I began my photography career in 1991 as a photojournalist for the North County Times, where I photographed everything from politicians to the San Diego Padres. The lessons I learned here—finding great light, creating compelling images out of nothing, and knowing I had only one chance to bring home the goods—are the foundation of my work today.
In 2002, I started John Schnack Photography and never looked back. In addition to weddings throughout California, I have photographed weddings across the U.S., as well as in Belize, Portugal, Spain, Italy, England and Mexico. My photographs are regularly published in the industry’s most respected magazines and blogs, including Martha Stewart Weddings and Style Me Pretty.
I also shoot commercial work for a select group of clients including Visa, New Era Caps and Asics America. I'm based along San Diego's north coast, the most wonderful region on all the land, where I live with my wife and daughter.
My goal is to make beautiful, timeless images you'll treasure for the rest of your lives. While my instinct is to anticipate the little moments that make your wedding day so amazing, sometimes I need to provide more direction--most often with our portrait session--in order to make the kinds of photographs you and I want.
A common refrain of my conversations about making great pictures with my clients revolves around breaking down barriers and becoming vulnerable with one another. An engagement session is the best way to accomplish this. Not only do we become comfortable with one another, but the session gives us a fantastic opportunity to make images that, due to time and location constraints, we won't have the chance to make on your wedding day. Plus, on your wedding day I'd prefer to greet you with a hug and not a simple handshake!
I take great pride in delivering my images in a timely manner. Generally speaking, it takes approximately three weeks from the wedding date for the pictures to be edited and uploaded to your online proofing site, at which time you'll be notified via email with instructions for accessing the images. A few days later, you'll receive a set of custom-engraved USB jump drives containing your images. If you purchase an album, it takes about 8-10 weeks for the album to be designed, crafted and delivered to you.
Photography for San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles weddings starts at $4500, which includes 8 hours of coverage, two photographers, an engagement session, and high-resolution files. Additional coverage, custom-made albums, and other products and services can be purchased à la carte.
While I specialize in weddings in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, I often photograph weddings in destination locations, from Northern California to Europe and everywhere else in between. In addition to the photography package, a nominal travel fee will be applied to cover transportation, lodging, rental car and miscellaneous expenses.