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Aaron Blumenshine Photography

Mountain View , CA

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Mountain View, CA US 94040 (map)
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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tmick22
Wedding:
4/15/2011
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of working with Aaron for both our engagement photos and wedding photos. Initially, we found Aaron on http://craigslist.com when he happened to be visiting Baltimore and we visited his website...we were really impressed. We were lucky enough to snag him for our photo shoot in Patterson Park and loved the photos so much, we booked him for our wedding in Tulum, Mexico. Not only did we love our wedding pictures and trash-the-dress photos, but we had a chance to really get to know Aaron and Ashley during the trip. They are a fantastic couple and we are so thankful we came across their http://craigslist.com ad. The only complaint we have is that Aaron is located in CA and not closer to Baltimore :-)
We had the pleasure of working with Aaron for both our engagement photos and wedding photos. Initially, we found Aaron on Read more...
We had the pleasure of working with Aaron for both our engagement photos and wedding photos. Initially, we found Aaron on http://craigslist.com when he happened to be visiting Baltimore and we visited his website...we were really impressed. We were lucky enough to snag him for our photo shoot in Patterson Park and loved the photos so much, we booked him for our wedding in Tulum, Mexico. Not only did we love our wedding pictures and trash-the-dress photos, but we had a chance to really get to know Aaron and Ashley during the trip. They are a fantastic couple and we are so thankful we came across their http://craigslist.com ad. The only complaint we have is that Aaron is located in CA and not closer to Baltimore :-) Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
10/2/2010
4.6/5.0
My husband and I wanted to find a young photographer with an eye for beautiful shots and great candid moments and we found that in Aaron! He answered all of my crazy questions and was super flexible with everything. Aaron does a lot of weddings so he knows what he's doing, but he doesn't have a set way. He'll stick to your plan and schedule and get you the shots you want. However, if you need someone to yell at a group of rowdy groomsmen, he's not that best for that. Aaron is just too nice. But hey, if the only negative thing I can say is that "he's too nice" - I think that's ok. And most importantly, we have a ton of gorgeous shots of our wedding that we will enjoy for many years!
My husband and I wanted to find a young photographer with an eye for beautiful shots and great candid moments and we found Read more...
My husband and I wanted to find a young photographer with an eye for beautiful shots and great candid moments and we found that in Aaron! He answered all of my crazy questions and was super flexible with everything. Aaron does a lot of weddings so he knows what he's doing, but he doesn't have a set way. He'll stick to your plan and schedule and get you the shots you want. However, if you need someone to yell at a group of rowdy groomsmen, he's not that best for that. Aaron is just too nice. But hey, if the only negative thing I can say is that "he's too nice" - I think that's ok. And most importantly, we have a ton of gorgeous shots of our wedding that we will enjoy for many years! Read less
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donna
Wedding:
9/21/2010
4.8/5.0
we found aaron's site by happenstance and luckily for us..he agreed to do our wedding photos! we wanted to include our pets and he was more than happy to accomodate us..he responded in a timely manner and met us on location even though that meant him driving all the way from san francisco area to laguna beach. he arrived on time and he and his assistant were so easy going and followed us from one location to the other no problems. he has a calmness about him and this being our first real photo session, he and his assistant made it all about what we wanted. he delivered. our only suggest for him .. we had some snags in our communication afterwards regarding edits and selections..we were communicating via email and he was receiving them on his smart phone and I do not think the emails I sent from my pc were displaying as I wrote them on his smart phone so we had some mis communications as a result.. but our pictures are beautiful and timeless. we treasure them. thank you aaron.
we found aaron's site by happenstance and luckily for us..he agreed to do our wedding photos! we wanted to include our Read more...
we found aaron's site by happenstance and luckily for us..he agreed to do our wedding photos! we wanted to include our pets and he was more than happy to accomodate us..he responded in a timely manner and met us on location even though that meant him driving all the way from san francisco area to laguna beach. he arrived on time and he and his assistant were so easy going and followed us from one location to the other no problems. he has a calmness about him and this being our first real photo session, he and his assistant made it all about what we wanted. he delivered. our only suggest for him .. we had some snags in our communication afterwards regarding edits and selections..we were communicating via email and he was receiving them on his smart phone and I do not think the emails I sent from my pc were displaying as I wrote them on his smart phone so we had some mis communications as a result.. but our pictures are beautiful and timeless. we treasure them. thank you aaron. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.8/5.0
Aaron Blumenshine photographed our wedding September of 2010. We had an outdoor wedding, with varying lighting conditions that I feel Aaron was not able to adjust well to. Several of the images are too bright or too dark. I know that with partly cloudy conditions, the aperture can be difficult to adjust but I feel as though an experienced photographer should have no problem with that. All of our pictures from our ceremony were from a rear angle and at a distance. Aaron did not position himself in a way where he could photograph our ceremony adequately. Again, I know that this is something that is tricky, but any professional photographer should be able to adequately do. This was my largest complaint, as my husband and I do not have any decent pictures of our ceremony, which is the most important part of the wedding.

Our family pictures were taken against the sun, and the lighting was too yellow, too dark or too white in the majority of them. These required heavy editing and came out looking unnatural. A simpler fix would have been to position us more appropriately or use different lighting techniques. There are very few images of our family that came out usable.

Couples such as ourselves who are not models sometimes require some position coaching when taking shots together. Aaron did not really take an initiate to instruct us how to position ourselves, resulting in very few images (2) of the two us that are frame worthy.

When viewing Aaron's portfolio, I did see several great in-studio pictures. I have been told by a photographer friend that lighting is very easy to control indoors and much more complicated outdoors. Also, it is very easy to showcase one great picture out of thousands, but this does not indicate all the pictures are quality. I should have requested to see an entire image gallery from an outdoor wedding to get a better feel for Aaron's technique and experience.

My husband and I don't have any quality images from our wedding ceremony, which is something that makes me very sad and we can't undo. I highly advise anyone seeking a photographer to view entire image galleries of weddings to view a photographers capabilities in a setting/venue similar to your own.
Aaron Blumenshine photographed our wedding September of 2010. We had an outdoor wedding, with varying lighting conditions Read more...
Aaron Blumenshine photographed our wedding September of 2010. We had an outdoor wedding, with varying lighting conditions that I feel Aaron was not able to adjust well to. Several of the images are too bright or too dark. I know that with partly cloudy conditions, the aperture can be difficult to adjust but I feel as though an experienced photographer should have no problem with that. All of our pictures from our ceremony were from a rear angle and at a distance. Aaron did not position himself in a way where he could photograph our ceremony adequately. Again, I know that this is something that is tricky, but any professional photographer should be able to adequately do. This was my largest complaint, as my husband and I do not have any decent pictures of our ceremony, which is the most important part of the wedding.

Our family pictures were taken against the sun, and the lighting was too yellow, too dark or too white in the majority of them. These required heavy editing and came out looking unnatural. A simpler fix would have been to position us more appropriately or use different lighting techniques. There are very few images of our family that came out usable.

Couples such as ourselves who are not models sometimes require some position coaching when taking shots together. Aaron did not really take an initiate to instruct us how to position ourselves, resulting in very few images (2) of the two us that are frame worthy.

When viewing Aaron's portfolio, I did see several great in-studio pictures. I have been told by a photographer friend that lighting is very easy to control indoors and much more complicated outdoors. Also, it is very easy to showcase one great picture out of thousands, but this does not indicate all the pictures are quality. I should have requested to see an entire image gallery from an outdoor wedding to get a better feel for Aaron's technique and experience.

My husband and I don't have any quality images from our wedding ceremony, which is something that makes me very sad and we can't undo. I highly advise anyone seeking a photographer to view entire image galleries of weddings to view a photographers capabilities in a setting/venue similar to your own. Read less
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Aaron Blumenshine Photography responded with the following comments:

Paula,
I'm sorry that you cannot find any pictures that you like. I agree with what you are saying, anyone searching for a photographer should check out an album, or finished product. I've actually realized the hardest part of wedding photography is explaining the process, and being very clear about what certain packages actually come with. At the time I photographed this wedding, my process was to make a web site with almost all the images from the day and let the client choose which ones they really liked. I do this quite often, even today. My philosophy behind this is that I can't read minds, and more than 98% of the time the client is happy that I left the outtakes.

I wanted to show you a portion of the final product from this event.

http://www.adb-studios.net/clients/pb

I also wanted to demonstrate what a full album might look like please follow the link below.

"Also, it is very easy to showcase one great picture out of thousands, but this does not indicate all the pictures are quality. I should have requested to see an entire image gallery from an outdoor wedding to get a better feel for Aaron's technique and experience."

http://www.adb-studios.net/clients/album

" When viewing Aaron's portfolio, I did see several great in-studio pictures. I have been told by a photographer friend that lighting is very easy to control indoors and much more complicated outdoors"

I actually specialize in outdoor lighting... I'm hoping that's apparent! haha. I try to avoid the studio at all costs, and almost everything in my portfolio was photographed outside. In fact a studio settling is a lot more technical.

Please view my blog and/or portfolio where you can see hundreds of outdoor pictures taken.

http://www.aaronblumenshine.wordpress.com

http://www.aaronblumenshine.com


"Our family pictures were taken against the sun, and the lighting was too yellow, too dark or too white in the majority of them. These required heavy editing and came out looking unnatural. A simpler fix would have been to position us more appropriately or use different lighting techniques. "

Again please review a few of the final images

http://www.adb-studios.net/clients/pb
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jmcbeth
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
When my fiancee and I were looking for a wedding photographer , we of course looked at cost , but mostly we wanted our photography to be unique and different.We came across Aaron's website and we were immediately intrigued! His use of color , and how creative he is was exactly what we were looking for , and that is exactly what he delivered. Both Aaron and his assistant were easy and fun to work with , and the pictures are wonderful! It never gets old hearing people say our pictures look "Amazing"!
When my fiancee and I were looking for a wedding photographer , we of course looked at cost , but mostly we wanted our Read more...
When my fiancee and I were looking for a wedding photographer , we of course looked at cost , but mostly we wanted our photography to be unique and different.We came across Aaron's website and we were immediately intrigued! His use of color , and how creative he is was exactly what we were looking for , and that is exactly what he delivered. Both Aaron and his assistant were easy and fun to work with , and the pictures are wonderful! It never gets old hearing people say our pictures look "Amazing"! Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
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enrique.puerto.rico
Wedding:
6/1/2010
4.8/5.0
Had a great time at the shoot, and the photos came out fantastic!
Had a great time at the shoot, and the photos came out fantastic!
Had a great time at the shoot, and the photos came out fantastic! Read less
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hdijulio
Wedding:
5/29/2010
4.5/5.0
Aaron really worked with us and accommodated our schedule the day of the our wedding. Things were running a little late everywhere, and he did everything he could to work with the sunlight as it quickly disappeared! He was everywhere all at once throughout the night, yet never in the way. We're so excited to see the pictures, and we would recommend Aaron to everyone we know!
Aaron really worked with us and accommodated our schedule the day of the our wedding. Things were running a little late Read more...
Aaron really worked with us and accommodated our schedule the day of the our wedding. Things were running a little late everywhere, and he did everything he could to work with the sunlight as it quickly disappeared! He was everywhere all at once throughout the night, yet never in the way. We're so excited to see the pictures, and we would recommend Aaron to everyone we know! Read less
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JamieL
Wedding:
3/27/2010
5.0/5.0
Best Photographer we have ever worked with. he made my husband relax (and look great too) and taking photos are extremely difficult for him.
Best Photographer we have ever worked with. he made my husband relax (and look great too) and taking photos are extremely Read more...
Best Photographer we have ever worked with. he made my husband relax (and look great too) and taking photos are extremely difficult for him. Read less
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HeatherJ
Wedding:
2/25/2010
5.0/5.0
I had Aaron Blumenshine photograph my wedding and I was more than pleased with my photos. His work is always 100% and his photos are always a beautiful work of art. The time and effort he puts into his photos are obvious in the outcome of his work. You will not be disappointed I promise!! <3
I had Aaron Blumenshine photograph my wedding and I was more than pleased with my photos. His work is always 100% and his Read more...
I had Aaron Blumenshine photograph my wedding and I was more than pleased with my photos. His work is always 100% and his photos are always a beautiful work of art. The time and effort he puts into his photos are obvious in the outcome of his work. You will not be disappointed I promise!! <3 Read less
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Matthew
Wedding:
10/3/2009
4.3/5.0
Great service overall. Really love Aaron's work! Aaron was flexible and responsive to our needs and provided a great product. A couple things that could have increased the overall professionalism however: having a checklist on day of wedding of mandatory shots that assistant could help with; when sending CD of images ordered, printing/labeling the CD and putting protective sleeve on CD to prevent scratches in cardboard mailer; have confirmation system of prints ordered....there were a few pictures we received that we did not order/want in the album/were not from our wedding (!?!); I know Aaron is young and ambitious and will continue to hone in on these areas, and the mistakes were forgivable, but we think Aaron would appreciate the information for furthering his business in the future. No complaints, just praise and suggests. Thanks, Aaron!
Great service overall. Really love Aaron's work! Aaron was flexible and responsive to our needs and provided a great Read more...
Great service overall. Really love Aaron's work! Aaron was flexible and responsive to our needs and provided a great product. A couple things that could have increased the overall professionalism however: having a checklist on day of wedding of mandatory shots that assistant could help with; when sending CD of images ordered, printing/labeling the CD and putting protective sleeve on CD to prevent scratches in cardboard mailer; have confirmation system of prints ordered....there were a few pictures we received that we did not order/want in the album/were not from our wedding (!?!); I know Aaron is young and ambitious and will continue to hone in on these areas, and the mistakes were forgivable, but we think Aaron would appreciate the information for furthering his business in the future. No complaints, just praise and suggests. Thanks, Aaron! Read less
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slatom
Wedding:
9/18/2009
5.0/5.0
I had never been struck by anyone's photography until I saw Aaron's. I literally happened to stumble upon it and now, I will forever feel as though having him as our wedding photographer was as meant to be as our wedding was. The ability to stun nearly everyone who looks at our wedding pictures is nothing short of sheer talent and desire to capture the true essence of everything meaningful in a wedding day. I do not even refer to his work with our wedding as pictures; they are true artistic photographs that are simply magical. Aaron somehow managed to capture peoples' souls in his photography throughout our wedding day. The love and happiness that our family and friends felt for us that day were captured in time because of Aaron. There were things I felt heartbreak about missing that day. However, upon receiving our photos from Aaron, my heartbreak was immediately replaced by joy. He had everything, down to our centerpieces and cupcakes, captured gracefully. Mesmerized by his work and how each photograph had it's own sense of life, I spent six straight hours reliving my wedding day the same day we received our photographs from Aaron. Your wedding is, inevitably, a day that goes by as quickly as the blink of an eye. Regardless of how hard you try to slow it down and take it all in while it's happening, it's still a day you are sure to forget things that happened. You will surely miss details ... details of how people and things looked in those moments that flew right past you ... details of what exactly it was that you were feeling when you didn't know Aaron was looking ... details of how beautiful you truly were in that gorgeous dress you were wearing. I am tearing as I write this, because I get to see it all again, whenever I want, because of Aaron. Through his beautiful and moving eyes, along with his ability to truly capture such genuine and tender moments in time, nothing about my day will ever be forgotten or missed. Not only are Aaron's photographs your very own glimpse back at what the meaning of your wedding day was for you, but you also get to catch glimpses of what your most special day was like for others. You get to see your moments with the people most important in your life, with whom you chose to share your day. Aaron's work is a gift of art and talent that is truly magnificent. Your photographs with Aaron won't just be great, they'll be magical. His work speaks for itself.
I had never been struck by anyone's photography until I saw Aaron's. I literally happened to stumble upon it and now, I Read more...
I had never been struck by anyone's photography until I saw Aaron's. I literally happened to stumble upon it and now, I will forever feel as though having him as our wedding photographer was as meant to be as our wedding was. The ability to stun nearly everyone who looks at our wedding pictures is nothing short of sheer talent and desire to capture the true essence of everything meaningful in a wedding day. I do not even refer to his work with our wedding as pictures; they are true artistic photographs that are simply magical. Aaron somehow managed to capture peoples' souls in his photography throughout our wedding day. The love and happiness that our family and friends felt for us that day were captured in time because of Aaron. There were things I felt heartbreak about missing that day. However, upon receiving our photos from Aaron, my heartbreak was immediately replaced by joy. He had everything, down to our centerpieces and cupcakes, captured gracefully. Mesmerized by his work and how each photograph had it's own sense of life, I spent six straight hours reliving my wedding day the same day we received our photographs from Aaron. Your wedding is, inevitably, a day that goes by as quickly as the blink of an eye. Regardless of how hard you try to slow it down and take it all in while it's happening, it's still a day you are sure to forget things that happened. You will surely miss details ... details of how people and things looked in those moments that flew right past you ... details of what exactly it was that you were feeling when you didn't know Aaron was looking ... details of how beautiful you truly were in that gorgeous dress you were wearing. I am tearing as I write this, because I get to see it all again, whenever I want, because of Aaron. Through his beautiful and moving eyes, along with his ability to truly capture such genuine and tender moments in time, nothing about my day will ever be forgotten or missed. Not only are Aaron's photographs your very own glimpse back at what the meaning of your wedding day was for you, but you also get to catch glimpses of what your most special day was like for others. You get to see your moments with the people most important in your life, with whom you chose to share your day. Aaron's work is a gift of art and talent that is truly magnificent. Your photographs with Aaron won't just be great, they'll be magical. His work speaks for itself. Read less
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H.R.
Wedding:
8/9/2009
5.0/5.0
Aaron is friendly, talented, and easy to work with. He was one of the first people we hired on for our wedding. From the get-go we wanted to have an edge to our photos that stood apart from the run-of-the-mill wedding photography. Fortunately, we found Aaron; he was just starting out, but we could immediately see the talent in the work that he did. We hired him, and our engagement and wedding photos were just phenomenal: edgy, artistic, and beautiful. The work was EXACTLY what we were looking for. Best of all, Aaron and his assistants were polite and courteous through every step of the way. Since then, he has grown professionally... a lot. He flies all over the country to take photos and recently did a photo shoot for the Black Eyed Peas. * Highly recommended! *
Aaron is friendly, talented, and easy to work with. He was one of the first people we hired on for our wedding. From the Read more...
Aaron is friendly, talented, and easy to work with. He was one of the first people we hired on for our wedding. From the get-go we wanted to have an edge to our photos that stood apart from the run-of-the-mill wedding photography. Fortunately, we found Aaron; he was just starting out, but we could immediately see the talent in the work that he did. We hired him, and our engagement and wedding photos were just phenomenal: edgy, artistic, and beautiful. The work was EXACTLY what we were looking for. Best of all, Aaron and his assistants were polite and courteous through every step of the way. Since then, he has grown professionally... a lot. He flies all over the country to take photos and recently did a photo shoot for the Black Eyed Peas. * Highly recommended! * Read less
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ANNEMARIE
Wedding:
5/2/2009
5.0/5.0
The difference between a good photographer and a great one is all about passion. Not only is Aaron's work outstanding, but his passion for
the art of photography is virtually unmatched.

We enjoyed working with Aaron. If we need a photographer again, we will give Aaron a call!
The difference between a good photographer and a great one is all about passion. Not only is Aaron's work outstanding, but Read more...
The difference between a good photographer and a great one is all about passion. Not only is Aaron's work outstanding, but his passion for
the art of photography is virtually unmatched.

We enjoyed working with Aaron. If we need a photographer again, we will give Aaron a call! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
3/25/2007
5.0/5.0
Aaron is simply the most amazing photographer I've ever met. His ability to see the beauty of anyone and bring it to life in a picture is something that no other artist I've seen has been able to duplicate. He is constantly evolving. If you are impressed with what he has already done you will only be more impressed in what he will do for you. You will never realize how wonderful you look until you see it through his eyes.
Aaron is simply the most amazing photographer I've ever met. His ability to see the beauty of anyone and bring it to life Read more...
Aaron is simply the most amazing photographer I've ever met. His ability to see the beauty of anyone and bring it to life in a picture is something that no other artist I've seen has been able to duplicate. He is constantly evolving. If you are impressed with what he has already done you will only be more impressed in what he will do for you. You will never realize how wonderful you look until you see it through his eyes. Read less
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Kirk and Amanda
Wedding:
10/20/1990
5.0/5.0
We hired Aaron Blumenshine Photography for our 20th wedding anniversary and vow renewal. He traveled to Oahu, HI and seemed to never stop working. His work is simply incredible. He takes photos that are totally original, with such a unique vision. He took over 2500 pictures and unlike most photographers he seldom asked us to pose. His artistic flare and ability to catch everyone and their personalities was priceless. He took photos before during and after our vow renewal. He captured once in a lifetime moments that we will cherish forever. From capturing our vow renewal to the sea turtles on the beach we could not be happier with his work. If you are looking for a photographer that will create a unique one of a kind photo album you have found the right man.
We hired Aaron Blumenshine Photography for our 20th wedding anniversary and vow renewal. He traveled to Oahu, HI and Read more...
We hired Aaron Blumenshine Photography for our 20th wedding anniversary and vow renewal. He traveled to Oahu, HI and seemed to never stop working. His work is simply incredible. He takes photos that are totally original, with such a unique vision. He took over 2500 pictures and unlike most photographers he seldom asked us to pose. His artistic flare and ability to catch everyone and their personalities was priceless. He took photos before during and after our vow renewal. He captured once in a lifetime moments that we will cherish forever. From capturing our vow renewal to the sea turtles on the beach we could not be happier with his work. If you are looking for a photographer that will create a unique one of a kind photo album you have found the right man. Read less
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