Unplugged Photography Blog » Recent pictures by David Shirk, a wedding photographer in Birmingham Alabama

Jessica & Joel


An amazing weekend from Michigan football to rooftop rehearsal dinner to ceremony and reception in the amazing Detroit Opera House. It is a distinct honor to have a couple fly me around the world to shoot for them – so much trust involved from their end – and for me it was so, so worth the trip! Definitely one of the kindest couples, family, and friends I have worked – it is a blessing to meet new people and instantly feel accepted and at home. Thank you also to my good friend Kevin Roberts for making the long trip up from Birmingham to shoot with me.

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Jessica & Brandon


Back home for a fun weekend shooting with great friends – thank you Anita (AK Brides), Hannah, and Nathan. From Kenya to Seneca – definitely worth the trip. A wonderful couple – many, many laughs and a beautiful wedding.

Thank you Jessica and Brandon & congratulations!

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David and Theresa Fleming - David we LOVED these pictures. You captured so many special moments and the quality is superb. We look forward to seeing
the rest of the pictures. It was great seeing you again. Hannah was a delight to have in our home and have as the second shooter. Thank you for making this special time so wonderful for all of us. –David and Theresa

Miriam & Steve


Our first Kenyan wedding, and a delight it was. One of my favorite aspects was simply being able to photograph freely! We see so many photogenic people and amazing faces every day at the hospital, but it is often not appropriate to take pictures. The wedding is completely different, where the expectation is for everything and everyone to be documented.

The photography approach is slightly opposite of America, where I’m used to being in the back of a church. We were working alongside a media team who had video lights set up in close proximity to the bride and groom at all times, so it was great for picture taking during the ceremony and really feeling part of the event. There is much singing and dancing, from the groom’s family arriving at the bride’s house first thing in the morning, to dancing into the wedding ceremony, to dancing into the reception. Gift-giving was a significant part of the reception, with different groups from the community offering different presents. . .the picture in the post above is miriam tossing wheat and putting a traditional Kikuyu basket on her head. There were still quite a few familiar elements like the vows, cake cutting, and bouquet toss (to All the Single Ladies). We are grateful to Miriam and Steve for having us as part of their celebration!

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Jessica & Bill


Jessie & Bill’s pictures will always be very special because of the amount of trust they showed in me to be their photographer. This was my trip home from Kenya to shoot, and was definitely worth the journey. It is wonderful photographing artists, although these two are much more talented than me – makes it just a bit intimidating! Jessie sewed bowties for the groomsmen and Bill designed the necklace she wore. . .based on a “doodle” he was drawing the first time they met!

Preparations were at the Sonniat House in the French Quarter, ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral (next to the old Ursuline Convent), and reception at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park.

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susan boyle - Hello! how do we by photos?
We hope you are very , very, well!
Susan Boyle (Benton’s wife)
(bridesmaid and sister in law)

victoria - These are beautiful! Awesome Job