Lead photographer David Wallace

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?

“My background in photojournalism is perfectly suited to document all the unique moments that will make up your wedding. After photographing thousands of news assignments one thing I can say with certainty is things often don’t go 100% according to plan. This can also be true during a wedding. What I’ve learned is to go with the flow and enjoy the ride. That experience in staying calm allows me to blend into the background and capture the moments as they come. Often it is during the unplanned and unexpected when the best images are made. As a wedding photographer, I’m going to be spending a lot of time with the couple on their wedding day. The last thing I want is to interfere with or interrupt all the genuine interactions and emotions on your wedding day. I use my experience and talent to document the most impactful, emotional, storytelling, and beautiful images of your wedding.”

Arizona State Fair

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.”

– David

Click here to see David’s photojournalism portfolio

first dance
groom and son
Desert Botanical Garden
first look
wedding kids
Pioneer village
Jewish wedding
Prescott wedding
weddign dog
Desert Botanical Garden wedding
flower girl
Arizona Stare Fair
Scottsdale wedding
Sedona wedding
Tucson wedding
Hacienda del Sol
mother of the groom
kids at weddings
Sedona wedding
Pioneer Village wedding
McCormick Ranch
Scottsdale wedding
Phoenix wedding
Hacienda del Sol Tucson
Scottsdale wedding
Tucson wedding
mother son dance
Desert Botanical Garden wedding
Prescott wedding
Scottsdale wedding
Desert Botanical Garden sunset

More about Laura and David here