Introducing lead photographer David Wallace (who also happens to be my husband). He has been a working photojournalist for 20 years and has won countless awards including nine Emmys and a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2018 while working on staff at the Arizona Republic newspaper. As a lead wedding photographer with Laura Segall Photography, he is dedicated to capturing those once-in-a-lifetime images.
Tell us about your background in photography:
“I’ve been taking photos since I was 12 years old and quickly realized it was what I wanted to devote my life to. I studied photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where I met, Laura, just a few days into our freshman year. I have worked as a staff photographer for newspapers across the country. After stints at newspapers in Michigan, Florida, and Iowa, I landed a photography position at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.”
“I worked at The Arizona Republic for 16 years covering issues ranging from the U.S./ Mexico border to the environment winning 9 Emmy awards and a Pulitzer Prize in that time. I covered Pope Francis’ inaugural visit to Mexico, disappearing glaciers in Peru, uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation, and two Super Bowls. In 2021 I started my own video production and still photography studio, David Wallace Visuals. In addition to weddings, I specialize in creating visual marketing content for non-profits and small businesses. I’m also thrilled to photograph weddings under Laura, to create the same storytelling imagery to document your wedding day!”
How does your photojournalism background influence how you photograph weddings?
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
“There are so many amazing moments at a wedding- from happy tears between family members to a wild dance floor. I especially love the unexpected, such as a family of ducks walking in front of everyone during the ceremony. I’m here to capture all these moments in a documentary style so you can relive the amazing day for a lifetime.”
What is the most memorable journalism project you have ever worked on?
“There have been so many memorable projects in my now over two-decade professional photography career but if I had to pick one it would be when I was assigned to raft down 226 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to take photos and shoot video to tell the story of how Glen Canyon Dam upstream has impacted the natural ecosystem of the river corridor in Grand Canyon. I’ve been passionate about the outdoors for even longer than I have been passionate about photography. I’m a backpacker, trail runner, kayaker, rock climber, and canyoneer, so to be assigned to immerse myself in one of the most amazing places on Earth for two weeks was a dream come true.”
“It was a challenging assignment. In addition to taking photos and video to show how the river has changed over the last half-century from Glen Canyon Dam, I was responsible for rowing my own raft on some very challenging rapids, all while dealing with elements of constant sun, heat, and wind. It is these kinds of challenges that make photography so interesting.”
Click here to see David’s photojournalism portfolio