Kind Words, From Kind Folks
”When I was planning our wedding, I initially hired a local New York photographer whom I thought would be a good fit. Photography was something very important to us, so I wanted to make sure I booked in advance. This photographer had great reviews, I liked her style, and other people referred her to me. Long story short, it turned out to be a very negative experience that left me in tears, and I was without a photographer 4 months before the wedding.
Then, we were lucky enough to find Spencer. When he heard our story, he responded right away and told us he was available to travel. I never thought that we would find someone within budget that we liked, less than 4 months before the wedding. Let me tell you, we don't just like Spencer, we love Spencer! His work is BEAUTIFUL, it speaks for itself, and he was exactly what we were looking for.
I was worried about the long distance, but he kept in contact with me regularly, unlike our local ex-photographer, cough cough. When we finally met, Spencer felt more like a friend than a stranger. My entire bridal party loved him. He was easy to work with, and made all of us comfortable. He's professional, and always willing to bounce ideas back and forth. He was very flexible, resourceful, and worked well under pressure. Our getting ready shots were in a hotel. Unfortunately, there weren't any scenic places outside to take first look and group shots. Spencer arrived early, scouted the area, and found beautiful locations within the hotel for all of those shots. He visualized the first look shots in a small hallway/corridor near the elevators with windows. I never would have thought to do the photos there- and everything came out perfect. He's a natural. He definitely has an eye for this stuff and he was open to all of our ideas. You can throw anything at him and he's willing to try it. I couldn't have been happier.
I like to believe that everything in this life happens for a reason, even the small stuff. After all that is said and done I would go through the headache of our first experience all over again, because it led us to Spencer!”
Rosie & Bobby /// Long Island, NY
”When we were planning our wedding, we knew that finding a photographer was at the top of our list of important tasks to check off. I was referred to Spencer and after we had our initial FaceTime interview, I knew he was the person I wanted capturing our special day. Spencer was professional, relatable, and made me feel at ease throughout the entire wedding planning process. He was also timely in his communications which I believe is one of the most crucial components of working with wedding vendors. When we finally got to meet Spencer in person I felt as if I knew him for years. On top of all these amazing attributes, Spencer is also extremely talented. He was able to capture moments from our wedding that still bring me to tears because it takes me back to that exact moment in time. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to work with such an incredible photographer and I would recommend Spencer to anyone who is looking for an all around spectacular experience.”
Ben & Hailey /// Detroit, MI
”Spencer is so fun to work with. He really wants to capture you and your partner’s unique relationship. I remember during our engagement shoot he told us to take a few minutes and think about what it is about our partner that we love and to react to it in whatever way we felt right (hug, kiss, giggling, etc). He made us feel comfortable and like a camera wasn’t even there. On our wedding day he was so great at working with our timeline and capturing key moments and glances shared between guests and my husband and I. In fact, it was a pleasant surprise to flip through our gallery and find myself saying “I can’t believe he got that moment!” It’s the small stuff like that that made our photos ones we love to revisit. Spencer takes photos in a way that you can feel the love the couple has for one another start to come out of the photo and fill the space you’re in.
Not to mention he is the most kind and down to earth guy.”
Nathan & Sara /// Columbus, OH
”Working with Spencer was a great experience! Our wedding was outdoors at a vineyard/barn in the fall of this year, so the leaves were changing and the colors were beautiful. Spencer was able to capture pictures all of the fall colors, in all of the great spots that we had to shoot at. We were originally drawn to Spencer by his style of photography and how his previous wedding pictures had turned out and we couldn't be happier with our photos! Spencer shoots in a more journalistic style, where he captures whats going on like a fly on the wall, rather than your traditional wedding photographer, who sets up shots. So if you have specific shots you want, put a list together ahead of time. We truly love how they turned out and have gotten many compliments. Spencer was really easy to get a long with, which helped relieve some of the wedding day stress and made us more comfortable. He shot while we were getting ready, all the way through dancing, which was great. We put together a list of family photos we wanted and put one of our friends in charge of corralling everyone, which definitely helped speed up the taking of family photos. It was great working with Spencer and we loved our photos!”
Brian & Samantha /// Three Oaks, MI
"We wanted our wedding day to be documented in art, not just pictures. We wanted an affordable photographer who "got" that we forbid getting-ready photos and accessory photos (although he does do that beautifully for other couples!), instead wanting artistic, long-shot, fly-on-the-wall documentation. Spencer achieved and blew our expectations out of the water, AND became a friend! We had one skype conversation months before the wedding, and we felt like Spencer totally understood and responded to our wishes. He was both un-intrusive and assertive when needed. He got the shots we wanted and shots we didn't know we wanted. The results came soon and the editing was impeccable. We would recommend him to ANYONE, ANYWHERE and are not only still enjoying our own wedding photos, but those of others he continues to post."
Noah & Anna /// Cleveland, OH
”Spencer was recommended to us by another photographer who raved about his unique eye, natural and organic shots, and his beautiful winter wedding photos.
We hired Spencer for our engagement and wedding photos – and we cannot stop staring at the results! Spencer immediately felt like a longtime friend, which put us at ease and made shooting everything from “fridge pics” to more intimate photos feel natural. He gave us direction when we needed it or asked for it, but otherwise just let us be – US! On the day of the wedding our family members and friends kept telling us how amazing and kind our photographer was. He managed to get these phenomenal shots but I never remember him being on top of us. While we asked for some specific shots of us, we also wanted to make sure he captured our guests and the experience they had.
We have photos of friends and family, laughing and crying that we will cherish forever. Spencer is the photographer people dream of hiring! He captures the small moments that otherwise fly by, he becomes a part of your family, he’s honest and kind, and frankly even after your big day is over you’ll be looking for excuses to stay in-touch.”
Kurt & Amber /// Ann Arbor, MI
There’s a special sort of magic to Spencer’s photos. They don’t just capture the moment beautifully — they actually make you feel what it felt like to be there in that instant. As soon as we were engaged, I knew we wanted Spencer, a childhood friend of mine, to shoot our wedding. We booked him for engagement photos and for our wedding. The engagement shoot helped us get a feel for how photoshoots work, and helped him get a feel for our city. Spencer’s style makes his photos sing. Rather than rely on posed portraits or forced moments, his approach is to get to know the couple and showcase what is important to them. He told us to be our carefree and affectionate selves, and the result was images that are natural and candid and intimate. He brought out the best in us. Not just because we’re friends, either; he treats all his clients like friends. He fulfilled simple requests, like orchestrating big ol’ family photos, and much bigger ones, like stopping Saturday-afternoon traffic on the Clemente Bridge for bridal-party photos. He captured important, intimate moments without being intrusive. And now we have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of images to relive moments and memories from our wedding day."
Stephen & Colby /// Pittsburgh, PA
"Spencer was the perfect photographer for us. He has such an inviting and relaxed personality, it was easy to feel comfortable taking photos with him. He took our engagement photos and did a wonderful job incorporating our dog into the photos and making it a fun event. The day of our wedding the weather ended up being much much warmer than anticipated and Spencer ensured we got all the outdoor photos we wanted without it looking like we were standing outside in 90 degrees. He was so responsive and did such a wonderful job directing us for photos he made our day relaxing and our photos reflect how truly happy we were. I would recommend him for any wedding style or engagement photo shoot!"
Jake & Sarah /// Grand Rapids, MI
”I would highly recommend Spencer Penfield to another couple looking for a creative wedding photographer. Spencer's style of wedding photography is anything but ordinary. He works with light and shadow very well to get unique shots and captures the timeless emotions of the people he's photographing. My husband and I enjoyed very much having Spencer photograph our wedding. Spencer did an amazing job!”
Hamidou & Christina /// Miami, FL
”Don't consider using any other photographer! Spencer's aesthetic eye, patience, flexibility, creativity, and professionalism will capture your momentsite perfectly. He helped us plan and prepare as well as deal with the chaos of the day. We loved working with him and are grateful to have such quality photos to remember our day by!!”
Matt & Rebekah /// Ann Arbor, MI
"I’ve done several sessions with Spencer, but my wedding was more than a session- having your wedding photos done by Spencer is seriously a special experience. He was so helpful through scouting out a perfect spot tucked away in the woods, and quickly became a friend to us as a couple. Spencer is so personable, and truly gets to know you before taking your photos- he captured the way I FELT on my wedding day, not just how I looked. Spencer was so awesome when I was stressed out taking photos before the reception- he helped to calm down and feel comfortable in front of the camera, and also helped me stick to my timeline. Furthermore, Spencer’s photo style is completely unique, and unlike any other photos I’ve seen. My husband and I both loved working with Spencer and highly recommend him. 10/10 would choose him again and again!"
Talon & Remi /// Copper Mountain, CO
"Spencer felt like less a photographer and more like a friend I'd hired to help make me look good on my wedding day. He was super responsive and flexible and worked with me to build a custom package that best met my needs. Aside from the AMAZING photos that captured all the moments I loved, he was immediately beloved by the wedding party and instantly became one of the gang. Spencer, can we be actual friends? Because I like you a lot."
Scott & Michelle /// Manistee, MI
"I want to have another wedding JUST so I can book Spence as my photographer. My husband and I knew we wanted beautiful wedding day photographs, but I was nervous about being "awkward." Fortunately, Spencer was not awkward and he made the entire experience very comfortable and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed his presence at our wedding and are even beyond thankful for the gorgeous shots that he captured and soon shared with us. We are so pleased with the photos. Also, some of our guests later told us how much they enjoyed meeting Spencer! hah. He's the perfect photographer for any wedding!"
Brad & Lisa /// Ann Arbor, MI
"When it came to decisions about our wedding day, hiring Spencer was the first and easiest decision we made. Spencer has an amazing eye and captures everything from the posed family shots to the candid details beautifully. He's a natural behind the camera and knows how to direct when needed and how to "disappear" to allow for those private moments as well. Spencer was quick to get our edited images back to us so we could share with friends and family and relive our day before we even forgot any of it.
We would highly recommend Spencer Penfield to anyone looking for a creative, easy going, and professional photographer to capture their day."
Derek & Kayleigh /// Chicago, IL
”Spencer was a delight to work with and gave us the time of our lives and stellar a work ethic that will last a lifetime. We are thrilled with our photos and you will be too!”
Jake & Mary /// Chattanooga, TN
”After meeting Spencer, my fiancee and I were both sure he would do an awesome job for us. He's the one that pointed out that the photographer spends the most time with the bride and groom during the day, and it's a role that he takes seriously and seems to truly value. During the wedding he was working hard but had nothing but smiles the whole day. And the results are awesome! Our photos are beautiful from the day.”
Jared & Sarah /// Kalamazoo, MI