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Ira Lippke

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Ira Lippke

Photographer

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With a distinctive ability to capture the timeless substance of events in images marked by elegance and exuberance, The Day founder Ira Lippke is one of the country’s most celebrated event photographers. Using photojournalism as a starting point, he infuses every shoot with a distinct artistic sensibility—an approach he has come to term “fine art documentary photography.”

Born to hippie parents, Ira was raised with his four younger siblings in a converted school bus in Colorado and Washington State. With forests, orchards and mountains serving as his schoolhouse, Ira developed an acute visual sensibility that found its perfect outlet in photography, which he discovered at age 14. Capturing nature’s own grid of tree and horizon, mountain and sky, he took to the seemingly alchemical process of photography and taught himself its complexities through borrowed books and the example of such masters as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and Edward Weston.

Upon relocating to the Los Angeles area in 1993 to attend Biola University, he studied the humanities while opening up his own commercial studio in nearby Long Beach, where he began shooting the weddings of musicians, designers and artists who desired a fresh perspective to documenting their lives.

While continuing to evolve his own fine art and international documentary work, Ira has since become known for his ability to capture the distinct style and emotional ambience of every event with sophistication and professionalism. He is the recipient of the Photographer of the Year award from the Wedding Photojournalist Association and First Place in Brides magazine’s international photo competition, chosen as one of the top 10 wedding photographers by American Photo magazine and is featured regularly in such venues as the New York Times, Town and Country, Martha Stewart Weddings and Inside Weddings.

Ira lives in an 1830s colonial home near the beach in Brookhaven, Long Island, with his wife Andrea Codrington Lippke, a visual culture writer and editor with whom he often collaborates, their daughter Rye and son Soren. He is an avid collector of contemporary art and spends his free time surfing, sailing, riding his ’74 Motoguzzi, following independent film and music and traveling throughout the developing world.

“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”

Eve Arnold


About Ira Lippke
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Growing up in a hippie family that had an emphasis on relationships, combined with the experience of working with a fine craftsman at an early age, have led me to a specific vision for this artist collective.

Ira Lippke
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Wedding

Ali & Marc
Ira was not just a photographer for our wedding, he became a friend. We really felt that his heartfelt investment in our day was palpable from the beginning. It was important for us to work with a photographer we liked personally, since we knew they would be there for some of the most intimate moments that day. Ira made the entire experience not only comfortable, but truly enjoyable.  Ira was able to capture the most nuanced moments of our day.  Ira's talent is undeniable, but it's the heart that he puts into his work that separates him from the rest.

Photographed by Ira Lippke

Wedding

Joan & Porter
You and your team did a magnificent job of capturing many of the most memorable moments. It's so moving to see it all again. It's whetting our appetites for all of the others that will come. The delicacy and sensitivity of so many of your shots and the manner in which you framed the photos has all of the artistry of a painting. We are incredibly indebted to you for being here to share this important occasion with us. …Your work is sheer perfection! - Joanne

Photographed by Ira Lippke

Wedding

Jordana & Jonathan
Working with Ira was everything that we ever dreamed of for someone capturing our love story. He is a true artist and an amazing photographer. From our engagement shoot to our wedding day, Ira made us feel so relaxed knowing that he was truly capturing the perfect moments from our special day. We cannot thank him enough for the amazing photos that we can share with our family and friends and cherish for the rest of our lives.

Photographed by Ira Lippke