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Meet Christian Turner of Christian David Photo in Brookhaven

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Turner.

Christian, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I taught myself photography 5 years ago, and I fell in love with shooting live concerts here in Atlanta. I shot them for a year or so until transitioning into wedding photography. I have been photographing weddings domestic and abroad ever since then.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been fairly smooth because I am extremely driven. I am fiercely independent, and it was easy to dive deep into something I feel in love with. The struggles I faced were due to a lack of a creative community. I didn’t have any other established photographers helping me with the business side of things or teaching me technical skills. I learned through my mistakes, and I’m grateful for that because it taught me how to seek out “a better way” whenever I felt stuck. I learned to think for myself, and I learned how to problem solve.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Christian David Photo story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a wedding photographer. I shoot engagements and weddings both in the United States and internationally. I specialize in creative wedding photography. My goal with my business is to photograph ordinary people in ordinary places in the most creative ways possible. I’m not anti-tradition I just do things in my own way. I don’t follow trends. I won’t shoot a Pinterest-perfect wedding that’s both overexposed and devoid of color. There’s no problem with that style it’s just not me. I lean towards warmer tones and tend to edit how I felt and remembered the day. I like extremes. For instance, I love both vibrant colors and moody black and whites. I love super wide portraits where my couples are just part of a scene as well as super tight portraits that give you a feeling of experiencing exactly what they are.

I am most proud of my international wedding work. I have shot weddings in Mexico and Costa Rica, and I’ll be shooting in Aruba later this year. On a shoot, whenever I’m faced with a new shot I often imagine 5 other photographers there, and I ask myself “what’s the one shot they’re not getting?” That’s the mindset I work with, and I think that’s what sets me apart.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t really believe in luck, but I believe that there are serendipitous occurrences. These sorts of experiences are providential when the person has done good work ahead of time. I like the quote by Chuck Close “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Now I know you asked about luck, but I find this pertinent. I don’t see catalytic moments of growth in my business as luck rather as a natural progression of my cumulative efforts over years of hard work.


  • Wedding (Full Day) = $3,800
  • Wedding (6 Hours) = $3,300
  • Second Shooter (Wedding add-on) = $600
  • Engagement Shoot (2 Hours) = $450

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Image Credit:
Photos of me was taken by Cameron Flaisch Photography

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