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Secrest Wedding Photography

Alameda , CA
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Alameda, CA 94501 US (map)

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510-337-9796

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ABOUT US

Photography is at its core, about memories— preserving the images and emotions from one’s experience with life, sharing this essence with one’s community and posterity, and sharing the... Read more
Photography is at its core, about memories— preserving the images and emotions from one’s experience with life, sharing this essence with one’s community and posterity, and sharing the photographer’s experience held in that instant which the photograph reflects. Stephanie’s goal is to make available beautiful memories in the way she once saw them in the blink of an eye, holding timeless that tiny sliver of life.

Stephanie Secrest was born in Denver, Colorado, into a family of journalists and writers in which creativity was particularly valued. She acquired her first camera at the age of 7 and started documenting her life.

She went on to receive her BA from the University of Northern Colorado, and her MA in fine arts/photojournalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She studied under Arnold Gassan, a colleague of Ansel Adams during their mutual work with renowned photographer Minor White.

She was among a select student body invited to attend the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, a national forum for top young photojournalists. She was the recipient of an award in one of photojournalism's oldest, largest and most highly respected contest, the 55th Annual Pictures of the Year competition of the National Press Photographers Association, plus numerous local and smaller national contests.

She is currently working in Northern California as a photojournalist, and resides in the Bay Area in her tiny cottage with her two cats.

Contact Stephanie for additional information via email ssecrest@comcast.net or phone (510-337-9796). Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
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, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

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Mark
Wedding:
3/26/2015
5.0/5.0
We found Stephanie on a list of recommended photographers from our wedding venue. We were worried about trusting our photos to a stranger, and carefully called through the list. When we called Stephanie, we liked her right away, so we set up an in-person interview. And that interview really sold us on her. Stephanie immediately set us at ease - she was both highly professional (she is trained as a photojournalist) and likable - and we hit it off right away. She genuinely loves weddings, and seemed as excited about our wedding as we were.

In the weeks before the wedding, Stephanie helped us line up the photos we wanted before, during and after the ceremony. And when we told her that the bride's mom doesn't like having her picture taken, Stephanie suggested taking photos from a distance with a special lens. Perfect solution!

On wedding day, Stephanie was on time and tastefully dressed, and blended in with our crowd as she roamed around taking candid photos. Afterward, we wanted a group shot of everyone and several large crowd shots before the small group and personal shots, so Stephanie encouraged us to deputize family members willing to organize people for these big shots. We did that, and it worked perfectly. In all of her interactions with our family and friends, she was clear and direct, but also polite, funny and engaging (she even graciously agreed to take a few photos for one of our friends with their own personal camera).

Most importantly, Stephanie not only produced a beautiful record of all of our wedding, but captured the emotions of the day, and managed to include many candid photos of each person in our crowd.

Overall, we could not be happier with Stephanie's photos of our wedding, and give her the highest recommendation to anyone wanting to record their special day. We have been looking at our album over and over again and Stephanie's photos move us again each time as we relive all of the events of our wedding. Thank you , Stephanie.
We found Stephanie on a list of recommended photographers from our wedding venue. We were worried about trusting our Read more...
We found Stephanie on a list of recommended photographers from our wedding venue. We were worried about trusting our photos to a stranger, and carefully called through the list. When we called Stephanie, we liked her right away, so we set up an in-person interview. And that interview really sold us on her. Stephanie immediately set us at ease - she was both highly professional (she is trained as a photojournalist) and likable - and we hit it off right away. She genuinely loves weddings, and seemed as excited about our wedding as we were.

In the weeks before the wedding, Stephanie helped us line up the photos we wanted before, during and after the ceremony. And when we told her that the bride's mom doesn't like having her picture taken, Stephanie suggested taking photos from a distance with a special lens. Perfect solution!

On wedding day, Stephanie was on time and tastefully dressed, and blended in with our crowd as she roamed around taking candid photos. Afterward, we wanted a group shot of everyone and several large crowd shots before the small group and personal shots, so Stephanie encouraged us to deputize family members willing to organize people for these big shots. We did that, and it worked perfectly. In all of her interactions with our family and friends, she was clear and direct, but also polite, funny and engaging (she even graciously agreed to take a few photos for one of our friends with their own personal camera).

Most importantly, Stephanie not only produced a beautiful record of all of our wedding, but captured the emotions of the day, and managed to include many candid photos of each person in our crowd.

Overall, we could not be happier with Stephanie's photos of our wedding, and give her the highest recommendation to anyone wanting to record their special day. We have been looking at our album over and over again and Stephanie's photos move us again each time as we relive all of the events of our wedding. Thank you , Stephanie. Read less
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Joy
Wedding:
2/14/2015
5.0/5.0
I heard about Stephanie through a college friend, who raved about Stephanie's photos and how she loved having her as her wedding photographer. And now I must say so myself, I loved working with Stephanie! Stephanie is experienced and professional. I was kind of nervous on our wedding day. But Stephanie worked very calmly, and yet efficiently, capturing every moment of the day. And she is very talented. I love the photos she took for us. They capture the emotion and the feel of our wedding day so accurately. Every time I look through the photos, I'm brought back to that special day. And Stephanie is very flexible and easy to work with. She was so accommodating to my busy schedule before the wedding day to meet up with me. And she even stayed a little longer to help us capture the last few moments of the reception.
I heard about Stephanie through a college friend, who raved about Stephanie's photos and how she loved having her as her Read more...
I heard about Stephanie through a college friend, who raved about Stephanie's photos and how she loved having her as her wedding photographer. And now I must say so myself, I loved working with Stephanie! Stephanie is experienced and professional. I was kind of nervous on our wedding day. But Stephanie worked very calmly, and yet efficiently, capturing every moment of the day. And she is very talented. I love the photos she took for us. They capture the emotion and the feel of our wedding day so accurately. Every time I look through the photos, I'm brought back to that special day. And Stephanie is very flexible and easy to work with. She was so accommodating to my busy schedule before the wedding day to meet up with me. And she even stayed a little longer to help us capture the last few moments of the reception. Read less
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A
Wedding:
1/10/2015
5.0/5.0
We are ao impressed with the beautiful images we just received from Stephanie. Friend and family have commented that they are the best wedding photos they have seen. Stephanie is lovely to work with, professional and truly talented at capturing the spirit and emotion of the day.
We are ao impressed with the beautiful images we just received from Stephanie. Friend and family have commented that they Read more...
We are ao impressed with the beautiful images we just received from Stephanie. Friend and family have commented that they are the best wedding photos they have seen. Stephanie is lovely to work with, professional and truly talented at capturing the spirit and emotion of the day. Read less
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angie
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
LOOK NO FURTHER!!!! Pick up your phone and book Stephanie while you can!!! I’m not kidding, we were totally amazed by her photographs, personality and professionalism! Here’s the scoop: my (now) hubby was the one who found Stephanie to be the photographer for our wedding. He has done some amateur photography growing up and was very critical about the wedding photographer we hire. His initial impression of Stephanie’s online portfolio was “creative, great use of light, captures the moment”. She was a little over our budget, but knowing this was going to be our only record to capture the magic of the wedding day, in the end we decided she was worth it. Here are a few reasons why I would definitely recommend Stephanie:
1. Great personality – She’s charming, funny, friendly and easy to talk to. Her down to earth attitude will definitely put you at ease. I’ve been to weddings where the photographer is not nice to the couple or guests and you don’t want that on your big day. Especially knowing that your photographer will be with you the whole day on your wedding.2. Amazing work ethic – She had never been to our wedding venue and offered to meet us there to check out photo opportunities and discuss our ideas. She also stayed later than our contracted time just to capture the last few photos for us. She was always quick to follow up on any questions we had and fulfilled all our requests.3. Firm when necessary: Stephanie was great at gathering the wedding crowd together for a group shot. It was like herding cats, but she put her foot down and made it happen. She was also able to convince Grandma, who hates to take pictures, to get into the family photos. 4. Giving back: Did you know she offers FREE baby photos for life? 5. LAST BUT NOT LEAST: GREAT QUALITY PHOTOS! We ended up with 2000+ photos and she touched up over a dozen of our favorite. They all look so amazing that we are having a hard time deciding which one to pick!
LOOK NO FURTHER!!!! Pick up your phone and book Stephanie while you can!!! I’m not kidding, we were totally amazed by her Read more...
LOOK NO FURTHER!!!! Pick up your phone and book Stephanie while you can!!! I’m not kidding, we were totally amazed by her photographs, personality and professionalism! Here’s the scoop: my (now) hubby was the one who found Stephanie to be the photographer for our wedding. He has done some amateur photography growing up and was very critical about the wedding photographer we hire. His initial impression of Stephanie’s online portfolio was “creative, great use of light, captures the moment”. She was a little over our budget, but knowing this was going to be our only record to capture the magic of the wedding day, in the end we decided she was worth it. Here are a few reasons why I would definitely recommend Stephanie:
1. Great personality – She’s charming, funny, friendly and easy to talk to. Her down to earth attitude will definitely put you at ease. I’ve been to weddings where the photographer is not nice to the couple or guests and you don’t want that on your big day. Especially knowing that your photographer will be with you the whole day on your wedding.2. Amazing work ethic – She had never been to our wedding venue and offered to meet us there to check out photo opportunities and discuss our ideas. She also stayed later than our contracted time just to capture the last few photos for us. She was always quick to follow up on any questions we had and fulfilled all our requests.3. Firm when necessary: Stephanie was great at gathering the wedding crowd together for a group shot. It was like herding cats, but she put her foot down and made it happen. She was also able to convince Grandma, who hates to take pictures, to get into the family photos. 4. Giving back: Did you know she offers FREE baby photos for life? 5. LAST BUT NOT LEAST: GREAT QUALITY PHOTOS! We ended up with 2000+ photos and she touched up over a dozen of our favorite. They all look so amazing that we are having a hard time deciding which one to pick! Read less
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Chen
Wedding:
11/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is the photographer we didn't have a second thought for our wedding. We met her in the wedding fair at San Francisco and we were so impressed with her photo artistic direction and her professional knowledge about wedding photography. We worked with her twice for our wedding, one is the engagement session at the Santa Cruz and the other one is the city hall wedding ceremony.

She is a very organized photographer. She called me before the shooting day and we communicated in emails so many times about the schedule and plan. She was patient with very all kinds of our ideas and she provided us many recommendations for locations and ideas. She also asked us about our love story and our background, so that she could better invlove and work together with us in the shooting process. I can tell she is really enjoying what she does and she is a responsible photographer.

On the shooting day she was totally a professional creative woman! On time, energetic, creative and flexible with our various requests. After the shooting she did he PS editing quickly and delieved all photos for us within one week.

Overall she is a photographer with excellent photography academic education, years of practical wedding photography experience and easygoing personality. I would definitely work with her again in the future for other ocassions.
Stephanie is the photographer we didn't have a second thought for our wedding. We met her in the wedding fair at San Read more...
Stephanie is the photographer we didn't have a second thought for our wedding. We met her in the wedding fair at San Francisco and we were so impressed with her photo artistic direction and her professional knowledge about wedding photography. We worked with her twice for our wedding, one is the engagement session at the Santa Cruz and the other one is the city hall wedding ceremony.

She is a very organized photographer. She called me before the shooting day and we communicated in emails so many times about the schedule and plan. She was patient with very all kinds of our ideas and she provided us many recommendations for locations and ideas. She also asked us about our love story and our background, so that she could better invlove and work together with us in the shooting process. I can tell she is really enjoying what she does and she is a responsible photographer.

On the shooting day she was totally a professional creative woman! On time, energetic, creative and flexible with our various requests. After the shooting she did he PS editing quickly and delieved all photos for us within one week.

Overall she is a photographer with excellent photography academic education, years of practical wedding photography experience and easygoing personality. I would definitely work with her again in the future for other ocassions. Read less
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Matthew & Jessica
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Wedding pictures are something that are viewed and cherished for a lifetime. When looking for a photographer my husband and I weren't going to settle for anything less than the best. Thank goodness we found Stephanie-- she is absolutely the best!
Stephanie was so professional and always quick to respond whenever we had a question. My husband and I both have very opposite work schedules but Stephanie was so great working with us. She was so flexible to our ever changing schedule. We met with her at the venue about a month before the wedding. During this meeting she took charge and blew our minds with the vision she had for our wedding day. She was realistic and really put all my worries to rest.
On the day of the wedding she more than delivered. She was on time and got down to business right away. She was not only professional the whole day but also so much fun! Since my wedding I have had so many people reach out to me to say how great she was and how much they really enjoyed her! Taking pictures for an hour is pretty much my husband's nightmare but Stephanie worked her magic and we had such a great time!
Stephanie sent us a link with all of our pictures within 2 weeks of the wedding. WOW -- they blew my mind! My wedding was the best day of my life and Stephanie captured that perfectly! I really don't know how she does it but every picture is better than the next! Stephanie invests in every picture she takes and goes above and beyond to capture those moments that so many other photographers do not. Stephanie captures the moment, she captures the love and doesn't settle for anything less than the best. Thank you Stephanie- We are forever grateful! Picking our favorites for the album is going to be so hard.
Wedding pictures are something that are viewed and cherished for a lifetime. When looking for a photographer my husband Read more...
Wedding pictures are something that are viewed and cherished for a lifetime. When looking for a photographer my husband and I weren't going to settle for anything less than the best. Thank goodness we found Stephanie-- she is absolutely the best!
Stephanie was so professional and always quick to respond whenever we had a question. My husband and I both have very opposite work schedules but Stephanie was so great working with us. She was so flexible to our ever changing schedule. We met with her at the venue about a month before the wedding. During this meeting she took charge and blew our minds with the vision she had for our wedding day. She was realistic and really put all my worries to rest.
On the day of the wedding she more than delivered. She was on time and got down to business right away. She was not only professional the whole day but also so much fun! Since my wedding I have had so many people reach out to me to say how great she was and how much they really enjoyed her! Taking pictures for an hour is pretty much my husband's nightmare but Stephanie worked her magic and we had such a great time!
Stephanie sent us a link with all of our pictures within 2 weeks of the wedding. WOW -- they blew my mind! My wedding was the best day of my life and Stephanie captured that perfectly! I really don't know how she does it but every picture is better than the next! Stephanie invests in every picture she takes and goes above and beyond to capture those moments that so many other photographers do not. Stephanie captures the moment, she captures the love and doesn't settle for anything less than the best. Thank you Stephanie- We are forever grateful! Picking our favorites for the album is going to be so hard. Read less
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Mitch & Chris
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is magical. She has the inate ability to see the moment just before it happens. Her artistry seen through the lens of her many cameras gave us photos that are exquisite. Each photo is a canvas, when woven together give us the memories of our beautiful day that will last beyond our lifetime.
Stephanie is magical. She has the inate ability to see the moment just before it happens. Her artistry seen through the Read more...
Stephanie is magical. She has the inate ability to see the moment just before it happens. Her artistry seen through the lens of her many cameras gave us photos that are exquisite. Each photo is a canvas, when woven together give us the memories of our beautiful day that will last beyond our lifetime. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is absolutely AMAZING!!! We could not have asked for a better photographer for our wedding a few weeks ago! Because we were planning our San Francisco wedding from Europe, my initial contact with her was via email. She was quick to respond and eager to get to know us and hear about what we were planning for our big day. She was extremely flexible with scheduling all of our meetings, talked us through her style, discussed with us what we were hoping for, and genuinely wanted to get to know us and hear about what we wanted for our wedding day.

She was nothing but professional throughout the whole process. She skyped with us at all hours of the night to hash out a plan and make sure we were all on the same page with the timing and the schedule. A month before the wedding we drove around together for a couple of hours to scope out all of our picture spots. She also walked us through what she and the second photographer (Edwin) would be doing/where they would each be standing/etc during each of the "big" moments throughout the day. Edwin and Stephanie worked very well together - efficient and seamless!

We had planned a LOT of pictures so she was cognizant of when we needed a break, when we were ready to go again, and finally when we were all "pictured-out." She was also aware of how long things were taking and made sure not to pull us away for too long at any point throughout the day. Half the time, we didn't even know she was there taking pictures!

As far as price, all of Stephanie's packages were fairly priced, especially given the incredibly beautiful pictures we ended up with. As a completely bonus on top of her great shots, she gives you ALL of the files to download, which not many photographers do these days. She also does a free newborn shoot for if/when her couples have their first little nugget!

Given all of the above, we were thrilled with Stephanie, Edwin and all of the pictures we got!! We would 100% recommend Stephanie!!!
Stephanie is absolutely AMAZING!!! We could not have asked for a better photographer for our wedding a few weeks ago! Read more...
Stephanie is absolutely AMAZING!!! We could not have asked for a better photographer for our wedding a few weeks ago! Because we were planning our San Francisco wedding from Europe, my initial contact with her was via email. She was quick to respond and eager to get to know us and hear about what we were planning for our big day. She was extremely flexible with scheduling all of our meetings, talked us through her style, discussed with us what we were hoping for, and genuinely wanted to get to know us and hear about what we wanted for our wedding day.

She was nothing but professional throughout the whole process. She skyped with us at all hours of the night to hash out a plan and make sure we were all on the same page with the timing and the schedule. A month before the wedding we drove around together for a couple of hours to scope out all of our picture spots. She also walked us through what she and the second photographer (Edwin) would be doing/where they would each be standing/etc during each of the "big" moments throughout the day. Edwin and Stephanie worked very well together - efficient and seamless!

We had planned a LOT of pictures so she was cognizant of when we needed a break, when we were ready to go again, and finally when we were all "pictured-out." She was also aware of how long things were taking and made sure not to pull us away for too long at any point throughout the day. Half the time, we didn't even know she was there taking pictures!

As far as price, all of Stephanie's packages were fairly priced, especially given the incredibly beautiful pictures we ended up with. As a completely bonus on top of her great shots, she gives you ALL of the files to download, which not many photographers do these days. She also does a free newborn shoot for if/when her couples have their first little nugget!

Given all of the above, we were thrilled with Stephanie, Edwin and all of the pictures we got!! We would 100% recommend Stephanie!!! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Stephanie did the photography for my wedding. She made a winery on a super industrial old Navy base look awesome. Stephanie was quick and knew how to take charge. She has an awesome personality and totally understood what we wanted. We would hire her again in a second!
Stephanie did the photography for my wedding. She made a winery on a super industrial old Navy base look awesome. Read more...
Stephanie did the photography for my wedding. She made a winery on a super industrial old Navy base look awesome. Stephanie was quick and knew how to take charge. She has an awesome personality and totally understood what we wanted. We would hire her again in a second! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Stephanie was absolutely wonderful! from the beginning she was very attentive and professional. The photos she produced for us were outstanding and she paid attention to great detail. The wedding day went by through the pictures she had taken exactly what the day was like!
Stephanie was absolutely wonderful! from the beginning she was very attentive and professional. The photos she produced Read more...
Stephanie was absolutely wonderful! from the beginning she was very attentive and professional. The photos she produced for us were outstanding and she paid attention to great detail. The wedding day went by through the pictures she had taken exactly what the day was like! Read less
Services Used: Photography

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