Photographer Garrett is in his element when natural settings frame his photos and natural light sets his subjects aglow. As a born-and-bred Southern Californian, he thrives in the outdoors. But as owner and operator of Double A Photography, he'll shoot at whatever location his clients prefer. This includes wedding venues, homes or other picturesque portrait spots, and parties or special occasions.
Barbara Alessandra has photography in her blood. Though she didn't know this when she first discovered the pastime in junior high, her Peruvian grandfather shared the same photographic passion, pioneering new frontiers of photography throughout the '20s, '30s, and '40s. Alessandra has done him proud, bringing her candid photographic style to countless weddings, boudoir photo shoots, and even the pages of local and national publications, such as wedding magazine The Knot, Coastal Woman Magazine, and Wedding Celebrations.
What sets her portfolio apart is her softened use of color and impeccable sense of timing. She attributes her eye for spotting shots to her passion for getting to know her clients on a personal level. By knowing their likes, dislikes, and history, she feels she builds a connection with her subjects, which in turn inspire emotional photographs and moving mental pictures to share with psychic friends.
The videographers and video editors at Modern Video Services have racked up myriad awards, from Emmy nominations to wins at the Oxnard and Ventura Film Festivals. Their prize-winning tactics now turn toward enhancing personal media, editing video, and finessing audio and photography. The technicians’ digitizing service safeguards precious memories on long-lasting DVDs, and a duplication service creates backup copies of important discs, including a favorite CD or a frisbee with a mind for escaping. They can convert hard-copy photographs into high-resolution digital images, crop and rotate shots, or arrange photos into video slideshows complete with music and creative transitions.
Billy Dickson and the photographers at Just Shoot Me Photography specialize in chronicling two of the most memorable times in life: the emotion and excitement of a wedding day and the wonder at the introduction of a newborn. During weddings, the team captures the big moments—the march down the aisle, the first dance—but they also spy subtle moments that evoke the mood of the day: a ring gleaming on a side table as the bride gets ready, or a close-up of a bridesmaid's hands as she clutches a bouquet of flowers.
The team also shines working around infants, often photographing babies as young as 4–14 days old. They adore shots in which parents cradle their newborns in their hands, a pose which puts the tiny size of the mini models in perspective. Brothers and sisters can join in these portraits, too, stepping off to the side to play a Nintendo 64 game console or discuss how to convince their parents to name their new sibling "Ludwig van Baby" when it's not their turn in the spotlight anymore.
At Maria & CO., professional photographer Maria Mitchell captures weddings, graduations, and portraits for all occasions with an eye for aesthetic grace. Mitchell photographs her subjects outdoors in natural settings with natural lighting or in the comfort of her studio.