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Mike Danen Photography + Cinema

Santa Cruz , CA
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060 US (map)

PHONE

831-325-9904

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ABOUT US

Mike Danen is a distinctive wedding photographer in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and the San Francisco bay area of Northern California. Available for assignments worldwide. Available... Read more
Mike Danen is a distinctive wedding photographer in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and the San Francisco bay area of Northern California. Available for assignments worldwide. Available by appointment at: http://www.mikedanen.com/ Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional
What photography services do you offer?
Custom Graphics, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Slideshow/Montage
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proofs, Thank You Cards

REVIEWS

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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Mike was our wedding photographer and also shot our ‘Trash the Dress’ session the day after. We booked him after reading reviews and chatting via phone, since we were planning from a distance. He was very responsive to all e-mail requests and arrived earlier than expected on our wedding day. He and his assistant did a great job and were pretty ‘invisible’ throughout the day. He took a ton of photos! I love love the details shots (one of the reasons I liked his work) of the dress, shoes, rings, etc. And the candid shots of our wedding guests (and us) were wonderful too. I had a long list of shots I wanted of the day and he was sure to capture as many as possible. Our Trash the Dress photos came out amazing too! Would highly recommend him for your wedding!
Mike was our wedding photographer and also shot our ‘Trash the Dress’ session the day after. We booked him after reading Read more...
Mike was our wedding photographer and also shot our ‘Trash the Dress’ session the day after. We booked him after reading reviews and chatting via phone, since we were planning from a distance. He was very responsive to all e-mail requests and arrived earlier than expected on our wedding day. He and his assistant did a great job and were pretty ‘invisible’ throughout the day. He took a ton of photos! I love love the details shots (one of the reasons I liked his work) of the dress, shoes, rings, etc. And the candid shots of our wedding guests (and us) were wonderful too. I had a long list of shots I wanted of the day and he was sure to capture as many as possible. Our Trash the Dress photos came out amazing too! Would highly recommend him for your wedding! Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
We love Mike. We love his style. We love the images he created for us. We love how he made us feel. We love that he also came to our rehearsal dinner, and even traveled up to Stanford (where my husband and I met 20+ years ago) to do an engagement session with us. He brought along a second photographer (I can't stress enough how important the second photographer is - she captured beautiful images from different angles, at unsuspecting moments, and behind the scenes shots that you can't get with just one photographer). The two of them kept us at ease, laughing and enjoying every part of the day. The results are stunning. We are waiting on the formal album that he is creating for us, and I can't wait to see it!
We love Mike. We love his style. We love the images he created for us. We love how he made us feel. We love that he also Read more...
We love Mike. We love his style. We love the images he created for us. We love how he made us feel. We love that he also came to our rehearsal dinner, and even traveled up to Stanford (where my husband and I met 20+ years ago) to do an engagement session with us. He brought along a second photographer (I can't stress enough how important the second photographer is - she captured beautiful images from different angles, at unsuspecting moments, and behind the scenes shots that you can't get with just one photographer). The two of them kept us at ease, laughing and enjoying every part of the day. The results are stunning. We are waiting on the formal album that he is creating for us, and I can't wait to see it! Read less
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Jenifer
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I can't say thank you enough to Mike Danen and his team for the beautiful job they did capturing our wedding day at The Perry House.

He was very approachable from the beginning to the end and easy to work with. He was prompt at returning emails and really put our mind at ease. We had looked at over a dozen photographers but none had the same attention to detail, experience and sheer passion for their work. His prices are incredibly competitive for the area and his turn around time is amazing. We had our wedding photos fully edited in less than two weeks!

Our photos turned out amazing and will be an extraordinary keepsake for years to come! He really captured all the little details that made the day special. It was also nice working with someone who had shot at the venue before and had some great insight into where to get the perfect shots!

For anyone getting married in the area, we really can't recommend him and his team enough. Nothing but great things to say!

Jenifer & Beau
My husband and I can't say thank you enough to Mike Danen and his team for the beautiful job they did capturing our Read more...
My husband and I can't say thank you enough to Mike Danen and his team for the beautiful job they did capturing our wedding day at The Perry House.

He was very approachable from the beginning to the end and easy to work with. He was prompt at returning emails and really put our mind at ease. We had looked at over a dozen photographers but none had the same attention to detail, experience and sheer passion for their work. His prices are incredibly competitive for the area and his turn around time is amazing. We had our wedding photos fully edited in less than two weeks!

Our photos turned out amazing and will be an extraordinary keepsake for years to come! He really captured all the little details that made the day special. It was also nice working with someone who had shot at the venue before and had some great insight into where to get the perfect shots!

For anyone getting married in the area, we really can't recommend him and his team enough. Nothing but great things to say!

Jenifer & Beau Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Private User
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
I LOVE my wedding photos! Mike did a great job and was a pleasure to have at our wedding. He did a wonderful job on our formal photos, as well as photographing the guests and decorations of our wedding. He was very professional and courteous. My friends loved being able to see my photos in the online gallery.
I LOVE my wedding photos! Mike did a great job and was a pleasure to have at our wedding. He did a wonderful job on our Read more...
I LOVE my wedding photos! Mike did a great job and was a pleasure to have at our wedding. He did a wonderful job on our formal photos, as well as photographing the guests and decorations of our wedding. He was very professional and courteous. My friends loved being able to see my photos in the online gallery. Read less
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sammy
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike is an amazing photographer! My husband and I had him as the photographer for our wedding in Santa Cruz, CA in October 2013. The photographs were absolutely beautiful! He was so kind and generous throughout the entire process. The photo book we received is absolutely stunning. He did such great work!!

Thank you so much Mike! My husband and I have pictures that will bring back out beautiful wedding memories always and forever!
Mike is an amazing photographer! My husband and I had him as the photographer for our wedding in Santa Cruz, CA in October Read more...
Mike is an amazing photographer! My husband and I had him as the photographer for our wedding in Santa Cruz, CA in October 2013. The photographs were absolutely beautiful! He was so kind and generous throughout the entire process. The photo book we received is absolutely stunning. He did such great work!!

Thank you so much Mike! My husband and I have pictures that will bring back out beautiful wedding memories always and forever! Read less
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Debra
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
If you want a photographer who will take your ideas for photos along with bringing his own creativity to the day, Mike is the photographer that you need! He captured beautifully the day from start to finish with such professionalism. We now have the special moments captured, thanks to Mike!
If you want a photographer who will take your ideas for photos along with bringing his own creativity to the day, Mike is Read more...
If you want a photographer who will take your ideas for photos along with bringing his own creativity to the day, Mike is the photographer that you need! He captured beautifully the day from start to finish with such professionalism. We now have the special moments captured, thanks to Mike! Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I LOVE our engagement and wedding photos taken by Mike Danen. He was able to really capture the love and excitement in the air between my partner and I and all of our guests. We had the Photo Booth at the wedding which really provided some great moments and excellent shots. We love looking at those pictures, our only regret was that we (my wife and I) were not able to get into the photo booth before it was taken down :( but other than that NO regrets :).
Mike brought a team of photographers with him to our wedding and we could not have been happier! They caught moments with our guests that we missed, so thank you Mike and team!
Overall, we are truly happy with all of our images and can't wait to book Mike for the next chapter in our lives......baby ;)
My wife and I LOVE our engagement and wedding photos taken by Mike Danen. He was able to really capture the love and Read more...
My wife and I LOVE our engagement and wedding photos taken by Mike Danen. He was able to really capture the love and excitement in the air between my partner and I and all of our guests. We had the Photo Booth at the wedding which really provided some great moments and excellent shots. We love looking at those pictures, our only regret was that we (my wife and I) were not able to get into the photo booth before it was taken down :( but other than that NO regrets :).
Mike brought a team of photographers with him to our wedding and we could not have been happier! They caught moments with our guests that we missed, so thank you Mike and team!
Overall, we are truly happy with all of our images and can't wait to book Mike for the next chapter in our lives......baby ;) Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We chose Mike because he had a calm, laid back attitude, a beautiful portfolio, and very reasonable rates (especially for the amount of experience he has). We were not disappointed. Our wedding photos are GORGEOUS! Plus, he really captured the whole event and all of our guests. We have the bridal portraits and portraits of our families and wedding party, but in addition we have so many great candid shots of our friends and family and pictures of special moments. As an added bonus, all our guests said (and I agree) that we didn't even notice him taking pictures. He was so unobtrusive, but he captured everything beautifully. We had other photographers try to tell us how our day should go and what kind of pictures THEY thought we should have. Mike never did that. He took the formal shots we wanted, and then just quietly went about documenting our day like the total PRO that he is.
We chose Mike because he had a calm, laid back attitude, a beautiful portfolio, and very reasonable rates (especially for Read more...
We chose Mike because he had a calm, laid back attitude, a beautiful portfolio, and very reasonable rates (especially for the amount of experience he has). We were not disappointed. Our wedding photos are GORGEOUS! Plus, he really captured the whole event and all of our guests. We have the bridal portraits and portraits of our families and wedding party, but in addition we have so many great candid shots of our friends and family and pictures of special moments. As an added bonus, all our guests said (and I agree) that we didn't even notice him taking pictures. He was so unobtrusive, but he captured everything beautifully. We had other photographers try to tell us how our day should go and what kind of pictures THEY thought we should have. Mike never did that. He took the formal shots we wanted, and then just quietly went about documenting our day like the total PRO that he is. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Mike was a delight to work with. He was always on time and very professional. We truly loved all our engagement and wedding shots! We loved him so much that we are hiring him again for our religious ceremony this coming December!

Thank you Mike!

Danitza and Heriberto
Mike was a delight to work with. He was always on time and very professional. We truly loved all our engagement and Read more...
Mike was a delight to work with. He was always on time and very professional. We truly loved all our engagement and wedding shots! We loved him so much that we are hiring him again for our religious ceremony this coming December!

Thank you Mike!

Danitza and Heriberto Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Mike Danen did such a great job for us. While some vendors do a good job, it can still be a grind to work with them, Mike was never once a worry for us. Our pictures look wonderful and we got soo many from Mike. They were very clear and in focus pictures, and not that instagrammed type look or messy blurred backgrounds from being focused wrong.

He really seems to enjoy his work, we found a number of pictures from guests that happened to have him in them and every time he had a smile on his face. He was extremely patient with us and really a calming presence when we felt like we were running late. He also made sure we made it to our ceremony on time and stuck to our timeline.

We looked at a couple dozen photographers and no one could match the quality, experience, and packages that he offered. He had a second photographer who also was equally talented and friendly. She took some great up close and detailed photos of our rings and other elements of our wedding. We also loved seeing close up pictures of nearly every guest and pretty much everyone had people with their eyes open and were flattering. I don't know how he got so many shots, because he pretty much felt invisible at the wedding. Lastly, he returned all of our photos to us in just a few weeks.

Super professional, easy to work with, responsive, good prices, nice pics and fast delivery, definitely check him out.
Mike Danen did such a great job for us. While some vendors do a good job, it can still be a grind to work with them, Mike Read more...
Mike Danen did such a great job for us. While some vendors do a good job, it can still be a grind to work with them, Mike was never once a worry for us. Our pictures look wonderful and we got soo many from Mike. They were very clear and in focus pictures, and not that instagrammed type look or messy blurred backgrounds from being focused wrong.

He really seems to enjoy his work, we found a number of pictures from guests that happened to have him in them and every time he had a smile on his face. He was extremely patient with us and really a calming presence when we felt like we were running late. He also made sure we made it to our ceremony on time and stuck to our timeline.

We looked at a couple dozen photographers and no one could match the quality, experience, and packages that he offered. He had a second photographer who also was equally talented and friendly. She took some great up close and detailed photos of our rings and other elements of our wedding. We also loved seeing close up pictures of nearly every guest and pretty much everyone had people with their eyes open and were flattering. I don't know how he got so many shots, because he pretty much felt invisible at the wedding. Lastly, he returned all of our photos to us in just a few weeks.

Super professional, easy to work with, responsive, good prices, nice pics and fast delivery, definitely check him out. Read less
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