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Welcome to the official website of Paul Van Helden Photography!

NOTE TO MY VISITORS: My website is currently undergoing design changes, which are being rolled out one page, one room, at a time. So, if things look oddly different from one page to the next, you know why. Everything should be done by the end of this month. Thanks for visiting!

Professional Tucson Wedding Photographer, Paul Van Helden, has specialized in wedding photography since 1995. He has been serving Tucson and all of southern Arizona since 2004. Check out his wedding gallery. Visit his bio page and get his answers to the most common questions wedding couples have.


Paul's other photography services include:
Head Shots | Engagement Photos | Family Portraits | Nature, Couples, High School Seniors, Anniversaries, Quinceaneras, Real Estate and more.
Get prices for your wedding or other event. Get prices for portraits. Get prices for engagement photos.


Check out my latest BLOG post: A Wedding Too Tough To Die.


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This is from the wedding of Luis and Flor, one of my latest weddings, at Arizona National in Tucson.
Wedding and Engagement Photography by Paul Van Helden. Click collage to go to Wedding Gallery.
Here is looking at you, kid!
Testimonial: We just wanted to say "thank you" for doing such a wonderful job on our wedding photos! ~ AndreaTestimonial: The pictures look absolutely amazing! I can't put into words how happy we are with everything you captured. ~ Jamison and DaiTestimonial: Hi Paul! The photos look great! ~ Anna

Wedding Photographer in Tucson

Wedding Photography is Art

If you are like most people, the quality and style of the wedding photographer is very important to you. That said, wedding photography is an art form and art is largely subjective. What appeals to some, may not appeal to others. On that subject, you will find hundreds of my wedding images throughout this website and accompanying blog pages to view and judge for yourself.

The Lone Wedding Photographer

One of the qualities that sets me apart from many other professional wedding photographers in Tucson is my ability to work alone. While many wedding photographers can struggle with it, I have it pretty much mastered. I should. Afterall, I have photographed more than four-hundred weddings, over sixty percent of them alone. It is also the way I was taught, during my infancy, working as an apprentice for a studio. You were not considered ready for prime time, until you could effectively shoot a wedding alone.

Being prepared as much as possible before your wedding day, anticipating events before they occur on your wedding day, staying in front of the action, not two or three steps behind it, become innate qualities that define what it means to be a professional wedding photographer. I think it is fair to say, that these abilities are developed and enhanced through years of experience, of which I have plenty.


Why Only Have One Tucson Wedding Photographer?

You may be wondering, what the big deal is! Why go with one photographer, when I can get two? The main reason is price. Our economy is still not in the best of shape and, for most people; the days of unnecessary luxury has left the building. Therefore, why pay for two wedding photographers, if you can secure an accomplished wedding photographer, who is willing and very capable of satisfying all you may need and more, just fine on his own? One wedding photographer always worked in past.

Another reason you may only want one photographer is to limit the paparazzi. Many wedding couples have told me, they simply do not want all the attention that two photographers bring. One of the greatest compliments I ever received is when a wedding couple said to me - Paul, the pictures of the ceremony and reception are incredible! You captured everything we wanted, yet we hardly remember you being there. - Whenever, I hear those kinds of comments from my wedding clients, it puts a smile on my face. A wedding is monumental occasion that should be all about the Bride and Groom. As a wedding photographer, I have always believed, beyond the formal pictures, my job is to capture the action, not to be a conspicuous part of it.

As adept as I have become at photographing weddings alone, there are times when a second photographer is absolutely needed. Large weddings of more than a hundred and fifty people can warrant a second photographer, but not always. Every couple is looking for something a bit different. If given the opportunity to sit down and dicuss your needs, I will let you know if I can sufficiently meet your expectations on my own, or if a second shooter will be required. Second photographers are available upon request. I know and have worked with some good ones. Get my wedding photography prices.

Testimonial: Thank you so much for all of your hard work and planning - our wedding photos are wonderful! ~ Tara and BrianTestimonial: Thank you Paul!!!! You did a terrific job. ~ Theresa and BrettTory accomplishes his mission at La Mariposa in Tucson.

Testimonial: Thanks again for taking our wedding pictures! We were so happy with the results! ~ The MoultonsTestimonial: Paul, thank you so much! These pictures are amazing! ~ Bill and Heather TannerTestimonial: The pictures are beautiful! ~ Melody and JohnTestimonial: Thank you very much Paul!! You did an amazing job! ~ VanessaTestimonials: Paul, thank you so much! Wow! ~ Kathryn Testimonial: The pictures came out absolutely perfectly, Ethan and I love them all. ~ Robin


Wedding Venues in or Near Tucson

The following is a partial list of places I have photographed weddings in Tucson, and not too distant outskirts. Arizona Inn, Corona Ranch, Davis Monthan AFB, Esplendor Resort, Hacienda Del Sol, Highlands at Dove Mountain, Hilton El Conquistador, Hotel Arizona, Hotel Congress, La Mariposa, Las Candelas, Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch, Oro Valley Country Club, Pantano Stables, Raddison Suites, Reflections at the Buttes, Reid Park Zoo, Saguaro Buttes, Savoy Opera House, Skyline Country Club, Starr Pass Marriott, Stillwell House, Tanque Verde Ranch, Tres Alamos Ranch (Tubac), Tucson Botanical Gardens, Sonoran Desert Museum, Sunglow Ranch (Pearce), Tohono Chul Park, Tumacacori State Park, Ventana Canyon Resort, Westward Look Resort, Z Mansion and more.



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Main Service Area: For on-location portraits, I mainly service areas in and around Tucson. This includes Eloy, Catalina, Oracle, Oro Valley, Marana, Green Valley, Sahuarita, St David, Tubac, Vail, Saguaro National Park and much more.
Wedding Photography for All Arizona: As a wedding photographer in Tucson, my availability extends to Phoenix and all all of Arizona. A reasonable traveling fee may apply, when nuptials and related events are to occurr beyond a sixty-mile radius from my home office.
Out of State: I am available to photograph weddings in other parts of the country. I have returned to my origins in New England many times to photograph weddings.

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Paul Van Helden is a top photographer in the Arizona Photography guide on MarketingTool.com.
He is also a top photographer in the Tucson Wedding Photographers guide on BigDaySmallWorld.com.
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