details & pricing

I love weddings. After photographing them, getting married myself and going as a guest for over twenty years I still love weddings. They're never boring. None of them are ever the same. Just when you thought you've seen it all, someone does something completely different and wonderful and emotional and full of love. This page is chock full of information about what I would bring to your wedding: style, photo packages, prints, albums, books and other a la carte items, along with forms to get started, here's all the details. Thank you for browsing. — David

David employs a photojournalistic and fine art style for his wedding photography—capturing the day's events as they spontaneously unfold, and with an eye toward creating photographic art that you, your family and friends will want to look at over and over for years to come. One of the greatest compliments David feels he's received from couples is how he manages to capture every aspect of their day while being completely unobtrusive. Your day will include a formal session with family and friends, but David tries to stay away from the posed portraiture, old-school style of wedding photography. David wants you to have fun on your wedding day and taking photos shouldn't be a chore. You have spent many months planning the details of this day, and they will be captured in abundance—from flowers to table settings, from the cake to your rings, all will be photographed with a fresh & imaginative edge. To find out more about David's over twenty-year career as a photographer please view the general About page and browse the other areas of this site.

wedding photography

In an effort to allow greater flexibility in what a couple want from a photographer for their wedding day, David will work with each couple to put together the best "package" for them. All photography includes your proofs presented in a bound booklet and hosted on a password-protected web site with online ordering. Digital "negatives" (high-resolution files, unedited from the camera) are available after a pre-determined time or with the proofbook & online proofs for an additional fee.

Because of offering customized & personal photography packages, it's difficult to list prices here. David enjoys photographing 250-guest destination extraganzas as well as intimate 50-person gatherings. Expect the average wedding to involve from $4,000.00 to $6,500.00 depending upon the number of albums, books, prints and so on that you decide upon packaging together. But what's an average wedding any more and who wants an average wedding? So please call David to discuss what you want for your day.


Every photo David takes can be printed in color, black+white, sepia or other art toning and can be cropped, all at no additional cost to the print. Photographic prints are printed on Kodak Professional Photographic Paper (fine art options are below). David personally edits every proof image before making final prints, creating a higher quality print from his raw image, and he can e-mail you a preview of any toning or cropping edits before making your print. In this time of Facebook, e-mail and iPhones everyone wants their photos online to share, and David is happy to provide complimentary online images—edited the same way as he creates final prints—with his logo discreetly in a corner (see the blog for examples). A disc of all your wedding proofs is available as well, but don't forget the beauty of a printed photograph. Below are some examples of the differences between unedited proofs and final prints.
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David Dadekian is pleased to offer Zookbinders' Zook Book as his primary album of choice. These are leather bound, seamless, flush albums and David custom creates every album from scratch, designing around your day's photographs--no cookie-cutter templates. As an added convenience, for those of you from outside the area or if you just don't have the time to work on your album as life gets busy after marriage, as part of your password protected online photo gallery, David will place all your album pages online for you to preview from the comfort of your own computer.

Zookbinders Zook Book

press-printed books

If you're looking for an alternative to the leather-bound, wedding album, these are custom-designed coffee table quality art books. Press-printed books have the style and feel of a fine art book from the bookstore. There are a variety of sizes and styles, from mini-books that can be carried in a purse, up to full-size albums. Books are available with custom photo dust jackets and all the books have gloss covers and either black, red or frosted plastic slipcases. Great for parent albums or second albums that you can carry everywhere.

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fine art prints

Dadekian Photo offers the options of having your final photographs printed on fine art mediums such as velvet paper and canvas. The velvet paper is 100% cotton, acid-free paper. It's a thick, heavy stock that is similar in appearance and feel to watercolor paper. David's canvas prints are not made via the canvas bond process. Prints are made directly onto the canvas and include an invisible ultraviolet spray coating for protection and increased longevity. Canvas prints are wrapped around a 1.5" thick stretcher frame, ready for hanging or framing. Fine art prints are less resistant to scratching and damage than traditional photographic prints and should be handled and displayed with care.

fine art canvas prints

thank you/greeting cards

Dadekian Photography offers folded press-printed thank you/greeting cards in 4"x5.5" and 5"x7" sizes after folding (actual card size is 8"x5.5" and 10"x7"). All four sides of the cards are fully customizable and full color. David also offers 4" x 8" flat cards with a printed design (holiday, graduation, birth announcement, etc.). All cards come with envelopes.

a la carte items

  • Leather-bound Wedding Albums - 12”x12” or 10”x15” custom-designed leather-bound, seamless, flush albums; starting at 18 pages and on up to 90! (see above for more info)
  • Pre-wedding 3-for-2 print pricing discount - choose any dollar amount and get $3.00 of prints for every $2.00 spent prior to your wedding. For example, pay $1,000.00 in advance for $1,500.00 in prints after your wedding
  • Engagement Session - posed and candid formals taken on-location, proofs hosted on password protected web site, includes one 16”x24” print matted with 24”x36” signature mat
  • Leather-bound Parent Albums - 5”x7” leather-bound, seamless, flush albums; starting at 18 pages
  • Press-Printed Coffee Table Books - custom-designed 10”x10” photo-hardcover art book with photo-dust jacket and photo-hard case; starting at 20 pages and up to 100 (in increments of 10)
  • Press-Printed Brag Book - 5”x5” photo-hardcover art book with frosted case; starting at 20 pages and up to 100 (in increments of 10)

  • forms

    These Adobe Reader (PDF) forms are enabled to be filled out on your computer (download Adobe Reader)

    wedding contract

    pre-wedding questionnaire