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Michael Stephens Photography

San Luis Obispo , CA
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 US (map)

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805-703-4477

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ABOUT US

I am eternally grateful to be a wedding photographer and my promise to every client is to provide not only amazing photos but an incredible experience. Every moment is fleeting and we... Read more
I am eternally grateful to be a wedding photographer and my promise to every client is to provide not only amazing photos but an incredible experience. Every moment is fleeting and we only get one chance to capture it. Be it the emerging gap tooth smile of your youngest daughter during a family photo shoot or the epic grand exit to your happily ever after. I want to document that place in time for you so you are able to look back, laugh, cry and remember.

My biggest loves:

God, Chloe, Caed and Carly
Photography
Laughing
Amazing meals (Especially with amazing people)
Firestone's Double DBA
The Chive
Adventuring

Contact me at (805) 703-4477 or by EMAIL. Read less

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INFO FOR RENTALS & PHOTOBOOTHS

What event items are available?
Photobooth
What photobooth items are available?
Backdrop(s), Flip Book, Prints, Props, Social Media Integration

INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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Leslie
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
I would book in advance and definitely do an engagement session so you have a chance to meet Michael Stephens before the big day. Michael is such a professional, he makes having your picture taken easy and enjoyable whether or not you are a "picture person". After seeing our engagement photos, we couldn't wait for the wedding, and the pictures did not disappoint. I have so many incredible pictures, not just of my husband and me, but also of family and friends. Michael has mastered how to use light and unfiltered surroundings to create breathtaking pictures that look more like paintings and works of art versus typical wedding photos. He is truly talented with an impressive portfolio that speaks for itself. No gimmicks, no props - just Michael, the happy couple and a natural backdrop he brings to life. Seeing our pictures brought me right back to our wedding day (happy tears and all), and I am deeply grateful Michael was able to so beautifully capture these moments. I have nothing but sincere and heartfelt praise for all of his abilities. I would (and already have) recommended him to family, friends, coworkers, etc. And the best part, Michael's temperament is so easygoing and relaxing, you will feel like old friends right from the start.
I would book in advance and definitely do an engagement session so you have a chance to meet Michael Stephens before the Read more...
I would book in advance and definitely do an engagement session so you have a chance to meet Michael Stephens before the big day. Michael is such a professional, he makes having your picture taken easy and enjoyable whether or not you are a "picture person". After seeing our engagement photos, we couldn't wait for the wedding, and the pictures did not disappoint. I have so many incredible pictures, not just of my husband and me, but also of family and friends. Michael has mastered how to use light and unfiltered surroundings to create breathtaking pictures that look more like paintings and works of art versus typical wedding photos. He is truly talented with an impressive portfolio that speaks for itself. No gimmicks, no props - just Michael, the happy couple and a natural backdrop he brings to life. Seeing our pictures brought me right back to our wedding day (happy tears and all), and I am deeply grateful Michael was able to so beautifully capture these moments. I have nothing but sincere and heartfelt praise for all of his abilities. I would (and already have) recommended him to family, friends, coworkers, etc. And the best part, Michael's temperament is so easygoing and relaxing, you will feel like old friends right from the start. Read less
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Michael Stephens Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you Leslie and Andy! It was my honor and privilege to photograph your wedding! I loved getting to know you both and am thankful for your friendship! Thank you for the most amazingly kind words:)
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Katie
Wedding:
5/15/2016
5.0/5.0
Michael was our photographer for our wedding, and he did a fantastic job. We couldn't be happier with the outcome. He captured our day to it's entirety; everything from the moment we got ready to the moment we left the venue. We each spent the morning in opposite sides of the city, but he accommodated us with an excellent second shooter and didn't skip a beat, capturing both parties. He also did an wonderful job capturing the entire wedding party together of twenty! Beyond his photography skills, he is very professional and personable. He kept everything on schedule and in a kind manner. We felt at complete ease with him, which is something so important when it comes to a day as important as your wedding. It allowed us to be our true selves and our photos are not only stunning quality but also effortless because of it. We appreciate how many images Michael sent us, it is so nice to be able to look at everything and decide what is special to us instead of only getting a small number of photos. We have received countless compliments on Michael's photography of our big day. Would gladly recommend him for any shoot!
Michael was our photographer for our wedding, and he did a fantastic job. We couldn't be happier with the outcome. He Read more...
Michael was our photographer for our wedding, and he did a fantastic job. We couldn't be happier with the outcome. He captured our day to it's entirety; everything from the moment we got ready to the moment we left the venue. We each spent the morning in opposite sides of the city, but he accommodated us with an excellent second shooter and didn't skip a beat, capturing both parties. He also did an wonderful job capturing the entire wedding party together of twenty! Beyond his photography skills, he is very professional and personable. He kept everything on schedule and in a kind manner. We felt at complete ease with him, which is something so important when it comes to a day as important as your wedding. It allowed us to be our true selves and our photos are not only stunning quality but also effortless because of it. We appreciate how many images Michael sent us, it is so nice to be able to look at everything and decide what is special to us instead of only getting a small number of photos. We have received countless compliments on Michael's photography of our big day. Would gladly recommend him for any shoot! Read less
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Janine
Wedding:
4/2/2016
5.0/5.0
One word - awesome. Mike was suggested to us by our wedding planner and it was one of the best wedding decisions we made. His level of enthusiasm generally for what he does for a living and specifically for shooting our wedding was the clincher for us in deciding between him and one other photographer. In addition to that, his rate is very reasonable, he's a super nice guy with a cool beard and great taste in beer and, most importantly, his photos are breathtaking.

From the beginning, Mike made things easy for us. My husband and I (my husband in particular) are not super comfortable in front of the camera. So we weren't too keen on taking any kind of photos, let alone engagement photos. Not only would it be an additional day of photo-taking on top of the wedding, but engagement photos always seem to come off as cheesy. Mike convinced us to do it - he said it would really help us get used to him and the camera so on the wedding day, we would feel more comfortable. Genius move. It made such a huge difference on the wedding day. And our engagement photos were almost as cool as our wedding photos!

At the wedding, he and his assistant Melissa made the photo parts of the day go smoothly and quickly. We did some group and family photos after the ceremony - it was fast and organized like an assembly line so we could get to cocktail hour and spend some time with our guests. At the reception, he was like Spider Man, everywhere and nowhere - I don't even remember seeing him around but he was there capturing moments! We got so many compliments from our guests after the wedding - everyone loved him.

And when we got our photos back, I was floored. Absolutely stunning. I can't even pick my favorite 10 - he got off so many good shots I was absolutely amazed. We look like models, thanks to Mike! All in all, an amazing experience with an extremely talented photographer. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat.
One word - awesome. Mike was suggested to us by our wedding planner and it was one of the best wedding decisions we made. Read more...
One word - awesome. Mike was suggested to us by our wedding planner and it was one of the best wedding decisions we made. His level of enthusiasm generally for what he does for a living and specifically for shooting our wedding was the clincher for us in deciding between him and one other photographer. In addition to that, his rate is very reasonable, he's a super nice guy with a cool beard and great taste in beer and, most importantly, his photos are breathtaking.

From the beginning, Mike made things easy for us. My husband and I (my husband in particular) are not super comfortable in front of the camera. So we weren't too keen on taking any kind of photos, let alone engagement photos. Not only would it be an additional day of photo-taking on top of the wedding, but engagement photos always seem to come off as cheesy. Mike convinced us to do it - he said it would really help us get used to him and the camera so on the wedding day, we would feel more comfortable. Genius move. It made such a huge difference on the wedding day. And our engagement photos were almost as cool as our wedding photos!

At the wedding, he and his assistant Melissa made the photo parts of the day go smoothly and quickly. We did some group and family photos after the ceremony - it was fast and organized like an assembly line so we could get to cocktail hour and spend some time with our guests. At the reception, he was like Spider Man, everywhere and nowhere - I don't even remember seeing him around but he was there capturing moments! We got so many compliments from our guests after the wedding - everyone loved him.

And when we got our photos back, I was floored. Absolutely stunning. I can't even pick my favorite 10 - he got off so many good shots I was absolutely amazed. We look like models, thanks to Mike! All in all, an amazing experience with an extremely talented photographer. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat. Read less
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Sehyun
Wedding:
3/19/2016
5.0/5.0
Michael Stephens did an awesome photography at our wedding. We didn't request for second shooter, yet he brought one anyway to maximize his time with us. We wanted to have photo booth, and he said he was trying it out for first time, so he gave us a great deal, but I think we got a way too good of a deal for his photo booth.

We also just got our photos back from him in about a month and half (his contract is for 90 days to return the photos back to the couple). The photos are amazing. I love his use of color and geometry in the photos. Simple and yet elegant.

Highly recommend him for your wedding, photo shoot, or just about any other event that you would like to remember by photos.
Michael Stephens did an awesome photography at our wedding. We didn't request for second shooter, yet he brought one Read more...
Michael Stephens did an awesome photography at our wedding. We didn't request for second shooter, yet he brought one anyway to maximize his time with us. We wanted to have photo booth, and he said he was trying it out for first time, so he gave us a great deal, but I think we got a way too good of a deal for his photo booth.

We also just got our photos back from him in about a month and half (his contract is for 90 days to return the photos back to the couple). The photos are amazing. I love his use of color and geometry in the photos. Simple and yet elegant.

Highly recommend him for your wedding, photo shoot, or just about any other event that you would like to remember by photos. Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
2/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Finding a photographer for our big day was super overwhelming! All profiles sounded great and what any bride wanted to hear, but Michaels was down to earth. Alex (my now husband) adored his photos and loved what he called "the in the moment" pics. We both wanted someone to help capture our personalities in the photographs but also something that would not look dated in the years to come. Michael and his team did just that! It also helped that when meeting Michael for the first time (on the day of), he was personable, immediately well liked by everyone I talked to, and he knew my special references to Star Trek for my late father. He was professional, had our sense of humor, and we could not be any more happy and beyond grateful for such beautiful wedding photos.
Finding a photographer for our big day was super overwhelming! All profiles sounded great and what any bride wanted to Read more...
Finding a photographer for our big day was super overwhelming! All profiles sounded great and what any bride wanted to hear, but Michaels was down to earth. Alex (my now husband) adored his photos and loved what he called "the in the moment" pics. We both wanted someone to help capture our personalities in the photographs but also something that would not look dated in the years to come. Michael and his team did just that! It also helped that when meeting Michael for the first time (on the day of), he was personable, immediately well liked by everyone I talked to, and he knew my special references to Star Trek for my late father. He was professional, had our sense of humor, and we could not be any more happy and beyond grateful for such beautiful wedding photos. Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
2/20/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I used Michael Stephens Photography for our wedding in February 2016 based on his pictures alone. We loved his super calm presence, which we picked up on just from our first conversation on the phone. He followed up with us two more times before our wedding date and sort of became our Zen Master; whenever we started getting overwhelmed it felt like we could just call and everything was better.

The day of, Mike and his assistant Melissa met us at the hotel. They are both charming, have a great sense of humor and have a way of capturing all the moments without you even knowing they are there. At our wedding we moved through the obligatory family pictures with such speed and grace, that it didn't seem painful or awkward at all. The photo booth ran seamlessly and was a big hit with our guests. We did two more night sessions with just Mike and Melissa focusing on us.

Mike really impressed us with his eye for detail. Nothing too overwrought or cheesy, but every shot we wanted he seemed to get without making us feel silly. We told him after the wedding that if we had met him a year earlier, it would have been tough to decide whether to invite him to the wedding as a guest, or have him shoot it for us. I cannot imagine our wedding day now without him being a part of it. Great photographer, great guy, AMAZING pictures and video that we'll be happily sharing forever.
My husband and I used Michael Stephens Photography for our wedding in February 2016 based on his pictures alone. We loved Read more...
My husband and I used Michael Stephens Photography for our wedding in February 2016 based on his pictures alone. We loved his super calm presence, which we picked up on just from our first conversation on the phone. He followed up with us two more times before our wedding date and sort of became our Zen Master; whenever we started getting overwhelmed it felt like we could just call and everything was better.

The day of, Mike and his assistant Melissa met us at the hotel. They are both charming, have a great sense of humor and have a way of capturing all the moments without you even knowing they are there. At our wedding we moved through the obligatory family pictures with such speed and grace, that it didn't seem painful or awkward at all. The photo booth ran seamlessly and was a big hit with our guests. We did two more night sessions with just Mike and Melissa focusing on us.

Mike really impressed us with his eye for detail. Nothing too overwrought or cheesy, but every shot we wanted he seemed to get without making us feel silly. We told him after the wedding that if we had met him a year earlier, it would have been tough to decide whether to invite him to the wedding as a guest, or have him shoot it for us. I cannot imagine our wedding day now without him being a part of it. Great photographer, great guy, AMAZING pictures and video that we'll be happily sharing forever. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Rentals & Photobooths, Videography
Michael Stephens Photography responded with the following comments:

VanDoug! Thank you both for the honor of having me photograph your amazing wedding! I enjoyed getting to know and spend time with you both! It was your love that made the day so amazing! I am still smiling from it:)
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Jessica
Wedding:
1/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Very accommodating, professional and creative wedding photographer!

Mike was an amazing photographer in every way imaginable, going above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy, especially the bride and groom. He also was very accommodating to the entire wedding party and the wedding guests. We received multiple compliments about how quick Mike was to respond to special requests. One member of the wedding party even said she felt bad after about how demanding she probably seemed but said he was awesome and didn't even flinch.

During our engagement photo shoot he had great ideas for locations and poses. We gave him an idea of the look or them we were going for and he took it from there. He gave us multiple location options and helped us paint a good picture of what we would get at each one. He was more than willing to travel with us to multiple locations and even had the groom (who hates taking photos) happy with the pictures.

Mike then followed up after the wedding and kept us updated, we even received the finished photos sooner than we expected. Everyone kept telling us how long it would take to get the finished product but Mike managed to surprise us and deliver sooner than any of our friends experienced with other wedding photographers.
Very accommodating, professional and creative wedding photographer!

Mike was an amazing photographer in every way Read more...
Very accommodating, professional and creative wedding photographer!

Mike was an amazing photographer in every way imaginable, going above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy, especially the bride and groom. He also was very accommodating to the entire wedding party and the wedding guests. We received multiple compliments about how quick Mike was to respond to special requests. One member of the wedding party even said she felt bad after about how demanding she probably seemed but said he was awesome and didn't even flinch.

During our engagement photo shoot he had great ideas for locations and poses. We gave him an idea of the look or them we were going for and he took it from there. He gave us multiple location options and helped us paint a good picture of what we would get at each one. He was more than willing to travel with us to multiple locations and even had the groom (who hates taking photos) happy with the pictures.

Mike then followed up after the wedding and kept us updated, we even received the finished photos sooner than we expected. Everyone kept telling us how long it would take to get the finished product but Mike managed to surprise us and deliver sooner than any of our friends experienced with other wedding photographers. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Marissa
Wedding:
9/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Michale and Paul are both AMAZEBALLS!!! First time we met Michael at the SLO Bridal Shower what stopped us at his booth was his truly amazing and very talented pictures. When Michael came up to us and my family. He was super friendly and down to earth. The day of the wedding we knew we made the RIGHT CHOCIE!! They were super friendly and funny. Not only did we love them but our family as well did too. We loved all their jokes and sillyness. They made the day so much better. Last night my husband and I looked at our pictures with my side of the family. We all couldn't stop laughing, smiling, saying aww, and amazeballs. They truly made our wedding a wonderful experience. They capture every moment so perfectly. With the beautiful pictures we have something that will make our wedding a beautiful memory for a lifetime!!!! We highly recommended them. I even joke with my husband if we get married again or need a photographer we would love to hire them again and again. One of the best vendors we invested in!!!
Michale and Paul are both AMAZEBALLS!!! First time we met Michael at the SLO Bridal Shower what stopped us at his booth Read more...
Michale and Paul are both AMAZEBALLS!!! First time we met Michael at the SLO Bridal Shower what stopped us at his booth was his truly amazing and very talented pictures. When Michael came up to us and my family. He was super friendly and down to earth. The day of the wedding we knew we made the RIGHT CHOCIE!! They were super friendly and funny. Not only did we love them but our family as well did too. We loved all their jokes and sillyness. They made the day so much better. Last night my husband and I looked at our pictures with my side of the family. We all couldn't stop laughing, smiling, saying aww, and amazeballs. They truly made our wedding a wonderful experience. They capture every moment so perfectly. With the beautiful pictures we have something that will make our wedding a beautiful memory for a lifetime!!!! We highly recommended them. I even joke with my husband if we get married again or need a photographer we would love to hire them again and again. One of the best vendors we invested in!!! Read less
Services Used: Photography
Michael Stephens Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you Marissa! It's because of people like you and Brandon that I LOVE what I do! Here's to a lifetime of happiness for you both and please let me know when you need family photos;)
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Michael and his second shooter Paul were simply fabulous. My pictures are romantic, funny, natural, and inspired. My guests and family mentioned that he was very funny and easy to work with during the cocktail hour group shots (my family on the other hand- not so easy to work with!). But even better he is extremely flexible for your unique situation. My wedding was in Orange County, but the only florist I wanted to do my bouquet was in San Luis Obispo- Michael made an extra stop to bring my flowers to me- who does that? Beyond great service. I can't recommend him enough. Also, a plus for me is that he texts and has a quick response. As an on the go bride who travels a lot for work that was very important to me.
Michael and his second shooter Paul were simply fabulous. My pictures are romantic, funny, natural, and inspired. My Read more...
Michael and his second shooter Paul were simply fabulous. My pictures are romantic, funny, natural, and inspired. My guests and family mentioned that he was very funny and easy to work with during the cocktail hour group shots (my family on the other hand- not so easy to work with!). But even better he is extremely flexible for your unique situation. My wedding was in Orange County, but the only florist I wanted to do my bouquet was in San Luis Obispo- Michael made an extra stop to bring my flowers to me- who does that? Beyond great service. I can't recommend him enough. Also, a plus for me is that he texts and has a quick response. As an on the go bride who travels a lot for work that was very important to me. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Kaylinn
Wedding:
8/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Michael Stephens Photography did an unbelievable job photographing our engagement shoot and our wedding, hands down. We met Michael at the Madonna Inn bridal faire and right away were blown away with his work, his professionalism, and his easy going and fun personality. We had some problems with our original photographer and luckily Michael was available to step in 2 months before our wedding and save the day! He worked with our crazy schedules and fit us in a for an engagement shoot right before our wedding and our engagement shoot was so much fun! My fiance is a little camera shy but he clicked with Michael right away and we had a great time laughing and canoodling our way through Los Osos Oaks. At the shoot we asked if it was possible to have 2 or 3 pictures for us to use at the wedding (at that point a week away) and he said he would see what he could do. Two days later we had an email WITH ALL OUR PHOTOS!!! My fiance and I were completely blown away by the turn around AND the quality of the pictures. They were absolutely gorgeous and I knew we could count on him to capture our wedding day. And again, Michael didn't disappoint. Michael really knows how to play with the light and composition of the photo to capture sweet moments between his subjects. He is professional and personable and will make any uneasy family member (or husband) light up and bring their true personalities out in the shots. I am so happy we found Michael to photograph our wedding and could not be happier with our photos. BOOK THIS GUY FOR YOUR WEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michael Stephens Photography did an unbelievable job photographing our engagement shoot and our wedding, hands down. We Read more...
Michael Stephens Photography did an unbelievable job photographing our engagement shoot and our wedding, hands down. We met Michael at the Madonna Inn bridal faire and right away were blown away with his work, his professionalism, and his easy going and fun personality. We had some problems with our original photographer and luckily Michael was available to step in 2 months before our wedding and save the day! He worked with our crazy schedules and fit us in a for an engagement shoot right before our wedding and our engagement shoot was so much fun! My fiance is a little camera shy but he clicked with Michael right away and we had a great time laughing and canoodling our way through Los Osos Oaks. At the shoot we asked if it was possible to have 2 or 3 pictures for us to use at the wedding (at that point a week away) and he said he would see what he could do. Two days later we had an email WITH ALL OUR PHOTOS!!! My fiance and I were completely blown away by the turn around AND the quality of the pictures. They were absolutely gorgeous and I knew we could count on him to capture our wedding day. And again, Michael didn't disappoint. Michael really knows how to play with the light and composition of the photo to capture sweet moments between his subjects. He is professional and personable and will make any uneasy family member (or husband) light up and bring their true personalities out in the shots. I am so happy we found Michael to photograph our wedding and could not be happier with our photos. BOOK THIS GUY FOR YOUR WEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read less
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