fun with photovision 2011

hello world, I know I know, it has been over a month since my last post. I really did set out to post every day…..well every week….and here we are over a month old. Please don’t stop believing in me. This has been one of the busiest seasons we have ever had and I am […]

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  • Diego Molina - November 1, 2011 - 6:27 pm

    Amazing wedding. You are the best. All of pictures are works of art.ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - November 1, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    This is exquisite! What gorgeous images.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin Lubera - November 1, 2011 - 10:22 pm

    This is awesome, Parker! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Beau Petersen - November 1, 2011 - 10:52 pm

    someday we will get together and fish, great work :)ReplyCancel

  • Ricki Ford - November 2, 2011 - 10:20 am


  • Rob Villetto - November 2, 2011 - 11:56 am

    Your work is truly amazing and inspirational! It makes me want to become a better photographer. Superb vision!ReplyCancel

  • uber photography - November 2, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • CHAPMAN'S GENERAL STORE - November 4, 2011 - 5:28 am

    […] J. Pfister has updated his website with some awesome new photographs. Just click the link and look at the first page collection. Since […]ReplyCancel

  • Maura Scarmack - November 5, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    Adore, adore, adore these images! Flawless – you know that you are welcome on the estate anytime! XOXOReplyCancel

  • G-Photo Design / Gary - November 11, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    Damn dude, you are so good it makes me rethink my whole approach. Seems to matter not what you shoot with or what you shoot, your eye is what makes it.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Israel - November 17, 2011 - 9:56 am

    Words fail me. Definitive Parker J. Bloody amazing bro!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Weissman - December 1, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    What an amazing experience,thanks for sharing! The photographs are brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Baltazar - December 8, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Great work Parker! I especially like the corn field photos.ReplyCancel

  • Sunday - January 17, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    Oh my word…..amazing!!! I could not pick a favorite if I tried. Every image was my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Rene' Treece Roberts - February 1, 2012 - 10:48 am

    lovely as always.ReplyCancel

  • Adrian - February 28, 2012 - 2:46 am

    Absolutely amazing! You are the best wedding photographer in the world! Jerry Ghionis and all those other australian dudes got nuthin on you :) Lol. In all seriousness, great work.ReplyCancel

  • Scott Board - March 7, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    Wow! I just finished watching part 1 of the wedding shoot out and what you were able to do in 2 minutes is unbelievable. I actually got goosebumps looking at these. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.I can’t wait to see the next installment.ReplyCancel

  • Marcio Sheeny - March 27, 2012 - 1:55 am

    Hi Parker… Since I saw your work for the first time on Photovision DVDs, there are 7 years ago, you are my reference in wedding photography. And this was crucial for me to have achieved success with my work. I’ve done workshops with Julia and Jefrey Woods, jerry Ghiones, Ray Roman, Yervant, Jim Garner ( all of them in Brazil ), but make your workshop has always been my greatest desire, because in my opinion, you are the best in the world.. You do not have plan to do a workshop in Brazil…??? Thanks…ReplyCancel

  • Joe Payne - May 25, 2012 - 3:36 pm


    Am really enjoying your series on Photovision. Just watched the latest installment today and am loving your way of working and seeing the light.



what is wedding photography? part two

Hello world, A while back I posted the question “what is wedding photography?” I received an overwhelming response to the question. Emails, comments and calls came in for several days after. Some were mad, some were hurt, some thanked me and some just didn’t see where I got off posting something like that, “I mean […]

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  • Denise - August 23, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    Yes Parker. It’s all that. I knew I wanted to shoot weddings with Jerry when after our first one was a couple I’ve known for a long time. The groom his entire life! Once we loaded the images on the computer I cried like crazy. They were the most beautiful images I had ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • uber photography - August 23, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    That is one of the most beautiful blog posts I have read. The sentiment expressed perfectly in the images. The story told and recorded for generations to come.

    As everything else fades and diminishes the importance of these images will only continue to grow.


  • Sally Watts - August 23, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    I particularly love the Wisdom frames.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Shomsky - August 23, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    Tears, you make me cry with your heartfelt words. Thank you for teaching us all. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kevin Lubera - August 23, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    Love this post, Parker! :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - August 24, 2011 - 4:23 am

    These images are stunning, and your words… perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Penny - August 24, 2011 - 8:15 am

    All so true.ReplyCancel

  • Parker J Pfister - August 24, 2011 - 9:37 am

    Wow thank you all for such beautiful words. Its crazy after all these years clicking that I still get all choked up by unfolding moments at weddings.ReplyCancel

  • Michael D. Davis - August 24, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Well put Parker. I would personally add one more sentiment to all those wonderful ones that you have penned here so eloquently. “Wedding photography is not the reason I photograph. The people I meet, and share with and whose special moments I help keep, is the reason I am a photographer”ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Vining - August 24, 2011 - 11:24 am

    What a way to sum it all up! SPECTACULAR!! Absolutely SPECTACULAR!! xoReplyCancel

  • Marylou - August 24, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    You are such an incredible artist, I’m inspired every time I visit this site. Stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Reinhardt - August 24, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    THAT is Wedding Photography – rephrase – That is AMAZING Wedding Photography 😉ReplyCancel

  • Richard Israel - August 24, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    Brilliantly put and brilliantly captured friend!ReplyCancel

  • Beau Petersen - August 24, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    love this, keep it going !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Kessler - August 25, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    Beautifully put! They were lucky to have you there to capture it all!ReplyCancel

  • Jorge - August 25, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    Beautiful, poetry in images and words. Thanks for opening your heart again about this beautiful pasion that we call wedding photography.ReplyCancel

  • Andy Martin - August 28, 2011 - 8:16 am

    Brilliant! Inspiring! Heart-Felt! Like a Hallmark Movie! A beautiful expression as seen through the eyes of the artist! Once again I have been reminded as to why I do what I do as an artist. That you Parker!ReplyCancel

  • The Gown Shop - August 29, 2011 - 3:11 pm


    The photos of Rachael & Peter’s wedding are absolutely phenomenal! Every detail you captured is breathtaking! I had the joy and pleasure of getting to know Rachael during her gown selection process and seeing her so happy in her gown and veil on the day of her wedding with Peter brought me to tears!


    Stacy Fork
    The Gown ShopReplyCancel

  • lynn - August 30, 2011 - 8:41 am

    Thank you for sharing! I’m sure I’d have to put down the camera on such a hot day, but you captured the joy and love of this family and the beautiful bride. And of course we love how you photographed the bride’s Modern Trousseau gown, veil & sash!ReplyCancel

  • Hugo de la Morena - September 4, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Wedding photography is not always only wedding photography, it´s something more subtle, like your vision and your work. You´re a master of it.ReplyCancel

  • G-Photo Design / Gary - September 10, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Mr. Pfister, you are so very real and honest and just happen to be an excellent photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Brokop - September 20, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    beautiful. thank you for sharing, and so eloquently!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Chancey - September 21, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    Parker, I never cease to be amazed and inspired by your eye your shots and your true love of capturing every moment’s heartstrings. It’s always a gasp and a tear when I am compelled to visit your site and see your work.

    BTW I am compelled to come her a lot! Rusty Clyde says Hi….and has a new sister named Jellybean Bonanza…she’s cute :-)

    Susan ChanceyReplyCancel

  • Paul Gero - September 23, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Simply beautiful Parker!ReplyCancel

  • Ian - October 20, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    God! I love your work Parker. Amazing imagery, fantastic words your work is just so inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • celeste - October 21, 2011 - 7:49 am

    This has to go on a book, definitely! love the poem, it’s all true, as a wedding photographer you get to feel all these emotions through the lens, it’s like there’s a string from your shutter to your heart, every time you see a moment, your heart does a little skip, I’ve got it!! or did I? oh, what the heck, I know I got it!!LOL, it’s so exciting. I love weddings, photography is becoming emotionally part of your client’s beautiful day!!ReplyCancel

  • Rona Leah - October 21, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    Need anymore be said? I think not. I create portraits for families. It’s the same really, “so much more than we can ever see.”ReplyCancel

  • Ray - November 25, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    An absolute awesome job. I don’t think people realize how awesome an outdoor wedding can be. I love your black and white and tints you use in your photographs.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - November 29, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    Someone linked me to your site today, I am blown away by your images. You have an incredible eye!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Norment - January 8, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Absolutely stunning images! You nailed it on what wedding photography is all about and your right, the key is to get to know your couple very well to see through their eyes. These are very beautiful. If they make me feel emotional, then I can only imagine what it does for this couple.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Ortiz - January 18, 2012 - 1:13 pm

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jung - February 19, 2012 - 3:50 am

    very insightful . I’m amazed :)ReplyCancel

  • Slava Slavik - July 4, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    One of the best blog posts from a single wedding I’ve ever read. So inspiring by all means…ReplyCancel

  • Christine - August 27, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    I loved reading your blog post from 8.23.11, “What is wedding photography? part two” but I noticed that only the first several images are displaying. Are the remaining images available elsewhere on your site? Judging from the glowing comments that followed, I’d love to see them!

    Thank you!


  • Lorraine - December 18, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Been photographing weddings for 10 years. I’m now 61. It is in my blood. What is wedding photography to me? . . . everything that is real, honest, transparent. They’ll have to carry me away in my walker before I’ll ever stop. LorraineReplyCancel

lights, camera, film, model, dresses…….action!

Hello world,                                                                                                           […]

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  • aaron morrell - August 19, 2011 - 10:41 am

    Man…. Awesome images!!
    Wish you’d invite me to film you working the shutter sometime, That’d be VERY cool!!ReplyCancel

  • aaron morrell - August 19, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Man…. Awesome images!!!
    Wish you’d invite me to film you working the shutter sometime, That’d be a real treat!!!ReplyCancel

  • Davidone - August 19, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Love these shots … especially the Xp2’s ! :)ReplyCancel

  • neal carpenter - August 19, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Your shoots with Richard are so inspiring. Just so good.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Brokop - August 19, 2011 - 11:32 am

    I just love seeing what two photographers see, from a sessions shot together. So amazing, so imaginative. Well done, is an understatement.
    The shots with the tunnel, and the model jumping are amazing. I would love those somewhere in my home. Thanks so much for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Bevins - August 19, 2011 - 11:40 am

    Parker J you are incredible! love these!ReplyCancel

  • fer juaristi - August 19, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    killer set bro!ReplyCancel

  • jeff woods - August 19, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Cool stuff bro!ReplyCancel

  • Michael Foster - August 19, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    Your work inspires me. I LOVE the one with the model leaning on the ropes of the bridge.ReplyCancel

  • G-Photo Design / Gary - August 19, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Parker, this is all that needs to be said and this is a biggie, “You are a photographer.”ReplyCancel

  • Michael Cienfuegos - August 19, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    They are fantastic, I especially like the 4×5’s That Aero-Ektar monster is unreal. Especially liked the double exposure.ReplyCancel

  • Parker J Pfister - August 19, 2011 - 6:06 pm

    Thanks everyone! We just went out and had some fun. Thats what it is all about, right?ReplyCancel

  • Paul Gero - August 20, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    Hey Parker…love these…you and Richard make a great team and each has unique and beautiful images….

    Love it!


  • Sally Watts - August 23, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    Beautiful! Such a treat when you guys collaborate.
    The jumping shots in particular are killer.ReplyCancel

  • Rene Roberts - September 6, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    God. Your work makes me realize, I suck. Only scratching at the surface. Totally inspiring in that “you just kicked me in the photo ballz” kind of way!! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • RedSphere | San Francisco Wedding Photographer - September 21, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    Very creative way to use shadows, amazing work!ReplyCancel

  • Alberto Catania - January 16, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    Hello, Mr.Parker, great artistic mood and images in the whole Weddings and Portraiture.
    Is it easy to find all this great collection of cameras that you have!!

    Great body of work…..keep me posted


  • julio trindade - January 26, 2012 - 12:39 am

    Just wonderful shots and textures, film is back!ReplyCancel

Marilynn + Josh Kaplan Wedding. Lake Lure, NC Wedding

hello world, Today I bring you images from Marilynn & Josh Kaplan’s wedding that I photographed at the  Lake Lure Inn, NC. Some of you may know this place from the film Dirty Dancing, but from now on you will remember it from Marilynn & Josh’s wedding day. Shay Brown planned it and killed it […]

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losing control

Hello world, The term “losing control” always seemed to have a negative connotation in my mind. Loosing control of ones car…Bad. Loosing control of ones temper….Bad. Loosing control of ones bladder….Really bad. Ok, so we have to always stay in control. Right? I am sure that there are some of you that have been through an […]

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  • Cindy Shaver - July 19, 2011 - 11:17 pm

    These are awesome. I’m now ashamed to own a Holga!ReplyCancel

  • Jorge R. Gonzalez - July 20, 2011 - 1:25 am

    The third one is amazing. It would take work in photoshop to obtain the results that you got by just letting go of control. Great stuff. I also like the one with the flag and the seagull.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - July 20, 2011 - 4:21 am

    Gorgeous. I’ve been drawn to film lately and your post make me even more intriuged. Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Ricki Ford - July 20, 2011 - 11:34 am

    Thats what i love about film its raw and uncut……No Photoshop!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Shomsky - July 20, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    You freekin’ amaze me every time…. total inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Michael - July 20, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree that it’s super important to (sometimes!) let go of our controlling tendencies and just shoot for inspiration. Plus your photos are great.ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Penny - July 20, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Love all of them-especially the ferris wheel and of course the beach scene. Glad to see you lose control. I mean you wouldn’t have inherited that trait from any of us or anything :)ReplyCancel

  • Mom - July 20, 2011 - 9:03 pm

    You know Parker, in some states it is illegal to drive and click!! Great pictures, I love the double exposures.ReplyCancel

  • Dean McLachlan - July 21, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Excellent, right I’m off to buy some film so I can do my homework :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stuart Townlsey - July 22, 2011 - 1:14 am

    get an LC-A (hell I will lend you mine) you will love it.
    Also just got a holga lens for canon SICK!

  • Sansaara - July 23, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Just unreal…love the holga shots!ReplyCancel

  • Marylou - July 23, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    These are utterly awesome. Drooling over #2/#4.ReplyCancel

  • drea - July 23, 2011 - 10:56 pm

    Thumbs up! Winky face.

    Seriously, so loving the Holga black and whites!
    I have half a roll left in my Holga. Now I want to finish it.
    Smiley face.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Israel - July 25, 2011 - 6:42 am

    Amen! I can’t pick a favorite, I love ’em all. Seriously.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin Lubera - July 25, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    “Zero photoshop.” That’s my favorite part. 😉

    How are you, buddy?ReplyCancel

  • Lara White - July 28, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    great post Parker, couldn’t agree more. I think that’s really the dark side of pro photography-we tend to spend so much time at the computer photoshopping images, that after a few years go by, we begin to feel that the joy has left the building, and we are still chained like a slave to the production.

    Being a pro photographer can really get in the way of the simple joys of seeing and creating images.

    p.s. really diggin the double exposure ferris wheel to heaven…


  • Julie Mikos - July 28, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Gosh, Parker. I was so glad to see you finally on the AP top ten list. Long time coming. It’s also been a long time since I’ve looked at your work. You are a true photographer and artist and it’s wonderful to see you still have passion for it. Gorgeous work as always.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - August 7, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    I am so happy to learn that you now have a blog!!! These photos left me breathless as your work tends to do to me. My holga pictures NEVER EVER look like these. Will be checking back often.ReplyCancel

  • kristi - August 10, 2011 - 9:23 am

    wow, parker that Portra 400 is Fabulous! ( and your artistry, always so wonderful to see)ReplyCancel

  • Miguel Rosenstok - August 11, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Execelent work!!!

    I miss film :(

    Keep this magic work of yours
    Best regards

  • Chris Buechner - August 18, 2011 - 7:52 am

    that porta film has a beautiful quality to it.
    Loving your personal work.

  • Pierre Graf - August 25, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    Truly inspirational.
    I love the grain of those shots.ReplyCancel

  • Terri - February 14, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    Thank you for your honest and AMEN to loosing control. I’m finding the more I’m willing to give up control and get out of my own way, the more I free my mind to truly see what is around me.ReplyCancel