Jose Melgarejo is a destination wedding and elopement photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Father, teacher, linguist. Ex-corporate cubicle warrior turned traveling photographer.
Jose incorporates an artistic approach to wedding photography with an energy that is consistent and calm.
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.
On your Wedding Day, you can expect me to move with a calm determination. I get to know people because I want to and I know it makes everyone more comfortable. I make suggestions and take ideas and I will never force something that doesn’t fit. I feel best when I am helpful. I’ll be a timekeeper and problem solver. I am looking to create art and capture emotions.
I invest time and resources to make sure my couples get only the best photography on their wedding. This means attending workshops locally and across the world that continue to keep my perspective sharp; investing in the latest equipment; creating vendor partnerships that make weddings come together beautifully. I work in local the community to help junior photographers and connect colleagues with others when they’re in need.
I take care of the house- keeping myself and my family in a good state of body and mind.
All this so that I can be present on your day.