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Akiko Photo

Alameda , CA

LOCATION

Alameda, CA US 94501 (map)

PHONE

650-796-2714

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Akiko captures precious moments with her keen eye. There is a freshness in her work that you don't see often and which, in combination with her natural sweetness, make her a rare find.
Akiko captures precious moments with her keen eye. There is a freshness in her work that you don't see often and which, in combination with her natural sweetness, make her a rare find. Read less
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PHOTOS

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
I do edit all images before providing to my clients.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
everything
Is your media preference film or digital?
mostly digital, a few film
How many photographers do you work with?
one assistant or by myself depening on a size of the wedding
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
YES!
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
NO!
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
YES.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Nikon D3 camera bodies, Nikon lenses, flash lights for professional photographers
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
YES, extra digital camera bodies and lenses.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
hourly. I can customize the package for your needs. Please ask for a detail.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, it is depending on your wedding.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Only for a meal.
Do you charge for travel?
YES, a fee is depending on the location. Plase ask for a detail.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
about 4 weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
DVD and website
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Forever
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
YES, of course!
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes.
Will images be available for viewing online?
YES!
What kind of albums do you offer?
A magazine style, a coffee book style and a traditional style.
When will the client get the final album?
It will take a couple of month after clients finalize the layout of the album.

REVIEWS

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Abigail
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
I was fortunate to have met Akiko at a dear friend's wedding. The photos from their wedding were absolutely beautiful! My friend has continued to use Akiko since then for photos of her children. So when it was time to pick out a photographer for our wedding, there wasn't any question that it should be Akiko.

Our wedding took place in Santa Barbara county, at our friend's home. She did such an amazing job capturing the outside beauty, and of course capturing our day. Her pictures showed emotions that are heartwarming to look at; the first time I looked at our proofs, it brought me to tears and it was absolutely wonderful to relive that day through her photos.

I know that in years to come, I and others will look at our photos and see how much fun that day was. Thank you so very much, Akiko!
I was fortunate to have met Akiko at a dear friend's wedding. The photos from their wedding were absolutely beautiful! My Read more...
I was fortunate to have met Akiko at a dear friend's wedding. The photos from their wedding were absolutely beautiful! My friend has continued to use Akiko since then for photos of her children. So when it was time to pick out a photographer for our wedding, there wasn't any question that it should be Akiko.

Our wedding took place in Santa Barbara county, at our friend's home. She did such an amazing job capturing the outside beauty, and of course capturing our day. Her pictures showed emotions that are heartwarming to look at; the first time I looked at our proofs, it brought me to tears and it was absolutely wonderful to relive that day through her photos.

I know that in years to come, I and others will look at our photos and see how much fun that day was. Thank you so very much, Akiko! Read less
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TT
Wedding:
9/16/2011
5.0/5.0
I am please to recommend Akiko Photo to you.
Akiko photographed a party we held to celebrate our daughter’s wedding. Because our daughter was still living overseas, I had the responsibility of planning her celebration in California.
When I interviewed Akiko, I was impressed by her warmth and attention to all of my questions. She also offered to provide us with a video of the photos she would take at our party. I particularly liked this idea.
Our party was held at Hidden Villa last month. Akiko captured it beautifully. My daughter and her husband were so pleased. She photographed all the highlights—from start to finish and yet she had the time to take a series a beautiful shots of just the two of them. They are simply radiant in those pictures, so in love, and yet their unique personalities shine through.
Additionally, Akiko took the shots we requested of particular family groupings, in the most unobtrusive way. She also took shots of the little things—the flowers, food, and the farm animals grazing in the adjacent field.
Anyone seeing our photos can see what a joyful day it was for all of us. How terrific we all look! I know we will treasure them always.
Akiko is a real pro. I am certain you will be as pleased as we were with her services.
Sincerely,


Terese Tricamo
I am please to recommend Akiko Photo to you.
Akiko photographed a party we held to celebrate our daughter’s wedding. Read more...
I am please to recommend Akiko Photo to you.
Akiko photographed a party we held to celebrate our daughter’s wedding. Because our daughter was still living overseas, I had the responsibility of planning her celebration in California.
When I interviewed Akiko, I was impressed by her warmth and attention to all of my questions. She also offered to provide us with a video of the photos she would take at our party. I particularly liked this idea.
Our party was held at Hidden Villa last month. Akiko captured it beautifully. My daughter and her husband were so pleased. She photographed all the highlights—from start to finish and yet she had the time to take a series a beautiful shots of just the two of them. They are simply radiant in those pictures, so in love, and yet their unique personalities shine through.
Additionally, Akiko took the shots we requested of particular family groupings, in the most unobtrusive way. She also took shots of the little things—the flowers, food, and the farm animals grazing in the adjacent field.
Anyone seeing our photos can see what a joyful day it was for all of us. How terrific we all look! I know we will treasure them always.
Akiko is a real pro. I am certain you will be as pleased as we were with her services.
Sincerely,


Terese Tricamo Read less
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HA and CN
Wedding:
12/23/2009
5.0/5.0
We were referred by Christine's brother and sister-in-law, who went to Akiko a year earlier for their pre-wedding photography. It so happens that Akiko was available during our visit to San Francisco last December. The initial discussion went pretty easy; we picked three places that we think would be suitable for our pre-wedding photo shoot and Akiko gave us an estimate on how long it would take to complete the photo shoot. I must say that Akiko is quite well-versed in those locations, so she helped us arrange the logistics, down to the minute detail of where to park in each location - definitely a plus point on the day!
Both Christine and I were quite nervous about posing in public and we were pretty tense and self-conscious at our first location. Akiko tried her best to make us feel more comfortable, but it took us a while to get used to pose in public. She has her own special way of making us feel comfortable in the end and we really enjoyed our photo session! She kept giving us encouragements and showing us a few poses to try. I think the most important thing was that she never forced us to position or pose in a certain way that is not natural to us. By the time we reached our second location, we were quite comfortable with posing in public and I guess Akiko also steered us away from the crowd so that we would be more comfortable. We really enjoyed our pre-wedding photography with Akiko and we never knew that this could be so much fun!
Another thing that impressed us the most was Akiko's dedication to taking the best pictures for us. We previously agreed to have a two-hour photography session, but due to the length of our photo sessions, she added extra time!!! Akiko was quite insistent that we took some extra pictures at the end of the day, even though it was way over the two-hour limit! It's just amazing that Akiko treats this not as just another job, but you can really tell how passionate is she in ensuring shooting the best pictures for her clients. And those 'extra shots' turn out to be one of our favorites photos!
If you're a prospective clients of Akiko and you're reading this, then we'll say "Don't worry, you're in good hands with Akiko and you'll have a lot of fun that day!" . Thank you Akiko!
We were referred by Christine's brother and sister-in-law, who went to Akiko a year earlier for their pre-wedding Read more...
We were referred by Christine's brother and sister-in-law, who went to Akiko a year earlier for their pre-wedding photography. It so happens that Akiko was available during our visit to San Francisco last December. The initial discussion went pretty easy; we picked three places that we think would be suitable for our pre-wedding photo shoot and Akiko gave us an estimate on how long it would take to complete the photo shoot. I must say that Akiko is quite well-versed in those locations, so she helped us arrange the logistics, down to the minute detail of where to park in each location - definitely a plus point on the day!
Both Christine and I were quite nervous about posing in public and we were pretty tense and self-conscious at our first location. Akiko tried her best to make us feel more comfortable, but it took us a while to get used to pose in public. She has her own special way of making us feel comfortable in the end and we really enjoyed our photo session! She kept giving us encouragements and showing us a few poses to try. I think the most important thing was that she never forced us to position or pose in a certain way that is not natural to us. By the time we reached our second location, we were quite comfortable with posing in public and I guess Akiko also steered us away from the crowd so that we would be more comfortable. We really enjoyed our pre-wedding photography with Akiko and we never knew that this could be so much fun!
Another thing that impressed us the most was Akiko's dedication to taking the best pictures for us. We previously agreed to have a two-hour photography session, but due to the length of our photo sessions, she added extra time!!! Akiko was quite insistent that we took some extra pictures at the end of the day, even though it was way over the two-hour limit! It's just amazing that Akiko treats this not as just another job, but you can really tell how passionate is she in ensuring shooting the best pictures for her clients. And those 'extra shots' turn out to be one of our favorites photos!
If you're a prospective clients of Akiko and you're reading this, then we'll say "Don't worry, you're in good hands with Akiko and you'll have a lot of fun that day!" . Thank you Akiko! Read less
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eric
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.8/5.0
akiko was such a pleasure to work with. she really listened to what we wanted and delivered great photos. it's hard to find vendors these days that will listen to what YOU are looking for, and akiko does just that. she went the extra mile many times, and was very happy and pleased with the outcome. highly recommended!
akiko was such a pleasure to work with. she really listened to what we wanted and delivered great photos. it's hard to Read more...
akiko was such a pleasure to work with. she really listened to what we wanted and delivered great photos. it's hard to find vendors these days that will listen to what YOU are looking for, and akiko does just that. she went the extra mile many times, and was very happy and pleased with the outcome. highly recommended! Read less
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Grace
Wedding:
5/3/2008
4.8/5.0
I miss taking pictures with Akiko! She is very patient, polite, and creative! Her photos are absolutely amazing. When I first saw the proofs of my wedding photos, it nearly brought me to tears because they were SO BEAUTIFUL! I don't know how she does it, but she truely has an eye for capturing beauty, making magic out of such simple moments. The pictures vary with the lense, lighting, focus, etc. And her pictures really capture the EMOTION in peoples faces, rather than showing artificial smiles/poses. I highly recommend her to any of my friends getting married. When my husband and I decide to have children, I will be contacting her again FOR SURE for family photos!!
I miss taking pictures with Akiko! She is very patient, polite, and creative! Her photos are absolutely amazing. When I Read more...
I miss taking pictures with Akiko! She is very patient, polite, and creative! Her photos are absolutely amazing. When I first saw the proofs of my wedding photos, it nearly brought me to tears because they were SO BEAUTIFUL! I don't know how she does it, but she truely has an eye for capturing beauty, making magic out of such simple moments. The pictures vary with the lense, lighting, focus, etc. And her pictures really capture the EMOTION in peoples faces, rather than showing artificial smiles/poses. I highly recommend her to any of my friends getting married. When my husband and I decide to have children, I will be contacting her again FOR SURE for family photos!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Akiko is a wonderful photographer who takes both traditional and non-traditional shots. We had her for our engagement sessions and the wedding ceremony. She photographed both our San Franciso and Cyprus (island in Mediterranean Sea) and did a wonderful job. For the latter wedding, she managed to assemble over a hundred Greeks for a group shot without speaking Greek and they all listened to her! I would book her again and again. She's very flexible considering our Greek wedding had absolutely very little timeline. She also helped give us direction when we were at a loss of what to do in front of the camera. I give her the highest marks in all the categories noted. Akiko is absolutely the best.
Akiko is a wonderful photographer who takes both traditional and non-traditional shots. We had her for our engagement Read more...
Akiko is a wonderful photographer who takes both traditional and non-traditional shots. We had her for our engagement sessions and the wedding ceremony. She photographed both our San Franciso and Cyprus (island in Mediterranean Sea) and did a wonderful job. For the latter wedding, she managed to assemble over a hundred Greeks for a group shot without speaking Greek and they all listened to her! I would book her again and again. She's very flexible considering our Greek wedding had absolutely very little timeline. She also helped give us direction when we were at a loss of what to do in front of the camera. I give her the highest marks in all the categories noted. Akiko is absolutely the best. Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
10/21/2006
4.8/5.0
I LOVE AKIKO! She is hands down the best photographer we could have gotten. We have recommended her to others but it seems that she may have raised her prices because she is just that good.

First of all, she was extremely responsive. We were concerned about the photography given that our ceremony would take place around sunset. Akiko came to our rehearsal to scope out the place. And on the day of the wedding, she came on time (when no one else was on time) and with two assistants! We had no idea she was going to be bringing assistants, but they too did a fabulous job capturing shots while she was doing her thing.

Akiko has a very romantic style to her photography. As for her personality, she is very kind. I wouldn't say that she is very directive, so if you need someone with a stronger personality, she might not be the one. But she worked great for us!
I LOVE AKIKO! She is hands down the best photographer we could have gotten. We have recommended her to others but it seems Read more...
I LOVE AKIKO! She is hands down the best photographer we could have gotten. We have recommended her to others but it seems that she may have raised her prices because she is just that good.

First of all, she was extremely responsive. We were concerned about the photography given that our ceremony would take place around sunset. Akiko came to our rehearsal to scope out the place. And on the day of the wedding, she came on time (when no one else was on time) and with two assistants! We had no idea she was going to be bringing assistants, but they too did a fabulous job capturing shots while she was doing her thing.

Akiko has a very romantic style to her photography. As for her personality, she is very kind. I wouldn't say that she is very directive, so if you need someone with a stronger personality, she might not be the one. But she worked great for us! Read less
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