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Best Wedding Photographers in Santa Monica, CA

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Santa Monica, CA 90403 Rating

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4.9 (76)
5.0 (49)
5.0 (46)

Why choose this provider?

The lead photographer behind A La Mode Photo has more than 10 years of professional photography experience. The Santa Monica photography studio has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS The Early Show, and the Dr. Phil Show. The photographer mostly captures local weddings, but will travel all over the country. Clients have praised A La Mode Photo for its talented, professional photographer.

Los Angeles, CA 90293 Rating

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4.5 (16)
5.0 (1)

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The internationally published team behind LA Budget Wedding Photographer photographs weddings, shoots videos, and captures engagement photos. The studio offers up to eight hours of event coverage, a USB with high-resolution images, and printing rights. The business won Best of Thumbtack in 2016. Clients have praised LA Budget Wedding Photographer for its photographers’ upbeat attitudes and fun, romantic photos.

Santa Clarita, CA 91350 Rating

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Renee Bowen is a mentor to photographers all over the country and the co-founder of SEEN Magazine. The Santa Clarita-based photography studio covers weddings for a half day or a full day and includes an online gallery and digital packages in its wedding coverage. Renee Bowen’s work has been featured on Rock The Shot, Seniorologie, Senior Style Guide, 100 Layer Cake, and other publications.

Los Angeles, CA 90038 Rating

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5.0 (45)

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Timeless, classic, beauty and fashion inspired Los Angeles and destination wedding photography, capturing your most heartfelt moments in the most prestigious ways, combining both editorial and documentary photography styles. They specialize in luxury weddings that clients need special attention and care from the beginning to the very end. Beyond the quality of work, The Big Affair puts extra care for each client by connecting and understanding their personalities and vision. So do yourself a favor and consider The Big Affair photography for your special event, so you can savor your precious moments for many years to come.

Los Angeles, CA 90021 Rating

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Stunning Bride Photographers' wedding package includes eight hours of wedding coverage, a wedding album, an engagement session, and digital delivery of images. The business also shoots proposals and engagements. The studio has been featured on The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings, and won the WeddingWire Brides' Choice Award in 2015. Clients have praised Stunning Bride Photographers for its experienced, easygoing, and professional staff.

Newbury Park, CA 91320 Rating

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5.0 (35)
5.0 (11)

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Chelsea Elizabeth Photography is a photography studio founded in Newbury Park in 2006. The photographer uses a clean, crisp, and modern style in her work. The studio won the WeddingWire Brides' Choice Award in 2011 and The Knot Best of Weddings in 2011. The business' wedding packages include a USB drive of high-resolution images, a blog post within six weeks of the wedding, online proofing, and an online slideshow.

Fullerton, CA 92833 Rating

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Bumatay Studio offers full-day wedding coverage with two photographers, post processing, digital files, and a professional online gallery. The studio also shoots engagement sessions, lifestyle portraits, fitness photos, and bridal portrait sessions. Clients have given positive feedback for Bumatay Studio's friendly, professional, and artistic staff.

Santa Monica, CA 90404 Rating

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5.0 (12)

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The founder of Embrace Life Photography has been shooting photographs since he was 15 years old. The Santa Monica photography studio provides add-on options such as canvas prints, handcrafted photo albums, coffee table portrait books, and other items. Clients have given positive feedback for Embrace Life Photography's beautiful photos and kind, dependable, and professional photographer.

Tarzana, CA 91356 Rating

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5.0 (2)

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Albert Postel Art of Photography has offered photography services to the Tarzana, California community for over 20 years. Photographer Albert Postel combines his European upbringing and passion for photography to take photos that tell a story. Multiple wedding packages are available, as well as custom designed packages to meet the unique desires and needs of clients. Custom created Italian weddings books are available to clients who choose to purchase one. A percentage of all sales is given to the Children in the Wilderness charity program. Albert Postel Art of Photography earned the WeddingWire Reader’s Choice Award in 2013. Besides weddings, Albert Postel can be hired to photograph portraitures, corporate events, and Bar Mitzvahs. Artistic photographs are available as limited edition prints. Clients appreciate Albert Postel’s professionalism and easygoing approach to photography.

Los Angeles, CA 90026 Rating

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Callaway Gable Studios uses a vibrant and modern photography style for its wedding photos. The Los Angeles-based studio will shoot local weddings as well as destination weddings. The business has won 65 international Fearless Photographer awards. Clients have praised Callaway Gable Studios for its professional, fun, and talented staff.

Santa Monica, CA 90403 Rating

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5.0 (26)
5.0 (7)

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The founder of April Rocha Photography has been working in professional photography for more than 10 years. The Santa Monica studio's work has been published in The Knot and Grace Ormonde's Wedding Style Magazine, and has won the WeddingWire Brides' Choice Award. The photographer shoots local weddings as well as destination weddings. Clients attest to April Rocha's creative vision and professionalism.

Santa Clarita, CA 91387 Rating

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4.3 (12)

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Yar Haim Photography’s wedding packages include professionally edited photos, high-resolution images, a private online gallery, and free travel within a three-hour drive. The photographer uses a simple, timeless, and photojournalistic style. The Los Angeles-based studio won The Knot Best of Weddings from 2014 to 2016 and the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award from 2014 to 2016. Clients have praised the photographer for his friendly, honest approach to photography.

Culver City, CA 90232 Rating

Why choose this provider?

The award-winning photographer behind Todd Johnson Photography specializes in wedding photography in the Santa Monica area. The photographer’s work has been published in National Geographic, Life, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and other publications. The Culver City studio has won awards from the International Photography Awards, Lurzer's International Archive, Kodak, Cannes Lions, Adweek, Kelly Awards, IAAA, and World Medal. Clients have praised Todd Johnson for his friendly, attentive, and accommodating team.

Compare our Top Wedding Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
A La Mode Photo
Santa Monica, CA 90403
LA Budget Wedding Photographer
Los Angeles, CA 90293
Renee Bowen
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
The Big Affair
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Stunning Bride Photographers
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Chelsea Elizabeth Photography
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Bumatay Studio
Fullerton, CA 92833
Embrace Life Photography
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Albert Postel Art of Photography
Tarzana, CA 91356
Callaway Gable Studios
Los Angeles, CA 90026
April Rocha Photography
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Yair Haim Photography
Santa Clarita, CA 91387
Todd Johnson Photography
Culver City, CA 90232


  • Introduction

    Because of the sheer number of weddings that happen each year, wedding photography is a booming industry. Couples engaged to be married should take great care in finding a wedding photographer before their big day that suits their style.

    Many people think all wedding photographers are virtually the same, but this is incorrect. Some photographers prefer unusual arrangements, angles, and uses of light in their images. They may also have unique styles and filters when editing wedding photos. This makes it very important if you're planning on getting married and looking for a photographer to take the time to find one whose style aligns with what you're looking for.
  • What does a wedding photographer do?

    Wedding photographers take pictures of the wedding ceremony, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and the families of the bride and groom. They also often photograph the major events of the reception and the guests to help preserve memories of the entire affair.

  • What makes a good wedding photographer?

    A good wedding photographer can faithfully recreate special memories, taking care to capture the most important moments of the wedding and reception. They're able to fulfill the requests of the couple getting married and help them choose the best images from the event.

  • How do I pick a wedding photographer?

    Couples can find their wedding photographer by asking friends and family for recommendations or checking out local listings. It's important to review portfolios, pricing, and availability. When you've picked a few that pique your interest, speak to them in person to make sure they're a good fit.

  • What should I ask a wedding photographer?

    Before you make a final decision about your wedding photographer, you'll want to ask several important questions, such as:

    • Can we see your portfolio?
    • How many weddings have you shot?
    • How much do require for a deposit?
    • What packages are available in our price range?
    • What is your editing style?

  • How much does a wedding photographer cost?

    The cost of a wedding photographer depends on various factors, including their experience, photo packages, and the length of time you need them. According to, a wedding photographer can charge anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for their services.

  • Why are wedding photographers so expensive?

    A wedding photographer's fee reflects their experience, training, and ability to fulfill your vision and requests. The time needed to complete the process for a single wedding makes a difference as well. For a standard eight to 10 hour wedding, a photographer may spend as much as double that culling and editing photos.