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Why These Wedding Photographers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Monterey Wedding Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Carmel Photography

Carmel Photography is a professional photography business serving the Carmel, Monterey, Big Sur, and San Francisco Bay areas. Its services include weddings, family portraits, and senior photos. Principle photographer and owner Kira Carmel brings several years of experience in her trade and is known for creating a calm environment for the wedding photography process, all while capturing beautiful images to preserve this day for the couple. Her photojournalistic style captures the candid moments of weddings, along with the requisite group photographs. Carmel photography also shoots events, engagements, and travel. Previous customers speak to Kira's ability to make everyone involved feel comfortable, and of her photography skill. In added convenience for her clients, she has a list of reputable and preferred vendors they can consider for their event.

Cook's Photography

Cook's Photography is a full-service professional photography studio operating in the community of Salinas, California, and the surrounding Monterey Peninsula areas in the heart of the Salinas Valley. Cook's Photography is a family-owned and operated business specializing in classic lighting technique for all types of photography. This studio offers a broad range of services including weddings and engagement sessions, high school seniors, modeling photo shoots, sports photography, children and family portraits, in addition to classes and seminars. Clients recommend the team of trained specialists at Cook's Photography for their high-quality photography skills and exceptional customer service.

Salinas, CA 93901


Julie Cahill Photography

Serving the Santa Cruz and Carmel Valley, California areas, Julie Cahill Photography is run by Julie Cahill, who first started in landscape photography before diving into portrait and wedding photography. Her work has been featured in various publications such as Style Me Pretty, Magnolia Rouge, Ruffled, and the Green Wedding Shoes blog. Services focus on three main areas: lovers, families, and brands. Products offered include album design and custom art galleries. Wedding, elopement, boudoir, and portrait sessions range between two and eight hours of coverage, pricing varying based on the number of guests and other details. Gift certificates are also available.

Carmel, CA 93923


Laura & Rachel Photographers

Laura & Rachel Photographers is a family-owned wedding photography business in Monterey, CA. Laura and Rachel are mother and daughter, and they opened their business in 2011 as a unique photography team. They have worked weddings all across the country, and their work has been published in both print and online publications around the world, including the New York Times and Good Housekeeping magazine. All wedding packages include a complimentary engagement session and digital files. Former clients praise Laura & Rachel Photographers not only for the quality of their work, but also the support and care provided to couples on their special day. The company also provides workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions to aspiring professional photographers.

Monterey, CA 93940


Manuel Ortega Photography

Manuel Ortega Photography brings a lifetime of experience in photography to weddings in the area of Monterey. The photographer uses a photojournalistic approach with both candid and formal photos to preserve those precious moments and strives to always “capture the art of life” in his work. The studio has extensive experience working at various locations listed on the group's site and also offers photography for destination weddings and engagements. Manuel Ortega Photography is the preferred Wedding Photographer of the Intercontinental Hotel The Clement, and a list of vendors the studio recommends itself can be found on its site. The group is an approved senior portrait photographer for a number of local high schools as well, and the owner also offers photography mentoring sessions.

Monterey, CA 93940


Studio 35 Photography

Studio 35 Photography is a wedding and portrait photography company located in Moss Landing, California and serving the surrounding Salinas, Monterey, Watsonville, and Santa Cruz areas. It is owned and run by Ruben Nuñez, the lead photographer, who specializes in creative approaches to capturing candid moments. Nuñez describes his techniques as “non-traditional,” and he strives to create natural, moving, and artistic imagery that his clients can treasure. Studio 35 also offers workshops and one-on-one coaching to photographers. The sessions are three hours and hands-on with live models so photographers can build their portfolios while they learn. Studio 35’s clients praise them for their passion and artistic approach.

Moss Landing, CA 95039


Suzanne Woodard Dorrance Photography

Suzanne Woodard Dorrance Photography is a full-service professional photographer operating in the community of Salinas, California, and the surrounding Monterey Bay areas. Owner and lead photographer Suzanne Woodard Dorrance is a former catalog and commercial photographer in San Francisco. Established in 1985, Suzanne Woodard Dorrance Photography currently specializes in capturing unique moments through photography. This business provides a broad range of services including commercial photography, real estate, business portraits, fine art photography, product photography, senior pictures, and portraits. Clients recommend the team of trained specialists at Suzanne Woodard Dorrance Photography for their high-quality photography skills, attention to detail, and professionalism.

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