Meet Your Photographer

I’m Jorge Santiago

Each wedding I photograph is a journey. I want to capture that journey with as much depth and detail as possible, delivering photographs that will remind you ten, twenty, fifty years later of the emotion you felt when it was all happening so fast.

I moved to the U.S. with my wife Sarah in 2010 so she could begin graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. I started Jorge Santiago Photography LLC as a young and eager immigrant, and I carry that immigrant ethos of hard work and dedication. I am dedicated, passionate, loyal, and tireless, and I approach each wedding with great respect and care. I am always sure to get enough sleep, eat well, and treat the wedding day like the epic, exhilarating marathon it will be. I take it as seriously as you do.

I also help you keep it light, fun, and flowing. I am happiest and most comfortable with a couple of cameras slung over my shoulder, in the middle of the action, and I’ll lift the weight of documenting your family, love, and experience from your shoulders and help make it joyous. I go with the flow, improvise well, and see each wedding as a piece of jazz: perhaps built of similar materials, but with all of its own style and riffs. 

I produce heirloom-quality photos that evoke timeless emotion through the specific details of each couple’s experience. As a photojournalist at a local daily newspaper, my job was to operate swiftly and masterfully behind the scenes to get the shots that would best illustrate a particular event. I bring this quickness, subtlety, and journalistic eye to my weddings. 

As the manager of the black-and-white darkroom at one of Mexico’s top photography museums, I developed the work of world-renowned photographers. I had to bring expert skill, technique, and care to each photo. As a wedding photographer, I treat my images with the same reverence and attention to detail. 

I see my work as marrying the best of photojournalism–the speed and eye required to capture moments as they unfold–with the best of fine art: the sense of composition, aesthetic, and timeless beauty.

A few more details about me:

  • Yes, I love tacos. But I may love Indian food even more especially Pani Puri Wala!
  • I have a nine-year-old daughter named Elena who has officially declared she wants to be a photograph… – okay, fine, an Olympic swimmer – when she grows up. 
  • My favorite places in Pittsburgh are the parks. I go running daily in Schenley, and take long hikes with my family in Frick.
  • Even though I had never seen it until I was in my late twenties, I love the snow.

Reviews

These verified reviews were published in my Google, Wedding Wire and The Knot profiles.

“Consummate professionals and artists”

Jorge and his team (Elisa) were consummate professionals and artists, and we can’t recommend them enough if you are thinking about a photographer for your wedding. Our Indian wedding had many aspects that were complex that Jorge and team had unique insight into: cultural specificity, a range of skin tones and colors, many different venues spread out at all hours of the day. Jorge and team did an exemplary job of understanding cultural nuance and capturing moments that we’ll treasure for the rest of our lives. Non-native to Pittsburgh, we relied and trusted Jorge to take us to the most picturesque locations to shoot and he came through every time. By the end of the wedding, we felt like he and his team were a part of the wedding party.

Pranav & Jasmine

The best investment I made throughout the wedding planning process

Jorge and his assistants are sensitive to the wants and needs of their consumers, professional, prompt, low key, responsive, and above all, TALENTED, I could not have asked for more from them. If you’re on the fence or questioning the value of the investment, all I can say is it would be a mistake NOT to book with Jorge Santiago Photography. Thank you, Jorge for all that you did for us!!! 

Simone & Joe

“Just unbelievable”

Jorge is a true professional and artist in his field. You will be amazed at the moments that he takes and the photos he delivers.

Lindsey & Jon

“I would whole heartedly recommend Jorge”

It was a chance encounter by my now wife, that found Jorge Santiago. By the time we finished, Jorge had travelled from the US to Oaxaca in Mexico and then to Brisbane and Sydney, Australia to photograph our wedding celebrations… I would whole heartedly recommend Jorge to anyone wanting exceptional photographs that best reflect your wedding day. 

Andrea & Stuart

“His pictures are magnificent”

My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Jorge and his pictures are magnificent. Great communication, fast delivery. No complaints. All around great experience!

Raman & sid