My name is Jake Engel and I've been paying for my food (and other things) by taking pictures for about 15 years. I started my career as a commercial product photographer in NYC, where I met my wife, Stephanie. We escaped back to Pennsylvania in 2011 and opened a studio at our very old stone home in Berks County.
Honestly, I used to be a total wedding grinch. Weddings seemed so full of nonsense and conflict that had little to do with people just being in love and wanting to stay that way. When Steph and I got married in May '12, we did our best to make our wedding as "us" as possible without losing sight of just, you know, getting married and being happy. In short, we did that. We're happy — we had a fun, not-crazy wedding with our family and friends and we both enjoyed every minute of it. It completely changed my view of weddings... I now LOVE working with couples and capturing their day and all the emotions I remember experiencing myself. It takes me back to my favorite wedding every time, and that is an awesome feeling.
You bet! I offer engagement sessions from $350. Contact me for more information!
I've recently begun offering beautiful, hand-made albums from Madera Books. I also offer the highest quality prints from a professional lab that are fully color calibrated to my editing system. They're awesome and you can order them right from my website! You still won't be bound to use me for the album creation process should you choose to take your digital files elsewhere.
I sometimes work with an assistant, but I don't generally work with a second shooter. I'm very confident that I can cover all of the important aspects of your day as the sole photographer. If you would like a second shooter I do have one available for an additional fee.