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Mike Steelman Photographers, Wedding Photographer Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Francisco

Monterey , CA
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480 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940 US (map)

PHONE

800-925-1639

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ABOUT US

Congratulations!

We don't take pictures. We create art from your beauty. We are Mike & Gina Steelman, passionate wedding photographers that provide you with stellar imagery... Read more
Congratulations!

We don't take pictures. We create art from your beauty™. We are Mike & Gina Steelman, passionate wedding photographers that provide you with stellar imagery AND an incredible experience! Our dedication to our clients and artistic vision helps set us apart.

Our style is simple: a fresh, vibrant & edgy passion that collides perfectly with a classic undertone to produce timeless images that are treasured for life. Our unique ability to be very personable & real, yet professional throughout, results in a refreshing connection with our clients, vendors, & colleagues.

Our goal is simple: to provide you with amazing images & a wonderful experience! You won't ever look back and have regrets.

We consider the greater San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas our home, with a main studio in downtown Monterey. We frequently travel across the country to create beautiful artistic image for our clients.

Please visit (www.mikesteelman.com) for more info and the blog for the latest (www.mikesteelman.net). We're excited to hear from you!

Monterey Weddings, , Carmel Valley wedding photography, San Francisco, San Jose, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Santa Cruz Wedding Photographer & also available worldwide. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Absolutely.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
I have 2 associate photographers that I love to work with.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
NEVER.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Absolutely.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Canon professional grade equipment. I like to keep it as light as possible, yet ensure I have everything I'll need to make sure I get the shot.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes indeed. I have 2 back up cameras in addition to multiple backup lenses and more.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I'm pretty flexible, but my heart is really in the full day experience.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, we're always available for extra time. The cost is $400 per hour for overtime, but we'll usually agree in advance on adequate time to ensure we capture the story of your day.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Please feed me so I won't pass out. :) I usually eat when the guests eat, always maintaining a presence to never miss a moment.
Do you charge for travel?
Depends on where, especially if I've never been to a location and how much I love it.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
4-6 weeks if not sooner.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Online, with an optional proof magazine available.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
They are hosted online initially for 3 months, but can be extended. If my client chooses to get a proof magazine, it is theirs to keep.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes I provide a DVD of high resolution images to my clients with the receipt of their final album. It's a great way to always have an additional backup.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes!
What kind of albums do you offer?
Only the albums that I've found to be of highest quality and craftsmanship to ensure a lasting outstanding storybook for life. I encourage my clients to come into the studio to really get a grasp on how awesome these are.

REVIEWS

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molly
Wedding:
10/18/2013
2.7/5.0
Pre-wedding and day of wedding = 5 stars
Post-wedding customer service = 2 stars

We used Mike Steelman's Vintage Photo-Box for our wedding and like I mentioned above, pre-wedding and day of wedding, he was fantastic! We enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm and the guests loved him. The photos turned out great and they gave us a photo album before we left for the night so it was great to wake up the day after our wedding viewing the experience - they were great.

Unfortunately, one of my favorite things about Vintage was the ability to have videos in the photobooth. After 3 weeks of being unable to see any videos, Mike said he would get back to me as he was uncertain why we couldn't view our videos. I waited 2 weeks with no repsonse so I called again. He said there was a problem with the software but he would get back to me. I waited another 10 days with no response. I knew the videos were gone but he didn't have the presence of mind or the customer service to give me the bad news. He was not super apologetic and when I asked for a refund, he refunded me a mere $68.82 (the video portion was $79) let alone the disappointment of not receiving my videos. When I called him re: the limited refund, he said "well, you said you were going to give me a poor review anyway." Well, here is your review Mike. Obviously from the reviews above, he is great when things go right but beware if things fall through the cracks, he is not your guy.
Pre-wedding and day of wedding = 5 stars
Post-wedding customer service = 2 stars

We used Mike Steelman's Read more...
Pre-wedding and day of wedding = 5 stars
Post-wedding customer service = 2 stars

We used Mike Steelman's Vintage Photo-Box for our wedding and like I mentioned above, pre-wedding and day of wedding, he was fantastic! We enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm and the guests loved him. The photos turned out great and they gave us a photo album before we left for the night so it was great to wake up the day after our wedding viewing the experience - they were great.

Unfortunately, one of my favorite things about Vintage was the ability to have videos in the photobooth. After 3 weeks of being unable to see any videos, Mike said he would get back to me as he was uncertain why we couldn't view our videos. I waited 2 weeks with no repsonse so I called again. He said there was a problem with the software but he would get back to me. I waited another 10 days with no response. I knew the videos were gone but he didn't have the presence of mind or the customer service to give me the bad news. He was not super apologetic and when I asked for a refund, he refunded me a mere $68.82 (the video portion was $79) let alone the disappointment of not receiving my videos. When I called him re: the limited refund, he said "well, you said you were going to give me a poor review anyway." Well, here is your review Mike. Obviously from the reviews above, he is great when things go right but beware if things fall through the cracks, he is not your guy. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike and Gina are a fantastic duo! Mike's incredible energy and enthusiasm makes you feel so comfortable in front of a camera. He photographed our engagement photos, then photographed our wedding on September 2013. My husband and I were blown away! Photography is by far one of the most important things to book for your wedding as it captures all the special moments, details you plan, expressions of your loved ones, and much more! In fact, my husband and I saw Mike's photos online, spoke with him on the phone, met with him for a consult, and booked him a year and a half before our wedding. He was the first vendor we booked, and we chose all our other vendors based on recommendations from him - even our venue! He had the ability to capture more than we could ever imagine! All our guests talked about how personable he and his wife were, and how they thought they were guests as well! I couldn't ask for a more professional and attentive team. I highly recommend their services if you want a relationship with your photographers, want to feel comfortable, want great advice, and photos are important to you! You get way more than you pay for! We also chose to have a hand-made Japanese photo album made with amazing quality pictures, fun cut out and flip open pages, and 150 photos - this was an incredible option for us as we are both very artistic people! I carry it to show everyone, and my guests love to relive our wedding through the album as it appears to tell a story with such vibrant colors! I will ask for Mike and Gina to be our photographers again for all future life events. They now feel like friends! Thanks Mike and Gina!
Mike and Gina are a fantastic duo! Mike's incredible energy and enthusiasm makes you feel so comfortable in front of a Read more...
Mike and Gina are a fantastic duo! Mike's incredible energy and enthusiasm makes you feel so comfortable in front of a camera. He photographed our engagement photos, then photographed our wedding on September 2013. My husband and I were blown away! Photography is by far one of the most important things to book for your wedding as it captures all the special moments, details you plan, expressions of your loved ones, and much more! In fact, my husband and I saw Mike's photos online, spoke with him on the phone, met with him for a consult, and booked him a year and a half before our wedding. He was the first vendor we booked, and we chose all our other vendors based on recommendations from him - even our venue! He had the ability to capture more than we could ever imagine! All our guests talked about how personable he and his wife were, and how they thought they were guests as well! I couldn't ask for a more professional and attentive team. I highly recommend their services if you want a relationship with your photographers, want to feel comfortable, want great advice, and photos are important to you! You get way more than you pay for! We also chose to have a hand-made Japanese photo album made with amazing quality pictures, fun cut out and flip open pages, and 150 photos - this was an incredible option for us as we are both very artistic people! I carry it to show everyone, and my guests love to relive our wedding through the album as it appears to tell a story with such vibrant colors! I will ask for Mike and Gina to be our photographers again for all future life events. They now feel like friends! Thanks Mike and Gina! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Mike is excellent to work with and creates beautiful photographs! He is very energetic and also very professional. We love our wedding pictures!! Mike and his team are very talented. My only regret is that, we were supposed to take a photograph at nighttime, but both myself, the groom and Mike forgot to do so. Very, very minor issue though. We were all too busy having fun celebrating! All of the other photographs he was able to capture during the reception, ceremony, and getting ready portion of the wedding day thoroughly makes up for the one picture we forgot to take. In regards to responsiveness, Mike Steelman is extremely busy because he is so popular and talented; as a result, he can be hard to get a hold off but he does reply just in time, prior to any scheduled appointments.
Mike is excellent to work with and creates beautiful photographs! He is very energetic and also very professional. We love Read more...
Mike is excellent to work with and creates beautiful photographs! He is very energetic and also very professional. We love our wedding pictures!! Mike and his team are very talented. My only regret is that, we were supposed to take a photograph at nighttime, but both myself, the groom and Mike forgot to do so. Very, very minor issue though. We were all too busy having fun celebrating! All of the other photographs he was able to capture during the reception, ceremony, and getting ready portion of the wedding day thoroughly makes up for the one picture we forgot to take. In regards to responsiveness, Mike Steelman is extremely busy because he is so popular and talented; as a result, he can be hard to get a hold off but he does reply just in time, prior to any scheduled appointments. Read less
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Donna
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Five stars is nowhere near the number of stars that Mike deserves. We were fortunate that our wedding coordinator (F. Duncan Reyes) was able to find Mike within 3 weeks of our wedding (in June, no less- height of the wedding season) when we realized that the original photographer we hired (and paid a $700 deposit on) dropped off the face of the earth.

When Mike heard of our situation, he was very sympathetic and agreed to lower his prices for us. I don't know what we would've done without him or Duncan. They were instrumental in helping to make our special day memorable. Mike is funny, energetic, passionate, creative, and has a B-I-G generous heart (he threw in a second photographer, Nicole, for no charge! She, too, was great!). I could go on & on, but WeddingWire probably wouldn't appreciate posting a 10-page review.

Just contact Mike. Talk with him. Hire him. Play foosball with him. You'll be glad you did.

And thanks, Mike, for- well, everything!
Five stars is nowhere near the number of stars that Mike deserves. We were fortunate that our wedding coordinator (F. Read more...
Five stars is nowhere near the number of stars that Mike deserves. We were fortunate that our wedding coordinator (F. Duncan Reyes) was able to find Mike within 3 weeks of our wedding (in June, no less- height of the wedding season) when we realized that the original photographer we hired (and paid a $700 deposit on) dropped off the face of the earth.

When Mike heard of our situation, he was very sympathetic and agreed to lower his prices for us. I don't know what we would've done without him or Duncan. They were instrumental in helping to make our special day memorable. Mike is funny, energetic, passionate, creative, and has a B-I-G generous heart (he threw in a second photographer, Nicole, for no charge! She, too, was great!). I could go on & on, but WeddingWire probably wouldn't appreciate posting a 10-page review.

Just contact Mike. Talk with him. Hire him. Play foosball with him. You'll be glad you did.

And thanks, Mike, for- well, everything! Read less
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amg78201
Wedding:
10/9/2009
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fabulous photographer who shows so much enthusiasm and passion for his trade. We found him to be creative in our session and the pictures came out beautifully. We highly recommend his services. Thank you Mike Steelman!

Ana & Michael
Absolutely fabulous photographer who shows so much enthusiasm and passion for his trade. We found him to be creative in Read more...
Absolutely fabulous photographer who shows so much enthusiasm and passion for his trade. We found him to be creative in our session and the pictures came out beautifully. We highly recommend his services. Thank you Mike Steelman!

Ana & Michael Read less
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circusbride
Wedding:
9/19/2009
4.9/5.0
Mike was an absolute dream. I would highly recommend him. He is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about weddings and his work, and passionate about his subjects. He really took the time to get to know us and to share in our excitement about our day. And it shows in the photos, how relaxed we were around him, how much fun we had. He did a great job of listening and learning about the people who were important to us and all the details we had planned so he could capture everything. He captured so many great moments the only difficult part is picking our favorites.

Mike was super easy to work with, and I feel like we got a lot of value for our money. This was key for us because I was willing to invest in my wedding photography but I wanted to make sure that I got my money's worth. I feel like I got that and more. I also feel like we were very well taken care of. Mike went above and beyond, when we had some drama with another vendor he saw that this was spoiling my mood and he whisked me away for more photos where I could look out at the ocean and calm down.

Mike's second shooter, Nicole, was also wonderful. It was great to have them both because she was particularly adept at capturing the details and the alternative angles that add even more depth and interest to the photo set.

Also, even though it was in the middle of his busiest season, and he was traveling, he was able to accommodate our request for a slide show of our photos to show my husband's family who couldn't travel for the wedding, when we went to visit them less than 3 weeks after the wedding. I was expecting him to just throw together a few images, but no, he put together a wonderful 4.5 minute video slideshow set to music. Then a week later we received access to all 900 or so images - I'm thrilled with them!!
Mike was an absolute dream. I would highly recommend him. He is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about weddings and Read more...
Mike was an absolute dream. I would highly recommend him. He is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about weddings and his work, and passionate about his subjects. He really took the time to get to know us and to share in our excitement about our day. And it shows in the photos, how relaxed we were around him, how much fun we had. He did a great job of listening and learning about the people who were important to us and all the details we had planned so he could capture everything. He captured so many great moments the only difficult part is picking our favorites.

Mike was super easy to work with, and I feel like we got a lot of value for our money. This was key for us because I was willing to invest in my wedding photography but I wanted to make sure that I got my money's worth. I feel like I got that and more. I also feel like we were very well taken care of. Mike went above and beyond, when we had some drama with another vendor he saw that this was spoiling my mood and he whisked me away for more photos where I could look out at the ocean and calm down.

Mike's second shooter, Nicole, was also wonderful. It was great to have them both because she was particularly adept at capturing the details and the alternative angles that add even more depth and interest to the photo set.

Also, even though it was in the middle of his busiest season, and he was traveling, he was able to accommodate our request for a slide show of our photos to show my husband's family who couldn't travel for the wedding, when we went to visit them less than 3 weeks after the wedding. I was expecting him to just throw together a few images, but no, he put together a wonderful 4.5 minute video slideshow set to music. Then a week later we received access to all 900 or so images - I'm thrilled with them!! Read less
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