John Schnack

“Beyond the outward symbols of your wedding celebration–dress, shoes, décor–is a simple story of two people who have opened up and decided to create one life together. The very nature of photographing weddings requires that two people let a complete stranger into their lives to create beautiful art and, for a time, be vulnerable. This–the basic act of sharing sacred territory for the sake of creating beautiful, timeless art–is why I love photographing weddings.”

-John Schnack

John began his photography career in 1991 as a photojournalist for the North County Times (formerly the Blade-Citizen), where he photographed everything from Ross Perot to the San Diego Padres.

In 2002, John started John Schnack Photography and never looked back.  In addition to weddings throughout San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, John has been commissioned to photograph weddings in Hawaii, Vermont, Belize, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Mexico.  His photographs are regularly published in the industry’s most respected magazines and blogs, including Martha Stewart Weddings and Style Me Pretty.  John is a preferred vendor on Style Me Pretty, Grey Likes Weddings, Green Wedding Shoes and The Wedding Chicks.

John also shoots commercial work for a select group of clients including Visa and Asics America.

A lifelong coastal North County resident, John is based in Carlsbad, California, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  In his spare time John enjoys spending time with his family, sipping fine ales with his buddies, and surfing.

[Photos:  Lindsey Byrnes]