real moments. real emotions.

You don’t get a second chance at a once in a lifetime moment.  It’s those priceless moments I love being able to capture.   I get excited about documenting not only the beautiful details on a wedding day, but also those little unscripted moments happening in between.  My job is to capture those moments so you can relive your wedding day over and over again.

my portfolio

THE IMAGES

about me

MEET GRETCHEN

hi there

I’m Gretchen and I am a wedding photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Originally from Indiana, I moved to Arizona in 2000 and have never considered leaving.  Palm trees and sunshine are my love language.  I met my husband on St. Patrick’s Day, so we tend to celebrate that holiday a bit more than “normal”.  I love good beer and bad reality TV.  I also love photography. Obviously.

My interest in photography began in the high school darkroom developing film.  I went off to college, got my degree, and then a job in corporate America.  It was by a fortunate accident that I came back to what I truly love.  I didn’t know the  path photography would take me on, I just followed the lead. Today, photography is my full time job. I have always been a creative person, and creating beautiful images makes me happy.  Really. Truly. Happy.

the info

YOU NEED TO KNOW

your questions

You have hundreds of wedding plans to make, choosing a wedding photographer shouldn’t be a stressful one. I am happy to personally answer all of your questions- but here are a few that are commonly asked:

WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?

Wedding coverage begins at $3000.  I have a la carte pricing, so its very easy to custom create a wedding package for each couple.  Send me a message though my contact form and I will send you link to more detailed pricing.wh

DO WE GET OUR DIGITAL FILES?

YES!  All wedding packages include your digital images. You can print your photos wherever you want and you can distribute them around the internet too (facebook, e-mail, twitter, etc). I also link your Gallery to my professional print lab if you want them done well.

HOW SOON WILL OUR PHOTOS BE DELIVERED?

Typically one week for portraits / 6-8 weeks for complete Weddings galleries. However, sneak peeks on social media are done within 48 hours.

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BOOK MY WEDDING?

Your date will be officially booked with a signed contract and a 25% retainer fee for weddings, $100 retainer fee for portraits.  You’ll receive a custom payment portal online where you can sign the contract and make payment via credit card. I also take checks if you prefer.

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MY LATEST WORK

EL CHORRO WEDDING, PARADISE VALLEY AZ | LINDSAY & JORDAN

Spring wedding season is in full effect here in Phoenix.    El Chorro was the beautiful backdrop for this wedding in Paradise Valley.  Packed full of details-  it was a fun one to photograph.  The weather was perfect- and the outdoor table setting were stunning.  A...

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get in touch

I’D love to chat

let’s talk

I can be reached directly at: gretchen@gretchenwakeman.com

Or, give me a call at 480.812.2008

Drop me a line through this contact form and you will have a response within 24 hours. If I’m available on your date, I will send you a link to a private section on my website with wedding photography pricing broken down and everything explained in more detail.

If we seem like a good fit- I would love to connect!  Can’t wait to meet you!

 

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