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Choco Studio Photography

San Francisco , CA
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LOCATION

627 Lisbon St.
San Francisco, CA 94112 US (map)

PHONE

650-906-0445
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ABOUT US

Providing a blend of creative and documentary wedding coverage, Mike Peyzner and Nat Valik are a couple that photographs weddings together as a team.

"We aim to find a... Read more
Providing a blend of creative and documentary wedding coverage, Mike Peyzner and Nat Valik are a couple that photographs weddings together as a team.

"We aim to find a connection with each of our clients, seeking what makes each of your bonds unique. Our goal at Choco Studio is to tell your story and to exceed the expectations in every way. Visit our website for a full-featured portfolio and additional info."

- Mike and Nat





As featured in San Francisco Brides, Destination Wedding Magazine, Bridal Guide, Today’s Bride, Brides Northern California, Engagement 101, Gentry, Serendipity, and Signature Weddings Magazine. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, Slideshow/Montage, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proofs, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Mike and Nat were an absolute joy to work with and are great people. From the beginning, their professionalism and ability to understand and provide what my wife and I wanted for our engagement and wedding photography was clearly evident. The engagement session was perfect and exactly what we were hoping for. As far as the wedding day was concerned, their ability to control the timeline while capturing all of the relivable memories was well executed. The photography tells the entire story of our day with beautiful artistry. They take a tremendous pride in their craft. We are grateful to have worked with Mike and Nat and highly recommend Choco Studio.
Mike and Nat were an absolute joy to work with and are great people. From the beginning, their professionalism and ability Read more...
Mike and Nat were an absolute joy to work with and are great people. From the beginning, their professionalism and ability to understand and provide what my wife and I wanted for our engagement and wedding photography was clearly evident. The engagement session was perfect and exactly what we were hoping for. As far as the wedding day was concerned, their ability to control the timeline while capturing all of the relivable memories was well executed. The photography tells the entire story of our day with beautiful artistry. They take a tremendous pride in their craft. We are grateful to have worked with Mike and Nat and highly recommend Choco Studio. Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
Service: Like all of the wedding vendors, it was difficult to decipher which photographer to choose (especially when you don't know anything about photography, and all the photos start to look the same). We met with several photographers before meeting Mike and Nat, but we weren't swept away, and we wanted to be as it was one of the larger expenses. I chose to meet with Mike and Nat based on their yelp reviews and was impressed by how many awards they've won. Our meeting with them was the best one as they are warm and professional. They don't pressure you into any services (they tell you that you can decide at any time). They even invited us over for dinner for us to get to know one another. I would recommend an engagement shoot if you can afford it, as it makes you more comfortable on the day of (I felt a little awkward during the engagement shoot, but by the time the wedding day rolled around we felt at ease, and I feel the pictures show that).

Quality: My friends who I shared our photos with raved about how good they were. Mike and Nat have a synergy that allows them to capture a full complement of beautiful formal and candid photos. What sets them apart is how innovative they are with the types of photos, backgrounds, poses, etc. and how well they capture light (I can definitely see how they won all of those awards!). We would definitely use them again for any family photos, events, etc.
Service: Like all of the wedding vendors, it was difficult to decipher which photographer to choose (especially when you Read more...
Service: Like all of the wedding vendors, it was difficult to decipher which photographer to choose (especially when you don't know anything about photography, and all the photos start to look the same). We met with several photographers before meeting Mike and Nat, but we weren't swept away, and we wanted to be as it was one of the larger expenses. I chose to meet with Mike and Nat based on their yelp reviews and was impressed by how many awards they've won. Our meeting with them was the best one as they are warm and professional. They don't pressure you into any services (they tell you that you can decide at any time). They even invited us over for dinner for us to get to know one another. I would recommend an engagement shoot if you can afford it, as it makes you more comfortable on the day of (I felt a little awkward during the engagement shoot, but by the time the wedding day rolled around we felt at ease, and I feel the pictures show that).

Quality: My friends who I shared our photos with raved about how good they were. Mike and Nat have a synergy that allows them to capture a full complement of beautiful formal and candid photos. What sets them apart is how innovative they are with the types of photos, backgrounds, poses, etc. and how well they capture light (I can definitely see how they won all of those awards!). We would definitely use them again for any family photos, events, etc. Read less
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Veronica
Wedding:
5/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Let me start off by saying that I have seen and reviewed THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of international wedding photos thanks to my previous job at a photobook company. After being exposed to the same pretty yet ordinary wedding photos for years, I knew I wanted photographers with a different approach and style- photographers who knew how to steal moments of explosive emotions or thoughts besides "I hope I don't look fat."
There are SO MANY photographers in the bay area. I started by looking at portfolios and moving on to blogs, social media, and anything I could find on them (It is so important to look beyond their portfolios- that only displays their select very best work!!). After narrowing my options down, I finally stumbled upon Choco Studios on yelp. While their portfolio is amazing, it was their blog and photos I found on google that reeled me in. They met all my criteria- 1) Unique approach & style 2) Experience with taking equally beautiful photos in natural light + artificial light 3) Experience in capturing diverse/multiethnic weddings (We had a Mexican/Indian wedding) 4) Affordable price. I quickly made an appointment and booked Mike and Nat on the spot.
Mike and Nat go far beyond taking "pretty photos". Indeed, what they can capture in raw photos is exceptional, but it is also their skills in photo editing software that contribute to their unique style. I truly believe that photography is what they were meant for; they have an intuitive nature of knowing the exact moment of when to take photos- when you are looking at the photos later, it truly is like reliving your special day. And their abilities go beyond capturing the bride & groom wonderfully- we have the most amazing photos of guests as well!

Lastly, on our wedding day, we had a few things go wrong with other vendors, but we were able to count on Mike and Nat to be professional and do an amazing job smoothly, despite messy situations. I cannot recommend Mike and Nat enough!
Let me start off by saying that I have seen and reviewed THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of international wedding photos thanks to Read more...
Let me start off by saying that I have seen and reviewed THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of international wedding photos thanks to my previous job at a photobook company. After being exposed to the same pretty yet ordinary wedding photos for years, I knew I wanted photographers with a different approach and style- photographers who knew how to steal moments of explosive emotions or thoughts besides "I hope I don't look fat."
There are SO MANY photographers in the bay area. I started by looking at portfolios and moving on to blogs, social media, and anything I could find on them (It is so important to look beyond their portfolios- that only displays their select very best work!!). After narrowing my options down, I finally stumbled upon Choco Studios on yelp. While their portfolio is amazing, it was their blog and photos I found on google that reeled me in. They met all my criteria- 1) Unique approach & style 2) Experience with taking equally beautiful photos in natural light + artificial light 3) Experience in capturing diverse/multiethnic weddings (We had a Mexican/Indian wedding) 4) Affordable price. I quickly made an appointment and booked Mike and Nat on the spot.
Mike and Nat go far beyond taking "pretty photos". Indeed, what they can capture in raw photos is exceptional, but it is also their skills in photo editing software that contribute to their unique style. I truly believe that photography is what they were meant for; they have an intuitive nature of knowing the exact moment of when to take photos- when you are looking at the photos later, it truly is like reliving your special day. And their abilities go beyond capturing the bride & groom wonderfully- we have the most amazing photos of guests as well!

Lastly, on our wedding day, we had a few things go wrong with other vendors, but we were able to count on Mike and Nat to be professional and do an amazing job smoothly, despite messy situations. I cannot recommend Mike and Nat enough! Read less
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Leyla
Wedding:
5/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Mike is absolutely AMAZING!! I stumbled upon their site on yelp and fell in love with their pictures. Read up on all the stellar reviews, went through their blog and what I really love about them is how they really capture the beautiful, detailed, vivid moments in their photography and that is exactly what Mike captured on our wedding day. When I go through the pictures, it is like reliving the entire day all over again and more! He is not only an incredible photographer, he is professional, thoughtful, well organized, very thorough and puts a lot of thought and care into making everything go as smoothly as possible on your big day! Thank you Choco Studio for helping to make our special day even more perfect and memorable than it already was! We HIGHLY recommend them and hope to work with them again for future family photos! Thanks Mike and Nat! :-)
Mike is absolutely AMAZING!! I stumbled upon their site on yelp and fell in love with their pictures. Read up on all the Read more...
Mike is absolutely AMAZING!! I stumbled upon their site on yelp and fell in love with their pictures. Read up on all the stellar reviews, went through their blog and what I really love about them is how they really capture the beautiful, detailed, vivid moments in their photography and that is exactly what Mike captured on our wedding day. When I go through the pictures, it is like reliving the entire day all over again and more! He is not only an incredible photographer, he is professional, thoughtful, well organized, very thorough and puts a lot of thought and care into making everything go as smoothly as possible on your big day! Thank you Choco Studio for helping to make our special day even more perfect and memorable than it already was! We HIGHLY recommend them and hope to work with them again for future family photos! Thanks Mike and Nat! :-) Read less
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Carol
Wedding:
5/15/2016
5.0/5.0
When we started looking for a wedding photographer we didn’t know what we wanted but when we stumbled upon Choco Studio’s work, we knew that was exactly what we wanted. We wanted to capture all the details and remember the moments of our wedding day as they were. And we wanted the photos to show us how those moments felt. Mike and Nat delivered all that to us and we’re so happy with our photos. They truly knew how to work with the surroundings and natural light. I know my reception space wasn’t the easiest to work with, but the photos still looked great. Mike and Nat were a pleasure to work with from the day we met with them and they made us feel comfortable in front of the camera on the day of. We definitely recommend them.
When we started looking for a wedding photographer we didn’t know what we wanted but when we stumbled upon Choco Studio’s Read more...
When we started looking for a wedding photographer we didn’t know what we wanted but when we stumbled upon Choco Studio’s work, we knew that was exactly what we wanted. We wanted to capture all the details and remember the moments of our wedding day as they were. And we wanted the photos to show us how those moments felt. Mike and Nat delivered all that to us and we’re so happy with our photos. They truly knew how to work with the surroundings and natural light. I know my reception space wasn’t the easiest to work with, but the photos still looked great. Mike and Nat were a pleasure to work with from the day we met with them and they made us feel comfortable in front of the camera on the day of. We definitely recommend them. Read less
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Mufi
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Mike and Nat are BEYOND great! They photographed our wedding in 2015 and their professionalism, flexibility, thoughtfulness, gentile suggestions of things to consider and their short turnaround time on email correspondence was only the beginning.

Now to the pictures....
We looked at many portfolios and what really made this duo stand out was their ability to document moments that draw you in. Also, the richness of the colors they capture....this my friends, is KEY!
As a self-proclaimed photo snob, I have to admit, there was not a single picture that I was not impressed with (out of 676 photos). The colors were warm yet vivid, the poses were relaxed, the mood was light....just perfect!

Another thing to point out is their impressive ability to distill the pictures to a VERY reasonable number. Our photo list was long and that combined with ceremony and reception pictures, we easily expected beyond 1000 pictures. But they were able to cover every part of the event, capture many candid moments and still keep it down to good number! For that we are forever grateful!
Mike and Nat are BEYOND great! They photographed our wedding in 2015 and their professionalism, flexibility, Read more...
Mike and Nat are BEYOND great! They photographed our wedding in 2015 and their professionalism, flexibility, thoughtfulness, gentile suggestions of things to consider and their short turnaround time on email correspondence was only the beginning.

Now to the pictures....
We looked at many portfolios and what really made this duo stand out was their ability to document moments that draw you in. Also, the richness of the colors they capture....this my friends, is KEY!
As a self-proclaimed photo snob, I have to admit, there was not a single picture that I was not impressed with (out of 676 photos). The colors were warm yet vivid, the poses were relaxed, the mood was light....just perfect!

Another thing to point out is their impressive ability to distill the pictures to a VERY reasonable number. Our photo list was long and that combined with ceremony and reception pictures, we easily expected beyond 1000 pictures. But they were able to cover every part of the event, capture many candid moments and still keep it down to good number! For that we are forever grateful! Read less
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Bryan
Wedding:
9/6/2015
5.0/5.0
My wife and I hired Mike and Nat for both our engagement photos and our wedding. They were wonderful to work with! Doing engagement photos before the wedding was perfect, because we were able to meet with them and work together before the big day. It definitely made things easier for us on the wedding day. I also appreciated that they always took time to make sure we felt comfortable and were ready to look our best. They are very professional and take fantastic pictures!
My wife and I hired Mike and Nat for both our engagement photos and our wedding. They were wonderful to work with! Doing Read more...
My wife and I hired Mike and Nat for both our engagement photos and our wedding. They were wonderful to work with! Doing engagement photos before the wedding was perfect, because we were able to meet with them and work together before the big day. It definitely made things easier for us on the wedding day. I also appreciated that they always took time to make sure we felt comfortable and were ready to look our best. They are very professional and take fantastic pictures! Read less
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Mila
Wedding:
2/7/2015
1.6/5.0
It's been almost a year since our wedding, and it hasn't been a month where I wouldn't get really sad about my choice of photographers. We picked Choco Studio because of all the great reviews. There were cheaper options available but we wanted the best. Well... We ended up with something far from the best. Many family and bridal party photographs were messed up--people looking away, standing too far from everyone else, etc. I would think a good photographer would tell people where to stand, etc. Instead, they were just shooting what was in front of them without really paying any attention. Moreover, during the wedding reception, we constantly had to ask the photographers to take pictures because we would just see them just standing there and do nothing. The worst part of it all is that we don't have a single portrait of me and my husband, just a simple photograph of just the two of us that every couple would want to have. When we received the pictures, I couldn't believe we didn't have one. My mother-in-law even suggested we dress up again and just go to a different studio to redo our wedding photo shot. I know it sounds ridiculous, but that's how upset everyone in my family is. Now, when people ask me if I know a good wedding photographer to hire, I tell them I don't, but I do know who I wouldn't hire.
It's been almost a year since our wedding, and it hasn't been a month where I wouldn't get really sad about my choice of Read more...
It's been almost a year since our wedding, and it hasn't been a month where I wouldn't get really sad about my choice of photographers. We picked Choco Studio because of all the great reviews. There were cheaper options available but we wanted the best. Well... We ended up with something far from the best. Many family and bridal party photographs were messed up--people looking away, standing too far from everyone else, etc. I would think a good photographer would tell people where to stand, etc. Instead, they were just shooting what was in front of them without really paying any attention. Moreover, during the wedding reception, we constantly had to ask the photographers to take pictures because we would just see them just standing there and do nothing. The worst part of it all is that we don't have a single portrait of me and my husband, just a simple photograph of just the two of us that every couple would want to have. When we received the pictures, I couldn't believe we didn't have one. My mother-in-law even suggested we dress up again and just go to a different studio to redo our wedding photo shot. I know it sounds ridiculous, but that's how upset everyone in my family is. Now, when people ask me if I know a good wedding photographer to hire, I tell them I don't, but I do know who I wouldn't hire. Read less
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Choco Studio Photography responded with the following comments:

Hi Mila, thank you for your review and I'm sorry that we didn't provide you with the 5-star service we strive for with each couple. After reading your review we've uploaded 300 more edited pictures and reached out to you privately.

My wife and I are still happy to speak with you directly in hopes that we can resolve this.

All the best,

Mike
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Choco Studio was really great with our City Hall wedding pictures.
Our photographer Mike had a lot of City Hall experience, so knew the best spots for the best background, lighting, etc.
He also worked very efficiently so we got a lot of both official and candid pictures.
There are other crucial factors to consider when choosing a photographer, and Mike really stood out in those areas as well.
First of all, the contract was really straightforward, and it was very easy to discuss questions with him.
I have seen some weird conditions with other photographers, or they got oddly defensive if you asked any questions.
Mike is also very responsive to emails, both before and after the wedding, and our pictures were delivered very quickly.
He is really friendly, super experienced, and put everyone at ease. This made both us and our guests feel more relaxed, which was really important the day of the wedding and for the pictures themselves.
We'd highly recommend Choco Studio for wedding photography!
Choco Studio was really great with our City Hall wedding pictures.
Our photographer Mike had a lot of City Hall Read more...
Choco Studio was really great with our City Hall wedding pictures.
Our photographer Mike had a lot of City Hall experience, so knew the best spots for the best background, lighting, etc.
He also worked very efficiently so we got a lot of both official and candid pictures.
There are other crucial factors to consider when choosing a photographer, and Mike really stood out in those areas as well.
First of all, the contract was really straightforward, and it was very easy to discuss questions with him.
I have seen some weird conditions with other photographers, or they got oddly defensive if you asked any questions.
Mike is also very responsive to emails, both before and after the wedding, and our pictures were delivered very quickly.
He is really friendly, super experienced, and put everyone at ease. This made both us and our guests feel more relaxed, which was really important the day of the wedding and for the pictures themselves.
We'd highly recommend Choco Studio for wedding photography! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
My husband and I are very low key, and we had an understated SF City Hall ceremony. Working with Choco Studios was a great experience, from start to finish. Emails were detailed, timely, and informative. They offered helpful suggestions about City Hall ceremonies, and made planning for the event quite easy.

On the day of our city hall wedding, Mike was efficient, organized, and very professional. He was a calming and helpful presence, and moved through the spaces with ease, giving my husband and I an opportunity to focus on each other. Mike captured stunning and joyful photographs that we will truly cherish, and delivered our digital album on time, with plenty of image options. Highly recommended!
My husband and I are very low key, and we had an understated SF City Hall ceremony. Working with Choco Studios was a great Read more...
My husband and I are very low key, and we had an understated SF City Hall ceremony. Working with Choco Studios was a great experience, from start to finish. Emails were detailed, timely, and informative. They offered helpful suggestions about City Hall ceremonies, and made planning for the event quite easy.

On the day of our city hall wedding, Mike was efficient, organized, and very professional. He was a calming and helpful presence, and moved through the spaces with ease, giving my husband and I an opportunity to focus on each other. Mike captured stunning and joyful photographs that we will truly cherish, and delivered our digital album on time, with plenty of image options. Highly recommended! Read less
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