About Pittsburgh Wedding Photography
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Welcome to the home of Pittsburgh Wedding Photography by Don Orkoskey, owner of WDO Photography and experienced veteran wedding photographer. I've photographed weddings for over 20 years in and around Pittsburgh and I have limited availability in 2021 and 2022. Even if I don't have your date free I hope you'll find my website to be a great source of information about the Pittsburgh wedding photography more generally.
Here is what you'll find on this website; examples of my wedding photography, my blog with tips and information about hiring wedding photographers, great places to do photos, what to watch out for, how to work with photographers to get the best results, and much more.
I am a full time professional photographer. I believe that's very important and strongly suggest you hire a professional to photograph your wedding, even if it's a small event. The music stops at the end of the reception, as beautiful as they are your flowers will die, your dress will live in the closet, and that piece of cake you've saved for your first anniversary will absolutely taste disguising.
Your photos on the other hand are going to be hanging on the walls for decades. Making sure you love them and that you trust your photographer to deliver what you want is critical because we, your photographers, will help you show the world how incredible you look, how amazing your dress was, what a passionate first kiss as a married couple you had, and so many other critical events that you can't trust to just anyone.
I've been doing weddings since 1999 and have been photographing weddings as part of my business, WDO Photography since 2007. Check out more about all of the types of photography I do over on the main site, WDOphoto.com.
Professional Photographer Don Orkoskey
I'm full time professional photographer Don Orkoskey. I've been photographing weddings, events, portraits, and more since the late 1990s. I photographed my first wedding in 1999 for some close friends and have enjoyed helping couples tell the story of their wedding day ever since.
Weddings are a big part of my photography business. They're also something I'm really passionate about. I love helping couples capture their wedding day. There's something really special about being trusted to record such a special moment in the lives of a couple.
My experiences in a wide variety of photography from documentary, journalism, sports, and nature to portraits, and other events have informed how I approach weddings and life in general. Weddings can be hectic, even if they're well planned. I know how to adjust and solve problems while keeping my focus on delivering the photos we've discussed that tell your wedding story.
I'm passionate about storytelling. Weddings are about dedicating oneself to something larger than your own self. To be asked to document and tell that story is something very special. I take this task very seriously and will work with you to determine the tone, mood, look, and general sentiment that you want reflected in your photos. If you're lighthearted and fun that will show up in your photos. Your wedding should reflect who you are and the photos of your wedding should reflect that as well and when you hire me they will.
In 2007 when I started my own business, WDO Photography, my first clients were a wedding couple I had photographed the year before. My second clients contracted me to do their wedding in late 2007. Since 2007 I have photographed countless weddings with my second photographer Sarah Colligan an amazing photographer in her own right. We've worked together for over 10 years and I respect her work and vision so much. If you're in the Greensburg or Westmoreland County area and looking for a portrait photographer be sure to give Sarah a call because her work is phenomenal as is her professionalism.
I'm not a typical wedding photographer. My past clients have included a lot of creatives, other photographers, artists, writers, thinkers, and people who pay a lot of attention to their look and who expect something that will stand out. I love working with creatives but even if you're unsure of what you want your photographs to look like I can help you to understand the process and to understand more about yourselves and what you want your wedding photos to look like.
My process is designed to reduce the stress around your wedding while ensuring that you end up with wedding photographs that you are in love with. We start by meeting, making sure we match personality wise and can understand each other. If we can't that's no problem, I probably know a photographer that will match with your personality and I'm happy to offer recommendations if I do. Weddings are very important to me so I won't ever contract for one where we don't match. When we do match we start by talking about you, what you like, how you see yourselves, what your views are, what is important to you, and how you want the world to see you both in general and in the context of your marriage. From there we will build a plan to photograph your wedding so it reflects your values, your views, and how you want to be seen.
I really love being a wedding photographer. Not only is telling your story a huge honor but meeting all of the incredible people I've photographed over the years has lead to many lasting friendships and client relationships.
More About Me
When not photographing weddings, other events, or people I can be found out in nature capturing photos of our amazing world. I sell my fine art and nature photographs on Etsy and elsewhere. If you like flowers, wildlife, and more please check out my work at Etsy or on my print sales website at Zenfolio.
When I'm not in the woods I'm often teaching photography which I do independently as well as through Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Garden and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. The remaining time I have is spent with my amazing wife Zhanna and our adventure kitty Glasha who you can follow on Instagram.
Zhanna and I love to travel, learn, explore, and talk about everything from vintage cosmic sci-fi films and TV (her area of expertise) to issues of climate change, human trafficking and other heavy stuff. We also love to laugh, hike, cook delicious food, and share time with our friends.
I'm a cyclists, am passionate about environmental causes, natural building, permaculture, and all types of music from Soviet synth-pop and New Wave to modern independent music. I love to bike around Pittsburgh, help people build straw-bale and cob buildings, and practice regenerative gardening and permaculture.
Not a typical wedding photographer
As I said above, I'm not a typical photographer. I'm neurodivergent (fairly recently diagnosed). I want to make it clear that my neurodivergency doesn't get in the way of my work. I've been a full time working photographer for my entire adult life. I deliver what I promise and I am not difficult or strange to work with. My neurodivergence informs how I see the world and how I photograph it and I see it as a positive thing in those contexts. It shapes how I approach other people. My neurodivergence is a complex issue for me personally but I strongly believe that it gives me a unique perspective and ability to capture your story in ways that others can't. It's an important factor in what drives me to understand my clients on a deep level, to connect with your vision for your photos, and to make sure we're telling the story that you want told.
No matter who I am photographing, no matter what type of photography I'm doing, my goal is always to work with you to tell the story you want told. I make sure I have an understanding of what you want and that you to have an understanding of how we're going to tell that story together. Who you are, what you want to say, how you want to say it, and who you are saying it to all factor in. I work with you to gain an understanding of all of these things so the photos you get match what you envisioned and exceed your expectations.
I believe this to be a radical approach to wedding photography and to all other types of photography. Generally as photographers we show up, use our expertise and experience to create what we see and want to to say. Our work is informed mostly by who we are and how we see the world. Then we deliver our vision of what we were hired for to you. You were likely consulted before but you get the pictures that we give you and you either like them or you leave a negative Google or Yelp review. Our results are usually a result of not only our understanding of the technical aspects of photography but also our own lived experience.
That is not how I work.
Before I ever take your photo I want to understand exactly what you are trying to say to the world, what story you want told, what matters to you, how you see yourself and how you want the world to see you. If you're unsure I help you to find the answers. We go over concepts and ideas that might fit you and talk about your vision and ideas. Then we create photos that say what you want them to say. These photos are a collaboration between us. The process is not any more time intensive than any other professional wedding photography process but the results speak for themselves. They tell the uncompromising story of you and your wedding day.
Ready to get started?
Are you ready to get started? I believe my photos, my style, and my experience speak for themselves. I'm here to answer any questions you might have. My goal is to help you get exactly the photos that you want. I offer a photographic service that you will love and a promise that you can feel relaxed when you hire me to photograph your wedding. When you're ready to start I'll be here to look out for your best interest and to provide photos that you will love.
If you're looking for a wedding photographer that has been in business for a long time, that is a full time working professional photographer, and that wants to work with you to tell the story of your wedding in the way that suits you best, that will help you to tell the world the story of your special day then please use the form below to contact me. I promise you won't regret it.