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Dave Medal Photography

Santa Cruz , CA
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LOCATION

Santa Cruz, CA US 95062 (map)

PHONE

831-345-6203

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ABOUT US

Dave discovered his love for photography in his early teens when he began taking photos of friends surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. As his interest developed, Dave sharpened his... Read more
Dave discovered his love for photography in his early teens when he began taking photos of friends surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. As his interest developed, Dave sharpened his skills by documenting his travels through Europe, Central and South America. After graduating from San Jose State University with a major in graphic design and a minor in photography, Dave began assisting an established and talented photographer.

Dave learned the ins and outs of wedding photography while assisting at over 200 weddings throughout the bay area. In 2004, he started Dave Medal Photography and began shooting weddings on his own.

Dave's fresh approach to photography lends itself to capturing one of a kind images as precious and distinct as your wedding itself. Each of Dave's images is lovingly crafted and unobtrusively captured using a combination of fine art, fashion photography and photojournalism techniques.

One of Dave's strengths as a photographer lies in his ability to create a relaxed and comfortable setting for his subjects. Dave is able to create unique and timeless photographs while documenting fleeting, yet cherished moments that are part of the energy, tranquility, love, passion, chaos, and joy that is your wedding day. The beauty, simplicity and honesty found in each of his images attests to his skill.

Dave is committed to making the most important day of your life fun and enjoyable. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Digital Files, Negatives, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes
Is your media preference film or digital?
I shoot both film and digital. All the film I shoot is scanned and put onto CD's.
How many photographers do you work with?
It really depends on the size of the wedding. Typically its me and my assistant.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes, when you book me, I will be the one who photographs your wedding!
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I only shoot one event a 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?
I shoot all 35mm Canon cameras. I also shoot Canon digital cameras and a Contax medium format camera. I have multiple lenses that I have for all my cameras.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I do both.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I typically work through the entire day. I love it when clients provide me a meal!
Do you charge for travel?
Yes for anything outside the bay area
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
3-4 weeks
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
I provide negatives and digital files

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Fariba Ingrid
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Dave is amazing! He took our engagement photos and our recent wedding photos, and he has such an incredible eye. He is constantly taking creative photos and is just incredibly talented. And besides his incredible skills, he is a wonderful and kind person. I was stressed when Dave showed up to begin photos as many Brides tend to be on their wedding day, and he was just so calm. He put me at ease and got right to work without me having to tell him what I wanted. Dave just knows what to do and he is the absolute best. Thank you Dave for capturing all the special moments of our wedding! If you are looking for a photographer with fresh ideas, a calm and kind demeanor, and who is constantly there capturing all the moments of your happy day and doing an amazing job in the process, hire Dave Medal!

Thanks for everything, Fariba & Adam 07.19.13
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Ashley Freeman
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Dave did an amazing job for both our engagement and wedding photos. He was creative and traditional depending on what we asked of him. You barely knew he was there and yet got some amazing shots. He was easy to work with and we are so happy with our photos!
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liz
Wedding:
7/17/2010
4.9/5.0
Dave was referred to me by another photographer. I checked out his website, but I was really impressed by his blog because you can see his most recent work and his impressions of the people he worked with. I still check it every once in a while because I really enjoy his photography. I was a little nervous at first because Dave had never been to my venue before the wedding day, but he managed to find really beauftiful spots for our individual photos and group photos. My husband and I were really happy with the results. Our wedding was in a mission, where they have strict policies about using flash photography, and Dave was able to adapt. The pictures from inside the mission were fantastic. I gave Dave a 4.5 on responsiveness because he was super busy in the summer, due to wedding after wedding, and I wasn't able to get in touch with him whenever I called or emailed. Sometimes it took longer than two business days.
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Rebecca
Wedding:
7/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Dave took our engagement and wedding photos. He is a pleasure to work with and really makes you feel comfortable during the process. He really went above and beyond during our wedding. We could not be happier with the photos he took.
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Birgit
Wedding:
8/9/2008
5.0/5.0
Dave is absolutely amazing! He has such a great eye - the way he can capture special moments is wonderful. The compositions of his pictures are so artistic and mirror the emotions just perfectly. We love the pictures of our wedding and could not have asked for more. On top of that, Dave is great as a person. We had so much fun "working" with him on our wedding day. I can highly recommend Dave as your photographer. You won't regret it!!
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jhowell5150
Wedding:
10/22/2005
5.0/5.0
Dave was a pleasure to work with and made picture taking a lot of fun. He brought some new ideas for pictures that turned out to be amazing shots! I would definitely recommed Dave as your wedding or any special event photographer.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
While planning our September wedding, we were referred to David Medal on the advice of another excellent photographer for whom David had once apprenticed with. That photographer had shot a friend’s wedding many, many years ago, but the beauty of his work had stayed with me. His referral to David led to my recognition that much of the beauty I had admired had been captured that day by David’s hand. Completing the circle, our wedding photos are now inspiring admiration and awe (and aww’s) in friends and family.

David Medal was the photographer every bride searches for: skilled, comfortable, respectful, and caring. David is present without imposition, relaxed while maintaining exceptional focus, care, and proficiency. David, as a photographer with a great eye, possess every ability to capture people and moments. What sets him apart is his ability to deftly create a space for great photography. David captured our wedding day from start to finish, and was open to doing even more: on the morning of our wedding day he met us at our home and walked with us, shooting constantly for those few blocks, to our venue in Pacific Heights (San Francisco), and was even ready to roll out with us after the party had ended, in case the skies were clear and the full moon offered an opportunity for moonlit photographs along the route to our hotel. David cares about his craft and, exceptionally, recognizes the client as part of that craft. He has my complete confidence, respect, and gratitude, and will forever be the photographer I call on to capture the most special and precious celebrations and events in our life. He is priceless, and cannot be recommended highly enough.
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