chay mendoza photography

San Diego , CA


San Diego, CA US 92128 (map)




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My mission is to provide not only the images you and your families will cherish for a lifetime but to provide you with the personal attention and devotion on your wedding day that you... Read more
My mission is to provide not only the images you and your families will cherish for a lifetime but to provide you with the personal attention and devotion on your wedding day that you will appreciate. You have gained not only a wedding photographer but a friend and a family photographer for life. Read less




What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Special request techniques are negotiable for an additional fee.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We love natural light but can incorporate artificial (flash/video light) as needed. We use professional Nikon equipment that allows me to shoot without flash even for very low light situations (ie, churches, candlelight, overcast, etc).
Is your media preference film or digital?
We shoot 100% digital with professional Nikon equipment.
How many photographers do you work with?
Full-day coverage includes 2 professional photographers...Chay Mendoza and associate.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes, Chay Mendoza is the principal photographer for all events.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We typically commission one event per day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes, we always anticipate the need for emergency replacement photographers. We are also part of a large network of local and non-local wedding photographers used as a backup resource.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We use professional Nikon equipment.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, we always bring back-up equipment with us.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
We offer hourly, half-day, and full-day coverage.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Normally, only one full-day event is scheduled per day so extra hours are negotiable.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We take breaks as needed and as events and time allows. For full-day events, we do request a vendor meal for each team member. We also recommend seating us in the main room so as not to miss any important photography opportunities.
Do you charge for travel?
We can accommodate local, domestic, and international events. Additional travel expenses will apply (ie, mileage, transportation, lodging, and per diem). Passports are current for international travel.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Online proofs are normally available within 6-8 weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Online proofs will be viewable online via www.pictage.com. High resolution (digital negatives) and watermarked proof images (for online social media ie, Facebook and blogs) are included with all coverage.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Online proofs are available for (3) months. Proof prints available for an additional fee.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, we retain the full copyright for all photos. However, all proof images and high resolution images include a reprint release for unlimited personal usage for reprints, enlargements, and online social media (ie, Facebook, blogs, etc.).
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, we reserve the right to publish all photos. However, as a courtesy to my clients, this is negotiable.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, all images viewable in your online gallery will be provided as high resolution digital files on DVD.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, online proofing will be available for at least (3) months up to (12) months.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer custom designed albums with an endless selection of cover choices. Parents options include clone or custom designed books.
When will the client get the final album?
Once the layout is finalized and approved, the production of your wedding book can take 6-12 weeks.


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Christine Cornejo
Chay's work is beautiful and tasteful and she absolutely captured the essence of what we wanted from our photographs. Her fee is very reasonable and I believe she spent a great deal of extra time to capture moments that she knew would be memorable, coming to visit me early enough to take photos of my hair and make-up session, as well as staying late to get the perfect after-dinner moments. She is a pleasure to know and made us feel very comfortable...even my husband who refuses to smile in pictures (and she managed to capture more than a few smiles from him!!). I highly recommend Chay.
Services Used: Photography
Chay came with us through all of our planning and took pictures and gave us suggestions along the way. Her photographs turned out amazing and we are thrilled with the results!
Services Used: Photography, Wedding Planning


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