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Wedding Photographer
updated: Nov 06, 2012, 11:02 AM

I am looking for suggestions for a photographer for my daughter's July wedding in Santa Barbara. It would probably be someone who is not "old school".


Places People Are Talking About:

Baron SpaffordJessica Maher PhotographyMiguel Fairbanks
Natalie Thomson PhotographyTC Reiner

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 339629 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:08 AM

I got married in May and had a great experience with Phillip Van Nostrand - he and his crew were awesome and I loved the photos!!! He posted some on Facebook during the event and had them all edited and ready to go within a couple weeks!

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:09 AM

Philip Van Nostrand is a young local guy and does some really great work : http://www.phillipvn.com/

 

 COMMENT 339632 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:16 AM

You know... you can find cheap photographers (shoot & burn) who will record the day with the pizzazz of a friday night football game or you can go with someone who gets your daughter and her fiancee and will be able to capture the moments in memorable ways that will be cherished for years. The only way to find the latter is to surf the websites of local photogs and see whose work most serves your needs. Asking a bunch of strangers is only inviting disaster as no one here has a clue to who your family is and what you seek on such a unique occasion.

 

 COMMENT 339636 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:17 AM

Jessica Maher Photography does beautiful work - you can find her on Facebook.

 

 EMI PHOTO agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:23 AM

Congratulations on your daughter's engagement!

What is your price range? There are some phenomenal photographers who charge $7500 and up. My packages start at $1800 for just me, $2300 includes a second shooter (recommended as the 2nd shooter can get candids while the principal photographer is covering the shot list) I'd be happy to share package details and samples if you contact me.

weddings@emiphoto.com

Regards,

EMI

 

 COMMENT 339640 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:24 AM

Phil Van Nostrand shot my sister’s wedding and did a marvelous job. Highly recommended!

 

 COMMENT 339649 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:30 AM

kacie jean photography. Amazing.

 

 COMMENT 339651 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:32 AM

What an interesting profession!

 

 COMMENT 339658 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:38 AM

MM

 

 COMMENT 339660 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:40 AM

Summer Hodges Photography.

 

 COMMENT 339664 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:53 AM

Austin & Dara Photography - ph. (805) 679-1645
Husband and wife team. Very reasonable. Great pictures!!!

 

 COMMENT 339667 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:56 AM

KACIE JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 COMMENT 339673P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:00 PM

Our best shots (20 years ago) were all from friends and family. Though the quality of the pics by the wedding photog my Mom hired were better, there were almost none of my brother, other important relatives or a few close friends, and far too many of a roommate (from another country, wearing native dress), and others not so important to us. If you hire a pro, make sure you have someone with a cue card clue them in.

 

 COMMENT 339675 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:01 PM

http://kaciejean.com/

 

 COMMENT 339677 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:02 PM

Baron Spafford is the BEST.

 

 COMMENT 339681 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:04 PM

I got married earlier this year and Rob Grayson (robgrayson dot com) was wonderful! He did an amazing group shot that included EVERYONE in my wedding. I also recommended him to several other newly engaged friends.
My friend got Phil Van Nostrand, and unfortunately he didn't listen to her requests and did his own 'artistic thing'.

 

 COMMENT 339682 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:05 PM

Isaac Hernandez, he's the best.

 

 COMMENT 339686 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:06 PM

Kim Fisher did my wedding, she was great. :-)

 

 COMMENT 339691 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:07 PM

jessicafairchild dot com all she does is wedding/engagement shoots and is fantastic and the happiest person you will ever find. She brings out the best in everyone she photographs

sorry won't let me actually put the website address in the comment

 

 COMMENT 339692 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:07 PM

JayCee Photography in Ventura. Excellent work with reasonable rates.

 

 COMMENT 339700 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:11 PM

Kelsey Crews Photo for sure. Young, very experience, very professional, great attitude - brings out the best in people.

 

 COMMENT 339701 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:13 PM

Kacie Jean Photography! Google her website and see how amazing she is. You can pay less and get lesser quality photos (it really isn't just a point and shoot kind of thing). Kacie will work hard to make sure you have wonderful natural looking expressions. She knows how to make everyone at ease and look incredible. She has such a great artistic sense, too. We have all our family portraits done by her, and I wish she had been our wedding photographer!

 

 COMMENT 339709 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:20 PM

KACIE JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY! you will be blown away! Good Luck! Affordable but more importantly thee BEST

 

 COMMENT 339754 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:46 PM

Congrats to them!! I was married earlier this year (we paid for the wedding ourselves so we were on a very limited budget) and used CHERRY THOMAS. After looking through MANY MANY photographers we settled on her becuase of her unique style and edge as well as her GREAT pricing and packaging. It included a wonderul "brag book" that is easy to keep on the coffee table and carry to friend's houses or work to show off. She's got a fabulous personality and so much to work with! Best of luck!

 

 COMMENT 339757 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:48 PM

Scott Gibson is fantastic. We've hired him every year since the wedding to do family pictures as well. Great guy and great prices. http://www.gibsonpix.com/
570-0692

 

 COMMENT 339761 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:50 PM

You might also look at Mary Jane Photography. I have seen her work and it is great. (Google for her webstite.)

 

 CANDLE LADY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:58 PM

Joni Lynn Photography http://jonilynnphoto.com/

 

 COMMENT 339789 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:08 PM

Here is an even better idea. Since photographers charge so much money for this function and with a good digital SLR, an average person can do a very good job.. Why not do what we did, spend a lot less money and BUY a real nice digital SLR for a friend who does take good pictures and have them do it for you. Save you a lot of money and your buddy gets a nice camera as well. Everyone wins!

 

 COMMENT 339806 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:21 PM

Baron Spafford is the best! He is the only one, I trusted to do my wedding.

 

 COMMENT 339815 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:26 PM

Whomever you choose make sure they know how to do those all jump on the count of three photos. That's the type of stuff you cherish forever.

 

 COMMENT 339818 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:27 PM

Lots of suggestions here ... Would highly recommend you speak to more than one. And include Jay Farbman on your list - he is the most personable and unique in many opinions

 

 COACH F agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:31 PM

Miguel Fairbanks MiguelFairbanks.com

Don't take my word for it. check out the website

 

 COMMENT 339835 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:47 PM

I have used several local photographers, Miguel is good but may be priced out of your range. For the big budget I would recommend Miguel Fairbanks or Elizabeth Messina. Just look at samples and go with the style you like.

If you are on more of a budget I would highly suggest Kelsy Crews.

 

 COMMENT 339838 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:52 PM

I got married in Feb at the stow house, and we used Katie from FotoCielo.

Katie was amazing!!! Made us feel really comfortable. And the owner Tim, he was so nice and a pleasure to work with. We did a payment plan over 6 months, and they had no problem working with us.

We are expecting in March and are planing on using them to do our daughter's first photos.

 

 COMMENT 339840 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:54 PM

I'm a professional photographer in town, and besides myself I can definitely vouch for Jessica Fairchild who is totally awesome, as well as Rob Grayson, and well, pretty much all of the people named here. I think personality goes a lonnng way in wedding photography. This person will be with you the longest amount of time on your wedding day! Make sure you like them :)

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 02:04 PM

I've had 4 kids marry. To me it's crazy to spend a fortune on loads of photos that end up filed away somewhere; luckily we have professional photographers in our family. A friend who married a few years ago hired a Brooks Institute student who took many, many photos and gave the bride and groom a disk of them all to have made up what they wanted. At the time my friends paid $100 an hour, a few hours of pre-wedding, ceremony and reception was all it cost. Of course, if you're independedly wealthy, go for spending the big bucks. Otherwise, save it toward a first home. If parents are paying, give the money to the couple as a "leg-up".

 

 COMMENT 339854 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 02:07 PM

Have to give props to Philip Van Norstrand as well. He has shot several weddings of close friends and spot on with candid, "in the moment" photographs and will provide you with variety, depth and emotion. Best wishes for you and your family, enjoy it!

 

 COMMENT 339883 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 02:49 PM

Natalie Thomson Photography was great. She was a joy to work with for our engagement and wedding photos, and her prices were super reasonable.

 

 COMMENT 339898 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 03:12 PM

As a wedding coordinator I have worked with many photographers, one of my top recommendations is Philip Van Nostrand. He has an amazing eye for capturing the perfect moments and in a way that makes the subject feel relaxed and unobtrusive. I hire him to do personal and professional photos for me and my family, always a joy to work with! One of the coolest things he does is having a slide show of the photos he had just taken playing during the event so guests can see earlier activities. Two thumbs up!

 

 COMMENT 339909 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 03:21 PM

Linda Blue Photography!!
962-6760

 

 COMMENT 339925 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 04:04 PM

kacie jean photography. She does great work. Check out her website and facebook page. Not only is she a great photographer, she has a big heart and is a lovely person.

 

 COMMENT 339947 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 05:24 PM

I second Linda Blue! Her work is terrific and she is fun!!

 

 COMMENT 339963 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 06:29 PM

Baron Spafford did an amazing job on my friends wedding!

 

 COMMENT 339970 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 06:48 PM

Santa Barbara Bridal Expo will be January 6th, on a Sunday and they will have plenty of photographers to choose from. Local ones are the best, of course.

 

 COMMENT 340035P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 07:24 AM

christina@jaramillophotography is one of the best photographs around and has done big weddings many times. She's great and has an eye for seeing the interesting things and people to photograph.

 

 KATYDID agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:44 AM

Clint Weisman

 

 COMMENT 340057P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:55 AM

Kyle Rucker...you won't regret it! He is the guy!

 

 COMMENT 340058 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:56 AM

TC Reiner. & Polly Pelly. Your photos will look like no others. (in a good way). http://www.tcreiner.com www.pollypelly.com

 

 SBASALL agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:58 AM

I know Phillip Van Nostrand's work as well as him personally. Am also a model who's worked with a lot of photogs and you couldn't have a better, more creative or available and really present photographer to capture your special moments the way that will sing in your hearts forever. Just call him. Do it! For yourselves and for always.

 

 COMMENT 340335 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 04:59 PM

For price and incredible quality...gorgeous photo's, the best is Sarita Relis photography. We used her and found her work stunning. She worked out of L.A. for years, and moved here a few years ago.

 

 COMMENT 340435 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 06:05 AM

Gabrielryan.net - did our daughter's wedding last July and did the BEST job - the pics are endearing.

Also, one of our best investments was in a wedding video done by REDMOND DIGITAL MEDIA. It is 7 minutes, they were very unobtrusive, yet, they captured the day amazingly! Tell them the Boubel/Lynch wedding recommended you.

 

 

 

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