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Ballad's Photography

Atascadero , CA

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Atascadero, CA US 93422 (map)
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ABOUT US

I am a wife, a mother and a passionate person. Fine Arts, music and theatre have been a part of my life before I was even out of the womb (As you might have noticed by my name). I... Read more
I am a wife, a mother and a passionate person. Fine Arts, music and theatre have been a part of my life before I was even out of the womb (As you might have noticed by my name). I learned how to take photos on my Dad's old Pentax from the 70's in college just as he did. After years of blood sweat and a whole lot of tears, the mechanics of film came together for me. Learning how to shoot originally with film I think was a massive blessing. I since then have obviously graduated to the most updated Canon products, but have a special love with film.

I believe that photos should tell a story and show an emotion that you can relive every time you look at a photograph. Posing is something that I do love to do, but I also love to connect with my clients so that they feel comfortable and happy to be working with me. I apologize ahead of time for my cheesy jokes and gabbers, but making you laugh is something I love to do! My mission is to provide you with timeless photographs that you can enjoy on display in your home for a lifetime, not just a trend that you may grow out of in ten years.

My team and I know that your wedding is irreplaceable and deserves our full commitment and hearts poured into your special day. When you choose to start your journey with Ballad's Photography, you are not just a client or paycheck; you are a new friend. An ordinary or typical experience for my brides will never be acceptable. The mission of this business is to be one of the highlights and favorite memories from your special day.

I understand that each bride is unique and different from the next. This is why an engagement session is included in every package. Getting you comfortable and understanding your wants and needs are the main focus for me. Ballad’s Photography is committed to showcasing your beauty, style and story through timeless photos and gorgeous albums.”

I have been published by some of the largest professional wedding magazines worldwide. Some of these include:

*Borrowed and Blue

*The Wedding Channel

*Savvy Deets Bridal

*The Lovely Bay

*Paper Moon Weddings

*Senior Style Guide

*Wed4Less Northwest

*Something Old, Something New

*Adore By Chloe (Cosmo rated one of the top wedding blogs of 2011!)



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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, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes I work with very low light situations and manipulative lighting if needed. We have the equipment necessary to work with broad daylight or night.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Work mainly with digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
2-3
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Not in the same day
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?
Canon 5d Mark III and various L series lenses.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Both
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes at an additional $300/hr for 1 photographer and $400 for two.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We do take a short dinner break the same time as the bride and groom.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes if outside of San Luis Obispo County.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
3-4weeks
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
USB drive and an online proof website (password-protected)
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Up to 1 year
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
No
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
No
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?
Leather bound 10x10-10x15 for bride and groom
 5x7 mothers albums
When will the client get the final album?
Up to 4 weeks after album photo selection

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Jenna
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
One of our friends had Ballad as their photographer for their wedding and I absolutely loved her photographs and the style of Ballad's work. When we were offered a chance to get our engagement photos done with her I immediately took the opportunity! Through the process of wedding planning I contacted Ballad several times to discuss the wedding timeline and always asked her a million questions and every time she was polite and SO helpful!!! On the day of the wedding I was a little stressed but Ballad and her crew came in and we had a ton of fun taking pictures. The pictures came out BEAUTIFUL (can't stress this enough!) and we were very pleased with the service. Ballad is a great photographer to have on your wedding day. So helpful, open and fun, and really has a special
One of our friends had Ballad as their photographer for their wedding and I absolutely loved her photographs and the style Read more...
One of our friends had Ballad as their photographer for their wedding and I absolutely loved her photographs and the style of Ballad's work. When we were offered a chance to get our engagement photos done with her I immediately took the opportunity! Through the process of wedding planning I contacted Ballad several times to discuss the wedding timeline and always asked her a million questions and every time she was polite and SO helpful!!! On the day of the wedding I was a little stressed but Ballad and her crew came in and we had a ton of fun taking pictures. The pictures came out BEAUTIFUL (can't stress this enough!) and we were very pleased with the service. Ballad is a great photographer to have on your wedding day. So helpful, open and fun, and really has a special Read less
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Janet
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Amazing pictures, and was very easy to work with!
Amazing pictures, and was very easy to work with!
Amazing pictures, and was very easy to work with! Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Ballad was absolutely amazing! She took our engagement photos and when I didn't have a clue on where to take them, she had many options to choose from! We were confident in allowing her to choose where to go and I am so happy we did. The locations were perfect and she was very flexible with taking photos around our work schedules. During our wedding, it was great to see her crew show up capturing every moment that they could. I am so happy that I found here at the SLO expo. She was very generous as well to travel from the north county to Santa Barbara to be there for our day. I could not have asked for a more fun, energized, and professional person to work with! Thank you Ballad!
Ballad was absolutely amazing! She took our engagement photos and when I didn't have a clue on where to take them, she had Read more...
Ballad was absolutely amazing! She took our engagement photos and when I didn't have a clue on where to take them, she had many options to choose from! We were confident in allowing her to choose where to go and I am so happy we did. The locations were perfect and she was very flexible with taking photos around our work schedules. During our wedding, it was great to see her crew show up capturing every moment that they could. I am so happy that I found here at the SLO expo. She was very generous as well to travel from the north county to Santa Barbara to be there for our day. I could not have asked for a more fun, energized, and professional person to work with! Thank you Ballad! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Ballad is a great photographer and a wonderful person. My husband and I aren't exactly fond of being in pictures, but Ballad made us feel so comfortable every step of the way. She was so helpful with the planning (we got married in San Luis Obispo, but weren't from around there, so we had lots of questions), every time I needed a suggestion she was happy to help. We even used the same caterer she used for her wedding! I can't say enough about Ballad and Megan (her second shooter). We love the pictures and the people who look them :)
Ballad is a great photographer and a wonderful person. My husband and I aren't exactly fond of being in pictures, but Read more...
Ballad is a great photographer and a wonderful person. My husband and I aren't exactly fond of being in pictures, but Ballad made us feel so comfortable every step of the way. She was so helpful with the planning (we got married in San Luis Obispo, but weren't from around there, so we had lots of questions), every time I needed a suggestion she was happy to help. We even used the same caterer she used for her wedding! I can't say enough about Ballad and Megan (her second shooter). We love the pictures and the people who look them :) Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Ballad is amazing!!! She definitely makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera! She has the most creative ideas and her work is breathtaking!! Ballad shot our engagement photos, budoir photos, and our wedding! Our pictures look like they belong in a bridal magazine. They're amazing! I definitely suggest her to all brides or anyone searching for a photographer!!
Ballad is amazing!!! She definitely makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera! She has the most creative ideas and Read more...
Ballad is amazing!!! She definitely makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera! She has the most creative ideas and her work is breathtaking!! Ballad shot our engagement photos, budoir photos, and our wedding! Our pictures look like they belong in a bridal magazine. They're amazing! I definitely suggest her to all brides or anyone searching for a photographer!! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have been happier with our wedding photos! Not only were the photos amazing, Ballad was wonderful to work with. We weren't able to take engagement photos, so I was a little nervous about posing in front of the camera, but Ballad made us feel very comfortable and gave us great directions on posing to get some great shots. She captured so many great shots from our wedding day it's been very difficult narrowing down which photos to frame. She was professional to work with and very prompt in responding to questions or inquiries we had. A bonus of working with Ballad was the photo booth option that she offers. She has some great, fun props and judging from the pictures we could tell the guests really enjoyed this feature of our wedding. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer for any event!
We couldn't have been happier with our wedding photos! Not only were the photos amazing, Ballad was wonderful to work Read more...
We couldn't have been happier with our wedding photos! Not only were the photos amazing, Ballad was wonderful to work with. We weren't able to take engagement photos, so I was a little nervous about posing in front of the camera, but Ballad made us feel very comfortable and gave us great directions on posing to get some great shots. She captured so many great shots from our wedding day it's been very difficult narrowing down which photos to frame. She was professional to work with and very prompt in responding to questions or inquiries we had. A bonus of working with Ballad was the photo booth option that she offers. She has some great, fun props and judging from the pictures we could tell the guests really enjoyed this feature of our wedding. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer for any event! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
We just wanted to say thank you for the most beautiful pictures of our wedding! You truly captured the beauty of our day so well; our pictures will remind us everyday how beautiful our wedding day was. Not only did you take excellent 
pictures, you captured the pictures that speak 1000 words! We couldn't of asked for anything better than what you delivered ☺ and better yet, your calm and fun nature was truly wonderful!!!! our whole family enjoyed you very much. Again, Thank You so much for everything I would recommend you to any bride and groom getting married to be their photographer!
We just wanted to say thank you for the most beautiful pictures of our wedding! You truly captured the beauty of our day Read more...
We just wanted to say thank you for the most beautiful pictures of our wedding! You truly captured the beauty of our day so well; our pictures will remind us everyday how beautiful our wedding day was. Not only did you take excellent 
pictures, you captured the pictures that speak 1000 words! We couldn't of asked for anything better than what you delivered ☺ and better yet, your calm and fun nature was truly wonderful!!!! our whole family enjoyed you very much. Again, Thank You so much for everything I would recommend you to any bride and groom getting married to be their photographer! Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Having Ballad as my photographer for my wedding was such a blessing! She captured everything I wanted and more! She made my pictures from my special day look like the ones I dreamed about and seen in magazines. She was more than a photographer, she was a friend and always made me feel special as a bride. Her photos were very flattering, and as a bride you want to look as beautiful in your pictures as you felt on the big day! She made great recommendations for wedding and it is very obvious she knows weddings inside and out, which is a huge help! She was very punctual & professional with every detail and that was a big stress relief. I highly recommend her to anyone that is engaged or hosting an event!!!
Having Ballad as my photographer for my wedding was such a blessing! She captured everything I wanted and more! She made Read more...
Having Ballad as my photographer for my wedding was such a blessing! She captured everything I wanted and more! She made my pictures from my special day look like the ones I dreamed about and seen in magazines. She was more than a photographer, she was a friend and always made me feel special as a bride. Her photos were very flattering, and as a bride you want to look as beautiful in your pictures as you felt on the big day! She made great recommendations for wedding and it is very obvious she knows weddings inside and out, which is a huge help! She was very punctual & professional with every detail and that was a big stress relief. I highly recommend her to anyone that is engaged or hosting an event!!! Read less
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Travis
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Very professional, friendly creative. The entire experience was great!
Very professional, friendly creative. The entire experience was great!
Very professional, friendly creative. The entire experience was great! Read less
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Ballad's Photography responded with the following comments:

It was such an amazing day. I am so glad you found me and I was able to be a part of it! You are a beautiful family and wish you all the best!
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Katie R.
Wedding:
1/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Ballad was amazing. My husband and I were not super comfortable with the idea of having a photographer because we felt a bit camera shy and we really were not sure we would need a professional photographer. My Mom was really insistent though, so I started to look around online. I came across Ballad's information on Craigslist and not only was her price range EXACTLY what we needed, but the photos on her site were beautiful. She responded to my inquiry super fast, and was so kind--I felt right away like she was an old friend! She was very flexible and accommodating with meeting up with us, despite the fact we live over 4 hours away from each other! She offered to us an Engagement photo shoot which was exactly what we needed to find which smiles work and which don't. = ) On the "Big Day" she was patient as we were running a little late (hard to fight the nerves when you have make up to put on and your hair to curl), and the whole day she interacted amazingly with my family and friends, and with us! Ballad and her assistant Shelby helped to catch the most amazing moments and both my husband and I (and our family and friends) will cherish these memories forever. Ballad was professional, SUPER talented and so fun to be around; we have already saved her information so that she can shoot our next big life event. ; )
Ballad was amazing. My husband and I were not super comfortable with the idea of having a photographer because we felt a Read more...
Ballad was amazing. My husband and I were not super comfortable with the idea of having a photographer because we felt a bit camera shy and we really were not sure we would need a professional photographer. My Mom was really insistent though, so I started to look around online. I came across Ballad's information on Craigslist and not only was her price range EXACTLY what we needed, but the photos on her site were beautiful. She responded to my inquiry super fast, and was so kind--I felt right away like she was an old friend! She was very flexible and accommodating with meeting up with us, despite the fact we live over 4 hours away from each other! She offered to us an Engagement photo shoot which was exactly what we needed to find which smiles work and which don't. = ) On the "Big Day" she was patient as we were running a little late (hard to fight the nerves when you have make up to put on and your hair to curl), and the whole day she interacted amazingly with my family and friends, and with us! Ballad and her assistant Shelby helped to catch the most amazing moments and both my husband and I (and our family and friends) will cherish these memories forever. Ballad was professional, SUPER talented and so fun to be around; we have already saved her information so that she can shoot our next big life event. ; ) Read less
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Ballad's Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you Katie and James. It was such a wonderful experience to meet both of you! I couldn't be happier to have been a part of your special day and look forward to the next time I get to capture your next adventure together.... whatever that may be!
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MaggieJ
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Ballad is pretty much the best photographer ever. If I could afford it, I would have her follow me around and photograph my life and it would be beautiful. She was our photographer for our wedding and it was such a wonderful day on the coast, with a perfect rain storm. She arrived early to meet with me to make sure we got some pictures together before the ceremony and I expressed my concern with the rain and that they were moving the ceremony inside, but I wanted to get married in the rain, she said LETS DO IT! She even called around to different businesses looking for clear umbrellas!! She was so incredibly supportive and really calmed me down, before the ceremony. She knows what to do and what to say to an incredibly stressed out bride. After the ceremony we met at a beach to take pictures in the rain storm, our umbrellas were turned inside out, bent, and broken in the incredible wind and rain, and she just kept shooting. I think she even fell down in the sand and kept taking pictures! We then, of course, topping off our *perfect* day locked our keys in the car in the pouring rain, she drove us back to our home so we could get a cell phone and AAA card... what a day!

Although our wedding day wasn't exactly perfect, and it didnt go as planned, it was the best day of my life, and Ballad was definitely a part of it. We have beautiful pictures, that are absolutely breathtaking. I wouldnt change a single thing.
Ballad is pretty much the best photographer ever. If I could afford it, I would have her follow me around and photograph Read more...
Ballad is pretty much the best photographer ever. If I could afford it, I would have her follow me around and photograph my life and it would be beautiful. She was our photographer for our wedding and it was such a wonderful day on the coast, with a perfect rain storm. She arrived early to meet with me to make sure we got some pictures together before the ceremony and I expressed my concern with the rain and that they were moving the ceremony inside, but I wanted to get married in the rain, she said LETS DO IT! She even called around to different businesses looking for clear umbrellas!! She was so incredibly supportive and really calmed me down, before the ceremony. She knows what to do and what to say to an incredibly stressed out bride. After the ceremony we met at a beach to take pictures in the rain storm, our umbrellas were turned inside out, bent, and broken in the incredible wind and rain, and she just kept shooting. I think she even fell down in the sand and kept taking pictures! We then, of course, topping off our *perfect* day locked our keys in the car in the pouring rain, she drove us back to our home so we could get a cell phone and AAA card... what a day!

Although our wedding day wasn't exactly perfect, and it didnt go as planned, it was the best day of my life, and Ballad was definitely a part of it. We have beautiful pictures, that are absolutely breathtaking. I wouldnt change a single thing. Read less
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Ballad's Photography responded with the following comments:

I am so tickled that you are that happy with your wedding and my services. That was a very memorable day and it was a blast! Rain and al! Thanks for the sweet review and would love to be there for your next special event. Pleasure to meet you!
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kellienichole
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Ballad was the photographer for my special day. She was AMAZING! she was right on time. She knows what she is doing and the pictures felt effortless for me yet they came out beautiful! I recommend everyone use her for their special day! Thanks to Ballad I will get to look back 10,20+ years and remember how beautiful it was!
Ballad was the photographer for my special day. She was AMAZING! she was right on time. She knows what she is doing and Read more...
Ballad was the photographer for my special day. She was AMAZING! she was right on time. She knows what she is doing and the pictures felt effortless for me yet they came out beautiful! I recommend everyone use her for their special day! Thanks to Ballad I will get to look back 10,20+ years and remember how beautiful it was! Read less
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Ballad's Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you Kellie. Your wedding was absolutely beautiful and it was a joy to be a part of your day!
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Kristen
Wedding:
4/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Ballad is an amazing person and an amazing artist. She is easy to work with and provides a quality product. You'd be crazy not to select Ballad for your special day.
Ballad is an amazing person and an amazing artist. She is easy to work with and provides a quality product. You'd be crazy Read more...
Ballad is an amazing person and an amazing artist. She is easy to work with and provides a quality product. You'd be crazy not to select Ballad for your special day. Read less
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