photo paul retherford photographyHello and Welcome!  

Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit my photography website.

I have been honored in the past 15 years of full-time Photography to have served over 600 Weddings, and hundreds of family, senior, real estate, and lifestyle photography sessions.

Each one of my Weddings is unique and reminds me of how much I love telling the story of the Wedding day.  I have captured Weddings located in Northern Michigan, all the Midwest states, Florida, California, Alaska, North Carolina, Spain, and Mexico.

I travel anywhere, and I welcome it with open arms.

Paul Retherford Photography is based on service first.  I grew up in the service industry.

I have had the pleasure of working with all sorts of different Clients from headshots all the way to extravagant Weddings, real estate, and families.

What you receive from me is much more than a “Photographer.”  I offer you support, advice, and a smile during the entire process.

The day of the Wedding or Event I make sure to show up early to capture images of the venue and to make sure that I scout the area for wonderful Wedding locations.  I speak with Wedding coordinators prior to the day.

My mind is always thinking ahead of the current frames and foreseeing what is going to happen.

If you would like a team of Photographers at your Wedding or Event I can set up as many Photographers as you wish.  I also work as a team member with other vendors to relieve my clients of stress.

I like to draw attention to the Wedding details using a variety of techniques.  My eye for composition and capturing pleasing personality images set me apart from other studios.  I utilize off camera lighting techniques to welcome the gorgeous colors of your destination Wedding day including the sky, lakes, and natural environment. I will tell the true story of your Wedding day.

Paul Retherford Photography commissions only 30 Weddings per year.  If you love my gorgeous images, I will guarantee that you will love my service, organizational skills, personality, and final products.

The services that I offer are photography, fusion audio and video, aerial photography, multiple photographers, photobooth, time lapse photography, family photography, real estate photography, pet photography, and senior photography.  My specialty is Wedding Photography.

Testimonials about my services are the highest compliment from the clients.  Please take the time to view my testimonials from a selection of my beautiful Brides! Over 115 reviews and counting on an independent source that I cannot remove and/or change.

Below are some quick facts about my life.  I look forward to hearing about your day and how I can help make your life easier.  I am also a great resource for Wedding vendors too!  Even if you do not book me, take some time to chat with me.

I look forward to working with you before, during, and after your Wedding day or Event Photography.  Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.


Fun facts about Paul Retherford Photography in no particular order:

~Full-time Professional Photographer and Destination Wedding Photographer

~90% of my Photography is Wedding Photography

~The other 10% is families, engagements, vow renewals, real estate, and seniors

~Commission 20-30 Weddings per year

~Captured over 600 Weddings and hundreds or real estate, families, and seniors

~Captured my first Wedding at age 18

~100% satisfied client rating, see reviews at Paul Retherford Wedding Reviews

~Started formal Photography in 7th grade Yearbook with my first Canon Rebel

~Studied Photography through junior high, high school, and college

~College Grad from St. Norbert College

~Was accepted to University of Michigan, Albion, Kalamazoo College, and St. Norbert College

~Played high school and college varsity sports

~Yearbook Editor and Chief Photographer at St. Norbert College

~Volunteered two terms with AmeriCorps*USA in Northern California with California Fish and Game

~Originally accepted to Peace Corps for Ghana but leave date was on my best friend’s wedding day.   I declined

~Married with a beautiful wife, two daughters, and a son

~We have Sampson a 12-year-old blue weimaraner

~Married in Key West, Florida in 2004

~Started Photography as a Nature Photographer where I learned composition, macro photography, and more.

~Published, exhibited, stock, fine art, Internationally recognized photographer

~Canon Professional cameras and lenses

~Member of Canon Professional Services

~Member Professional Photographers of America

~Member of National Association of Photoshop Professionals

~Member of Wedding Professional Photographers International

~Fully licensed, lots of backup equipment, and insured

~Extremely fast turn around time, you won’t believe it!

~Love pizza and microbrew beers, but only drink one at the end of the night if the Bride/Groom offer.:-)

~FAA licensed drone pilot

~Licensed 100-ton Master of Inland Waterways Captain

~I have my mixologist license:-)

~Pride myself on stress free Photography

~Worked on fishing boat in Islamorada, Florida for a year while living in Key Largo

~Worked in Chicago as bartender at The Green Door Tavern and Stocks and Blondes

~Grew up in Alpena, Michigan

~Love the Great Lakes and shooting Weddings on Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario

~I shoot Weddings through the eyes of the bride and groom

~I have driven and photographed in all 50 states

~My family recycles over 80% of our waste

~I grew up fishing on my father’s fishing boat in Alpena and Presque Isle, Michigan

~I lived in Washington D.C. for a semester in college

~Part of the International Environment and Development Semester which traveled to Kenya, East Africa

~Spent time traveling Europe via Eurail pass

~Traveled to Panama, the country and visited the Darien and San Blas islands with the Kuna Indians

~Traveled to St. Thomas, St. John, Isla Mujeres, Cancun

~Spent time in Spain

~Love to travel!

~Love Sushi

~Guarantee everything that I do

~Check me out on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Vimeo, Flickr, and Pinterest

~We WILL have fun on your Wedding day

~My style of photography will soothe your nerves on your day.  I have been referred to as human xanax, a magician, a ninja, a master, and more:-)

~I love Mackinac Island and capturing Weddings there on my bike

~Who shot my wedding?  Roy Katalan who used to photograph in Key West

~Come visit us in Northern Michigan!