When I was 12 my father died of cancer. Photos that stirred up good memories of my dad often helped me whenever I missed him.
That’s why I love photos. But more on that later.
Hi, I’m Peter. Thank you for stopping by!
I’m a wedding photographer based in the Washington DC area. I actually live in Maryland with my wife and wonderful children. It’s hard to put into words how much I love them.
If you’re looking for a wedding photographer who’s trustworthy, easy to work with, unobtrusive, love taking candid emotional shots who also cares about taking good portraits and family formals(trust me, I’m Korean and I know asian families love family pictures), you’re in the right place.
I get asked this questions a lot. In a nutshell, I love taking photos that I would want for myself. Genuine, emotion filled, personal, intimate, and timeless photos.
I don’t follow trends, and I don’t care about becoming a popular photographer in the industry.
I care about giving you the most meaningful photos. Pictures that will stir up emotions even years down the road. Pictures your children or your grandchildren looks at and feel as if you’re present. Pictures that represent you.
I believe most of my clients have hired me because they somehow resonate with my photos, and they want those type of photos. So, if you like what you see, let’s connect. Maybe I’m your guy.
A FAVORITE PHOTO
Back to my dad…This is one of my favorite photos of all time.
After I got married my mom brought over some old albums from Korea. As I was flipping through this photo jumped out at me and it became my favorite photo. I was probably 3 or 4 when this picture was taken.
When I look at this picture, I don’t remember that exact day or moment, but it reminds me of the good times I had with my dad. It reminds me of what kind of man he was. He was a fun, and loving dad. He was a man of faith who loved Jesus, and a cheerful dad who brought laughter to our family and everyone around him. Everyone loved him. He was a social work professor, a speaker, a TV host, a radio host, but most importantly a man who loved God and spread love and hope to all those he came in contact with.
Looking at this picture inspires me to be like him.
A single photograph…How powerful!
Unless we pause and reflect, we’re going to forget so many great memories in our lives. The fact that pictures can help you pause and reflect is a gift!
A LITTLE DEEPER
One of my grooms’ mother became ill prior to the wedding. They weren’t sure how long she’d live, so the wedding date was up in the air. Thankfully she made it to the wedding, and I made sure to capture as many meaningful photos as possible for him and his family. Several weeks after the wedding, she passed away.
One brides’ father was ill. They moved up the wedding date, hoping he’d make it. He passed away few weeks before the wedding. The wedding was an emotional day for the family.
One groom’s father unexpectedly got admitted to the hospital on the morning of the wedding day. He had to stay in the hospital and missed the wedding. Once he got better I made a trip to New Jersey to take family portraits for them.
One groom’s mother had a brain tumor and couldn’t attend the wedding. They were able to skype during some parts of the wedding. Few weeks after the wedding she passed away.
One groom’s mother passed away in a car accident a year after the wedding.
A friend’s mother was battling brain cancer. While she still had energy, we did a photoshoot of her with her grandchildren.
A friend’s grandmother was 90 years old and was fighting lung cancer. Again, while she was still energetic I got to take pictures of her with her close family members.
Once I learned of an organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, I became a volunteer to take photos of stillborns and families who lost their precious babies.
These are some of my clients’ real life stories.
I worked my butt off for these dear clients. I relate to these stories. I know what it’s like to lose your loved one. So I take my job seriously.
My dad was obviously not present on my wedding day. It was both a happy day and a sad day. Happy to celebrate my wedding, but sad that my dad couldn’t be there. So, the hugs and tears I shared with my mom throughout the day were memorable. I’m glad we have photos of some of those special moments.
I’m grateful for my mom. She inspires me to be resilient, make sacrifices, love Jesus and love my children.
My desire is that your appreciation for your wedding photos grow as years pass by.
I hope the photos help you remember your special moments, but more importantly inspire you to love.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
My photography career path as a photographer essentially began after my daughter was born. Photography has only been a casual hobby up until then. I fell in love with capturing moments of my little girl growing up and in 2005 is when I decided to pursue photography more seriously. In the summer of 2008, I officially launched my photography business, and have been a full-time photographer since 2009.
MY FAMILY AND I
Friends call me Peter, Pete, Petey, Bang. My high school coaches called me Bang Bang! And some prefer to call me, Peter Bang, because they like how it flows. Fine by me. I don’t a have a preference.
I have a lovely wife and we’ve been married for over 11 years. Crazy how time flies. We have four kids and we adore them all. Our first child(the daughter I mentioned) was born on 4th of July, and our third one was born on our wedding anniversary. God has a funny sense of humor. With a last name BANG, celebrating my daughter’s birthday enhances the fun of watching fireworks on 4th of July. And celebrating our anniversary reminds us we’re not alone, and we’re blessed with our little munchkins.
THE BIG DAY!
A wedding day is pretty special. When else do you get to have everybody you love, from all stages of your life, in one place?
It’s surreal. Seeing everyone I love in one room brought tears of joy on my own wedding day. I couldn’t even finish thanking everyone during our rehearsal dinner.
The day is filled with love, celebration, joy, laughter and tears. You can either enjoy and cherish special moments throughout the day, or the day can pass by as a one big blur.
I want my you to remember your special day and cherish the memories. So, I do my best to get to know you and put myself in your shoes as I capture the day.
Thank you for reading. Hopefully this gives you some insight on who I am.
Photography is subjective, so I don’t expect everyone to love my work.
But, if my story and images resonate with you, great! I’d love to get to know you.
I don’t merely snap photos. Photographing a wedding is more than just “covering an event” to me.
I shoot from my heart. As long as God keeps giving me the ability to take photos, I’m gonna take them and share them with you.
Connecting with my clients is important to me. Getting to know you helps me feel what you might be feeling on your wedding day. Or what your parents and other family members might be feeling. I try to put myself in your shoes, which helps me capture raw and intimate moments on your special day.
I also have a bunch of personal posts with lots of pictures of my kids.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me by going to the CONTACT in the menu above. Let’s see if we’d be a good match.