"Candid romanticism" is the pet term Jessica Riggle, owner of Sweet Pea Photography, uses for her photojournalistic approach to weddings. Though she saves plenty of time for traditional family photos, Jessica prefers snapping candid images that capture newlyweds at their most genuine. Jessica strikes the same balance between posed and candid pictures during on-location shoots of families and engaged couples or in the studio when taking portraits of newborns.
MommieRazzi specializes in children's photography, which is also how the company's photographers got their start. While snapping photos of their kids at sports games and other community events, their crisp, colorful images became the envy of other parents, who asked them to take pictures of their own children as well. These requests soon came often enough that MommieRazzi, the company, became a foregone conclusion. With the skills of a pro and the sentimental eye of a mother, the MommieRazzi photographers preserve memories in posed portraits and action shoots at kids' sporting events.
After mastering her photographic skills by capturing images of her own family for five years, Colette Grina decided to focus her lens on the general public. At Beautiful Contrasts Photography, she snaps portraits of families, weddings, kids, newborns, and expectant moms. Wielding a store of props such as hats and swaddle wraps, subjects strike poses during on-location sessions, which Colette holds at Monterey’s scenic parks and beaches. She relies entirely on natural light to illumine her subjects in every photo, preserving high-resolution images on CDs and in print form.
Husband-and-wife tandem Kevin and Ashley McDonnell run the show at McDonnell Photography. A 35-year photography veteran, Kevin has tackled everything from family portraits to underwater shoots, and he found his counterpart in Ashley, who designs and creates all of the birth announcements and birth and infant photos. The couple draw from their own experiences as parents to help other families capture and preserve milestone moments.
Seasoned camera wizard Gregg Wutke uses his flashy personality, background in art, and thorough methodology to summon seniors' smiles against the retina-soothing backdrops of historic downtown Monterey, the Old Monterey Gardens, the Carmel and Monterey coastline, or the shooting space in Wutke’s Monterey studio; family portrait sessions are held in any of the aforementioned locations or in customers' homes throughout the Monterey, Carmel, or Salinas areas. Wutke kicks things off with a friendly consultation to chart out photo shoots, dishing out tips on how to effectively use makeup, pick out the most flattering clothing choices, and determine which Mr. Ed impersonations complement or detract from natural facial features.
Ocean Blessing Photography's skilled snap-shooters, boasting degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, University of the Pacific, and Gent University, favor a photojournalistic approach to capture genuine, spontaneous moments. Though they specialize in nuptial-related photography, the group also excels at family- and senior- portrait services as well as seasonal images proving the existence of Santa Claus's unicorn. The photographers sport professional Canon digital SLR cameras, lenses, and flashes in addition to professional software and hardware for editing and retouching, which results in artistic, completely polished photographs. Clients can peruse the FAQ for clothing recommendations and methods for befriending timid tripods.