Tyler Wirken


Tyler Wirken

Description: Risk vs. Reward

One of the hardest things as a wedding photographer is balance. The balance between what the client wants or what we think the client wants and what we, the photographer wants. It can be paralyzing. It's hard to have enough guts to swing for the fences and make the epic images and not just the safe ones. Over the past 14 years as a wedding photojournalist this struggle has been the most constant but I have developed ways that allow me to take risks and make the clients happy.

BIO: Tyler doesn’t consider himself a wedding photographer but more a family historian.
Starting out as a newspaper photographer, he discovered a passion for documentary
photography early in his career and never looked back.  After almost ten years in the wedding business, he found himself questioning a lot of
conventional ideas about weddings. That’s when he asked himself– why am I doing this?  He believes those why questions help him create more meaningful photographs. And that’s why he's on a mission to help other photographers ask those same tough questions.  Teaching photographers – pushing them to answer their own “why” questions – is a passion that started over a decade ago at The Foundation Workshop and led Tyler to teach at various workshops and mentor photographers worldwide.  Voted one of the “Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World” by American Photo in 2013, Tyler’s best “accolades” are actually his wife and two boys, who have his heart and remind him why he’s dedicated to documenting family history. That’s why he’s often overheard saying, “At my funeral, if you all say I was a good photographer, then I’ve failed miserably at life.”