The 12 Best Photographers in California

The 12 Best Photographers in California

When we vetted our list of the best wedding photographers for California we looked for distinctive style and extraordinary skills. Now we're thrilled to share our picks! These are the dozen top photographers in the Golden State and each one is an artist that offers something truly unique to the couples they photograph. Check out these 12 artists and their extraordinary work, then choose the one that speaks directly to your heart.

We highly recommend all of these photographers for their extensive experience, talent, and skills, and they are listed here based on their seniority in the WBWP community.

Callaway Gable

Serving the discerning luxury market for over a decade, Callaway Gable is known for their fashionable, clean, crisp look, amazing compositions, and masterful lighting skills. A highly sought-after married team with an infectiously upbeat approach to life, they cover weddings and events for a who’s who list of movers and shakers in the Los Angeles area and all around the world. 

Luxury Los Angeles waterfront wedding - photo by Callaway Gable
Photographed by Callaway Gable - Los Angeles
Happy Indian groom crowd surfing by Callaway Gable - Los Angeles
Photographed by Callaway Gable - Los Angeles
Fashion bride in trumpet lace couture strapless gown by Callaway Gable, Los Angeles
Photographed by Callaway Gable - Los Angeles

Jen Huang Bogan

Featured in dozens of top wedding magazines and blogs, Jen Huang Bogan uses natural light to make magical photographs of couples and their wedding celebrations, complete with stunning details that make planners and editors swoon. Don’t miss her portfolio of beautiful, ethereal work and fall in love with the way she looks at photography.

Black and white photo of a Chinese bride with floral headpiece by Jen Huang, Santa Barbara
Photographed by Jen Huang Bogan - Santa Barbara
Bare foot bride in Scottish landscape by Jen Huang, from Santa Barbara
Photographed by Jen Huang Bogan - Santa Barbara
Bride with baby by Jen Huang Bogan of Santa Barbara
Photographed by Jen Huang Bogan - Santa Barbara

Roberto Valenzuela

World class educator and photographer, Roberto Valenzuela is a portrait master with an eye for elegance. His portfolio is full of fashionable photographs and wonderful moments captured with exceptional skill. Known for his professionalism and kindness, he wears his heart on his sleeve and looks for beauty in life wherever he goes from the top locations in California to the most romantic places on earth.

Bride in silver beaded lace couture gown in mirror by Roberto Valenzuela, Los Angeles
Photographed by Roberto Valenzuela - Los Angeles
Bride in Monique Lhuillier backless ruffled gown by Roberto Valenzuela, Los Angeles
Photographed by Roberto Valenzuela - Los Angeles
Bride in petal pink beaded wedding gown by Roberto Valenzuela, Los Angeles
Photographed by Roberto Valenzuela - Los Angeles

Jeff Newsom

Out of the box artistic photos make up the bulk of Jeff Newsom’s portfolio. Combining his unique way of seeing, and stunning technical skills, he impresses the couples he works with and draws other photographers to book him for their own weddings. A co-owner of DVLOP, the leading company in the world for photo filters, he uses his intellect and artistry to capture one of a kind photographs and raise the bar in wedding photography.

Couple in colorful dance floor light show during reception by Jeff Newsom, San Luis Obispo
Photographed by Jeff Newsom - San Luis Obispo
Couple against mountains by Jeff Newsom from San Luis Obispo
Photographed by Jeff Newsom - San Luis Obispo
Couple climbing wind tower by Jeff Newsom from San Luis Obispo
Photographed by Jeff Newsom - San Luis Obispo

Look Fotografia

With brilliant concepts and creative compositions, Look Fotografia wows their clients with a style that’s all their own. A bit edgy and always artistic, their unexpected way of seeing keeps pushing the boundaries while they create incredible collections of one-of-a kind-photographs. At home in L.A., Spain and around the world they're ready to go with on the first leg of your life's biggest adventure.

Silhouette of bride kicking up heels against Eiffel Tower skyline by Look Fotografia from Los Angeles
Photographed by Look Fotografia - Los Angeles
Creative photo of bride with blue eyes in shadow by Look Fotografia of Los Angeles
Photographed by Look Fotografia - Los Angeles
Silhouette of couple and golden lanterns by Look Fotografia of Los Angeles
Photographed by Look Fotografia - Los Angeles

John and Joseph

This incredibly talented and humble duo won’t tell you all the celebrities they work for, but we can tell you that you would be amazed if you saw their client list. With fashionable photographs that capture emotional moments, luxury details, and gorgeous portraits, they create complete collections of photographs that their clients simply adore. Dozens of married couples and most of L.A.’s top wedding designers have told us that their customer service is impeccable and that their photography keeps them wanting more.

Couple wedding at Pelican Hill Resort by John and Joseph from Los Angeles
Photographed by John and Joseph - Los Angeles
Celebrity wedding photographers John and Joseph from Los Angeles
Photographed by John and Joseph - Los Angeles
Groomsmen getting ready in tuxes by John and Joseph of Los Angeles
Photographed by John and Joseph - Los Angeles

Amy and Stuart

The most famous wedding photographers that you may never have heard of, Amy and Stuart do very little marketing because their schedule stays full. Focused on the discerning clientele of Southern California’s most prestigious planners, they’re published frequently and sought-after by couples looking for natural, light-filled moments and lovely details. You’ll find them on the recommended list at the most beautiful venues throughout Southern California, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them on ours.

Black and white photo of groom kissing bride by Amy and Stuart from Los Angeles
Photographed by Amy and Stuart - Los Angeles
Elegant black bride in lace gown and veil by Amy and Stuart of Los Angeles
Photographed by Amy and Stuart - Los Angeles
Reception dinner with chandeliers and cake by Amy and Stuart of Los Angeles
Photographed by Amy and Stuart - Los Angeles

Marissa Joy

Fine-art photographer, Marissa Joy brings her own romantic touch to the documentary style of photography. Creating touching, intimate photographs, she has an intuitive sense of what matters most in the moment. and a beautiful way of capturing it with artistic flair. Clients rave that she’s an absolute dream to work with and that her photos are a wonder to behold.

Father kisses bride before wedding by Marissa Joy Photography from Los Angeles
Photographed by Marissa Joy Photography - Los Angeles
Reflection of bride and bridesmaids getting ready by Marissa Joy from Los Angeles
Photographed by Marissa Joy Photography - Los Angeles
Silhouette of couple walking in horizon with sun flare by Marissa Joy of Los Angeles
Photographed by Marissa Joy Photography - Los Angeles

Matei Horvath

Acclaimed photogrpaher Matei Horvath, loves life on it's own terms and looks for the moments that celebrate beauty and authenticity. Drawing a multi-cultural clientele from every place on earth, his work showcases lush Indian weddings along with inspiring color and timeless, black and white photos from a wide range of celebrations. Matei is a consummate artist who doesn't take himself too seriously, so he's wonderful to work with and ready to travel wherever you want to go.

Indian bride embracing mom and dad in emotional moment by Matei Horvath of Los Angeles
Photographed by Matei Horvath - Los Angeles
Stylish bride in short wedding dress and groom in Las Vegas wedding by Matei Horvath of Los Angeles
Photographed by Matei Horvath - Los Angeles
Kid throws money up during money dance at wedding by Matei Horvath of Los Angeles
Photographed by Matei Horvath - Los Angeles

M. Hart Photography

Destination photographer, Marlies Hartmann, loves to travel the world and bring out the best in her clients at stunning locations, from America’s scenic national parks to the slopes of Switzerland, the villas of Italy, and the most romantic resorts of Bali, and beyond. A single mom with a huge heart, she manages her business with compassion and professionalism that sets her customer service experience apart. Dive into her amazing portfolio and prepare to be breathless!

Portrait of couple at Houdini Mansion hedges by Marlies Hartmann of Los Angeles
Photographed by by Marlies Hartmann - Los Angeles
Bride being tossed in the air at reception by Marlies Hartmann of Los Angeles
Photographed by by Marlies Hartmann - Los Angeles
Portrait of couple at Yosemite Park by Marlies Hartmann of Los Angeles
Photographed by by Marlies Hartmann - Los Angeles

Annie Bang

Fun, uplifting, and authentic, photos from Annie’s Bang portfolio appeals to a diverse clientele that is looking to focus on their ceremony and reception without posing or fuss. A true documentary photographer, Annie sees no need to white wash the world because she revels in it. If you want coverage of your big day that will make you laugh, cry, and smile from ear to ear, don’t miss her emotional portfolio.

Guests making selfies with donkeys at wedding by Annie Bang of Los Angeles
Photographed by Annie Bang - Los Angeles
Cute couple cake shot during wedding by Annie Bang of Los Angeles
Photographed by Annie Bang - Los Angeles
Blindfolded groom whacking pinata during wedding by Annie Bang of Los Angeles
Photographed by Annie Bang - Los Angeles

Nirav Patel

Oh, so dreamy! Nirav Patel’s moody photography is truly timeless, with a painterly quality that keeps drawing you in. A storyteller at heart, his work features quiet, intimate portraits, sweet honest moments, and lovely landscapes from destinations all over the world. Nirav is a true believer in family and the power of photography, and has dedicated his career to capturing priceless memories of couples who are lucky enough to find him.

Black and white of tender moment of couple in bed by Nirav Patel of San Francisco
Photographed by Nirav Patel - San Francisco
Couple playing guitar in forest by Nirav Patel of San Francisco
Photographed by Nirav Patel - San Francisco
Beautiful portrait of Asian bride in full wedding gown by Nirav Patel of San Francisco
Photographed by Nirav Patel - San Francisco

To dive into more work of these amazing artists, find their portfolios on our highly vetted hot list.

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