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Acqua Photo

Carlsbad , CA
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6458 Ficus Pl
Carlsbad, CA 92011 US (map)

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858-345-5582

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ABOUT US

They say if you find a job you love, then you will never work a day in your life. That is exactly the way we feel about photography!

What is even more important to us than... Read more
They say if you find a job you love, then you will never work a day in your life. That is exactly the way we feel about photography!

What is even more important to us than creating beautiful images that our couples adore? Making sure that you also have an amazing experience. The way we see it, if you are relaxed and having a ton of fun, there is no doubt that you’ll look and feel your best for photos.

We have been photographing weddings all over the world together for nearly a decade. Shooting as a team enables us to consistently tell your story in a seemingly effortless way– creating a mix of everything from wide, dramatic shots to the most intimate details.

Our signature photographs have been featured in many international magazines and online publications. We have also won Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards for the past 4 years in a row. We are a boutique husband & wife run studio that focuses on consistency & quality rather than scale.

If you want to have tons of fun with your fiancé while creating absolutely stunning images, we would love to work with you!
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, Toning, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs

REVIEWS

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shantelle
Wedding:
11/19/2016
5.0/5.0
Do some research on Pinterest and determine the style of photography that really appeals to you then look for vendors in your area. Jen & Shane are fantastic to work with and very passionate about what they do. They have a beautiful style of photography that captures the true emotion of the moment. I love that all the photos they take look like candids instead of looking like posed photos. They are flexible, excited to try new things, efficient AND they will travel. Plus, as a husband/wife team, their chemistry is contagious and they are extremely fun to work with.
Do some research on Pinterest and determine the style of photography that really appeals to you then look for vendors in Read more...
Do some research on Pinterest and determine the style of photography that really appeals to you then look for vendors in your area. Jen & Shane are fantastic to work with and very passionate about what they do. They have a beautiful style of photography that captures the true emotion of the moment. I love that all the photos they take look like candids instead of looking like posed photos. They are flexible, excited to try new things, efficient AND they will travel. Plus, as a husband/wife team, their chemistry is contagious and they are extremely fun to work with. Read less
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Deirdre
Wedding:
10/29/2016
5.0/5.0
From the engagement to the wedding day...it's the most amazing, sometimes stressful but exciting time in your life. Sifting through and picking vendors in itself is a full time job. But of all the vendors we needed to choose, one of the most important features of our engagement/wedding was the photography. And I will say this up front, it's worth every penny you will spend and so much more important than anything else. They say a picture is a thousand words, so what better couple and set of professional photographers than Jen and Shane to help you hold on to those images and memories forever. I was immediately drawn in to the lighting and focus of the intricate details from their previous projects. I knew from that alone I wanted them to help us capture one of the most important times in our life. After reaching out about their services they were quick to respond and genuinely excited to meet with me to talk about what we were needing for our big year ahead. During our initial meeting, I felt like I was visiting with old friends that I hadn't seen in a few years. You are immediately comfortable and relaxed with the two of them! Shane was a champ and followed us all the way to Palm Springs for our engagement session to take on a unique landscape of an Air Museum and he even scoped out and found us a cool spot to wrap up our shoot with windmills and a glorious sunset in the backdrop. Shane spent much of his day with us, making our engagement shoot so effortless and fun! It was definitely one of the best days/memories I have with my now husband. Fast forward to our military wedding and it was nothing shy of laughs and funny situations that no one could have ever expected...but thankfully we have our beautiful pictures to reminisce on and Jen and Shane to thank for capturing these most perfect moments in time. We are forever grateful to them for making us feel beautiful in our own skin and for helping us celebrate the most wonderful time in our life!
From the engagement to the wedding day...it's the most amazing, sometimes stressful but exciting time in your life. Read more...
From the engagement to the wedding day...it's the most amazing, sometimes stressful but exciting time in your life. Sifting through and picking vendors in itself is a full time job. But of all the vendors we needed to choose, one of the most important features of our engagement/wedding was the photography. And I will say this up front, it's worth every penny you will spend and so much more important than anything else. They say a picture is a thousand words, so what better couple and set of professional photographers than Jen and Shane to help you hold on to those images and memories forever. I was immediately drawn in to the lighting and focus of the intricate details from their previous projects. I knew from that alone I wanted them to help us capture one of the most important times in our life. After reaching out about their services they were quick to respond and genuinely excited to meet with me to talk about what we were needing for our big year ahead. During our initial meeting, I felt like I was visiting with old friends that I hadn't seen in a few years. You are immediately comfortable and relaxed with the two of them! Shane was a champ and followed us all the way to Palm Springs for our engagement session to take on a unique landscape of an Air Museum and he even scoped out and found us a cool spot to wrap up our shoot with windmills and a glorious sunset in the backdrop. Shane spent much of his day with us, making our engagement shoot so effortless and fun! It was definitely one of the best days/memories I have with my now husband. Fast forward to our military wedding and it was nothing shy of laughs and funny situations that no one could have ever expected...but thankfully we have our beautiful pictures to reminisce on and Jen and Shane to thank for capturing these most perfect moments in time. We are forever grateful to them for making us feel beautiful in our own skin and for helping us celebrate the most wonderful time in our life! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I would 100% recommend Aqua Photo for your photographers. Jen shot our engagement photos and they came out stunning! We ended up eloping, but had we decided to stay and get married locally we would have without question used them for our photographers
I would 100% recommend Aqua Photo for your photographers. Jen shot our engagement photos and they came out stunning! We Read more...
I would 100% recommend Aqua Photo for your photographers. Jen shot our engagement photos and they came out stunning! We ended up eloping, but had we decided to stay and get married locally we would have without question used them for our photographers Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/25/2016
5.0/5.0
We first heard about Jen and Shane when they photographed my brother’s wedding. When we saw how their wedding photos turned out, we knew we wanted them to be our photographers on our big day. We even ended up picking our wedding date around their availability because they are THAT amazing!

Jen and Shane are incredibly creative and passionate about what they do, and they were so easy to communicate with—always prompt when we talked through email and super personable when we grabbed coffee together. When we first met with them, they took the time to get to know us and learn more about our vision.

During our engagement session, Shane captured two very different styles we had in mind (one in a bar and another outdoors into sunset). Being in front of the camera can be a bit intimidating, but Shane gave us plenty of ideas and we were impressed by how natural we looked in the photos (even the posed ones).

Our wedding day had several unexpected moments, but Jen and Shane still captured it beautifully and helped us stay calm throughout the day. We absolutely LOVE how they use natural light in their work, and we appreciated how well they worked with all our vendors as well as their ability to make everyone feel comfortable.

You know you have great photographers when you can’t decide which photo to use for your thank you cards! Jen and Shane are undoubtedly talented at what they do and deliver only the best. We hope our future kids and their kids and their kids enjoy these everlasting memories as much as we do!
We first heard about Jen and Shane when they photographed my brother’s wedding. When we saw how their wedding photos Read more...
We first heard about Jen and Shane when they photographed my brother’s wedding. When we saw how their wedding photos turned out, we knew we wanted them to be our photographers on our big day. We even ended up picking our wedding date around their availability because they are THAT amazing!

Jen and Shane are incredibly creative and passionate about what they do, and they were so easy to communicate with—always prompt when we talked through email and super personable when we grabbed coffee together. When we first met with them, they took the time to get to know us and learn more about our vision.

During our engagement session, Shane captured two very different styles we had in mind (one in a bar and another outdoors into sunset). Being in front of the camera can be a bit intimidating, but Shane gave us plenty of ideas and we were impressed by how natural we looked in the photos (even the posed ones).

Our wedding day had several unexpected moments, but Jen and Shane still captured it beautifully and helped us stay calm throughout the day. We absolutely LOVE how they use natural light in their work, and we appreciated how well they worked with all our vendors as well as their ability to make everyone feel comfortable.

You know you have great photographers when you can’t decide which photo to use for your thank you cards! Jen and Shane are undoubtedly talented at what they do and deliver only the best. We hope our future kids and their kids and their kids enjoy these everlasting memories as much as we do! Read less
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Haley
Wedding:
9/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Jen and Shane were the best decision we made for our wedding. They kept everybody comfortable and relaxed throughout the afternoon. They are easy to communicate with and promptly responded to emails. They perfectly executed our vision while sprinkling in their expertise. The fact that they were able to 'act out' the poses they wanted us to do made it much easier and less time consuming to get the shots they were looking for.
They were punctual the day-of and we got our pictures back in less than 3 weeks! They were calm and relaxed throughout the whole day without needing any direction or being an overpowering presence. Our guests were commenting and still continue to tell us about how great they were and how awesome our photos are. Several friends who are planning weddings have also asked about them. We are so thankful for what an amazing job they did for us on our big day!
Can't recommend them enough-- still amazed at how gorgeous all of our pictures are!
Jen and Shane were the best decision we made for our wedding. They kept everybody comfortable and relaxed throughout the Read more...
Jen and Shane were the best decision we made for our wedding. They kept everybody comfortable and relaxed throughout the afternoon. They are easy to communicate with and promptly responded to emails. They perfectly executed our vision while sprinkling in their expertise. The fact that they were able to 'act out' the poses they wanted us to do made it much easier and less time consuming to get the shots they were looking for.
They were punctual the day-of and we got our pictures back in less than 3 weeks! They were calm and relaxed throughout the whole day without needing any direction or being an overpowering presence. Our guests were commenting and still continue to tell us about how great they were and how awesome our photos are. Several friends who are planning weddings have also asked about them. We are so thankful for what an amazing job they did for us on our big day!
Can't recommend them enough-- still amazed at how gorgeous all of our pictures are! Read less
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Tanmaya
Wedding:
8/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Jen and Shane are really the best wedding photographers in the San Diego area (I know coz I did a lot of research!). They are just so talented and you can see this from each and every one of their pictures. Their website is also amazing, and being a software engineer, I really appreciate that.
Along with being great photographers, they are also super nice. From the first time we emailed them, they sounded so enthusiastic and so friendly and they were willing to accommodate our requests. I think the reason their photos turn out so beautiful (apart from their talent of course), is because they take the time to get to know you as people and as a couple, so they could tell your own unique story.
Jen was around seven months pregnant when she did our engagement photoshoot, and she was even more energetic and enthusiastic than we were! We were supposed to do our shoot in both Balboa Park and Windansea beach, but the fog rolled in that day, so we had to cancel the beach. But Jen more than made up for that when she found this gorgeous cherry blossom tree near Balboa park and took the most dreamy shots of us. She made the whole engagement photoshoot so much fun, and truly made us feel like models (in a good way). We now have this treasure trove of lovely pictures of us that we could look back at forever!
During the wedding Jen and Shane were simply amazing! They were so sweet and calm and helped calm me down too! They even stayed extra to make sure to get those family pictures I really wanted, and a final getaway shot. They were also very unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception, which is why we have some amazing candid shots. None of our pictures feel forced or awkward like a lot of wedding pictures I have seen - and this is really because of their creativity. They managed to capture the essence of the wedding - the pictures transport me back to the day, and all the moments that I was there for, come alive for me, and the ones that I missed, I can still relive!
Jen and Shane are really the best wedding photographers in the San Diego area (I know coz I did a lot of research!). They Read more...
Jen and Shane are really the best wedding photographers in the San Diego area (I know coz I did a lot of research!). They are just so talented and you can see this from each and every one of their pictures. Their website is also amazing, and being a software engineer, I really appreciate that.
Along with being great photographers, they are also super nice. From the first time we emailed them, they sounded so enthusiastic and so friendly and they were willing to accommodate our requests. I think the reason their photos turn out so beautiful (apart from their talent of course), is because they take the time to get to know you as people and as a couple, so they could tell your own unique story.
Jen was around seven months pregnant when she did our engagement photoshoot, and she was even more energetic and enthusiastic than we were! We were supposed to do our shoot in both Balboa Park and Windansea beach, but the fog rolled in that day, so we had to cancel the beach. But Jen more than made up for that when she found this gorgeous cherry blossom tree near Balboa park and took the most dreamy shots of us. She made the whole engagement photoshoot so much fun, and truly made us feel like models (in a good way). We now have this treasure trove of lovely pictures of us that we could look back at forever!
During the wedding Jen and Shane were simply amazing! They were so sweet and calm and helped calm me down too! They even stayed extra to make sure to get those family pictures I really wanted, and a final getaway shot. They were also very unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception, which is why we have some amazing candid shots. None of our pictures feel forced or awkward like a lot of wedding pictures I have seen - and this is really because of their creativity. They managed to capture the essence of the wedding - the pictures transport me back to the day, and all the moments that I was there for, come alive for me, and the ones that I missed, I can still relive! Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
8/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Jenn and Shane were absolutely amazing!! They were so sweet and made us feel extremely comfortable from the start. I have been at so many weddings where the photographers were overbearing, pushy, and a little in your face... Jenn and Shane are the complete opposite! From the engagement photo shoot to the wedding dance floor, they were so quick and made everything feel effortless. I had a vision of how I wanted things to look and feel and they nailed it. Several of our guests commented on how pleasant and efficient our photographers were. They captured both the big and small moments with barely any direction from us. Jenn and Shane have such a fun and upbeat personality it was hard to not feel at ease in their presence. I would recommend Acqua photography to ANYONE looking for a photographer!
Jenn and Shane were absolutely amazing!! They were so sweet and made us feel extremely comfortable from the start. I have Read more...
Jenn and Shane were absolutely amazing!! They were so sweet and made us feel extremely comfortable from the start. I have been at so many weddings where the photographers were overbearing, pushy, and a little in your face... Jenn and Shane are the complete opposite! From the engagement photo shoot to the wedding dance floor, they were so quick and made everything feel effortless. I had a vision of how I wanted things to look and feel and they nailed it. Several of our guests commented on how pleasant and efficient our photographers were. They captured both the big and small moments with barely any direction from us. Jenn and Shane have such a fun and upbeat personality it was hard to not feel at ease in their presence. I would recommend Acqua photography to ANYONE looking for a photographer! Read less
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Arash
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
As a very serious hobbyist photographer, I vetted the portfolios of over 2 dozen photographers in the So Cal area over a month before finally selecting Acqua.
I felt Acqua's unique 'fantasy' style of photography was perfectly matched for a wedding shoot. Their exposure is nicely boosted and highlights are mastered beautifully to create a dream-like scene with plenty of glow and energy in every photo, exactly how I would like to remember the best day of my life. They LOVE to use lens flare and warm tones with a ton of bokeh (background blur) to create seriously stunning gallery grade shots.
Normally, photographing into direct sunlight and using lens flare has its risks of creating haze and contrast issues in photos, and the fact that Acqua masters these photos in not just an artistic but in a technical sense really says something about their abilities. There were a few instances of chromatic aberration in certain cases during the high noon shots (hard to avoid) but it was never anything that took away from the photo.
Their camera gear is superb, using only the highest end canon lenses with amazingly wide apertures to make sure every shot has a very creamy background blur and incredible sharpness (in case you know photography, they only use L lenses on a 5D MK III body). Their wide angle shots never have distortion (this is VERY important when looking for photographers.. some use fish eye lenses with completely unmanaged distortion that ruins the shot in my opinion).
Jen and Shane make a great duo and have two very different methods of directing shots. Jen uses her intoxicating energy to bring out the best possible poses and reactions to make the optimal shot. Shane follows her lead most of the time, but will manage the scene in a more direct way. I feel like this combination is PERFECT in providing the most organic photos possible. I have been in many weddings and have never had more natural directors than Jen and Shane.
As a very serious hobbyist photographer, I vetted the portfolios of over 2 dozen photographers in the So Cal area over a Read more...
As a very serious hobbyist photographer, I vetted the portfolios of over 2 dozen photographers in the So Cal area over a month before finally selecting Acqua.
I felt Acqua's unique 'fantasy' style of photography was perfectly matched for a wedding shoot. Their exposure is nicely boosted and highlights are mastered beautifully to create a dream-like scene with plenty of glow and energy in every photo, exactly how I would like to remember the best day of my life. They LOVE to use lens flare and warm tones with a ton of bokeh (background blur) to create seriously stunning gallery grade shots.
Normally, photographing into direct sunlight and using lens flare has its risks of creating haze and contrast issues in photos, and the fact that Acqua masters these photos in not just an artistic but in a technical sense really says something about their abilities. There were a few instances of chromatic aberration in certain cases during the high noon shots (hard to avoid) but it was never anything that took away from the photo.
Their camera gear is superb, using only the highest end canon lenses with amazingly wide apertures to make sure every shot has a very creamy background blur and incredible sharpness (in case you know photography, they only use L lenses on a 5D MK III body). Their wide angle shots never have distortion (this is VERY important when looking for photographers.. some use fish eye lenses with completely unmanaged distortion that ruins the shot in my opinion).
Jen and Shane make a great duo and have two very different methods of directing shots. Jen uses her intoxicating energy to bring out the best possible poses and reactions to make the optimal shot. Shane follows her lead most of the time, but will manage the scene in a more direct way. I feel like this combination is PERFECT in providing the most organic photos possible. I have been in many weddings and have never had more natural directors than Jen and Shane. Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
7/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Jen and Shane are absolutely amazing! I was so excited when we booked them to photograph our engagement and wedding photos. Their work is so incredible and timeless. Every photo we received from them was beautifully captured. We are beyond happy with how all of our photos turned out. :)
Jen and Shane are absolutely amazing! I was so excited when we booked them to photograph our engagement and wedding Read more...
Jen and Shane are absolutely amazing! I was so excited when we booked them to photograph our engagement and wedding photos. Their work is so incredible and timeless. Every photo we received from them was beautifully captured. We are beyond happy with how all of our photos turned out. :) Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Jen and Shane are remarkable! Photography on your wedding day is one of the most important decisions you can make and we can't be any more pleased with having the opportunity to work with Jen and Shane. They are so passionate and dedicated to their craft and our wedding photos are a perfect example of this. From day one, Jen and Shane took the time to learn about our style, wedding vision and got to know us as a couple which resulted in more of a friendship rather than us just being their clients.

Jen and Shane pay attention to the details which they both knew were the most important aspect to us. They made our wedding party and ourselves feel super comfortable during our Wedding Day which made taking pictures so much fun. They always made sure we felt beautiful taking our photos. You can tell they took the time to sift through the hundreds of photos and made sure they were picture perfect. It's amazing they were able to deliver the photos in just 3 weeks as promised. After our wedding, our friends and family couldn't stop talking about how incredible Jen and Shane were.

Jen and Shane are seriously one of a kind. They treated our family as their own, which absolutely melted our hearts. Our wedding story wouldn't have been complete without Jen and Shane. We're so proud to recommend them!
Jen and Shane are remarkable! Photography on your wedding day is one of the most important decisions you can make and we Read more...
Jen and Shane are remarkable! Photography on your wedding day is one of the most important decisions you can make and we can't be any more pleased with having the opportunity to work with Jen and Shane. They are so passionate and dedicated to their craft and our wedding photos are a perfect example of this. From day one, Jen and Shane took the time to learn about our style, wedding vision and got to know us as a couple which resulted in more of a friendship rather than us just being their clients.

Jen and Shane pay attention to the details which they both knew were the most important aspect to us. They made our wedding party and ourselves feel super comfortable during our Wedding Day which made taking pictures so much fun. They always made sure we felt beautiful taking our photos. You can tell they took the time to sift through the hundreds of photos and made sure they were picture perfect. It's amazing they were able to deliver the photos in just 3 weeks as promised. After our wedding, our friends and family couldn't stop talking about how incredible Jen and Shane were.

Jen and Shane are seriously one of a kind. They treated our family as their own, which absolutely melted our hearts. Our wedding story wouldn't have been complete without Jen and Shane. We're so proud to recommend them! Read less
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