AT GULL PHOTO, THERE ARE NO RULES.
MORE THAN A PHOTOGRAPHER
Uniqueness, the “story” that we wedding photographers are relentlessly talking about, the golden heart of the event isn’t the actual wedding. It’s you. It’s the blood and bone humans with distinct thoughts and feelings. The wedding celebration will come and go, and in the morning, on the other side of the celebration night, you’ll have a brand new marriage. The route your marriage takes from that day on will be unique to you, no other two people on this planet will have a marriage quite like yours.
However, I’m hired to be there for the wedding day to photography all its lovely details and environment. I’ll photograph your dress, beautifully; your cake like it’s on The Food Network; I’ll figure out how to hide the scuff on the bottom of your heels because you couldn’t wait to wear them; those decorations on the ceiling too, can’t forget about those. You bet I’m good at that.
But if you watch me, I’m watching your sister’s kids play under the table, and your father’s stiff upper lip when he hugs you. There’s also that crazy aunt who always has a problem with something, and her husband whose imbibed a bit too much and is being hilarious. I’m focusing on a different type of romance, one of real people and not contrived fairy tales.
In the end you’ll have heirlooms, photos that will go into the fire safety box and will still be around in 5 generations. These heirlooms are photos of your families, the kind where you stand in a row and smile, the ceremony and the emotional faces of you and your witnesses, they’re also the portraits of you two that you commonly see on my website and portfolio.
Memories of flavors, outfits, decorations, and places fade over time. This is a scientific fact and not my own conjecture. As a photographer I’m acutely aware of this and take my role very seriously with humility and honor. To be THE person who photographs the kickoff of your marriage is no trivial thing.
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THINK BACK TO WHEN YOU MET.
THERE WAS A CHARACTERISTIC THAT MADE YOU PAUSE AND THINK “I'M INTO THAT.”
When you create a space for me and allow me to be present in your lives, even for one day, I can capture those looks that made you pause when you first met each other, and the ensuing love that has developed over time. I'll be able to capture it because you won't be able to hide it.
I was supposed to be a scientist determining the impact of development on the environment. Then I traveled Europe and Asia with a camera. Paris, Bali, Singapore, Rome... all the places that danced in my imagination as a child, I visited them all and I was changed. Fast forward a few years, through my youth, and I finally turned my focus to photographing weddings in 2013. That year, I set out on a path that would define the next years of my life and it's a journey I'm still on.
Today, I am a full-time photographer in Greenwood, Seattle. Weddings still make up most of my work, but weddings far from the only thing I photograph. I also shoot head shots, companies, food, senior portraits, families, and events. When I can, I get out on the street and photograph people. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my work.
- I'm a PADI divemaster
- I've seen real human skeletons in a cave
- I read every day
- Lady Gaga is my spirit animal
- Brunch is my favorite meal of the day
- I'm a mushroom hunter, and no, I won't tell you where to go
- I ride a Biachi bicycle almost every day
- We raise chickens
- Avid paddle boarder and sailor
- I've adventure camped in the ruins of medieval castles
- I can catch a rattlesnake with my bare hands
- I have no tolerance for vinegar
- I shoot on a Canon system with a PC editing machine
Gull means "gold" in Old Norse and in modern Icelandic. It also means a family of successful, scrappy sea birds from the norther latitudes in English. Together they make up the spirit of my work.
GULL PHOTO USED TO BE TYLER RAY PHOTOGRAPHY
Starting in 2013, Tyler began Tyler Ray Photography. In 2017 Tyler Ray Photography transitioned into Gull Photo to accommodate a growing business. Gull Photo is still Seattl's top non-traditional and elopement photographer in the Pacific Northwest.