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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.
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’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.
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.
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!
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.
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.