Luke Snyder Studio

Santa Rosa , CA


Santa Rosa, CA US 95405 (map)




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Luke offers gentle, familiar, and thoughtful wedding photography for the modern bride. His facility with natural light, dynamic application of detail, and use of thoughtful framing aims... Read more
Luke offers gentle, familiar, and thoughtful wedding photography for the modern bride. His facility with natural light, dynamic application of detail, and use of thoughtful framing aims to honor the inexplicable depth and breadth of his subjects. His images often dare viewers to slow their pace, explore, ruminate, and react. Read less




What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
A standard set of photos delivered with me has approximately 50-75% full color and a handful of black/white/sepia/faded photos that are color corrected to convey the mood of the photo. My photos tend to be warm and saturated, popping out a little more than the standard photographer
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I'm prepared for all light, from hard light to near darkness.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Purely digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
Depending on the desires of my client, there can be up to three photographers at a wedding. I recommend two, but often do work alone.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes. Important question.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I only book one wedding per day, and have plenty of stamina for two in a weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. I've got a network of supporting photographers.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
My setup is complete with multiple lenses (extreme wide angle, telephoto, portrait, and macro lenses...all of the highest caliber glass). I've got on and off camera flash, prepared for any situation.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Full Day
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Sure. 400$ per hour outside of our contracted time, as needed.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Just a quick one...
Do you charge for travel?
Yes. $1.50 per mile
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Usually within 4 weeks. Definitely within 6.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
How long can the client keep the proofs?
You'll get the high resolution disk. Your proofs will be online from 90 days to a year, depending on our agreement.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes. I don't mind if you make mugs or T-shirts, but I'm not too interested in you publishing my photo on your novel without at least giving credit.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes. Fully Edited. I will not try to sell you anything afterward, ever. I'm an artist, and you'll pay me once for complete access to these images
Will images be available for viewing online?
What kind of albums do you offer?
From the simple to the elaborate....
When will the client get the final album?
Upon choosing your included photos, your album will be designed, and after 3 revisions, you should receive it a week or two later. From wedding to album, the process takes between two and three months.


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My original review for this talented, authentic, gifted photographer is 6,000 enthusiastic, heartfelt words long (which was already shortened in it's entirety!). If you're in the beginning stages of planning your wedding and researching reviews to find your photographer, please read my original review here: http://www.lukesnyderstudio.com/2013/12/17/carmel-wedding-elopement-of-brianna-and-rodney/ ...I mean every word of this, even months later.

Luke Snyder captured our wedding beautifully. Our photos are authentic, artistic, creative and real. Rather than posing a created moment, Luke discreetly captured real moments as they took place. He listened to our story, which he was genuinely interested in, and took it into account while recording our day in pictures. His heart is in his work and it is obvious both in meeting him personally and looking through his portfolio. I simply cannot say enough about my gratitude for finding and choosing him.
Services Used: Photography
Let me start off by saying that perfection is not even going to come close to Luke's style of photography and end result. And, we havent even gotten our wedding pictures, just seen the sneak peeks and capture everything we were feeling that day. We picked Luke bc of his style of photography and passion for what he does. The day of the wedding is the first time that we had ever met him and it felt like we had been friends for a lifetime. When we had our first look before the wedding we didnt even notice that Luke was there taking pictures and that goes for the entire wedding. He really listened to what Alex and I wanted out of our photographs and understood the direction that we were hoping for. If you are looking for a photographer to add to your already special day and for the many more years to come then hire Luke. There is no amount of money that you will be able to pay him for what he produces on your wedding day. We are only sad about one thing, and that is that our wedding is once in a lifetime. If we ever renew our vows Luke will be there. Get him now before someone else does!
Services Used: Photography
Since my husband and I eloped, adding an unknown person to our intimate space was an important decision. I am thrilled to report that we are extremely pleased with what Luke brought to our special day. He brought a confident yet relaxed energy that helped us to feel comfortable and also the artistry that we were hoping for. Our photos turned out lovely; true art (and we loved the way he slung those cameras around like a gun fighter in the old west!) Luke was professional in every regard. We would highly recommend him for your special day.
Services Used: Photography
1+ year ago
I should start off by saying that we changed our wedding date just so that we could have Luke as our photographer! His portfolio speaks for itself (we thought so) but just in case you are still on the fence here is another rave review for Luke.

By far, Luke was the most amazing vendor, and best decision we made planning our wedding. We first met Luke at our engagement session in Yountville, CA, and it turned out to be one of the most fun, memorable, and comfortable experiences we had as a couple during the wedding-planning process. The pictures truly reflected that. The pictures turned out amazing, better than we could have ever imagined, and Luke really spent the time to capture different settings, lightings and perspectives to make it special.

Luke's attention to detail was only magnified at our wedding! He came the day before to scope out our venue so that he knew ahead of time what would create the best pictures. Luke wasn't afraid to suggest changes to us which we are forever grateful for. He recommended taking a private walk just the two of us immediately after the ceremony through the gardens, and it is safe to say that it is something both my husband and I know we will cherish for the rest of our lives...and the pictures were breathtaking of course :) Luke was everywhere at once, but at the same time all of our guests, bridal party, and family members were in awe at how quickly (and perfectly) he captured moments without belaboring it, and perfectly blending into our celebration like he was one of the family.

His pictures are amazing, and our home could double as a Luke Snyder gallery. His pictures were so breathtaking, and so captivating we have filled every room in our home with them.

Plainly, it would be a mistake not to hire this thoughtful, talented man.

Thank you Luke. Best, Ashley & Ross
Services Used: Photography
All great art has a wonderful inevitability about it, as though it could not be imagined another way. This is Luke's work; masterful, elegant, thoughtful, and as though it could be no other way as it is essentially perfect.

My wife and I had our wedding celebration in Napa in July. We wanted to capture time, place, and celebration with someone who wasn't just local, but had a sense for Yountville in his or her bones. Terroir matters for wine, it matters for food, and it also matters for the captured image.

Luke's portfolio is amazing but what won me over was his insistence on meeting with us a week before our celebration - to see who we are, watch how we interact, and to understand what it was that we wanted to capture. This delighted me, and it showed in the results from the next week when we had our party at Ad Hoc.

Working style: Direct but also sensitive. Direct is good; direct is a pro at work. I liked being told what to do to make the best shots. So, too, is sensitive. Sensitive to color and light and textures, sensitive to our interactions and those of our friends.

Images: lush without being overwrought, and close-up without seeming staged. The feel of the time, place, emotion of the event are all captured thoughtfully and in detail.

His work is really lovely, and it's really lovely to work with him. Cannot recommend Luke highly enough.
Services Used: Photography
Luke was terrific from the beginning, and he only got better as we worked with him. All of his advice and suggestions were spot on, and and his photography is second to none. He does have the ability to see the beauty in the photo before it is taken, and this, together with his eye for detail, translates to a composition both touching and poignant. We reserved our most careful attention on our choice of photographer, and we believe we could not have done better. The finished product is superb.
Services Used: Flowers, Officiant, Photography
My newlywed and I could not speaker higher about Luke. The consummate professional, he was on time and ready to go at the Carneros Inn where we got married. His vision and artistic eye for our photographs were amazing! He was upbeat and friendly, but completely unobtrusive on our special day and he caught every detail.
His post- production work was just as great - He promised us photos in 6 weeks and we got them just as he said -- the colors were rich, the editing was delicate, and most importantly our photos were a work of art.
A true thank you to the artist for capturing our special day!
Services Used: Photography
Luke is a professional in every category, he captured my daughters wedding day beautifully and got every shot we could have hoped for. Luke has a talent for catching tender moments between people and your wedding is such an emotional day you want to remember all the love in the room. My daughters wedding photos are love and light thanks to Luke Snyder Studio!
Services Used: Photography
I cannot say enough about Luke and his work! We hired Luke to photograph our wedding and to do an engagement shoot. We absolutely LOVE our engagement pictures and have gotten so many compliments on them. We haven't gotten our wedding pictures back yet, but are confident they will be incredible! Luke is so creative and really makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera. He will do almost anything to get the shot, yet is so unobtrusive you'll hardly even know he's there. He is professional, very well organized, and you cannot help but see how much he loves what he does. He truly knows photography and how to capture the essence of a moment! Thank you Luke!!
Services Used: Photography
Luke was an incredible find and you\'ll be lucky to have him at your wedding!\r\n\r\nMy wedding was a small affair, partially due to budget restraints and partially due to our desire to keep it an intimate affair. Luke took our little wedding, one of the happiest days of my life, and made it look perfect. He has the skill and, for lack of a better word, the soul of a great artist. He took what would otherwise be a mundane setting and added a great mood. He took full advantage of the overcast sky that day and the uneven light in the church, creating intimate shadows on ordinary objects: my boots (more on that later), my robes, the Tibetan bell bowl, the rings, and so on.\r\n\r\nHe knows how to make people look their best. He knows how to catch people in those emotional moments and put them on film. He knows to take the picture when you smile, when you cry, when you laugh, when you\'re thoughtful. He knows how to use the light to make you look beautiful. \r\n\r\nHe also knows when to change his altitude. He will get on a ladder, get on his belly, and get everywhere to get the shot. Many of the shots from our wedding were at unusual angles, and it made for some of the most innovative shots in the set.\r\n\r\nLuke is a skillful hand when it comes to post-production. He knows when to keep it full-color, when to turn it to sepia-tone, and when to make it black and white. He knows when to change the depth of a shot, to crop it, to do all the little tricks that make a photo look its best.\r\n\r\nLuke uses professional, up-to-date equipment to give you high-quality photos that print perfectly from the digital files, and knows where to get them professionally printed. \r\n\r\nOur wedding was non-traditional. It was a costumed wedding, and Luke not only was eager to shoot it, he was happy to experiment. I was married in Jedi robes (long story) and my wife and step-daughter wore custom-made dresses. Our guests were dressed in clothes ranging from Renaissance garb to traditional kilts. Luke got dynamic and unique shots of our unique wedding.\r\n\r\nLuke was more than reasonable on the price, and would have been worth it at twice the price! And he won\'t inflate his travel expenses either.\r\n\r\nOn top of everything else, Luke is a nice guy with a great sense of humor. Our wedding really was unusual, but Luke took it with a big smile and was sincerely eager to try something new. He even Photshopped in a lightsaber blade for me!\r\n\r\nI love showing off the pictures to my friends, family, total strangers...really, I just can\'t keep them to myself. I wish I could show them off here so you could see what I\'m talking about.\r\n\r\nIf you can get this man to photograph your wedding, DO SO! You\'ll be glad you did!
Services Used: Photography
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I've had the wonderful pleasure of working with Luke Snyder Studio on a wedding together. As a wedding coordinator, I have experience working with a diverse range of vendors and Luke Snyder is at the top of my list. Luke has a warm presence, making you, the bride and groom feel instantly comfortable and at ease. My bride and groom couldn't have been happier with their photos. The bride even used Luke for a special birthday photo session with her best friends after!

Luke's photos are breathtakingly beautiful. Luke captures the special moments, memories, and feelings that enable you to remember the spirit of your wedding day forever. Luke is a true gem - absolutely kind, intelligent, friendly and talented - and I can't wait to work with him on future weddings!
Services Used: Photography
Luke isn\'t just a photographer, he\'s a camera whisperer. Every one of his shots has an intangible, otherworldly quality. He\'s able to capture more than the basics - the situation/action/people - but also the Life and specificity of a moment. I don\'t know how he does it, but I\'m glad he does.
Services Used: Photography


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