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

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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.

Carmel, CA(831) 905-6446


Christine Diaz Photography

Christine Diaz Photography specializes in fine art and wedding portraits with a personalized, boutique experience for the wedding day of couples in Monterey and the surrounding areas. Christine’s photographic style incorporates beautiful lighting and striking compositional elements to create pictures which look like artistic masterpieces. Christine Diaz Photography offers pre-wedding sessions based on traditions in parts of Asia and the U.S. in which bride and groom make photos in wedding attire or other elegant clothing without the pressures the wedding day brings. Christine furnishes rental clothing, hair and make-up services, and selects unusual locations to create remarkable images. The studio also provides one-on-one mentoring workshops.

Monterey, CA(831) 998-4767


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(831) 424-5486


David Goldman Photography

David Goldman Photography has delivered wedding, family and event photography to Monterey, California and the surrounding area since 2005. Owner and principle photographer David Goldman started his career in Chicago working on the technology side of advertising and marketing firms before discovering his passion for photography. Since then, he's worked with notable clients including Tedx, the Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago, as well as hundreds of couples and families on their special occasions. Goldman also photographs for the fashion industry. Customer testimonials often cite David Goldman's enthusiasm, professionalism, and talent for photography. Some even mention his photojournalist style, in which he captured the events and memories of the clients' special day without them even realizing he was there.

Monterey, CA(312) 330-0230


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(831) 471-7108


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(831) 578-1197


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(831) 682-7170


Robert Ellis Photography

Robert Ellis Photography is a Monterey-based photographer specializing in weddings as well as family and lifestyle portraits, high school graduation portraits, engagements and proposals, maternity and newborn, corporate headshots, dance, and boudoir. Ellis also offers commercial photography, fine art, and video services. Robert Ellis Photography has earned a five-star overall customer rating on Yelp and 10 out of 10 stars on Mapquest. Clients say he is attentive, cheerful, and easy to work with and takes flawless photos. Pricing for Ellis's photo packages starts at $2,000 according to The Knot. Ellis prides himself on creating lasting memories and telling visual stories that capture special moments.

Monterey, CA(831) 402-4212


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(831) 566-8703


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.

Salinas, CA(831) 484-9800


Yves Goyatton Photography

Yves Goyatton Photography is located in Monterey, California and its photographer, Yves Goyatton, is also an accomplished sculptor and videographer. Born in France, he moved to California in 1999 and settled in Monterey in 2003. The studio specializes in weddings and engagements, but Goyatton also offers prints of his landscape, seascape, and architecture photography on his website. Yves Goyatton Photography’s website also includes many examples of his work with weddings and engagements and even has a section that displays his sculptures. Reviewers of Yves Goyatton Photography praise Goyatton’s artistic eye and the time and care he took with their sessions.

Monterey, CA(831) 869-7137


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