post. 

Two photographers for Every Wedding 

  Two photographer allows us to cover your wedding from different angles, in different places; in each dressing room, from two different angles during the ceremony.  Working together the formal posed photos can be done quickly and smoothly. It’s a team effort. We now include two photographers with all of our packages so you will have the coverage you want.

Dear Roy and Hannah

Nancy and I just want to say thank you for sending our wedding pictures so fast. They were perfect, and of course a big thank you for being you. 

You both made us feel so relaxed and captured every awesome moment. Your an amazing team. 

Cynthia and Nancy

the wring ceremony

Packages and Prices

We offer practical, down to earth packages and pricing from $1,100 to $3,995, and coverage that starts at five hours. Our larger packages don’t even have a time limit. Of course, at some point in time we’ll fall asleep, but you know what we mean. Check out our price list page; you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.

Check out our packages and prices 

 

My Story

Ever since I can remember, I have always had a camera in my hand. From simple box cameras to DSLRs, from shooting with medium format film cameras to my phone. I worked on the yearbook and newspaper staff in high school and in collage, even edited a magazine and won some awards at the state journalism association of community colleges while at COS.

I found I loved photographing weddings.

For fifteen years I sold cameras at stores like JCPenney and Main Drug in Visalia before deciding that I needed a little extra money, ( I had two young boys at the time) and I wanted to be in business for myself.

In 1984 I decided that I would start photographing weddings in my spare time. (did I have spare time with those kids?)  Pretty soon I realized I loved weddings and somewhere in there decided that I wanted to make this a full-time gig. In 1993 I was able to do that, working out of my house for a couple of years before opening my studio on Main St. in Visalia in 1996, where I still am today. In 2011 I married the love of my life, my partner, Javonna and we live today in Fresno. I still have those two kids, added another one and they all work in my business to some extent.

Roy has been a wedding photographer for over three decades.