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          I'm Joe, I make photos

          I often say that I'm a "people photographer." While I love the pageantry and beauty of weddings, what really excites me are the humans who are inside those dresses and suits. I love hearing individual stories, seeing the depth that a sacred day can hold and helping to make sure those memories tell the story that people want to remember their whole lives.

          I’m Joe Tobiason, a Washington State elopement photographer based in Seattle

          Any photo can remind you what happened, let’s make wedding photos that make you feel the emotions of your wedding day again.

          I promise creativity, personality, and a relaxed atmosphere to create images you’ll cherish forever. I love telling elopement and wedding stories, laughing, and being part of the day. Whether you’re getting married in a church, a wedding specific venue, a backyard or on top of a mountain, I can’t wait to hear more about who you are and help do wedding photography that represents the relationship, joy, and adventure that holds you together.

          I’ve been to a lot of weddings that felt like too much was getting shoved into a timeline. Here is the thing, that feels utterly backward to me. I want to be there to help document the day you’ve crafted. So, I’m here for you to tell your whole story and we’re going to build it around the day you dream of, rather than my schedule.

          There is something really special about getting married in the northwest. As someone who has lived almost my entire life in Washington State, I really know this part of the world. With that knowledge, I’m even more ready to help tell how your personal story fits into our narrative in the upper left corner of the country. We really live life a little different here in the PNW and I love helping with wedding and engagement photos that show that difference.

          I love that I also offer free engagement photos to every wedding client. I do that because I make intimate photos that require a level of comfort. With that, we need to practice taking photos together. I want to learn more about how you and your partner fit together so that when the wedding day rolls around, we are prepared to make the best photos possible. I also want to make images that represent who you are. So, that could mean some epic hiking PNW engagement photos or beautiful urban sunset engagement shots that capture your city life. No matter what, I want to make photos that tell your story! Beyond that, I’m also an affordable Seattle wedding photographer and am always willing to make a custom package that fits both your needs and your budget.

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          Let's chat about your wedding day. I know it's daunting. But you have dreams. I can't wait to hear how I can help retell the story of your day.

          Highly recommend, especially for outdoor enthusiasts!

          Joe was everything we could have asked for in a wedding photographer, and more! Starting with the engagement session, he literally and figuratively went the extra mile to make our photos exceptional. Joe was always easy to work with and professional, and jumped on the idea of having our engagement photo shoot at the end of a 10 mile hike. The pictures turned out absolutely breath taking and completely captured the personalities of my husband and I. This skill carried forward to our wedding day. I could put my full confidence in the fact that Joe was capturing the beauty of the day, which was one less thing for me to worry about. The photos he captured were just perfect from the emotions of the first look and ceremony, joy of the first dance and a special session toward the end where he was able to fullfill our request to have sunset photos on a mostly cloudy day. I could not be more greatful for Joe and his assistant and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer, especially if they are interested in incorporating the beauty of the outdoors.

          - AMANDA & JAY

          Best photographer we could have asked for!

          We are very picky about photos but Joe is one of the best photographers we know, easily. This was the second time we hired him as a photographer. The first time, he shot our 20-mile engagement adventure photoshoot. We thought no pictures could live up to the ones he took. And then he shot our wedding photos. We had an intimate wedding and could think of no one else but Joe to be there with us. So we asked him to travel to California in the midst of COVID. And we are so glad he was able to be there with us. He has such phenomenal energy about him. He's so quick to see creative ways to produce images. We are already recommending him to everyone we know and are already looking for the next excuse to hire him. :)

          - CHEN & FELICIA

          Stunning wedding photos!

          We love Joe!! Can't rave enough about how fantastic Joe is as both a person and photographer. For our engagement session, Joe likes to get outdoors which is convenient because so do we! We had a beautiful day on the mountain. He made us feel so comfortable behind the camera and really it was just a fun time. Joe is very good at communication, outlining what to expect, and really getting a sense of what you want. By the time our wedding rolled around, Joe felt like an old friend. He captured our day with absolutely stunning photos -that I still cannot stop starting at! We had an unconventional ceremony with many moving parts. Joe knew where to be and when. The end result is a beautiful compilation of our day that we will have for the rest of our lives and will share with our children and grandchildren. I would hands down recommend Joe without reservation. He's just great. His photos are stunning. You will not be disappointed. Hell, we are actively trying to convince him to photograph the christening of our future children, vow renewals, 50th birthday bash and just about all of our big life events! Ahhh...one can only dream.

          - RILEY & THELBEN

          Every photo makes me smile and brings up sweet little memories from throughout the day

          I just can’t say enough how happy my husband and I are with how our wedding photos turned out. Every photo makes me smile and brings up sweet little memories from throughout the day. Before we even started planning the wedding, we’d talked about how having good photos to look back on was a big priority; we’re both pretty nostalgic and love looking back over photos. We fell in love with Joe’s portfolio: his attention to detail, eye for light, love of nature, and the way he can capture the sweet moments between a couple. I loved that engagement photos were part of the package; it was a great way to get to know Joe and made my husband and me more relaxed knowing that photos were going to go so well at the wedding. (Also, Joe is an amazing scout of pretty spots for photos in the PNW!) Joe’s communication throughout the process was awesome! We did our wedding without a planner, and were both pretty clueless on quite a lot of details. I’m so thankful to Joe that he let us pick his brain for the “day of” timing! During the wedding, it seemed like he was always everywhere without getting in the way; looking over all of the photos, I can’t believe how much one photographer could capture! So many sweet moments that I know I’ll hold close to my heart. I can’t stop looking at them :) Joe, thank you so much for showing so much care and attention to detail for our wedding. We couldn’t be happier!

          - CALEB & NINA