Documentary and wedding photographer

creating stories

I love getting to be a photographer

I've been privileged to document weddings and documentary projects around the world for over 9 years now

I’m an observer first, than a documenter

Let's talk about crafting your story


what sets me apart from others

One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is that I get to share in all of these rich experiences and moments that I otherwise would never get too. From spending time in a school in Ethiopia, to capturing the rescuing of refugees in Iraq, I let my experiences influence my style and method.

My personal work influences my documenting of weddings massively. It's my mission while photographing to capture details and portraiture, but more importantly to capture memories and moments shared with your partner and your loved ones. From the small details to the sharing of tears between the bride and her mom, the groom being embraced by his new family, or the reunion of friends who haven’t seen each other in years. Those are the images that will matter to you as you revisit these images over the years. I create almost a personalized photo-essay of your love and your day for you to be reminded for the rest of your lives how special the day was that you told each other forever.

My personal work brings so much value to my wedding work and my passion for conserving memories and sharing stories. It also adds immense insight to the method and vision for capturing love. That's why I stay away from over posed, overdone images but focus on what makes you both who you are and who you are together.

I capture memories, I capture emotions, and I will capture life as it was being lived in that moment

Links to personal work



Summer + Donald // Chicago, Illinois

Joe is an awesome person to work with. He is kind, understanding, hilarious, and super discreet. Our wedding photos turned out amazing, and when we lost them to a destroyed hard drive years later, he quickly re-sent them to us! I am so thankful for the beautiful portraits he created, and the time my husband and I got to spend hanging out with Joe in the process.

Anna + Andrew // Houston, texas

Joe and Jenna are INCREDIBLE! Literally the most sweet couple and so fun to work with. They captured our day so gracefully, they didn’t intrude at all for pictures but truly captured the moments. Everything we could’ve wanted in a wedding photographer!

Tyler + Michelle // Chatham, Ontario Canada

The big day is important, there is no debating that. Everyone has a wedding budget, and it’s challenging to determine where money will best be spent. The flowers that could make your wedding look like the garden of Eden, the custom crafted gluten free, vegan free, lifeproof cake, and the late night snacks for your danced out guest; they’re all important. Important, but negotiable. Joe Bulger's pictures are not negotiable. Not because they’re amazing and last a lifetime, nor because they’re neatly displayed in every square inch of free space of our house, and receive compliments on the daily. Joe Bulger's photography skills are a necessity to the wedding day because of ease, joy, and laughter his presence will bring. Not only is he a stunning photographer, but he’s worth every last penny of your photography budget because his work will bless both on your big day, but also in the years to come. All who have laid eyes on our photos have commented on the quality of work. Also, every person that encountered Joe on our big day noted how much of a pleasure he was to work with. I’m pretty sure my mom even said she missed having him around, after he was gone. Joe is highly adaptable, and has a gift with both people, and the camera. His skillset makes him dynamic, and his intuitive nature makes him able to read the needs of his surroundings, and adjust his plans accordingly to meet them. Joe isn’t just good with a camera, he’s good with people. I wouldn’t have traded up having him as our photographer for the world. When I look at the photos he produced for us, I still remember how much fun we had taking them. Joe made our big day, better.

Gabby and Joe // Long Island, New York

Joe is an absolute pleasure to work with!!!

He not only goes above and beyond what is asked, but his creativity and eye for beauty is just astounding. He perfectly captured the best day of my life without missing a moment, and has given me absolutely breathtaking photographs that I will closely cherish forever. He truly is the best there is!!!

Shaun + Blair // Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Joe is an amazing guy. The thing I was most impressed with is that he got to know my wife and I pretty well before our wedding. The wedding photos are not meant to be cookie cutter pictures, but tailored to your personality and style. And Bulger Creative Co did just that! My wife and I absolutely love our engagement and wedding pictures. I would highly recommend Bulger Creative Co to anyone!

Annemijn + Keaton // Rotterdam, Netherlands + Kansas City

There aren't enough words to describe how incredible Joe was during the entire engagement and wedding process. From the moment we got in touch about during photography - he was so great to work with and his sessions are so natural. He captured our best moments and at no point made it awkward. Being from abroad and having a reception there as well as in America, he even made the trip oversees to be a part of our full journey. A photographer that is that dedicated to his clients and produces the incredible work he does makes for one of the best. I would and have recommended him to all of my friends that are getting married and for anyone considering - he's worth every penny! Incredible photographer and an even better person.

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Available for hire nationally and Internationally Previous travels include, France, Spain, Canada, Iceland, Rome, and Iraq.

Discounts for destination weddings