We spent a TON of time looking at different wedding photographer's websites, and getting discouraged by all the boring and frankly oftentimes cheesy shots we were seeing. They all looked the same. Then my husband remembered that his sister in Spokane had hired someone with a photojournalism background, and after a few seconds of googling we found the Wedding Photojournalist Association's website, where we subsequently found Jonathan.
We hired Jonathan to do a beloved (engagement) shoot and to capture our wedding. We are so, so happy with the images from both! He has a special talent for capturing action and emotion as they occur in the moment, rather than contriving them and snapping away, which anyone with an expensive camera could do. Ok, maybe I'm not giving the more traditional wedding photographers out there enough credit. I'm sure I'm not. All I'm saying is that what you get from Jonathan will be truly special. He will get those moments you want to remember (I think his work as a sports photographer really helps in this regard). When I was reviewing his portfolio online, some of the photos actually brought tears to my eyes. All of the brides looked so beautiful because of the happiness and love he captured in their expressions, their body language, etc. Grooms too of course :)
And you won't notice him at all while he's doing it. Some of the photos we got I was like, "Jonathan was there for that?!"
On the business end of things: Jonathan is extremely communicative, responsive, and flexible (we were 45 minutes late to our original beloved shoot appointment due to LA traffic, and he was incredibly understanding and insistent that we reschedule so we could get the best light, rather than do a less than stellar job that day). He shows up right on time. He conducts his business professionally. His prices are very reasonable compared to the market.
Jonathan is more of an artist; he will only give you the images he thinks are good. That means you won't get 2,000 photos. He won't guarantee you how many. But we got hundreds and hundreds - so you really don't need to worry about not getting enough. And honestly in my opinion his screening is a real value-added service. My sister got married the year before me, and she had to go through 1,200 photos and pick out the best ones herself. Jonathan has a much better eye for that kind of thing!
Please look at Jonathan's website, www.jonathanmoorephoto.com, and see for yourself. Cannot recommend him highly enough.