About this Vendor

Creative, Moment Driven Wedding Photography

First of all, congratulations on your engagement. Now the planning can begin! If you are looking for creative, moment driven wedding photography and exceptional customer service from a Knot 'Best of Weddings Hall of Fame' photographer, then we should definitely talk soon.


Photo + Video Styles

Artistic, Documentary, Lifestyle, Modern

Photo Shoot Types

Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress

Starting Price Range


Wedding Activities

Getting Engaged, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Online Proofing, Photo, Printed Enlargements, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Wedding Albums, Photo + Video

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Contact Info

California, Nationwide, International (310) 422-9156

Reviewed on 10/01/2017 Chelsea M

Chelsea: I stumbled upon Clarkie Photography by chance, looking at Alaskan wedding venue photos on Google, and something drew me to the style of the photography. I then realized Richard was based out of LA, and we live in Alaska so I tried to get his photos out of my head, as it... Read More was probably not ideal to fly a photographer here. I continued to search for other photographers but I felt like I was going to be settling. My husband looked at his photos and with a little convincing, got to be as I was, so we contacted Rich...Best. Decision. Ever! From the moment we first talked with him he made us feel comfortable and was a breeze to talk with. He offered to do an engagement shoot for us in Alaska, as he just so happened to be flying here for another wedding that summer. We were both a little nervous being in front of a camera like that for the first time but he made it so much fun and so enjoyable. The photos we received were mind blowing. Adam and I both knew that we had made the right decision, even if we did get a few weird looks from family and friends when we would tell them we were flying a photographer in from LA. Then came the time for our wedding. Communication was perfect, he answered any questions we had, and made us 100% comfortable. He arrived wedding day bright and early and was there throughout all the chaos. There was a moment where he even told me to breath, calming me down since my nerves were clearly obvious, moments before walking down the aisle. He just seems like he cares, he is passionate about his work, and for the day, is a part of the family even though he is there for a specific job. My family and friends absolutely adored him. We have had nothing but amazing comments about how fun he was and I can't even put words to how much we love the gallery and slideshow we have now received from our big day. He's a photography wizard and deserves all the praise possible. Thank you so much Rich. Adam and I both appreciate your hard work and will cherish these photos forever. Adam: When my wife told me she wanted a photographer from LA, I thought she was insane. As a guy, I didn't have many considerations or expectations in a photographer other than a reasonable price; and all that I could think about was the extra cost of a plane ticket. Also as a guy, I wasn't allotted much say in the situation... So we went with Rich. I'm sure I'll get used to saying this, but my wife was right. From the moment we spoke to him I knew he was the right guy. He absolutely blew me away. His photo's were amazing, his attitude was amazing, his interaction with everyone was just simply amazing. He made everyone feel so comfortable, he made us genuinely laugh when needed, and he caught every single moment we could have asked for. Sure, its easy to make my wife look good, so I can't credit him too much on that aspect; but to make MY butt look less chunky than normal?! That's borderline magic. Which is why he has been dubbed the wizard of photography (by me). I would recommend Wizard Rich to literally anyone for anything that needs photographed; unless you don't like perfection.

2017-10-03T12:05:24 Response from the vendor

Truly humbled by that review guys. Adore you all and so thankful you took the bug decision to fly me up there to capture your story. Best weekend ever. Will stop by next time I'm in AK.

Reviewed on 5/07/2015 yvette p

What else can I say that hasn't already been said? Everything the other reviews say about Rich is 100% true. He is hands down the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process. I researched dozens of photographers in the LA area during the early stages of our planning... Read More process and was continuously disappointed by the cheesy cliches and styles being used out there. We wanted someone to give us artistic photos that we were proud to display. Rich gave us exactly that and more. Rich was able to capture so many incredible moments during our wedding that we'll be able to cherish forever. His attention to detail is incredible and he's a true professional. His sense of humor and overall positive nature make him such a pleasure to have around during these personal and often private moments. His process and style made things so easy on the wedding day. We know that he meets so many people and shoots so many weddings but on our day he made us and our family / friends feel so special. The toughest part of the entire process is choosing which of the amazing photos we're going to frame and put up in our home. We want to put them all up! I would recommend Rich to anyone. In fact, if we could hire him to photograph all the special moments in our life, we would :)

2015-05-12T00:08:21 Response from the vendor

Yvette and John - I've already told you privately how touched I am by this review but I'll respond here too so there is no doubt! This is the reason I do what I do and the reason I have the best job in the... Read Less Read More

Incredible photographer, can't recommend him enough!

Reviewed on 10/11/2014

Well, what can I say?! The pictures speak for themselves. After receiving the preview slideshow, we were amazed at the pictures Rich got, his timing, the emotion captured, his initiative, and how he really captured the things that meant the most to us, which was so impressive... Read More considering how little time we had actually spent together until then. The preview slideshow is one of my favorite parts- being able to sit back and watch the wedding story unfold is very powerful and his work on the slideshow allows us to relive our wedding weekend on Catalina Island again and again. After getting the full album of pictures, turns out we were equally impressed with every single picture in the whole album! Every picture is worth framing and we have no idea how we’re going to choose. This is a terrific problem to have! Rich has an incredible attention to detail and is one of the hardest working people we have ever met. He is a true professional and every step of the way he was communicative, easygoing, and frankly, exactly what we were looking for in a photographer. We had a wedding weekend celebration on Catalina Island and Rich really captured our story well. While in the garden showing some family and friends around (mind you, no announcement was made that we were heading there), I turned around and there was Rich, capturing it all. Rich was also up until 1am taking pictures Friday night and somehow also has pictures of the sunrise the following morning, our wedding day (which we certainly weren’t up for!). He has pictures of my nephew swimming in the ocean for the first time, and a friend doing a backflip off the float… his dedication to capturing the wedding story of his clients goes beyond just the wedding itself, but extends to the emotion and story of real moments that happen throughout the whole experience. He got pictures of things we didn’t even know he was there for. While Rich’s pictures speak for themselves, what is equally remarkable is Rich’s professionalism, adaptability, incredible work ethic, friendliness, and fun demeanor. He so easily fit into whatever was going on and was all a pleasure to be around! Aside from getting married and choosing for it to be on Catalina Island, where my husband and I met, Rich was the best decision we made while planning our wedding. While there is much to stress about during the whole process and especially on the day, having Rich as our photographer was one thing we never thought twice about. His pictures are authentic (never forced or too posed) and he really knows what he’s doing. We will be forever grateful for his talent. Along with having amazing memories captured through his lens, we really had a great time with Rich and are so happy to have spent the whole weekend with him. We would hire him again in a heartbeat a thousand times over! We can’t thank Rich enough for capturing what he did and for giving us the gift of pictures we will treasure forever!! We are so happy to have also made a new friend in the process.

2014-10-14T21:22:05 Response from the vendor

Abigail & Chris - words can't describe how thankful I am to have met you both. Photographing your wedding was almost just a bonus. Sharing the experience with you guys was something I will always remember. You guys are such nice people and I can't... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 1/30/2018 Chelsea Z

Rich was absolutely fantastic! We were looking for an artistic and candid style, not just someone who would get the typical posed pictures, and he definitely exceeded that expectation. He not only captured the most spectature shots of our Catalina Island wedding, but really... Read More preserved the story of the full day. Rich was also amazing to work with! When planning, I didn't quite realize how much time you spend with your photographer and what an impact they have on your general enjoyment throughout the day. He was fun, funny, flexible, efficient, and somehow made everyone feel totally comfortable, which I think really showed in the pictures. He also took the time to have a few prep calls with, which was much appreciated! Overall, I'm so happy to have met Rich, so glad he was a part of our day, and so thrilled with the final outcome!

Reviewed on 1/26/2018 Morgan W

Where do I start? From start to finish my experience with Richard was incredible. Despite him being in LA and us in Seattle, he was more than willing to accommodate traveling to us. All of his communication with the travel was clear and concise, and he still made time to... Read More FaceTime and call us. He really got to know us and the vibe for our wedding and special moments. Richard's pictures most definitely speak for themselves, but when they're of you... it feels surreal. He is truly well practiced at anticipating perfect moments and how to capture them. We never had to fake laugh or do something a second time. He was a seamless fit in our special day. Not to mention our guests were all telling us how amazing and personable he was. I really hope I find an excuse to work with him again in the future. 10/10

2018-01-26T01:48:28 Response from the vendor

Thanks Morgan!! So happy you found me and was able to bring me up to Seattle. It was an incredible day and experience. I too hope we get to work together again one day. Rich

Reviewed on 11/16/2017 Amanda S

Richard not only is a MASTER of capturing the most beautiful lighting -- he's also a joy to have around on your wedding day. We are so pleased with the incredible pictures he produced. He captured the love, light, and warmth of our wedding day. I would recommend Richard to any... Read More bride or groom!

2017-11-17T02:14:07 Response from the vendor

Amanda and Aziz!! Thank you so much for this review. I loved every minute of your beautiful Stanford wedding. You and your wedding party and family/friends were so warm and welcoming to us - I can't thank you enough. Rich

Reviewed on 10/25/2017 Stacy S

As a couple who recently had Richard Clarke shoot our wedding, take our advice and book Clarkie Photography! Now! It will be the best wedding decision you make.   We fell in love with Rich’s work after coming across a blog post of a wedding he’d shot at a venue we were... Read More considering booking. We didn’t wind up choosing that venue, but could not get his pictures out of our heads. We reached out to him immediately after we booked our wedding and are so thankful we did. The entire experience working with Rich was fantastic, from start to finish. We first “met” via Skype, as we live on the East Cost. After having a great conversation, Rich, at our request, provided several references- who couldn’t have offered any higher praise. This sealed the deal for us. More than a year and a half before our August 2017 wedding, we hired Rich for our wedding and rehearsal because we wanted him to document the entire wedding weekend and didn’t want to risk losing him. Leading up to the big day, Rich was easy to get a hold of and quickly answered any questions we had. He also did a great job working out our wedding day timeline with us. Come our wedding day, Richard (and his second shooter Jason) worked their magic. We aren’t necessarily naturals in front on the camera, but Rich made us feel comfortable and encouraged us to be ourselves. There was such effort on his end to make sure every shot was perfect... Leading up to our first look, Rich knocked on hotel room doors down the length of the hall to make sure no one would walk out and disrupt our special moment. At Rich’s suggestion, we sneaked off during our reception to take sunset pictures. For about 45 minutes, we enjoyed some private time and had those moments captured- with the best lighting and scenic background. Some of these photos are our absolute favorite from the day.   Rich sent us a preview of our pics while we were on our honeymoon- just 2 weeks after our wedding. We loved them so much that it actually made it even harder to wait for the full gallery. Within a few weeks, we received an AMAZING slide show highlighting the whole wedding weekend. We didn’t have a videographer and the slide show did a great job of taking us back to our special day- we must have watched it 10 times the night we got it. Such an awesome touch! We’re so thrilled not just with our pictures, but with the whole experience. We can’t imagine having worked with anyone else. Thank you, Rich!

2017-11-13T13:44:56 Response from the vendor

Need and Stacy - Thank you!! Working with you both was so fun.

Reviewed on 10/17/2017 Stuart and Riona M

POSSIBLY THE WORLDS BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER? Look no further, you have your perfect photographer in Rich of Clarkie Photography. We flew Rich over from LA to our Destination Wedding in Montauban South of France because we loved his pictures - they were real, not staged and... Read More were exactly what we wanted. It was one of the best decisions we made and this is what we got.... Imagine being overjoyed and in awe of every single picture from the perfect perspective, telling your wedding story that gets you emotional every time you see it. Everyone has been in awe of how amazing the pictures are and have said "I've never seen wedding photos like it, they are unbelievable. It is like a magazine cover shoot". Rich seems to have an omnipotent awareness to preempt where he needs to be to capture the perfect picture. And not just of the bride and groom. Rich captured many intimate moments between our guests, including one of expecting parents, with their hands on baby-bump. Just one of the many priceless moments he has captured forever. This skill of being in the perfect place every time has produced an astounding story of our wedding and captured the emotion in a stunningly beautiful image, with every single shot. He is relentless on the day, soaking up everything you have experienced and everything you missed. And he does not stop after the event; Rich edited a huge amount of photos and got them back to us in just a few weeks. A truly epic effort. We expected the outcome would be good but it is better than we could ever have hoped for. Even the music of our slideshow is perfect! Professional throughout, Rich works in the background while being great (and patient) with guests. We have had so many compliments and comments from our friends on how great he was. We could not recommend this man more, worth every penny. We are so delighted with his work. Absolutely priceless memories we will cherish for eternity and we have Clarkie Photography to thank. If you want wedding memories that both you and your guests will want to see time and time again then contact Clarkie Photography. He really is born to do this!

2017-11-13T13:46:06 Response from the vendor

Stu and Riona - thank you from the bottom of my heart for this lovely review. It was such an honor to be a part of your destination wedding - simply incredible day. So happy you we were able to make it happen. An experience... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/06/2017 Blake C

Clarkie's photography is absolutely beautiful! If you are looking for unique, photojournalistic style wedding & engagement photos, this is the vendor for you! The quality, care, and attention to detail of this photographer is uncompromisable! Very professional and a pleasure to... Read More work with. We were very happy with both our engagement & wedding photos. Thank you so much for capturing our special day!

2017-09-06T14:03:59 Response from the vendor

Zara and Blake - thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. Working with you this past year has been awesome, from start to finish. I'm delighted you love the results. Rich

Reviewed on 9/02/2017 Jackee F

We were unbelievably happy with the photos that Clarkie Photography took of our wedding. He captured the whole event from start to finish seamlessly, without ever being noticed by us or any of our guests. My husband and I are still trying to figure out how he was able to be in... Read More three places at once! Not only did he document our wedding so we can reminisce for years to come, the photos are gorgeous and look like they came out of a magazine. He was a pleasure to work with, professional, and went above and beyond to make us happy. I would rebook Clarkie again and again, and recommend him to all my friends.

2017-09-03T21:38:23 Response from the vendor

Thanks Jackee and Brady! So thrilled you are delighted with the results. Had so much fun shooting with you and your awesome friends and family. Rich

Reviewed on 7/24/2017 Agata O

I highly recommend Richard for your wedding photography! My husband and I couldn't find anyone that matched his gorgeous cinematic quality and after meeting him in person, we knew for sure we had the right guy - very friendly, easy-going but also keen to sort out the important... Read More details. Richard is a pro! He melted away in the background while getting all the important shots, he was friendly and fun with all of our guests and best of all, willing to photograph on the rollercoaster ride we had planned! We love all the photos which truly captured the emotion and scenery of the day. Richard made us feel very comfortable and knew exactly how to direct us for the perfect shots. Thank you again! xox

2017-09-06T14:02:59 Response from the vendor

Thanks guys! Riding that roller coaster whilst taking photos was so much fun, if a bit vomit inducing. It was so worth it. So glad you guys found me and that I could experience your incredible wedding. Rich

Reviewed on 7/22/2017 Natalie R

One of the best decisions I have made was hiring Clarkie Photography for my wedding! Rich was so great at walking us through the process, understanding exactly what we wanted, and far exceeding our expectations in his execution! He is not only professional, but incredibly... Read More funny and easy going. Which was crucial in maintaining a fun, natural, stress free environment on your special day. We absolutely loved him and his team. We wanted images that captured the feeling of the evening and not so much posed shots. The images were SO GREAT! I loved seeing all of the moments I missed, I genuinely laughed and cried simultaneously. The style and aesthetic is so on point as well. Going from classic beauty shots of the space, us, and guests ... to making the reception looking like the most out of control, coolest party on the planet! Total perfection! Receiving the photos was easy, and we were able to download all of the images!!! Also, Rich put together a beautiful slideshow for us with all of the best images set to touching music. My dad really appreciated that touch and shared it with family that were unable to make it to the wedding day! We are so happy with Rich's amazing work and I couldn't recommend Clarkie Photography more.

2017-07-22T11:24:24 Response from the vendor

Natalie & Scott - wow, thanks you so much for these lovely words. Hearing this is what makes my job awesome. So thrilled your dad liked the slideshow. Working with you guys was a joy, from start to finish. I'm actually just off to another... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/21/2017 Kelsey S

We had both an engagement session as well as wedding shoot with Rich. One of the best things about him (not including his phenomenal photography skills) is that he is so friendly and has an innate ability to make you feel comfortable. Not only does this mean better pictures... Read More (because who wants to look awkward in their pictures?), but it also makes the whole experience quite fun and enjoyable. Overall, Rich has extraordinary artistic ability, is extremely professional, and could fit in just about anywhere. Thank you, Rich!

2017-07-22T02:04:40 Response from the vendor

Thank you Kelsey and Chris. It was such a cool experience working with you guys. The wedding was simply stunning and I'll never forget that engagement session in the mountains as those clouds rolled in! Stay in touch. Rich

Reviewed on 5/21/2017 Erik K

Our wedding photos are amazing! We challenged Rich with every lighting scenario in the book: Indoors, outdoors during the day in both the sun and shade, outdoors at night with just a few string lights to light the reception, and middle-of-the-day, flat light with the sun... Read More directly on top of us - anything we threw at him, he made it work! We cannot be happier with the results! It's so true that the day goes by so fast and you won't remember a thing. We are really seeing our wedding for the first time through Rich's photos (looks like it was a fun wedding!). It's really amazing how he was able to capture the same moments from different perspectives, somehow getting the best mans speech, and our reactions 100 feet away, or our vows and our parents reactions in the other direction. We don't know how he did it! One of the things that really stuck our with us is how honest and upfront Rich was, *leading up to the wedding*, about some of the difficulties we might face with the timing of the day (with really harsh light) and the timeline of how we wanted the day to go. After seeing our initial timeline, he noted that we seem to be rushing some things (which was true), and probably wouldn't end up on schedule, and he didn't want our photos to be lost in the mix. He worked directly with our wedding planner to make it work so we had ample time to take the photos we wanted. When we expressed our desire to take the cliche couple in front of the windmills photo out in Palm Springs, he explained to us how the lighting at that time of day was not great lighting, and warned us, *days prior*, that the result might not be what we expect. In the end, the photos turned out perfect (because he's a great photographer!), but the fact that we had these warnings, and he was honest about these things before the wedding day itself, was amazing. We would have been devastated if he said nothing, and a month later when we saw the photos none of those turned out. Being honest with us and us being prepared for it does wonders, especially when there are 1000 other moving parts on your wedding day. He really puts you at ease that he knows what' he's doing, and he's there for you. Another thing that really stuck out to us was how Rich didn't stick out at all during the day. It was as if he was just part of the group. He is nice, funny, and just a pleasure to be around. He just hung out with us, and found the moments to capture naturally, never creating a pause or a staged moment. We can't recommend Rich and Clarkie Photography enough!!! You will not be disappointed!

2017-07-21T01:57:31 Response from the vendor

thanks guys!! so touched by these words. I had a blast with you guys, even in that heat :) Loved every minute of it and so happy with how the windmill shots turned out.

Reviewed on 3/22/2017 Susan T

We were so blown away by the photos Rich created for a friend's wedding that we knew we'd never be happy with anyone else when we decided to get married ourselves. We worked with his Associate Photographer Alex, who was wonderful and flew to DC to capture photos of us around the... Read More city and also our ceremony and reception. It's one thing to be wowed by his photos of other couples, but seeing yourselves in the art that Rich creates is a fantastic feeling. When I showed the gallery to my parents they both cried and immediately started requesting prints. We happily recommend Rich and his team to anyone looking for jaw-dropping wedding photos.

2017-07-21T01:59:10 Response from the vendor

So happy we could work it out, even when I wasn't available. Alex did a great job and I know he loved sending tine with you all.

Reviewed on 2/17/2017 Judith S

Rich is absolutely professional, creative, enthusiastic and just simply PERFECT! Rich made our wedding unforgettable with the most beautiful wedding pictures I've ever seen - and I've seen a lot as a wedding singer. Our wedding was just the two of us, and even though Rich... Read More was the 3rd person among us we felt so comfortable and relaxed with him. We had so much fun and laughter during our time together. Rich captured our core feelings in his photos. I see my emotions 100% reflected in all his pictures. They are so intimate, personal, romantic, beautiful, and stunning, with the special and unique signature of Clarke's creative style! We wouldn't go with any photographer other than Rich. Rich, you've made our day even more special! Thank you very much for everything you've done for us, you're fantastic! A massive hug, David & Judith

2017-07-21T02:05:21 Response from the vendor

Thank you Judith and David! So happy you found me and we could make it happen. Your elopement was incredible. What a day.

Reviewed on 2/03/2017 Erin M

Retaining Rich as our wedding photographer was the easiest and best decision we made for our wedding day. He is doing exactly what he was born to do. A total professional from the start, we never had any doubts that he would do everything he could to maximize his time, but... Read More create breathtaking products (which he did). He was thorough yet unintrusive, sensitive yet clear, and a complete joy throughout the day. Our images are priceless artifacts that, due to his keen eye and editing, could be magazine features. I understand that wedding photography can seem like an indulgent cost, and I get that weddings are already very costly, but Rich is worth every penny and more. I have too many friends who regret skimping on wedding photography because, at the end, it is the only visual artifact from the day (unless you also opt for a videographer). The whole day goes so fast and you can't be there for every beautiful moment. If you can, you want someone with the care and skill that Rich has to document those moments. We will cherish ours forever. Thank you, Rich!

2018-01-26T00:15:31 Response from the vendor

Erin and Matt - thank you thank you! You guys were amazing - so happy you feel this way. Rich

Reviewed on 1/12/2017 Kyla N

So many things to say about Richard. Picking the right photographer is, in my option, one of the most important parts of planning your wedding. Your photographer is there every step of the way during your big day. We could not have picked a better person to be there with us on... Read More our day. Not only did he take the most amazing photos but he also added a level of light, love and laughter to the day and he kept us on time! One of my very favorite things about having him as our photographer was watching him work. His complete understanding of his craft and his very intimate relationship with his camera was something very special and inspiring. I was so so so eager to get our photos back and when we did I about passed out. Over 1,000 perfect images. So much more than I could ever imagine. There is no way I could ever pick a favorite, ever. When looking at all of the photos together they create a perfect story of the day, taking you from moment to moment with complete fluidity. However, what I love the most about the images is that every single one of them can stand alone. Each shot tells a full story of that moment. That to me is what is so special. Your wedding day is full of little moments, little moments that can be lost due to the obvious grandness of the day. I am so grateful for all of the little stories that Richard has reminded us of. Richard is also so amazing and just the sweetest, also he is very funny. We spoke on the phone many times before the wedding, I always felt like I was talking to my dearest friend. He is extremely prompt and always kind. I cannot say enough wonderful things about him. Choosing Rich was one of our best moves when it came to the wedding, and I can say with complete confidence, it will be for you too.

2017-02-16T20:14:16 Response from the vendor

Kyla - thank you so so much for these kind words.

Reviewed on 12/28/2016 Danielle W

We had the pleasure of working with Rich for our engagement pictures and our wedding. Originally, before we hired him we spoke with him over the phone and he answered all of our questions and concerns. After that, we scheduled an in person meeting where we continued to ask... Read More questions and get comfortable with one another. What I want to mention about that process and what I loved most about him is that we felt no pressure whatsoever to book. Rich was extremely professional, and genuine when stating that we should make sure we choose a photographer that we felt comfortable with. Our engagement shoot was lovely, I only wish that we could go back and relax more like he told us to. We had never had professional photos taken of us, and my wife was extremely nervous. Rich didn't get annoyed with our nervousness or impatient, instead he worked with us and helped us pose for some of the most beautiful pictures. I absolutely love our engagement pictures and so does everyone else we show them to, you would have never known that we were not able to relax and fully be ourselves because of his talent with the camera which caught us in some of those moments we were able to be ourselves. The wedding was also absolutely fantastic. Despite a hot October in California, our very bitchy attitudes, lack of/non existent natural lighting....Rich worked his ass off. What I love about him is that he doesn't stop trying to get you the type of pictures that you paid him for despite any circumstance and on top of that, he is a no BS type of guy. If something isn't working, he will tell you right away and will move to a different location/pose/etc to get the shots he knows will turn out beautiful. My only regret in booking him was not allowing myself to listen his advice and RELAX. He is a great candid in the moment photographer, and I assure you that if you are your true self in front of his camera he will illustrate your love story through photographs like any other photographer. I would love to work with him again in the future the next time we need a professional photographer. I HIGHLY recommend him and cannot say enough about his professionalism, talent, and attentiveness. Do not cheap out on your photography budget. You may be able to find a cheaper photographer but I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for and in this case he is worth every penny.

2017-02-16T20:15:38 Response from the vendor

Thanks Danielle and Katelyn! You guys were great, no matter what you say! So glad you feel the way you do about working with me. It was a pleasure from start to finish. Honestly. Rich

Reviewed on 12/22/2016

First and foremost, Clarkie Photography was one of the best decisions we have ever made for our big day! We are still trying to come up with any excuse to hire Rich again! Seriously. After my husband and I got engaged, searching for a photographer was the first priority on our... Read More endless list of things to do. Many of our friends and family were getting married this year and I noticed many of them used the same photographer or the same style of photography for their wedding day. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that but we wanted our wedding photos to stand out and match our personalities, we didn’t want the filtered, bright, sunny, smiling pictures like everyone else. We were looking for something raw, passionate, artistic, and breathtaking. I went through almost all 40 some odd pages of photographers in the LA area on theknot.com and finally found Rich. I showed my husband his portfolio and he was blown away. Rich was within our budget, and exactly what we were looking for. What we appreciated most about Rich was that he was honest. In our first phone meeting with him he told us exactly how he likes to do things and to trust his work. Umm yeah, who would be okay with that? Thank God we were! You shouldn’t have to direct your photographer, your photographer should be directing you, and that is exactly what Rich did for our engagement session and our wedding. Did I mention that we had a 440 person South Indian wedding? We are pretty sure Rich came up to us dripping in sweat and telling us how absolutely insane the day was but definitely fun! We are so grateful that we found a photographer that was passionate and so hard working. We just put up our wedding album and all of our friends and family can’t stop talking about the pictures and how amazing they are. His work speaks for itself. Exactly what we imagined, timeless. Book him. Book him right now. You will never regret it.

2016-12-23T02:32:57 Response from the vendor

Thanks so much Bivy and Justin!! All the sweat and hard work was worth it to be able to tell your story. It was a long but immensely rewarding day and I'm so glad you felt hiring me was one of the best decisions you... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/23/2016 Esther S

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I have many things to be thankful for and one of them is having Rich as my photographer for my wedding! Picking the right photographer was key so i searched high and low, looking for someone who not only takes pretty pictures, but was capable of... Read More capturing moments that takes your breath away - Rich is all this and more! I am reminded of his talent over and over again as I struggle to finalize my album because there's too many great pictures to choose from. And trust me it's a problem you want to have (and Rich has been incredibly patient in guiding me through this process)! I can go on and on but one other reason why you would want Rich by your side on your wedding day is his ability to have you be present. As you may know, the wedding day can be hectic and stressful. On my wedding day, I had a moment when I was dwelling on some hiccups that occurred prior (none of which was related to Rich), and Rich quickly brought me back to reality and helped me be in the moment. I will always be grateful for that. The rest is history but I will always have Rich's pictures to take me back to one of the biggest moments in my life! THANK YOU RICHARD!

2016-12-07T20:52:59 Response from the vendor

Thanks Esther!!! Thankful you guys found me last year!

Reviewed on 11/04/2016 Steve L

If 75+ straight Five Star reviews on the Knot and Yelp aren’t enough to convince you that Richard is going to blow you away with his talent, I am going to tell you everything you need to know. Brides: Are you overwhelmed with wedding planning and wish that you could have the... Read More peace of mind in knowing that at least one of the vendors is going to go way beyond your highest expectations? Are you worried that pictures from a photographer’s portfolio aren’t going to be representative of the ones that they take for you? Good news! Richard is going to capture every moment of your wedding and make it look even more incredible than a Vanity Fair photo shoot. Grooms: Do you find the process of having your picture taken repeatedly to be very tedious and uncomfortable? Do you wish you could look as badass in pictures as you feel in real life? You’re in luck! Richard is going to make you look like the love child of Burt Reynolds and Ryan Gosling. If you have been wading through a sea of websites and portfolios trying to find the perfect photographer, you need to run, not walk, to Richard. After my beautiful bride, he was the second most amazing person at our wedding.

2016-11-22T17:11:36 Response from the vendor

Haha - that's too funny. Thanks so much Steve and Holly. Was an utter joy working with you both. Glad I made you both feel like movie stars!

Reviewed on 10/30/2016 Michelle H

Hiring Richard as our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions we made while planning our wedding. Not only is his work inspiring, but he is also professional, enthusiastic, and an all around nice guy. It was very important that the photographer we hire have an... Read More artistic approach and be unobtrusive - Richard was both. We had numerous guests comment on how lovely he was as well. We will always be grateful to Richard for capturing so much beauty and joy throughout the day. If you are in the market for a wedding photographer, don't bother looking any further. You won't find one who is as talented or as passionate as Richard.

2016-11-22T17:12:20 Response from the vendor

Michelle and Brian - thank you from the bottom of my heart. That Napa trip and the French Laundry experience was something I'll never forget. Rich

Reviewed on 10/27/2016 Victoria C

Richard is a rare talent and deserves more than 5 stars. My husband and I spent countless hours researching and looking for photographers. Every time, we kept coming back to Richard. We were so drawn and moved by his photographs. I could imagine how couples felt looking at... Read More their photos of their big day and wanted that same feeling. I remember my husband saying "We MUST meet with Richard. His photographs look like movie stills. This is who I want to photograph our wedding." Before our initial meeting, my husband and I knew that we wanted to work with Richard. Meeting him only solidified that feeling.. Not only were his pictures INCREDIBLE, but he was absolute delight. He listened to what we wanted and took the time to explain the best way to achieve it. Since we were getting married in Santa Barbara, CA he explained the logistics of the day and what we should expect from him. Having someone be very upfront right off the bat is so helpful and greatly appreciated. We booked Richard about a year and a half before our wedding date (My husband and I had a long engagement). Throughout that time, Richard stayed in contact and checked in to see how things were progressing . He made sure that we had shot lists well in advance so he could provide us with his insight and give us a realistic timeline for photos. A few days before the big day, Richard checked in to make sure that we were doing okay and to let us know when he would be arriving, who his assistant would be and most importantly to breathe. It was very reassuring to know that of all the things left on our list of things to do and things to worry about, Richard WAS NOT one of them. The big day arrived and Richard and his assistant, Ren showed up while my husband and I were getting ready in our respective areas. My husband and I decided that we would not see each other the night before and had opted to not do a first look. We wanted the first time that we saw each other to be when I was walking down the aisle. Richard was able to capture my husband's face the first time he saw me in my wedding dress - that picture makes me cry every time. Richard was so reassuring and easy to work with, that any uncomfortableness I had about posing for pictures immediately disappeared. Thinking back on the day, I remember my guest laughing and having a good time with Richard and Ren. They both were so personable and warm that all my friend and family loved working with them and it really came through in the photos. Throughout the day, he was great with communicating with our other vendors and tried to keep with the timeline as much as possible. He was hugely instrumental in making sure that the wedding stayed on track and flowed smoothly. Within a few days, Richard had emailed us a few teaser photos. We were so blown away and couldn't wait to see the entire album. About a month after the wedding, Richard emailed us our pictures along with a slideshow (I cried the entire time the slideshow was playing.) The photos are beautiful and exactly what we was hoping for. The mix of posed and candid shots are perfectly balanced. I am so incredibly grateful for finding Richard and so thankful for his time and his artistic talent. He is an amazing photographer and I believe you would be hard pressed to find someone as talented as Richard.

2016-10-29T23:25:43 Response from the vendor

Vicki and Christoff. This review is incredible. I'm so happy you felt this way and the experience working with us was so positive. Makes me very proud and happy. So glad we met each other all those months ago! Rich

Reviewed on 10/26/2016 Alice P

My husband and I were immediately drawn to Richard because of his soulful photography. His photos are the antithesis of the cheesy nose-touching snapshot. His ability to capture human emotion, landscape, and context are truly stunning. At the same time that you want a good... Read More photographer for your wedding, however, you also want someone who is fun, patient, kind, and practical on a day that is joyful but also inevitably a bit stressful and a bit insane. Richard and his wife Clare were the perfect combination of these things. We ended up spending a lot of time with them both as we traveled across Yosemite Valley and beyond. Richard and Clare were especially wonderful when my husband began feeling sick due to the heat. They found creative ways to cool him down in a random park parking lot. They put in many miles and hours in their efforts on that day, and they were well spent. The results of that day were spectacular--the photos Richard and Clare took are utterly stunning. Several of my friends have framed them and hung them on their walls--perhaps because they love us, but I believe more-so because they are beautiful art. I would work with Richard and Clare again in a heartbeat. I am already looking for ways to hang out with them again!

2016-10-30T21:15:31 Response from the vendor

Exploring Yosemite with you guys with so much fun - even in that heat!! It was a beautifully intimate and genuine celebration, one that we were both honored to be a small part of. Thanks for having us! Rich and Clare


Meet The Owner

Richard Clarke

I’m a British born Destination Wedding Photographer, currently based out of Los Angeles California where I live with my wife Clare and son Toby. I am always humbled when couples trust me to tell their wedding story. I love what I do because I’m fascinated by the human connections, personalities and behaviors which fuel those stories. Capturing authentic moments for my clients drives everything I do behind the camera and in my opinion, is what wedding photography should be all about.