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Modesto Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is meant to preserve memories and tell our future generations about who we were once, and where they came from. This collection of photographs is a combination of precious moments, quiet contemplation, laughter, and portraits of brides, grooms, and their bridal parties. Whether it's a tear at the ceremony, romantic looks in posed photos, or breaking it down on the dance floor, we want to be there to document it all.

Our style is definitely relaxed and photojournalistic in ways. We prefer to stand back and wait for things to naturally unfold and capture it organically. We also do posed photos. Family formals are very important, because they will be the first photos that get passed down through the generations. Our portraits of the bride and groom are guided, but not overly posed and never cheesy or copy-cat. It's important for us to be unique when creating albums and wall art for you, so we avoid copying other photographers' work, including anything found on Pinterest.

We strive to give the best customer service in town, which means that we take very good care of each of our clients, not just our bridal clients, but our boudoir, family, and other portrait clients as well.

Coverage Area

We service The Modesto Central Valley, including Turlock, Ceres, Keys, Denair, Atwater, Merced, Riverbank, Ripon, French Camp, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Galt, Sacramento, Roseville, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, San Francisco, Millbrae, San Bruno, South San Francisco, Dublin, Pleasanton, Tracy, Sonora, Angels Camp, Murphys, Columbia, and Yosemite.


We are 100% film photographers. Our weddings, engagements, boudoir, and family photography is all captured on Kodak Portra color film and Ilford XP2 black and white film. We love to make artistic, creative images with double exposures, as well as offer instant film so you can see photos right away and take them home with you.


This web site has several resources that are helpful when planning your wedding. Whether you're interested in an intimate Yosemite elopement, or looking into having a full formal wedding at Vintage Gardens, we have help for you. Be sure to read our About Page and Frequently Asked Questions for more info.