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Erin J Saldana Photography

Pasadena , CA
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Sometimes people ask me how i became a wedding photographer. quite honestly, I must say, it wasn't something i knew i was getting into. From a young age, I had always wanted to be an... Read more
Sometimes people ask me how i became a wedding photographer. quite honestly, I must say, it wasn't something i knew i was getting into. From a young age, I had always wanted to be an artist, so i went to college and got a bachelors in art studio from UCSB. Those were some of my favorite years... drawing and painting in the studio that overlooked the beautiful ocean coast of Santa Barbara! While there, I studied everything from painting, watercolor, drawing, graphic design, to of course photography. This is where the ethereal fine art, free-spirited style of my photos comes from. Although, my love for colors and textures could also have a little something to do with that. My photo background is also very much routed in photojournalism, which is where the candid style of my photos comes from. My photo career started when I became a staff photographer (and soon after the photo editor) for a newspaper. For a few years I was strictly a photojournalist type of photographer, which just meant I never interacted with the subjects and events I was covering for the newspaper— I strictly documented them in a hands off artistic way. One day an old professor of mine that was getting into weddings asked me to come along and shoot with him so I could see what it was all about. The bride ended up loving my photos and I absolutely loved everything about the experience. I got to shoot candidly, but i also got to interact with my subjects and curate images and composition in a new way. Ten years later, and here I am! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Boudoir Shoot, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, One Event/Day
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs, Thank You Cards

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Christine
Wedding:
11/15/2015
5.0/5.0
We had Erin photograph our wedding and we couldn't be happier with the results. We spent a lot of time researching photographers and when we met with Erin it felt like a perfect match. Her artistic style and use of natural light was exactly what I wanted. Although we ended up paying a little bit more than what we budgeted for, the results were totally worth every penny. Family and friends are still commenting on how beautiful the pictures came out. She has a great way of capturing moments through her photography. I will be recommending Erin and her staff to all of my friends and definitely keep her in mind for future milestone photography sessions.
We had Erin photograph our wedding and we couldn't be happier with the results. We spent a lot of time researching Read more...
We had Erin photograph our wedding and we couldn't be happier with the results. We spent a lot of time researching photographers and when we met with Erin it felt like a perfect match. Her artistic style and use of natural light was exactly what I wanted. Although we ended up paying a little bit more than what we budgeted for, the results were totally worth every penny. Family and friends are still commenting on how beautiful the pictures came out. She has a great way of capturing moments through her photography. I will be recommending Erin and her staff to all of my friends and definitely keep her in mind for future milestone photography sessions. Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
7/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Erin is incredible! She is so easy to work with and is truly an artist! She is flexible and very easy going! She is quick to get back to you via email and is SO helpful. Erin is kind and put me at ease through the whole wedding process. We had a crazy bridal and a very large family and she was able to control them all gracefully.

Our engagement pictures turned out better then I could have imagined and I can't wait to see our wedding pictures!

We love Erin!!
Erin is incredible! She is so easy to work with and is truly an artist! She is flexible and very easy going! She is quick Read more...
Erin is incredible! She is so easy to work with and is truly an artist! She is flexible and very easy going! She is quick to get back to you via email and is SO helpful. Erin is kind and put me at ease through the whole wedding process. We had a crazy bridal and a very large family and she was able to control them all gracefully.

Our engagement pictures turned out better then I could have imagined and I can't wait to see our wedding pictures!

We love Erin!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
So many things to say about such an amazing person! We got so lucky, we met Erin while venue shopping. She was the photographer for a wedding at a venue that my then fiancé and I were visiting. We just happened to ask for her information and she was so bubbly and sweet that we ended up looking at her website and meeting with her. My husband being a photographer guru himself looked at her photos and fell in love. Her lighting was just perfect and she truly captured every special moment beautifully. It was an easy decision to book Erin, she made everything easy for us! She is so quick to respond to every email and so accommodating. She was on her A game from the very start to the very end with no detail forgotten. She took the most amazing day of our lives and brought it to life in her photos. Every time I look at our photos it takes me back to that moment. Thank you sooo much Erin!! I look forward to having you apart of lives for more photos to come...in the future! :)
So many things to say about such an amazing person! We got so lucky, we met Erin while venue shopping. She was the Read more...
So many things to say about such an amazing person! We got so lucky, we met Erin while venue shopping. She was the photographer for a wedding at a venue that my then fiancé and I were visiting. We just happened to ask for her information and she was so bubbly and sweet that we ended up looking at her website and meeting with her. My husband being a photographer guru himself looked at her photos and fell in love. Her lighting was just perfect and she truly captured every special moment beautifully. It was an easy decision to book Erin, she made everything easy for us! She is so quick to respond to every email and so accommodating. She was on her A game from the very start to the very end with no detail forgotten. She took the most amazing day of our lives and brought it to life in her photos. Every time I look at our photos it takes me back to that moment. Thank you sooo much Erin!! I look forward to having you apart of lives for more photos to come...in the future! :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I hired Erin to do our wedding photography after seeing pictures she'd done from the wedding of a good friend, and we could not have been more pleased!!! Erin was the perfect balance of professional and relaxed, and we had a blast working with her!! She was willing to be flexible with what we wanted as well offer suggestions. It was a blessing to have her be a part of our day, and we ended up with beautiful, amazing, and wonderfully memorable pictures. My dad is a wedding photographer, so I've grown up around wedding photography, and we were so happy with the pictures!! We got so many compliments on our wedding photos, and, 3 months later, as I am putting together our album, I continue to be excited and thankful for the gorgeous pictures we have to remember our special day!!
My husband and I hired Erin to do our wedding photography after seeing pictures she'd done from the wedding of a good Read more...
My husband and I hired Erin to do our wedding photography after seeing pictures she'd done from the wedding of a good friend, and we could not have been more pleased!!! Erin was the perfect balance of professional and relaxed, and we had a blast working with her!! She was willing to be flexible with what we wanted as well offer suggestions. It was a blessing to have her be a part of our day, and we ended up with beautiful, amazing, and wonderfully memorable pictures. My dad is a wedding photographer, so I've grown up around wedding photography, and we were so happy with the pictures!! We got so many compliments on our wedding photos, and, 3 months later, as I am putting together our album, I continue to be excited and thankful for the gorgeous pictures we have to remember our special day!! Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Our photographer was the single most important vendor my husband and I looked for when we were planning our wedding. We researched and interviewed with more photographers than I wish to remember and even considered flying someone across the country to ensure we got the kind of photos we were looking for. Just as we were about to settle with someone who came as close as we could get, we were referred to Erin.

Even without getting to meet her in person, we booked her immediately. Her style was just what we were looking for and in the initial brief conversations over email and phone, her personality, professionalism and passion for what she does was evident.

Throughout the process of planning Erin was a joy to work with. I never doubted she knew exactly what we wanted and she was very buttoned up on every detail.

On the day of, she delivered 100%. She was very discreet at times so that she could capture some really great candid moments but also aggressive when needed - like keeping our wedding party focused long enough to get the big group shots!

And just when we were starting to go into withdrawal after the wedding and forgetting all of the little moments, she sent through photo after photo of amazing and beautiful shots that allowed us to relive it all over again! She expertly captured the beauty of our outdoor venue and the spirit of the day that took us right back.

We couldn't be happier with our choice to hire Erin. She was amazing to work with at every step and gave us an amazing set of photos the we and our family can cherish forever.
Our photographer was the single most important vendor my husband and I looked for when we were planning our wedding. We Read more...
Our photographer was the single most important vendor my husband and I looked for when we were planning our wedding. We researched and interviewed with more photographers than I wish to remember and even considered flying someone across the country to ensure we got the kind of photos we were looking for. Just as we were about to settle with someone who came as close as we could get, we were referred to Erin.

Even without getting to meet her in person, we booked her immediately. Her style was just what we were looking for and in the initial brief conversations over email and phone, her personality, professionalism and passion for what she does was evident.

Throughout the process of planning Erin was a joy to work with. I never doubted she knew exactly what we wanted and she was very buttoned up on every detail.

On the day of, she delivered 100%. She was very discreet at times so that she could capture some really great candid moments but also aggressive when needed - like keeping our wedding party focused long enough to get the big group shots!

And just when we were starting to go into withdrawal after the wedding and forgetting all of the little moments, she sent through photo after photo of amazing and beautiful shots that allowed us to relive it all over again! She expertly captured the beauty of our outdoor venue and the spirit of the day that took us right back.

We couldn't be happier with our choice to hire Erin. She was amazing to work with at every step and gave us an amazing set of photos the we and our family can cherish forever. Read less
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Mike
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Erin J Saldana Photography was overall the best decision we made for our wedding. Erin shot our engagement photos and our wedding photos. We've gotten a thousand compliments for our photos. Erin was extremely easy to work with. When we e-mailed her, she'd respond that same day, her professionalism and attention to detail was impressive. She made sure to get every shot we wanted, and found so many more opportunites we'd never thought of before.

My favorite memory from our wedding was seeing my wife walk down the aisle to me. I was in awe of how beautiful she looked. Erin caught the moment perfectly. Although my wife and I don't have children yet, I'm excited to be able to explain to them how beautiful their mother looked on our wedding day, and then show them the pictures.

We also booked Erin's photo booth. This was a great decision, as our guests were very entertained by it. I've seen about 6 different booths at weddings, and this one was definitely the best set up. We've got multiple pictures of all our guests in the booth...pretty hillarious!

All in all, we highly recommend Erin as a wedding/engagement photographer. She made our wedding even more special and helped keep our memories fresh. Thank you, Erin!
Erin J Saldana Photography was overall the best decision we made for our wedding. Erin shot our engagement photos and our Read more...
Erin J Saldana Photography was overall the best decision we made for our wedding. Erin shot our engagement photos and our wedding photos. We've gotten a thousand compliments for our photos. Erin was extremely easy to work with. When we e-mailed her, she'd respond that same day, her professionalism and attention to detail was impressive. She made sure to get every shot we wanted, and found so many more opportunites we'd never thought of before.

My favorite memory from our wedding was seeing my wife walk down the aisle to me. I was in awe of how beautiful she looked. Erin caught the moment perfectly. Although my wife and I don't have children yet, I'm excited to be able to explain to them how beautiful their mother looked on our wedding day, and then show them the pictures.

We also booked Erin's photo booth. This was a great decision, as our guests were very entertained by it. I've seen about 6 different booths at weddings, and this one was definitely the best set up. We've got multiple pictures of all our guests in the booth...pretty hillarious!

All in all, we highly recommend Erin as a wedding/engagement photographer. She made our wedding even more special and helped keep our memories fresh. Thank you, Erin! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
11/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Erin was a great photographer and I dont think I would have been as happy if i chose someone else. She has an amazing gift and knows exactly how to capture her vision. She listened to any comment or concern I had and of course helped me come up with different ideas.
Erin was a great photographer and I dont think I would have been as happy if i chose someone else. She has an amazing gift Read more...
Erin was a great photographer and I dont think I would have been as happy if i chose someone else. She has an amazing gift and knows exactly how to capture her vision. She listened to any comment or concern I had and of course helped me come up with different ideas. Read less
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Dee Kay
Wedding:
11/16/2011
5.0/5.0
All I can say is THANK GOODNESS we decided to bring Erin with us for our destination wedding in Costa Rica! We came so close to just hiring someone there for 3 hours, but after discussing it with Erin, it made so much more sense to have her with us for a few days so she could help document our wonderful trip with our friends & family. After all, a destination wedding lasts longer than just the ceremony & reception. There's so much more to the wedding experience and I can't think of anyone who could have depicted these memories better than Erin.
Aside from the wedding photos, which turned out beautifully, Erin joined us on nights out on the town, adventure expeditions through the jungles and lounging by the infinity pool at our gorgeous vacation home. All the while capturing every expression, every feeling, every moment. Amazing! When we flip through the photos you're immediately transported right back to Costa Rica. Makes my heart hurt!
As if that wasn't enough, we had the opportunity to take our guests down to the beach for group photos, and individual couple/family photos, days prior to the wedding. This was such a treat for our guests!
Erin knew exactly what to shoot, always going above and beyond our expectations. The cherry on top, she was fantastic to be around!! She blended in with our crazy group immediately. Next to selecting CR for the wedding location, Erin was the best decision we made!
All I can say is THANK GOODNESS we decided to bring Erin with us for our destination wedding in Costa Rica! We came so Read more...
All I can say is THANK GOODNESS we decided to bring Erin with us for our destination wedding in Costa Rica! We came so close to just hiring someone there for 3 hours, but after discussing it with Erin, it made so much more sense to have her with us for a few days so she could help document our wonderful trip with our friends & family. After all, a destination wedding lasts longer than just the ceremony & reception. There's so much more to the wedding experience and I can't think of anyone who could have depicted these memories better than Erin.
Aside from the wedding photos, which turned out beautifully, Erin joined us on nights out on the town, adventure expeditions through the jungles and lounging by the infinity pool at our gorgeous vacation home. All the while capturing every expression, every feeling, every moment. Amazing! When we flip through the photos you're immediately transported right back to Costa Rica. Makes my heart hurt!
As if that wasn't enough, we had the opportunity to take our guests down to the beach for group photos, and individual couple/family photos, days prior to the wedding. This was such a treat for our guests!
Erin knew exactly what to shoot, always going above and beyond our expectations. The cherry on top, she was fantastic to be around!! She blended in with our crazy group immediately. Next to selecting CR for the wedding location, Erin was the best decision we made! Read less
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Johnny Boy
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
I got married in July 2011 in central California and had Erin take my photos. All I can say is, Amazing! She is very talented and does a great job. From the very beginning you can tell that she knows what she is doing and wants to get you the most for your money. I was actually living on the east coast, but getting married and moving back to the west coast and she was very flexible and willing to work with me. She emailed me an excel spreadsheet so that I could mark which photos I wanted (like family members and important events), and also lefts spots where I could add in if there were any special pictures I wanted.

During the wedding she was one of the best photographers I've seen (been to four other weddings). She has a great, lively personality which makes it easy and comfortable to have her take your picture. But then she can also be very quiet and secretive so she gets those natural expressions that look amazing, rather than cheesy posed pictures like I've seen in other weddings. She has such a sweet personality that anytime certain family members might give her a bit of attitude she was able to calm them down, figure out what they wanted in a picture, and not let it bother her.

Once I got my wedding photos from her...i was blown away. I had VERY high expectations when it came to the pictures, and she exceeded my expectations. The images were absolutely gorgeous and there were tons to choose from. I didnt even know she took half of them, but that was the best part because then she got my natural expressions in the pictures. There were some pictures we took that had a background I wasn't too sure about but decided to trust her and they turned out to be amazing and are actually some of my favorite pictures.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the pictures for my wedding. She gave me a lot for my money, she was flexible and worked with me to figure out what my wife and I wanted, and she is one of those friendly photographers you will like. If I had to make these decisions all over again I would choose her in a heart beat.

Bottom line: Yes, her prices can be more expensive than some other places I checked, but if you think about, these are your wedding pictures and hopefully you'll only do this once. So spend the little bit of extra money, and get high quality pictures that you'll absolutely love.

If you're still unsure, check out her website. Looking at her blog and past weddings helped me to see that she took pictures in the style I liked and helped me figure out what I wanted.
I got married in July 2011 in central California and had Erin take my photos. All I can say is, Amazing! She is very Read more...
I got married in July 2011 in central California and had Erin take my photos. All I can say is, Amazing! She is very talented and does a great job. From the very beginning you can tell that she knows what she is doing and wants to get you the most for your money. I was actually living on the east coast, but getting married and moving back to the west coast and she was very flexible and willing to work with me. She emailed me an excel spreadsheet so that I could mark which photos I wanted (like family members and important events), and also lefts spots where I could add in if there were any special pictures I wanted.

During the wedding she was one of the best photographers I've seen (been to four other weddings). She has a great, lively personality which makes it easy and comfortable to have her take your picture. But then she can also be very quiet and secretive so she gets those natural expressions that look amazing, rather than cheesy posed pictures like I've seen in other weddings. She has such a sweet personality that anytime certain family members might give her a bit of attitude she was able to calm them down, figure out what they wanted in a picture, and not let it bother her.

Once I got my wedding photos from her...i was blown away. I had VERY high expectations when it came to the pictures, and she exceeded my expectations. The images were absolutely gorgeous and there were tons to choose from. I didnt even know she took half of them, but that was the best part because then she got my natural expressions in the pictures. There were some pictures we took that had a background I wasn't too sure about but decided to trust her and they turned out to be amazing and are actually some of my favorite pictures.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the pictures for my wedding. She gave me a lot for my money, she was flexible and worked with me to figure out what my wife and I wanted, and she is one of those friendly photographers you will like. If I had to make these decisions all over again I would choose her in a heart beat.

Bottom line: Yes, her prices can be more expensive than some other places I checked, but if you think about, these are your wedding pictures and hopefully you'll only do this once. So spend the little bit of extra money, and get high quality pictures that you'll absolutely love.

If you're still unsure, check out her website. Looking at her blog and past weddings helped me to see that she took pictures in the style I liked and helped me figure out what I wanted. Read less
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TerryG
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Erin was the one and only photographer I interviewed to shoot my wedding. I knew the second I met her that I needed to hire her! She was very flexible with meeting us near our home in Orange County. When we met up to shoot our engagement session, she was SO fun and made us feel very comfortable. We brought our dog along to the shoot and she was so great with him as well.
One of the things that has annoyed me about other weddings I have attended is photographers that really get in the way of the action. Erin is SO NOT like that. She's very quiet, knows where to stand, and I honestly didn't even notice her taking pictures. She was also great at wrangling up our boisterous families to get the needed shots.
When our photos arrived, I was floored. She captured everything I wanted and more. She has that great photojournalistic style, has a strong sense of lighting, space, and balance, and the vibrancy of her images is just beautiful. I HIGHLY recommend Erin to LA, OC, and SD brides. Actually...wherever you live...hire this girl NOW! You will not be disappointed. :)
Erin was the one and only photographer I interviewed to shoot my wedding. I knew the second I met her that I needed to Read more...
Erin was the one and only photographer I interviewed to shoot my wedding. I knew the second I met her that I needed to hire her! She was very flexible with meeting us near our home in Orange County. When we met up to shoot our engagement session, she was SO fun and made us feel very comfortable. We brought our dog along to the shoot and she was so great with him as well.
One of the things that has annoyed me about other weddings I have attended is photographers that really get in the way of the action. Erin is SO NOT like that. She's very quiet, knows where to stand, and I honestly didn't even notice her taking pictures. She was also great at wrangling up our boisterous families to get the needed shots.
When our photos arrived, I was floored. She captured everything I wanted and more. She has that great photojournalistic style, has a strong sense of lighting, space, and balance, and the vibrancy of her images is just beautiful. I HIGHLY recommend Erin to LA, OC, and SD brides. Actually...wherever you live...hire this girl NOW! You will not be disappointed. :) Read less
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