HAPPY YOU'RE HERE.
9 wing 1, what's your emergency? Originally from Fresno, CA, I moved here to another desert (AZ) in 2016 and have only suffered from a handful of light sunburns, believe it or not. Downtown Phoenix, Joyride tacos, and Jesus have my heart. I spend my weekdays working at a creative advertising agency in DTPHX, and my weekends crafting wedding galleries in local coffee shops. If you can’t get ahold of me, I’m probably in the In-N-Out drive thru screaming my head off to either one of my curated classic rock playlists or John Mayer. Classic un-wind sesh.
A desert-dwelling, multidisciplinary problem solver, with lots of graphic design insight to boot. Whether you're an advertising client, newly engaged couple, or an individual looking for something unique, my mission is the same: Prioritize what matters most to you, and document your unique story in the way that makes you feel most confident. I've been consulting and strategically building out brand identities since 2016, and photographing people and places since 2015. Years of studying different styles, environments, and being forced to truly understand my equipment through-and-through gives me the confidence to shoot any subject and crazy idea we come up with!
RECENT ROLES I'VE PLAYED
Brand Coordinator | Kitchen Sink Creative
2021 - 2023
Freelance Marketing Photographer | GCE Marketing
2020 - 2022
Freelance Designer/Consultant | Various Clients
2016 - Present
Creative Photographer | GCE Marketing
2017 - 2020
Marketing Branding Director | ASGCU
2018 - 2019
1. Look For The Light
2. Do Good. Be Good.
3. Present Over Perfection
MY CREATIVE APPROACH
MORE THAN PRETTY PICTURES.
Gillian Rea Wedding Photojournalism is designed for an eclectic couple who may want more than "one thing" from their wedding galleries. You're more than a one-dimensional human being, and my process is designed to be a super collaborative, open conversation for that reason.
We'll work together to customize your wedding galleries to include one or multiple editing & shooting styles that you feel capture the your true essence.
I'M INTERESTED IN THE PEOPLE GETTING MARRIED.
EXPERIENCE TO EXPECT
HONEST. UNFUSSY. PREPARED FOR SPONTANEITY.
You’re about to start planning the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Let’s together make this a journey that’s exciting, personal, unforgettable, and a lot of fun! The experience we decide to create is open to exploration during our initial meet up's, and it's my job to match your aspiring energy -- and 100% custom to YOU.
Trust is a game changer: The goal being that you two can trust that I understand your priorities and vision for the day, and can make it come to life...
SO YOU CAN REMEMBER WHAT IT FELT LIKE.
YOU'RE STILL HERE, WHICH COULD ONLY MEAN ONE THING: YOU SAW SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
You saw stories that you connected with. Honest photos that made you feel something…and while you’ve seen other photographers' work, this time you felt something authentic, something that speaks to you.
You think having a "non-wedding, wedding photographer" shoot your wedding is pretty dang awesome, and if every guest at your wedding thought you were friends with your photographer, that would be even awesome-er. Because you’ll be relaxed in front of the camera knowing that everything is being captured. Not just how pretty the flowers are, but the unseen and rare moments, like when you saw your dad cry for the first time in years.
You care about having timeless, artistic images that capture your day…and if it rains..it rains…and if the electricity goes out then you’ll build a fire and light some candles.
I don't want you to book with me because I'm local or offer the best package. I simply want you to have the best experience ever, and I offer it.
"EXCEPTIONAL TALENT & A PURE JOY TO WORK WITH"
Gillian is an amazing photographer who knows how to capture your special day. Her professionalism and ability to gel with all personalities adds to the joy of the day. She balances her perspectives throughout the event capturing the big moments and the candid moments.
I have been a professional photographer since 2005 and hiring someone I could trust with my vision was a big decision and I could not have chosen a better person. Absolutely loved the finished product! She's the best!
Kori J. | Married on 06/06/2020