Real Weddings

Theft Leaves Newlyweds Without Wedding Photos

Last weekend, $5,000 worth of camera gear was stolen from a photographer’s car on N Garden Way in Eugene, Oregon. To make matters worse, Kelsey and Brandon Rainsberger’s wedding pictures were on it, and they deserve to have them back.

“That’s somebody’s life right there,” Tyler James, boyfriend of photographer Danielle Denham, said to local news station KVAL. “That irreplaceable.” Therefore, he’s offering a $500 cash reward to anyone who can help bringing the camera – or “most importantly probably that memory card” – back to its rightful owner. “No questions asked. We don’t care as much about arresting somebody as we do as just getting the equipment back.”

One of the stolen cameras has a distinctive crack in the display screen, so it shouldn’t be that hard to recognize. Other than that, a Rebel t3i, 24-105L lens, 85 1.8 lens, 10-24 lens, Tamron 17-50 non-VC lens, a couple of Russian analog lenses, Canon 550ex speedlite, batteries, bag, and memory cards were stolen from the vehicle – see picture above.

“Danielle, currently living in Portland, made my night when she surprised me with a visit in Eugene after shooting a wedding all day. While the car was locked, it had been a long day, and she simply forgot to bring her equipment into my home as she usually does.”
– Tyler

Eugene Police is investigating the incident, but anyone with information can contact Tyler directly at 541-513-1436 or “I’m hoping for a miracle right now,” he writes on a GoFundMe post. His page had already collected $570 worth of support in 18 hours.

Kelsey and Brandon Rainsberger, photo by The PDX Photographer

EDITOR’S NOTE: Another hard, real world example of why it’s necessary to have a solid image workflow in place. This, along with professional business insurance, can turn something as painful as a full theft into a relatively minor issue to deal with.

Robin is a journalist from Belgium, looking to find his way in the Big Apple. Very interested in music, photography and nature.