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Secrest Wedding Photography

Alameda , CA
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Alameda, CA 94501 US (map)

PHONE

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

REVIEWS

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Khristine
Wedding:
12/5/2015
5.0/5.0
We fell in love with Stephanie's website featuring her work. We especially love the fact that she has many years of professional experience and gives back to the community. When we met in person she was very attentive to our requests and made awesome suggestions. Her presence onsite day of was amazing. She is the friendliest person you will ever meet. She handled our 400 guest list and rigorous timeline by capturing special moments not only between my now hubby and myself but also of family and friends. Stephanie goes above and beyond to make your moment the very best as well as slow you down to allow you to take it all in before the chaos. The pictures are wonderful. More then what we expected. They allowed us to enjoy moments our guests had that we were not able to see. Some people worry about their guests having their mobile phones out and it being seen in pictures but they did not bother us nor did we notice because Stephanie faded them out. We are very excited to choose pictures for our wedding album as well as our next session. We declared Stephanie as our family photographer for life!
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Nguyen
We fell in love with Stephanie's website featuring her work. We especially love the fact that she has many years of Read more...
We fell in love with Stephanie's website featuring her work. We especially love the fact that she has many years of professional experience and gives back to the community. When we met in person she was very attentive to our requests and made awesome suggestions. Her presence onsite day of was amazing. She is the friendliest person you will ever meet. She handled our 400 guest list and rigorous timeline by capturing special moments not only between my now hubby and myself but also of family and friends. Stephanie goes above and beyond to make your moment the very best as well as slow you down to allow you to take it all in before the chaos. The pictures are wonderful. More then what we expected. They allowed us to enjoy moments our guests had that we were not able to see. Some people worry about their guests having their mobile phones out and it being seen in pictures but they did not bother us nor did we notice because Stephanie faded them out. We are very excited to choose pictures for our wedding album as well as our next session. We declared Stephanie as our family photographer for life!
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Nguyen Read less
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Madisen
Wedding:
11/16/2015
5.0/5.0
To make it really simple, Stephanie was the most professional, friendly, caring photographer I've ever had the pleasure of doing business with. She did our wedding and it was amazing. Everything went right. The photos were amazing and there was not one single complaint/problem during the whole process. She was by far the easiest vendor to work with.

From the moment we met Stephanie we knew that she was going to be great and she completely exceeded our expectations. My wife and I are more than happy with our photos and the overall experience. Plus we got our photos really quickly afterward. I don't know how she did it.

You want to be able to trust the person you choose to record the most important event in your life and I can say with complete certainty to anyone that Stephanie is a total pro and will absolutely take care of you. Trust me.

Thanks for all of your awesomeness, Stephanie!!!
To make it really simple, Stephanie was the most professional, friendly, caring photographer I've ever had the pleasure of Read more...
To make it really simple, Stephanie was the most professional, friendly, caring photographer I've ever had the pleasure of doing business with. She did our wedding and it was amazing. Everything went right. The photos were amazing and there was not one single complaint/problem during the whole process. She was by far the easiest vendor to work with.

From the moment we met Stephanie we knew that she was going to be great and she completely exceeded our expectations. My wife and I are more than happy with our photos and the overall experience. Plus we got our photos really quickly afterward. I don't know how she did it.

You want to be able to trust the person you choose to record the most important event in your life and I can say with complete certainty to anyone that Stephanie is a total pro and will absolutely take care of you. Trust me.

Thanks for all of your awesomeness, Stephanie!!! Read less
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Rocío
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is the best ever!!!!!
From the beginning, she was professional, courteous, and sweet. We continued to be in contact over the course of a year leading up to our wedding. When it came time for our engagement photo shoot-she made us feel comfortable and her fun loving self made it even more memorable. We were nervous for our shoot, but her experience and advice made it easier on us. We fell in love with those photos-her passion for her work and people is apparent in her finished product. We just got married a few weeks ago (10-10-15, Stephanie's birthday) and absolutely love our photos. Stephanie is not only creative, but elegant! Her work is incomparable. Stephanie is now part of our family. We are forever grateful! She is truly an amazing photographer and person! Love her!

~Rocío & Luis Martinez
Stephanie is the best ever!!!!!
From the beginning, she was professional, courteous, and sweet. We continued to be in Read more...
Stephanie is the best ever!!!!!
From the beginning, she was professional, courteous, and sweet. We continued to be in contact over the course of a year leading up to our wedding. When it came time for our engagement photo shoot-she made us feel comfortable and her fun loving self made it even more memorable. We were nervous for our shoot, but her experience and advice made it easier on us. We fell in love with those photos-her passion for her work and people is apparent in her finished product. We just got married a few weeks ago (10-10-15, Stephanie's birthday) and absolutely love our photos. Stephanie is not only creative, but elegant! Her work is incomparable. Stephanie is now part of our family. We are forever grateful! She is truly an amazing photographer and person! Love her!

~Rocío & Luis Martinez Read less
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CRengo2
Wedding:
10/9/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough great things about Stephanie. We were referred to her through my Matron of Honor and I have many friends who have used her too. From the moment we started conversing with her, she was prompt and always upbeat. We had our engagement session with her and had SO much fun! She is a blast to work with and really makes you feel comfortable. We received all of our pictures in record time (I'm pretty sure it was about 2 weeks) and they were wonderful! We still get compliments on them.

The day of the wedding she arrived on time and ready to work! We decided to add on the second photographer (Edwin) and he was amazing too. These two worked hand-in-hand and so well with our videographers. They aren't afraid to jump in the bushes if it means getting a great shot! My only problem now? Trying to pick which photos are our favorite! There are TOO many to choose from! I'm overwhelmed with joy that we have captured our special day in so many wonderful photos.

Choose Stephanie! You WILL NOT be let down! I will refer her to anyone I know (or anyone I don't now) for their big day. Thank you Stephanie & Edwin for such an amazing job well done!
I cannot say enough great things about Stephanie. We were referred to her through my Matron of Honor and I have many Read more...
I cannot say enough great things about Stephanie. We were referred to her through my Matron of Honor and I have many friends who have used her too. From the moment we started conversing with her, she was prompt and always upbeat. We had our engagement session with her and had SO much fun! She is a blast to work with and really makes you feel comfortable. We received all of our pictures in record time (I'm pretty sure it was about 2 weeks) and they were wonderful! We still get compliments on them.

The day of the wedding she arrived on time and ready to work! We decided to add on the second photographer (Edwin) and he was amazing too. These two worked hand-in-hand and so well with our videographers. They aren't afraid to jump in the bushes if it means getting a great shot! My only problem now? Trying to pick which photos are our favorite! There are TOO many to choose from! I'm overwhelmed with joy that we have captured our special day in so many wonderful photos.

Choose Stephanie! You WILL NOT be let down! I will refer her to anyone I know (or anyone I don't now) for their big day. Thank you Stephanie & Edwin for such an amazing job well done! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is amazing! She did an excellent job executing exactly what we wanted for our wedding pictures and they turned out amazing! Not to mention she is a pleasure to work with! She met me at our venue a few months prior to the big day so she could get a feel for the place and talk about specifics of what we wanted, timelines, etc.
Stephanie is amazing! She did an excellent job executing exactly what we wanted for our wedding pictures and they turned Read more...
Stephanie is amazing! She did an excellent job executing exactly what we wanted for our wedding pictures and they turned out amazing! Not to mention she is a pleasure to work with! She met me at our venue a few months prior to the big day so she could get a feel for the place and talk about specifics of what we wanted, timelines, etc. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
8/29/2015
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is awesome! Ok with that said, let me write a review that validates this. The first time we met her at her house, I knew she was the photographer for our wedding. She was kind, inviting and had a nice calm about her. Something I knew would be needed for the day-of craziness. And most of all she seemed genuinely interested in our story and wedding plans. She cares about her clients!

The day of we were running behind but she still worked hard to get through the to-do list and even found some tender moments in between. She was very attentive and patient, especially when the kids weren't always keen to doing a pose she wanted. She found ways around this and still got great shots. Great shots is an understatement. There were pictures of us where I felt stiff and awkward, but none of that is visible in her photos! They look clean, crisp and timeless. The poses, the lighting, the candids. Everything looks awesome. Hiring a great photographer for your wedding is a must; but finding one who cares is like icing on the cake.

I'm only getting married once (as I repeatedly told my then soon-to-be husband several times during the process), but if I were to do it again I'd hire Stephanie in a heartbeat. Like I said, she's amazing!
Stephanie is awesome! Ok with that said, let me write a review that validates this. The first time we met her at her Read more...
Stephanie is awesome! Ok with that said, let me write a review that validates this. The first time we met her at her house, I knew she was the photographer for our wedding. She was kind, inviting and had a nice calm about her. Something I knew would be needed for the day-of craziness. And most of all she seemed genuinely interested in our story and wedding plans. She cares about her clients!

The day of we were running behind but she still worked hard to get through the to-do list and even found some tender moments in between. She was very attentive and patient, especially when the kids weren't always keen to doing a pose she wanted. She found ways around this and still got great shots. Great shots is an understatement. There were pictures of us where I felt stiff and awkward, but none of that is visible in her photos! They look clean, crisp and timeless. The poses, the lighting, the candids. Everything looks awesome. Hiring a great photographer for your wedding is a must; but finding one who cares is like icing on the cake.

I'm only getting married once (as I repeatedly told my then soon-to-be husband several times during the process), but if I were to do it again I'd hire Stephanie in a heartbeat. Like I said, she's amazing! Read less
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Nina
Wedding:
8/22/2015
5.0/5.0
It is hard to find words to express how incredibly talented Stephanie Secrest is. We were blessed to work with her for both our engagement shoot and wedding photography. Stephanie far exceeded our expectations. She not only captured our special day beautifully, but she also managed to capture it in a way that truly tells the story of our wedding day. We got emotional while reviewing our photos, because she did such a phenomenal job of capturing the magic of it all. We were especially blown away by her artistic eye, her creativity, the vivid nature of her shots...and all while making us feel so comfortable while doing it. For us, as a gay couple, it was truly important to work with someone who was professional and would allow us to be ourselves. We found that 110% in Stephanie.
It is hard to find words to express how incredibly talented Stephanie Secrest is. We were blessed to work with her for Read more...
It is hard to find words to express how incredibly talented Stephanie Secrest is. We were blessed to work with her for both our engagement shoot and wedding photography. Stephanie far exceeded our expectations. She not only captured our special day beautifully, but she also managed to capture it in a way that truly tells the story of our wedding day. We got emotional while reviewing our photos, because she did such a phenomenal job of capturing the magic of it all. We were especially blown away by her artistic eye, her creativity, the vivid nature of her shots...and all while making us feel so comfortable while doing it. For us, as a gay couple, it was truly important to work with someone who was professional and would allow us to be ourselves. We found that 110% in Stephanie. Read less
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Ji-hae
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
What can I say that many others before me haven't already said.. Stephanie is truly exceptional!!! She is just so good at what she does and on top of that she is a lovely person. You can't help but fall in love with her and her adorable personality! Her photos look amazing beyond words can explain.. so artistic, classy, and timeless. Her pricing is also very reasonable. My favorite vendor of all time hands down. My husband and I were so lucky to have found her <3 We miss her so much already!!
What can I say that many others before me haven't already said.. Stephanie is truly exceptional!!! She is just so good at Read more...
What can I say that many others before me haven't already said.. Stephanie is truly exceptional!!! She is just so good at what she does and on top of that she is a lovely person. You can't help but fall in love with her and her adorable personality! Her photos look amazing beyond words can explain.. so artistic, classy, and timeless. Her pricing is also very reasonable. My favorite vendor of all time hands down. My husband and I were so lucky to have found her <3 We miss her so much already!! Read less
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Meghann
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
Stephanie Secrest is a a true artist and gifted photographer! She is also a wonderful and sincere person that was a delight to work with. I am not quite sure where to start on explaining how thrilled I am that we chose her as our photographer. Everyone says the photographer is the MOST important vendor you will choose for your big day, it is true! Stephanie lived up to every hope and expectation that we had and then some. She did not have a double shooter, but some how managed to catch every detail and every moment. Many people have commented on the quality and beauty of our photos. A quote from a girlfriend of mine that is a professional photographer: "These are the BEST and most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen, she is truly talented!"

Look no further, Stephanie is your gal if you want quality of service from someone that is talented and truly cares about your happiness and satisfaction with the end result. I can't say enough! I am rambling!
Stephanie Secrest is a a true artist and gifted photographer! She is also a wonderful and sincere person that was a Read more...
Stephanie Secrest is a a true artist and gifted photographer! She is also a wonderful and sincere person that was a delight to work with. I am not quite sure where to start on explaining how thrilled I am that we chose her as our photographer. Everyone says the photographer is the MOST important vendor you will choose for your big day, it is true! Stephanie lived up to every hope and expectation that we had and then some. She did not have a double shooter, but some how managed to catch every detail and every moment. Many people have commented on the quality and beauty of our photos. A quote from a girlfriend of mine that is a professional photographer: "These are the BEST and most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen, she is truly talented!"

Look no further, Stephanie is your gal if you want quality of service from someone that is talented and truly cares about your happiness and satisfaction with the end result. I can't say enough! I am rambling! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
8/2/2015
5.0/5.0
I am obsessed with my wedding photos. Stephanie went above and beyond from the start.
I loved the photos on her website and knew I wanted to work with her, even though the package I wanted was out of our price range. She managed to make a custom package to give us everything we wanted for a price we felt comfortable with. She was worth every penny - and more!
Our engagement shoot was so much FUN, and she stayed for extra time to make sure we got the perfect shots when the sun went down.
On the wedding day, she showed up early to get photos of us arriving at the venue. She managed to get photos of everything so quickly. Our main concern was missing too much of our wedding and not enjoying the party enough because of picture taking, but the time flew so quickly and the results were amazing.
I can't say enough good things about Stephanie. We got our 1200 photos only two weeks after the wedding date - and those 1200 didn't even include the additional 2500 outtakes! I thought for sure the first set of photos was all we would get. She knew I wanted to see EVERYTHING, so the extra 2500 were definitely a happy surprise!
Other photographers we met with before Stephanie told us they would only give us around 300 edited photos. When I asked if I would be able to see ALL of them, even if they didn't edit them, they said NO. That just shows that they were good photo editors, not good photographers.
I can't wait to work with Stephanie again in a few years for my first professional baby photo shoot.
I am obsessed with my wedding photos. Stephanie went above and beyond from the start.
I loved the photos on her Read more...
I am obsessed with my wedding photos. Stephanie went above and beyond from the start.
I loved the photos on her website and knew I wanted to work with her, even though the package I wanted was out of our price range. She managed to make a custom package to give us everything we wanted for a price we felt comfortable with. She was worth every penny - and more!
Our engagement shoot was so much FUN, and she stayed for extra time to make sure we got the perfect shots when the sun went down.
On the wedding day, she showed up early to get photos of us arriving at the venue. She managed to get photos of everything so quickly. Our main concern was missing too much of our wedding and not enjoying the party enough because of picture taking, but the time flew so quickly and the results were amazing.
I can't say enough good things about Stephanie. We got our 1200 photos only two weeks after the wedding date - and those 1200 didn't even include the additional 2500 outtakes! I thought for sure the first set of photos was all we would get. She knew I wanted to see EVERYTHING, so the extra 2500 were definitely a happy surprise!
Other photographers we met with before Stephanie told us they would only give us around 300 edited photos. When I asked if I would be able to see ALL of them, even if they didn't edit them, they said NO. That just shows that they were good photo editors, not good photographers.
I can't wait to work with Stephanie again in a few years for my first professional baby photo shoot. Read less
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