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
"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
"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
”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 Photography to anyone looking for a creative, easy going, and professional photographer to capture their day."
Derek & Kayleigh /// Chicago, IL