Sean was our wedding photographer in 2015. He was so friendly, it instantly made me feel relaxed on a very stressful day. He was so warm and kind to our families and friends. He even went the extra mile and spent time with my grandfather who is interested in photography. I was given so many compliments regarding him from our guests. He captured moments that wholly express the love of our special day.
Sean captured beautiful photographs that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Sean went so above all of our hopes and expectations. He even was able to provide me digital copies TWO years after our wedding when I lost all of our digital copies. He is truly amazing and I am forever grateful he was our photographer. I would recommend him to any and everyone.
When me and my fiance were deciding on what we wanted to spend the most on in our budget we knew photography was something we didn't mind spending a little more on. Because after all, that's all you have left when it's all said and done! After looking around for awhile and we stumbled upon Sean Means, was absolutely floored! I was shocked that I didn't have to spend an arm and a leg for decent quality work! We ended up spending only half of our initial budget when hiring them and it was more than I could of dreamed of! One look at his portfolio and I knew we needed him on our team! Me and Sean probably spent an hour and a half on the phone talking about the vision I had of what I wanted to most remember about the day! He goes absolutely above and beyond for his clients and I felt absolutely at ease. Our pictures were everything we had hoped for and more, they really took the reigns and used their creativity to make awesome decisions when I was too busy to even think. You will have the most beautiful, artistic, candid photos if you get Sean Means and his crew on your wedding team!
We are so happy that we chose Sean for our wedding photography. He worked with us to come up with a package that fit our needs, which we really appreciated, and was very professional but laid-back on the big day, which helped us relax. He had a lot of creative ideas and did a great job of capturing the spirit and vibe of our day, which is what we really wanted!
Sean is the best example we have seen for the saying “ if you find something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” it is evident that photography is not a job to Sean. His passion about photography and putting together our story was refreshing. The album he produced was magnificent; it told the story of the day in a way that matched the liveliness, fun, and closeness of the whole event. Surprisingly there is always something new every time we look at the album. Sean was the best choice we made that day, other than saying yes.
"I would highly recommend Sean Means as a photographer. I hired Sean based on a recommendation of another photographer and could not have been more pleased. Sean was timely, professional and easy to work with for my wedding. With minimal direction, Sean utilized his own creativity to take candid and posed pictures throughout the night. The pictures Sean took truly captured the spirit of the evening, and to me, this is what defines a great photographer. Sean Means is a must at your next Wedding or any function." Janna Chiurazzi Young
In an extremely unconventional setting, Sean was receptive to our ideas while comfortable in expressing his own recommendations and ideas for capturing the beauty of such a hectic day. He was comfortable during every event on the day of our wedding, present always but never overwhelming. Sean was genuine in his business/services and sincere personally in random encounters before and after the actual day of our wedding. A truly superior product, service, and person.
Sean Means is a phenomenal artist who takes wonderful and witty photographs. His generosity of spirit and his many talents allow him to capture the very essence of the moment in the most beautiful way. He searches for shots and angles that we never knew existed and his professionalism made us feel at ease as we enjoyed our wedding. Sean will definitely be a part of our future celebrations!
We consider ourselves very lucky to have been able to have Sean as our photographer for our special day. He is absolutely amazing at what he does and we couldn't be happier. Looking back at the pictures he took, you can just feel the emotion and excitement of the day. The way he is able to tell a story through pictures is beautiful and helps us to relive the amazing time we had. Not only are his pictures perfect, but Sean is a pleasure to work with. He's polite, professional and all the guests at our wedding just loved him. We would, without a doubt, recommend Sean if you are looking for a photographer for your event.
Patrick and I decided early that we wanted a journalistic style to our wedding photographs. We had interviewed other photographers, but the chemistry among us just wasn't there. When we sat down with Sean, we knew immediately that he would be our photographer -- not only because of his experience, but also because of the way he engaged us. It was as if Sean went to work immediately observing the way Patrick and I interacted with each other and our environment. He never tried to sell us his services. He didn't have to. His pictures sell themselves.
Because Sean was so easy to talk to and really heard us both as individuals and as a couple, we knew that we would be able to be ourselves around him on our wedding day. He took photographs of me putting my makeup on alone in the bathroom and of my mom helping Patrick with his suutcase. We trusted him completely with our most intimate moments and the unstaged images of the day are a valuable gift. Some of the best photos are the ones that were taken from behind us capturing the day from our point of view, and the ones that were taken when we weren't looking at the camera but laughing with family and friends over a glass of champagne or a stolen kiss.
Over time, our memories of the day will fade and we will come to rely solely on photographs to remind us of our wedding. Thankfully, Sean's keen eye for detail and his anticipation of the spontaneous moment captured our wedding the way it was and the way we want to remember it. We've only had our photographs for two days and they are already cherished family treasures.
m. May 23, 2015 at James Gallery
Sean was an absolute joy to work with from beginning to end. He was extremely professional on all levels, from his knowledge of equipment and technology to his punctuality and manor with his subjects. He was also so helpful and easy going, willing to go the extra mile to make the lasting images of our day so special.
I have know Sean all my life and he has always had his camera with him. My wife and I decided to use him not only because he is a great friend and a genuine person but he also has amazing talent. He did a such a good job at our wedding and captured moments I will never forget. He shot the rehearsal dinner, events leading up to the wedding, actual wedding and of course the after party. He uses the best equipment and really knows what he is doing. He gives you top quality photography at a great value. You will not regret using Sean for any future event you are planning.
Paul and Lori Newman
Sean is amazing. From the moment we initially spoke I knew that my wedding day would be captured just as we wanted. Sean met us at our venue months before the big day to get the “lay of the land” and to allow us to walk him through various pictures/backdrops that we absolutely had to have. He remained flexible throughout the process, including with pricing and came up with a custom package that worked for us and our budget. During every meeting Sean arrived early, including the big day, which helped to keep me (the bride) calm. Sean captured moments during the wedding ceremony that we would never have been able to see – guests genuine happiness for us during the ceremony, intimate moments between me and my husband (and I had no idea he was there taking the picture). When it was time to take the staged photos, Sean was patient while directing groups of people and was flexible and took a large impromptu group shot with 30 or so family members that we decided we wanted at the last minute. Sean was great throughout the event, he was not intrusive and most of the time I didn’t even notice he was there. During the reception, once again Sean delivered, capturing amazing moments of guests dancing, others hanging out by the bar, others crying during speeches and others enjoying themselves at their tables throughout the night. Because the pictures came out so great and Sean was able to get pictures of all of our guests at various moments throughout the night, we were able to surprise our guests with pictures of themselves during the wedding/reception. We had an amazing venue, Phipps Conservatory, with an evening ceremony and nighttime reception, lit with candlelight…it was beautiful and Sean captured that beauty in his pictures. I am sure it was not easy to have the perfect lighting for pictures in a dark area, but Sean did it and the pictures are gorgeous!
When my husband and I looked through the pictures after the big day, we were amazed at all of the moments that we didn’t see that night, but were so grateful to Sean for capturing them because it allowed us to be guests at our wedding and see the event from their vantage point. When we look at the pictures now, a year and half after our wedding, we can relive one of the best moments in our lives and we owe that Sean!
- Jasmine and Kurt Bridge
My husband Michael and I spent many months searching for photographers throughout Pittsburgh, both well within our budget, as well as meeting both of our expectations for a photographer, someone who is professional, easy to get along with, and both a photojournalist and candid style. Throughout our planning process and wedding, Sean worked with us on every request we had, while holding true to himself as a photographer. Our families couldn't say enough words of gratitude and delight about Sean, his demeanor, professionalism, and eye catching smile of course. Sean was a joy to have as a photographer and will make any bride and groom happy and reliving their wedding day over and over everyday with the most perfect pictures capturing the most precious moments of their special day.
I have many years of event planning in my professional history and about half of the events I helped to plan were weddings. I have seen it all. So when it came time to plan my own wedding, I knew what I wanted and what I didn’t. The most important factors of any event include location, good food, good music and creating an extraordinarily memorable element that is the key “take-away.” Add to these, the emotional content of a wedding and you have an event that is takes an enormous amount of energy, time and care to plan. Not to mention money. Once you have invested all of yourself, the day ends and all that is left is the memory. Being able to entrust the memory of my wedding to Sean Means was invaluable. Sean was more than a photographer…he was like a trusted partner. So respectful were his style and presence that you barely knew he was shooting. And he certainly never made you feel pressured to pose or force people into shots. He was self sufficient, professional, caring, kind, polite and respectful to our wedding and everyone present. He took the time to meet with us to discuss our needs and to scope out the venue so we could discuss and plan certain shots. Going through our photos after the wedding was a beautiful experience as Sean had captured our planned shots so beautifully, but also caught the most incredible candid moments, smiles, glances, hugs and dance moves that made us feel like we were living that wonderful day all over again. The memories and Sean’s photos are all we have left from that amazing day. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and partner to document our big day. We have since recommended Sean exclusively.
~ Kelly Burgos Harper
Visual and Written Communications Artist
“While many people are OK with taking casual snapshots at a rehearsal dinner, It was really important to us to have professional photography at this event since it was the only intimate setting in which we could spend time with the friends and family in our wedding party. We were so pleased that Sean Means was available to shoot for us that evening. We were impressed with the quality of his work that we saw on his website, and he did not disappoint the evening of our event. We discussed our preferences for the evening in advance (e.g., candid shots that followed a timeline of the event) and on the night of the event, Sean took control. He arrived at the venue early to check the lighting and photograph the venue and place settings. When we arrived he faded into the background to work his magic while we enjoyed our evening. Within a week of the event, he produced a beautiful online album that had an amazing combination of artistry (e.g., beautiful photo finishes in sepia, color and black and white) and documentary style (e.g., timeline of events). Everyone in our party was captured and we can look back now and remember nearly every detail of our special evening thanks to Sean’s outstanding work! We can’t say enough about Sean’s professionalism, high quality work and eye for beauty. We were so pleased that a year later when it was time for my mother’s retirement party, we again hired Sean to photograph that event—and we were equally pleased with his work! Using his photographs, we created a wonderful memorial album that means so much to my mother and our family. We would highly recommend Sean’s work and we look forward to the birth of our child so that we can again hire Sean to document another seminal moment in our lives!”
" It has been great working with Sean during my wedding planning process. He has always been timely with responding as well as as energetic and professional. He has maintained complete patience and an open ear while I shared details and asked tons of questions! All of this in addition to his wonderful portfolio has made me feel very at ease. He genuinely cares about photographing our special day and I am thankful to have found such a quality professional."
Sean is the best wedding photographer we hardly saw! :-) When we received our beautiful pictures from him we were so surprised to see so many fantastic shots that we never even recall him taking... even pictures of the two of us together. He was so unobtrusive and hidden but captured the essence of our wedding day, our guests, and our ceremony. It was great meeting with him ahead of time and having him ask us about our life - and not just what we wanted him to do for us on our wedding day. It made us realize that he wanted to know us so he could craft our photos to be exactly the kind of artwork we wanted. We recommended him to other friends of ours who were getting married, and they went on to use him and also loved him and his work. On a day that can be so stressful, Sean was a joy. We highly recommend him! Thanks Sean!!! -Marnie & Shane
Thank you so much for your incredible work during our wedding! We couldn’t have asked for a more professional and caring photographer (including Kate too!). With Justin being a photographer himself, we were VERY picky in selecting a photographer for our special day. Your technical mastery with your camera and with people showed up in each shot you set up. The care you took to make sure every moment was special and the personalized touch you added to our photobook lead to a beautiful package. Thank you for responding to all of our needs so quickly and professionally. You were easy to get a hold of (anytime we needed!) and you were super flexible in meeting our crazy schedules. It was a true pleasure working with you and getting to know you as a person. Thank you for being a bright spot on our special day and for making sure we have tremendous memories to last a lifetime.
You’re the best!
Justin and Candice Murrell
When we first met with Sean to explain our vision to see if working together would be a good fit, we immediately knew he was the perfect person to work with, as he understood what we were trying to accomplish, provided meaningful insights, and had the general demeanor of someone who just "gets it". During the event, he still somehow managed to exceed expectations due to his candor and willingness to go the extra mile. Outside of his general great personality, his pictures were also very top notch and exactly what were were looking for. Sean did an amazing job, and we look forward to working with him again.
"We hired Sean to photograph my parents' 50th wedding anniversary party at a venue in Oakland. He was so easy to communicate with from start to finish. When we got the photos back we just couldn't believe how much he captured, both group shots and great action shots too. He clearly covered the venue well, catching moments that we hadn't even known happened. He was very skillful at being unobtrusive while in the middle of all the action. He was on his feet the whole time always looking for the great photo to shoot. After sifting though many of the final photos, there were well over 150 fantastic shots that will go in our album. We are so glad we found Sean and cannot recommend him highly enough."
Sean is an amazing photographer. We are so happy we were able to book him for our wedding reception. The pictures came out so wonderful. Highly recommend!
Sean photographed our small elopement ceremony and we couldn't be happier with the results! The experience of working with Sean was simple and painless from start to finish and we're happy to recommend his photography services to anyone looking for a quality wedding photographer. My wife and I were impressed with Sean's knowledge of the best photo locations in Pittsburgh and we appreciated that Sean was willing to meet with us before the big day to ensure we were all on the same page and that we got all the pictures we were hoping for on our wedding day. On the actual event day, Sean was on-time, professional and provided a great mix of candid and expertly staged photographs. Most importantly, the edited pictures we got from the event were amazing...they captured the event and our personalities perfectly. Overall, we are very happy with our choice of Sean Means as our wedding photographer and recommend him to others looking for a top-notch wedding photographer.
Sean was incredible and really captured the shots we wanted. Well before the wedding we met with him to discuss the types of photos we would like to see and also give him some background on our relationship. This was helpful because he used that information to tailor amazing pictures that told our story and create connections in his photos. During the wedding Sean was very active and able to move around the venue to find new angles that showed the people and the environment. He came equipped with lights and gadgets that really enhanced the final product and gave everything a very professional feel. Communication was perfect with Sean and he was able to direct the bridal and grooms parties and family effortlessly during photo sessions. This was important because working in a high pressure environment and short time windows can be stressful if the photographer involved is not creative, resilient, and a good instructor. Luckily for us Sean was all of that and more. We truly appreciated his dedication to our big day and would recommend for any other wedding couple. Cheers