About - Lynds Photo

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Relax–and enjoy your wedding day. With years of specialized wedding photography experience, we can help you lower the stress and maximize the fun.

We'll capture all the images of your family and friends, as well as unexpected candids, unique details, and creative opportunities. 

Lynds Photo is located in Lafayette, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. We photograph weddings all over the Bay Area and beyond!

We love hearing from you! Give us a call at (925)962-0180 and tell us what you have in mind. We have a very large portfolio of images and albums representing the most popular wedding venues in the Bay Area. A visit to our studio is very worth while and encouraged. 

Our Team

We are a team of highly experienced photographers. Lynds Photo has been continuously in business, specializing in wedding photography for over 55 years. Most of our photographers have individually photographed hundreds of weddings over the years, yet continue to adapt to the latest styles and techniques.
Keith Lynds—Owner

My father, Robert Lynds, started Lynds Photo (then known as Bob Lynds Photography) in 1945, in Berkeley, California. Over the years, he never wavered from his goal of providing the best wedding photography to all Bay Area Brides and Grooms.

Today, I continue what he started so long ago. While I rely on our team of dedicated professional wedding photographers to capture our brides' and grooms' memories, I now provide the perfect add-on video service to round out our offerings.

Lisa

I grew up in Lafayette, CA and considered it home when living somewhere else. My family is very artistic and I grew up shooting pictures – I’ve always loved it, and always received compliments on my work. In 2001, I became a photographer’s assistant at YJM Photography where I studied the art of photography under Yves Mozlesio. This was real life training and I shot over 35 weddings with Yves.

Taking on a select number of weddings per year, I combine a traditional approach to my style and shoot candidly at the reception, giving what I term, “the perfect balance” of images that clients want.

While each wedding is different, the basic principles of shooting wedding images remain the same. I am consistently producing high quality images that are colorful, bright and in sequence telling the story. My images are not trendy, but timeless and technically worthy of preserving your memories forever. Using beautifully posed and exposed formal family images and soft romantic candids, the couples story becomes easy to tell.

In 2005, I shot my first Bar Mitzvah. I had such a wonderful experience that I began to focus my business. I enjoy the role of family historian, capturing family portrait during such a momentous event. A mentor once said that everyone should exist in photographs, and I believe that. It is not just for us, it is for our children, and their children. The amount of study required for a Bar Mitzvah is a serious undertaking; the acceptance of the religious responsibilities of an adult is a true milestone. I consider it an honor to record that accomplishment.

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Adam

I have long had a passion for art, specifically photography. When I was young I was fascinated by my Grandfather's Nikomat camera. My closest childhood friend's father had what I thought was the coolest camera and case. I loved all the gear and gadgets that went into creating images with a camera. As a little kid I recall having an old Kodak Brownie in my toy collection and then on my 8th birthday I received a Kodak Instamatic. To be honest I believe I may have been a little disappointed. I had a camera, it was old, but I had one. I think I was lobbying more for a BB gun on that birthday. However this gift turned out to inspire me.

Years later my father sold the family station wagon and took the proceeds and purchased my family's first 35 mm camera. That did it, I was hooked! I took that camera everywhere and probably cost my father a ton in film and processing taking images of anything and everything. Then came time for my senior portraits, something that I had looked forward to for years. This is what turned my interest to portraiture. I loved the whole process.

After graduating high school I attended college thinking I would one day work towards an engineering degree. This seemed like a logical idea. In reality I wanted to a photographer but in my head I thought, "That's not a job, it's a fantasy. Being a photographer isn't a career it's a hobby. Being an engineer, that's a career." I was right and wrong, being a photographer is a fantasy and not a real job, but it is a career. It is the fantasy, non-real job, that has been my career for nearly 25 years! Anyway, after college I attended the Art Institute of Seattle and I earned a degree in Commercial Photography. After graduation I was fortunate to find a job with a local photo studio Redmond, WA. Here I learned my craft, and my passion for wedding photography, and portraiture grew. I was able to meet wonderful people that turned into fantastic clients and friends. I was given the opportunity to get to know and document their lives through my photography. I have clients that I photographed as babies, then high school seniors, then weddings, etc. It is a mind-blowing experience that I so very much cherish! I went on to run, manage and eventually own the studio. I am honored anytime I am able to photograph a wedding. It is such a special moment in time. I love what I do and I am dedicated to making your wedding photos unique and special works of art, worthy of viewing by future generations.

Cindy

I started my adventure as a Photographer 21 years ago when my first child was born. It was then, that I discovered my passion in the art of photography, which has inspired me to become a family portrait photographer.

My portrait style is traditional and timeless, capturing moments is essential however posing and lighting is key and I have an extensive background and value every moment a family spends together, so I'm always anticipating and capturing the moments. My belief is the best images are the ones that feel natural to the client, with a little of my fine-tuning.

In my spare time, I love to work in the garden, enjoy my farm-style home which is full of too many animals, spend time with my children and husband who has always encouraged and believed in me as a photographer.

Oh! I should mention I love to release a hearty laugh and have no problem putting people at ease, beautiful photography starts with the relationships between the photographer and you!

Dee

Dee’s career all started when one of his nature photos was a finalist in National Geographic’s 2008 International Photography Contest. It didn’t win any awards, but just the fact that it was a finalist in an international competition was enough motivation for him to keep going in his career. After realizing there is no future in shooting nature for a living, Dee has enjoyed being a full-time wedding photographer since 2009. Traveling near and far to document one of couples most special times in their life, Dee enjoys the dynamics of the wedding day. His ability to have fun, and put his subjects at ease are what has kept him in the industry for the last 10 years. His style is a mix of traditional portraiture as well as candid, depending on how the day plays out. Dee also enjoys documenting the grape harvests in the Central Valley for his personal projects. When Dee isn’t shooting, he enjoys road trips to the coast, or a day of wine tasting in Napa valley. Life is about the big picture, but what really matters is all of the little moments in between.

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Eliot

Eliot has been a Bay Area photographer for over twenty-five years. His primary areas of expertise are event (wedding & party) photography and portraiture. His first book (The Everything Photography Book, Adams Media, 2003) was a how-to book for amateurs. He also teaches classes in lighting and posing to Bay Area professional photographers, and judges print competitions for two Bay Area professional photography organizations.

Eliot is a master of traditional photography, with an emphasis on lighting and posing that brings out the best features of the subject. Eliot says, “Photography, like life, is all about relationships. We have to get a sense of who the people are, and how they feel, and how they feel in relation to their loved ones.”

Masterful lighting is the hallmark of Eliot's photography, along with the sense that the viewer can truly connect with the people in his images.

Since 2011, Eliot has been photographer for calendars and books published by Andrews McMeel Publishing and Sourcebooks. His photo books and calendars have been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in People Magazine, and even on the BBC.

Barbara

My name is Barbara and I still remember making photographs in film at the ripe age of eight! Yes you heard right…my mother was a portrait photographer in Cuba and as soon as she could get her hands on a collection of Kodak film cameras here in the U.S., she snapped away. I was fortunate to have such a wonderful source of inspiration and photo education, as well as a beautiful model to photograph as my mother was also a stunning model and performer! I cherish the many photos I took of my mother. In Junior High School, the spark was reborn when I volunteered as the Yearbook and Staff Photographer. I continued thereafter to photograph the schools sports teams, yearbook, the faculty and contnued there on into my early adult years as a Photojournalist for a local Spanish-Speaking publication in the San Francisco's Mission District.

I am passionate about photography but what ignites my vision and my passion is my interaction with subjects. I am thrilled and honored when called to share in intimate events of a family be it weddings, portraits, or other milestone events. As one of my photography mentors once said “there is no such thing as a perfect picture, only a perfect moment!” I believe this whole heartedly! Your photographs are heirlooms and my goal is to document it as a beauitful time and place in your families lives. Thank you for inviting me to share in making those moments into photographs for you.

Robin

I've always been drawn to lovely things, a desire to create beauty, a love of theatre and dream worlds, and romantic films as they unfold in front of me. I take inspiration from everything around me— art, books, photographers I admire, real life events and small details of everyday life. I adore families coming together, a perfect dress hanging, and the privilege to capture these moments and details for you! I use a fun and traditional approach to blend formal and family photographs and I'm big on the details! Before picking up a camera my main intent lies in establishing a relationship with you—sharing your visions and designs, and to listen to your questions and concerns.

I'm currently in my 12th year of photographing both eastern and western weddings, and still retain the love and excitement for every event. I have experience shooting weddings inside and outside of California and travel has always added to the allure for me. I'm creative, resourceful, dependable, artistic and very adaptable to style or circumstance— My photography can easily shift between intimate and formal, however my preference lies with the candid and contemporary. I'm easy to work with and pride myself in the ability to work without being intrusive so you may enjoy your day with minimal interruption.

Our engagement session is a great way to begin our working relationship. When your wedding day arrives, we can look forward to already being in a comfortable and trusting place, anticipating the excitement that awaits you, your family, and your friends on your special day!

Joe

I started photographing weddings in 1994. Although styles and expectations have changed since I started, my basic philosophy hasn’t. That is to find out what my client wants or likes and strive to accomplish their desires. I believe good communication and attitude is an important part of wedding photography. Along with good lighting, posing and creativity.

Grant

My start in Photography was somewhat unintentional, as I began my career as combat journalist in the Army back in 2004. I originally was interested in writing and had not given much thought to photography. During that time I served nine years as a combat photographer in the Army and as a reporter/photographer for the newspaper Stars and Stripes, stationed in Japan. It was during that time in my career I found my love of photography. I also discovered I was pretty good with a camera and was far better at taking photos than at writing stories. It was in those stressful and fast paced years that I really learned to focus on the important moments to tell a story through photography.

In 2013, when my enlistment had ended I moved back to the U.S. and found myself in San Francisco. I had returned to finish up my BFA in Photography at the Academy of Art University and have been working as a freelance photographer ever since.

I have a unique set of experiences ranging from shooting weddings, events, fashion, portraits and fine art photography. Looking back at my career I’d say the variety of situations and scenes I’ve been able to cover has been the highlight of my career. My love and skill for photography has only expanded over the years and I always bring that to each shoot I do.

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