Jose Melgarejo is a destination wedding and elopement photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Father, teacher, linguist. Ex-corporate cubicle warrior turned traveling photographer. I invite you to share your story with me, where ever you are. Read more about me below. Then write to me. I promise to write back.
I see myself as a quiet, thoughtful and curious person. I am fascinated by people and their relationships and how life got us to where we are. I love discovering new places and learning local cultures. A fan of the city life but also the stillness of the desert and the rush of crashing waves. I live in the New York City area with our little family of three. I write to you as a photographer but I haven’t always been. During the recession, I worked a corporate job where I learned a ton about how people value things. A few years later, I found myself teaching for almost a decade– schools taught me true patience, humility and compassion for humanity. In my spare time, I traveled, learned a few languages and re-taught myself how to use a camera. I photographed Jen- now my lovely wife, my family, my friends. I learned that I loved individuals and the personalities that made them unique, and that I can give something special through photography.
Through photography I found a welcoming community both domestic and abroad. Full of ideas, collaboration and connectedness. We formed friendships and partnerships and grew together as creatives. I photographed my first wedding in New Jersey. One year later, I was holding my camera in the countryside of Spain. Weddings are beautiful. At their core, they are at once the simplest and most complex expression of relationships. A bond between two people. Their loved ones that surround them. The legacy and weight of culture. The honor of tradition passed down from generations before. I am completely in love with this craft because it is so humanizing. Tears of joy on young faces and old faces. Laughter and dance. Remembrance. Bonfires by night. Promises for tomorrow. This is the stuff that makes life worth living. Worth writing about. So much that it hurts not to capture it. My name is Jose Melgarejo, and I’d be honored to be your photographer.