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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

You know those pictures you’ve seen of a co-worker’s wedding, and she looks really stiff and all the emotions look fake and forced? Almost painful? Yea- those weren't taken by me.... Read more
You know those pictures you’ve seen of a co-worker’s wedding, and she looks really stiff and all the emotions look fake and forced? Almost painful? Yea- those weren't taken by me. Frankly, I give a damn.

My name is Stephanie and I've been a working photojournalist for over 25 years. With such training, and with my Master's degree in photojournalism, I can handle and thrive in any situation. I've even sewn a bride into her dress when her mother didn't even know what to do!

The lower half of this was written by my P.R. department.... But a little bit about me and where my heart resides is with my family and friends, long bike rides on the beach, my two dorky cats who bring me constant joy, and my teeny little garden. I'm nuts about traveling to distant lands with my old film cameras and weddings! I’m absolutely nutty for weddings! I dream about weddings. Seriously.

Photography is, at its core, about memories ... preserving life’s moments and emotions, sharing this essence with a community and posterity, holding timeless that tiny sliver of life as it passes by only once.

It’s my belief that wedding photography should capture the liveliness and sparkle in a bride’s eyes, the groom’s astonishment, and should transport you with the sheer essence of that moment. Even down to the stillness of the details, the essential story has to be told in the photos!

The skills of composition and lighting are the basis, but the art is capturing the joy and giddy moments with your bridesmaids all the way through the clinking of glasses and the unforgettable first dance. With the experience of photographing over 275 weddings, I can bring you the expertise you need.

I could mention my Master's degree in Photojournalism comes from one of the top schools for the field in the country, the numerous international awards in both wedding and photojournalism contests and the lovely reviews that make me blush, but it all comes down to truly believable and honest photographs of your wedding day!

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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. Stephanie 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 WPJA winning photos from contests and smaller local 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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Mr and Mrs
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Stephanie was absolutely amazing before, during, and after our big wedding day! Very easy to work with. Responsive and professional. Very flexible. Fun personality. Very good eye (most importantly of course). The list can go on and on. Aside from her art, we must say that her involvement in preparation for the wedding was the most impressive (the meetings on skype, planning the timeline, etc...). It helped us more than we could have hoped. The whole day revolves around the pictures! Not a single ounce of regret choosing her as our photographer. We easily made the right choice :)
Stephanie was absolutely amazing before, during, and after our big wedding day! Very easy to work with. Responsive and Read more...
Stephanie was absolutely amazing before, during, and after our big wedding day! Very easy to work with. Responsive and professional. Very flexible. Fun personality. Very good eye (most importantly of course). The list can go on and on. Aside from her art, we must say that her involvement in preparation for the wedding was the most impressive (the meetings on skype, planning the timeline, etc...). It helped us more than we could have hoped. The whole day revolves around the pictures! Not a single ounce of regret choosing her as our photographer. We easily made the right choice :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We are incredibly happy with Stephanie as our photographer for our wedding in Sebastopol, CA. Stephanie was very professional since the first time we met her to talk about our vision for the wedding. Stephanie was always there to help us and provide advice from her wealth of knowledge of and experience with weddings. Come wedding day, she was ready. She came with a plan and calmly captured all of our moments methodically but also gave us room during the reception to enjoy our day. We were most impressed by her (and Edwin’s, the second photographer we asked her to bring for a few hours) ability to capture genuine emotion-from the first look to the energy on the dance floor. Stephanie’s use of light and creating beautiful artistic photos of two people who are a little camera shy was amazing. Stephanie also had a very quick turnaround time after the wedding with the photos, less than 2 weeks! Stephanie was outstanding. We would highly recommend her to anyone!
We are incredibly happy with Stephanie as our photographer for our wedding in Sebastopol, CA. Stephanie was very Read more...
We are incredibly happy with Stephanie as our photographer for our wedding in Sebastopol, CA. Stephanie was very professional since the first time we met her to talk about our vision for the wedding. Stephanie was always there to help us and provide advice from her wealth of knowledge of and experience with weddings. Come wedding day, she was ready. She came with a plan and calmly captured all of our moments methodically but also gave us room during the reception to enjoy our day. We were most impressed by her (and Edwin’s, the second photographer we asked her to bring for a few hours) ability to capture genuine emotion-from the first look to the energy on the dance floor. Stephanie’s use of light and creating beautiful artistic photos of two people who are a little camera shy was amazing. Stephanie also had a very quick turnaround time after the wedding with the photos, less than 2 weeks! Stephanie was outstanding. We would highly recommend her to anyone! Read less
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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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Emily
Wedding:
11/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Like many brides, I placed a huge priority on finding the right photographer for my wedding. It was also one of the most intimidating parts of wedding planning, because there are so many options out there! I couldn't be more happy that we chose Stephanie to be a part of our wedding day. We had a destination wedding, so she spent an entire long weekend capturing our friends, family, and the location in addition to all the wedding photography. She delivered an online gallery full of thousands of gorgeous images, all downloadable, that we could share with everyone who was there. Stephanie managed to capture all the big moments, and so many more little moments that have become my favorite pictures. Our guests all loved her fun personality, and she really fit right in.

Stephanie was great at working quickly, which my husband (who hates pictures) really appreciated. She was also great at thinking on the fly- we were in a town she'd never been to before, but she managed to see the potential everywhere she looked.

Words really can't describe how it feels to not just have one or two killer shots from my wedding day, but hundreds of incredible images of us to choose from, and that doesn't even touch number of the gorgeous shots of our friends and family. Everyone who has seen the photos has said that they belong in a magazine, and I agree!

If you want a great wedding photographer, Stephanie is worth every penny. I am so glad she was a part of our day!
Like many brides, I placed a huge priority on finding the right photographer for my wedding. It was also one of the most Read more...
Like many brides, I placed a huge priority on finding the right photographer for my wedding. It was also one of the most intimidating parts of wedding planning, because there are so many options out there! I couldn't be more happy that we chose Stephanie to be a part of our wedding day. We had a destination wedding, so she spent an entire long weekend capturing our friends, family, and the location in addition to all the wedding photography. She delivered an online gallery full of thousands of gorgeous images, all downloadable, that we could share with everyone who was there. Stephanie managed to capture all the big moments, and so many more little moments that have become my favorite pictures. Our guests all loved her fun personality, and she really fit right in.

Stephanie was great at working quickly, which my husband (who hates pictures) really appreciated. She was also great at thinking on the fly- we were in a town she'd never been to before, but she managed to see the potential everywhere she looked.

Words really can't describe how it feels to not just have one or two killer shots from my wedding day, but hundreds of incredible images of us to choose from, and that doesn't even touch number of the gorgeous shots of our friends and family. Everyone who has seen the photos has said that they belong in a magazine, and I agree!

If you want a great wedding photographer, Stephanie is worth every penny. I am so glad she was a part of our day! 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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Kaelyn
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
I honestly can not say enough amazing things about not only the beautiful photography Stephanie and her team (thanks John Decker) produced, but also the entire experience with them! The minute I met Stephanie I immediately loved her energy, she set me at ease and helped decipher my vision into photography lingo. I can't emphasize enough how key it is to connect with and trust your chosen vendors!!!! Stephanie proceeded to come to my property on multiple occasions to check out where and how she would shoot and bounce ideas off me. It was such a great collaboration! She even visited at different times of the day as we got closer to the date to be extra prepared on her lighting and our timeline of photos. Please realize this is above and beyond what the average photographer does! I had several friends getting married at the same time as me, spending a pretty penny on their "well renowned" photographers, none of which pre-visisted the locations and my friends were all very jealous of this feature :)
On my big day Stephanie was not only my photographer but my tiny, calm, helpful and collected voice of amazing reason and suggestion. She helped me and my bridal party stay on track (way harder than it sounds) to make sure we got all the stunning pictures we planned on. Hell, she even helped sew me into my wedding dress right before I was supposed to walk down the isle!!!! Might I mention all while calming my mother and best of all (I don't know how she did it) capturing the whole thing eternally in photos! Talk about customer service and multi tasking! She is brilliant at what she does and my photos reflect her passion and skill! I know I'm bias but I literally have strangers on social media tell me they are in complete awe of my pics, it's totally flattering and while I did feel like the most beautiful bride on that day, it's Stephanie's translation through the lens that makes the recognizable feelings come to life in the form of a photo.
I honestly can not say enough amazing things about not only the beautiful photography Stephanie and her team (thanks John Read more...
I honestly can not say enough amazing things about not only the beautiful photography Stephanie and her team (thanks John Decker) produced, but also the entire experience with them! The minute I met Stephanie I immediately loved her energy, she set me at ease and helped decipher my vision into photography lingo. I can't emphasize enough how key it is to connect with and trust your chosen vendors!!!! Stephanie proceeded to come to my property on multiple occasions to check out where and how she would shoot and bounce ideas off me. It was such a great collaboration! She even visited at different times of the day as we got closer to the date to be extra prepared on her lighting and our timeline of photos. Please realize this is above and beyond what the average photographer does! I had several friends getting married at the same time as me, spending a pretty penny on their "well renowned" photographers, none of which pre-visisted the locations and my friends were all very jealous of this feature :)
On my big day Stephanie was not only my photographer but my tiny, calm, helpful and collected voice of amazing reason and suggestion. She helped me and my bridal party stay on track (way harder than it sounds) to make sure we got all the stunning pictures we planned on. Hell, she even helped sew me into my wedding dress right before I was supposed to walk down the isle!!!! Might I mention all while calming my mother and best of all (I don't know how she did it) capturing the whole thing eternally in photos! Talk about customer service and multi tasking! She is brilliant at what she does and my photos reflect her passion and skill! I know I'm bias but I literally have strangers on social media tell me they are in complete awe of my pics, it's totally flattering and while I did feel like the most beautiful bride on that day, it's Stephanie's translation through the lens that makes the recognizable feelings come to life in the form of a photo. 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
Services Used: Photography
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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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