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Erik R. Soto Photography

Torrance , CA

LOCATION

21143 Hawthorne Blvd 346
Torrance, CA 90503 US (map)

PHONE

310-594-7974

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Erik R. Soto Photography


I am a Los Angeles (Torrance/Whittier) and San Diego California photographer. I specialize in wedding, event, portrait, headshot and commercial... Read more
Erik R. Soto Photography


I am a Los Angeles (Torrance/Whittier) and San Diego California photographer. I specialize in wedding, event, portrait, headshot and commercial photography. I have a deep passion for photography.

My love of photography started at early on in my life. With my love of magazines, books and other imagery that captured my eye and my soul.

After a devastating car accident in 2004, my life took a new road. I faced two back surgeries as a result. Soon I realized I wanted to find something that would still keep me alive. So I enrolled in a local photography course. I didn’t know what would happen to me after my surgeries but what I did know was at least I could always take photos. Within days into the course I knew this was something that inspired me. I realized this was my calling. I spent countless hours pouring over books, magazines, any thing photography related. I took thousands of photos and hundreds of rolls of film. I ate, slept and lived to take photos. I knew then this was what I was supposed to be doing.

Today, Erik R. Soto Photography is well known throughout Torrance, California and surrounding areas of Ca. I serve Los Angeles, Orange, Inland Empire and San Diego counties. When you book me as your photographer, you can rest assured in knowing that I will "personally" be the only one taking your portraits. My goal is to provide you with the best and most personal service possible, making you feel like you are my only customer. I will try to make your portrait experience relaxing and enjoyable, so that you will have fun. To me, every photography experience is new and unique in its own way, keeping me excited about what I am doing!

Thank you for your interest in Erik R. Soto Photography.

Life is about experiences...Capture the moment!!



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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, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
We offer black and white, hand tinting, color, sepia, color extraction, and custom designed albums
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We have experience shooting weddings in all possible lighting conditions.
Is your media preference film or digital?
We shoot digitally, with the option of film for those who request it
How many photographers do you work with?
Myself and my assistant Kristine. We do not ever hire out to unknown photographers.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
You can rest assured I will be the one personally taking your photos.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We never book more than one wedding per day. When you sign with us, you know the entire day is dedicated to you.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
My Assistant Kristine is a trained photographer if anything should ever arise.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We bring a minimum or two cameras, multiple professional grade lenses and flashes, All Canon equipment.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
At every wedding event
Do you charge hourly or full day?
We have packages to suit every situation. We can also custom create something especially for you.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Our hourly rate is listed on our website
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Normally just one during the reception.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes. All of our packages include one hour of travel. Our travel rate after that is $75/hr
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Proofs are available after 30 days
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Proofs are delivered in CD form
How long can the client keep the proofs?
The proofs are yours to keep.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes. However, we do give brides/grooms a release on their contract for unlimited personal printing
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, we love to show off great wedding photos on our website and for advertising.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Digital negatives are available for purchase
Will images be available for viewing online?
We can post 200 photos to an online gallery by request at no additional charge.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer multiple types of albums.
When will the client get the final album?
Books take 8-12 weeks to design and print

REVIEWS

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MW90501
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Erik and his company are fantastic service providers. Their photos are truly amazing!! They have gone far out of the responsibilities for a photography company and really saved the day and much more for us. They are amazing at turn around for all our stuff. We got sooo many photographs its unbelievable. After I met with them to make our photo choices they were able to turn out our stuff really fast and with great quality. We just needed to make a follow up appointment to pick up our stuff. It was easy. They are sooo nice they and go out of their way to help you out from the day you first meet with them. They really make sure you have a wonderful experience. I totally disagree with JP & TJ and Love Bug. Erik treated us so well. He is really a good example of the Golden Rule. Everything turned out fantastic and really quick too. Its such an easy process and the photos are amazing. Thank you Erik for giving us such wonderful memories!!
Erik and his company are fantastic service providers. Their photos are truly amazing!! They have gone far out of the Read more...
Erik and his company are fantastic service providers. Their photos are truly amazing!! They have gone far out of the responsibilities for a photography company and really saved the day and much more for us. They are amazing at turn around for all our stuff. We got sooo many photographs its unbelievable. After I met with them to make our photo choices they were able to turn out our stuff really fast and with great quality. We just needed to make a follow up appointment to pick up our stuff. It was easy. They are sooo nice they and go out of their way to help you out from the day you first meet with them. They really make sure you have a wonderful experience. I totally disagree with JP & TJ and Love Bug. Erik treated us so well. He is really a good example of the Golden Rule. Everything turned out fantastic and really quick too. Its such an easy process and the photos are amazing. Thank you Erik for giving us such wonderful memories!! Read less
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JP TJ
Wedding:
4/24/2010
0.0/5.0
100% agree with "Love Bug" Got our photos 17 months after our wedding. He or assistant will not communicate with you after your event. I blocked my number from him, so that he would answer my call, and when he finally answered he said " I will not speak to you, your photos are in the mail" and then he HUNG UP on me. I still didn't receive my photos for another 3 weeks! We contacted the BBB and reported him. He meets with you at a coffee shop to be "personal"..... just a scam... I would not recommend Erik to ANYONE!!! HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
100% agree with "Love Bug" Got our photos 17 months after our wedding. He or assistant will not communicate with you after Read more...
100% agree with "Love Bug" Got our photos 17 months after our wedding. He or assistant will not communicate with you after your event. I blocked my number from him, so that he would answer my call, and when he finally answered he said " I will not speak to you, your photos are in the mail" and then he HUNG UP on me. I still didn't receive my photos for another 3 weeks! We contacted the BBB and reported him. He meets with you at a coffee shop to be "personal"..... just a scam... I would not recommend Erik to ANYONE!!! HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read less
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Janelle
Wedding:
1/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Fabulous photos. I am so happy for the work Erik R. Soto Photography did. Thank you so much for all your hard work. The day was horrible but you managed to pull through! My husband was sick with the flu but you never showed it. Great job. The book was cute and the prints are so perfect my family loved them!

I have recommended them to all of my friends and family. best part of the whole thing was how nice and caring they were through this experience.
Fabulous photos. I am so happy for the work Erik R. Soto Photography did. Thank you so much for all your hard work. The Read more...
Fabulous photos. I am so happy for the work Erik R. Soto Photography did. Thank you so much for all your hard work. The day was horrible but you managed to pull through! My husband was sick with the flu but you never showed it. Great job. The book was cute and the prints are so perfect my family loved them!

I have recommended them to all of my friends and family. best part of the whole thing was how nice and caring they were through this experience. Read less
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Ashton
Wedding:
11/8/2008
5.0/5.0
Erik did my wedding. He is really good at reportage and posing shots - can't really ask for more! Prices are very good in comparison to most established companies out there. Have been to a few commercial events and have seen the same photographer photographing them. He seems to get around a lot and knows a lot of people. Have also seen stuff in press taken by them. Would recommend for weddings. Great work, fair price and easy to get along with.
Erik did my wedding. He is really good at reportage and posing shots - can't really ask for more! Prices are very good in Read more...
Erik did my wedding. He is really good at reportage and posing shots - can't really ask for more! Prices are very good in comparison to most established companies out there. Have been to a few commercial events and have seen the same photographer photographing them. He seems to get around a lot and knows a lot of people. Have also seen stuff in press taken by them. Would recommend for weddings. Great work, fair price and easy to get along with. Read less
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Marlene
Wedding:
10/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Gorgeous pictures, very proffesional, and friendly, We really enjoy it to work with Erik and Kristine.
Gorgeous pictures, very proffesional, and friendly, We really enjoy it to work with Erik and Kristine.
Gorgeous pictures, very proffesional, and friendly, We really enjoy it to work with Erik and Kristine. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/6/2008
5.0/5.0
Erik R. Soto Wedding Photography were our wedding photographers in September, they took some truly amazing photos. Always going the extra mile to ensure that our guests had any photos taken that they required as well as creating us a spectacular array of colour and black and white photos. They were recommended to us by a good friend and I would be more than happy to recommend them to anyone.
Erik R. Soto Wedding Photography were our wedding photographers in September, they took some truly amazing photos. Always Read more...
Erik R. Soto Wedding Photography were our wedding photographers in September, they took some truly amazing photos. Always going the extra mile to ensure that our guests had any photos taken that they required as well as creating us a spectacular array of colour and black and white photos. They were recommended to us by a good friend and I would be more than happy to recommend them to anyone. Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
8/8/2008
5.0/5.0
Photography is indeed one of the most essential elements to keep wedding memories alive for generations to come. Erik and Kristine's candidness help even the most tensed family member ease up for the camera. They were able to capture the ambiance, emotion and smiles of the occasion. Yet, in almost every transaction, there may be some setbacks and delays but, nonetheless, its the final outcome that is most important. We have beautiful pictures that warms our hearts everytime we see it and that is what matters.
Photography is indeed one of the most essential elements to keep wedding memories alive for generations to come. Erik and Read more...
Photography is indeed one of the most essential elements to keep wedding memories alive for generations to come. Erik and Kristine's candidness help even the most tensed family member ease up for the camera. They were able to capture the ambiance, emotion and smiles of the occasion. Yet, in almost every transaction, there may be some setbacks and delays but, nonetheless, its the final outcome that is most important. We have beautiful pictures that warms our hearts everytime we see it and that is what matters. Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
6/21/2008
5.0/5.0
Erik and Kristine was a dream to work with. Very happy with the service, quality, and the amount of photos taken. We are using Erik again for family photos.
Erik and Kristine was a dream to work with. Very happy with the service, quality, and the amount of photos taken. We are Read more...
Erik and Kristine was a dream to work with. Very happy with the service, quality, and the amount of photos taken. We are using Erik again for family photos. Read less
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Erik R. Soto Photography responded with the following comments:

Always a pleasure working with you. Anytime you EVER need photos don't hesitate to ask.
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lovebug
Wedding:
6/14/2008
0.0/5.0
Total mistake! Read the contract in full before signing it! Would never recommend Erik R. Soto Photography to anyone! He charges an extra $300 to get a higher resolution CD to make large prints (which automatically should be included in the package as most photographers do), they don't organize your proofs on the final CD they give you all of the unprofessional photos (totally unedited), can't pick up your photos in person, mine were mailed with red hair stuck to the taped package, the assistant is rude & snappy, Erik NEVER returns his phone calls, even after you pay him the total money they don't accept your calls, quoting "I am no longer authorized to communicate with you, use USPS!", as I was sick throwing up on my wedding day (as was the assistant), Erik went ahead and charged $650 for extra time spent even when he asked to leave as I was sick throwing up! I missed 80% of my wedding; he was totally unconcerned (at first acted sweet, but in the end he charged over time fee for pictures that I wasn't even a part of at my reception),80% of my photos (including the large prints and album)came out blurry, dark, and red, took 7 months to get my photos,Erik lacks the sophistication of a real photographer and lacks direction; instead he and his assistant bicker the entire time over how to shoot the photo, he doesn't know how to organize your family for wedding shoots;he places the bride and groom in the back of the picture with the others cutting the both of you out! At first they act all sweet and caring, but in the end both of them are totally unprofessional! Read the contract fully before signing, he claims that if the pictures come out bad quality he is NOT responsible, that is ridiculous! He is the photographer with the cheapest camera and film. Don't book him! Total fake and scam! The coffee table book I ordered is embarrassing to show anyone. I recently took it to 3 different photographers and they started laughing and felt really sorry for me. They couldn't believe how unprofessional the photographs were. I paid $2,200 for junk! He shouldn't even be in business. Take my advice and seek someone who won't rip you off and who is professional.
Total mistake! Read the contract in full before signing it! Would never recommend Erik R. Soto Photography to anyone! He Read more...
Total mistake! Read the contract in full before signing it! Would never recommend Erik R. Soto Photography to anyone! He charges an extra $300 to get a higher resolution CD to make large prints (which automatically should be included in the package as most photographers do), they don't organize your proofs on the final CD they give you all of the unprofessional photos (totally unedited), can't pick up your photos in person, mine were mailed with red hair stuck to the taped package, the assistant is rude & snappy, Erik NEVER returns his phone calls, even after you pay him the total money they don't accept your calls, quoting "I am no longer authorized to communicate with you, use USPS!", as I was sick throwing up on my wedding day (as was the assistant), Erik went ahead and charged $650 for extra time spent even when he asked to leave as I was sick throwing up! I missed 80% of my wedding; he was totally unconcerned (at first acted sweet, but in the end he charged over time fee for pictures that I wasn't even a part of at my reception),80% of my photos (including the large prints and album)came out blurry, dark, and red, took 7 months to get my photos,Erik lacks the sophistication of a real photographer and lacks direction; instead he and his assistant bicker the entire time over how to shoot the photo, he doesn't know how to organize your family for wedding shoots;he places the bride and groom in the back of the picture with the others cutting the both of you out! At first they act all sweet and caring, but in the end both of them are totally unprofessional! Read the contract fully before signing, he claims that if the pictures come out bad quality he is NOT responsible, that is ridiculous! He is the photographer with the cheapest camera and film. Don't book him! Total fake and scam! The coffee table book I ordered is embarrassing to show anyone. I recently took it to 3 different photographers and they started laughing and felt really sorry for me. They couldn't believe how unprofessional the photographs were. I paid $2,200 for junk! He shouldn't even be in business. Take my advice and seek someone who won't rip you off and who is professional. Read less
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amysb77
Wedding:
6/7/2008
4.8/5.0
We were impressed with Erik from the moment we met him. I don't think I have ever met someone who is as thorough as Erik is. Any questions or concerns we had were answered quickly with great reassurance . He is a exceptioal photographer that I would reccomend to anyone that needed a special event photographed. We were elated when we received our wedding photos. We have some of the most beautiful pictures! We are 100% satisfied with Erik Soto!!
We were impressed with Erik from the moment we met him. I don't think I have ever met someone who is as thorough as Erik Read more...
We were impressed with Erik from the moment we met him. I don't think I have ever met someone who is as thorough as Erik is. Any questions or concerns we had were answered quickly with great reassurance . He is a exceptioal photographer that I would reccomend to anyone that needed a special event photographed. We were elated when we received our wedding photos. We have some of the most beautiful pictures! We are 100% satisfied with Erik Soto!! Read less
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Erik R. Soto Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you very much. It was an honor to be a part of your special day.

DEALS

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Book your 2010 wedding with Erik R. Soto Photography and recieve a free engagement session.
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This packages includes 4 hours of coverage Photo Album containing 100 4x6 color proof prints Four Sheets of prints Each sheet contains: 1 - 8x12 2 - 5x7s 5 - Wallets Standard Resolution CD Pasword protected proofing website This special is valid thru 12/31/09 Please call ASAP to reserve your 2009/2010 date!
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