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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

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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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Lauren
Wedding:
7/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Stephanie and her assistant were absolutely wonderful! I didn't even see her during the ceremony, but she took the most amazing pictures! She was incredibly efficient, effective, and unobtrusive! I love all of my pictures (of which there are many). I will be able to look back on memories for years!
Stephanie and her assistant were absolutely wonderful! I didn't even see her during the ceremony, but she took the most Read more...
Stephanie and her assistant were absolutely wonderful! I didn't even see her during the ceremony, but she took the most amazing pictures! She was incredibly efficient, effective, and unobtrusive! I love all of my pictures (of which there are many). I will be able to look back on memories for years! Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Out of all of our wedding vendors, Stephanie is the one who I am most thankful to have had be apart of our special day. In short, she is incredible. I had planned on interviewing multiple photographers before choosing one for our wedding, and luckily Stephanie was the first one I met. The moment I met her and saw her photos, I knew she was a gem. She not only captures the details of the day, but she retells the story and sequence of the wedding in her photos. Our photos are absolutely perfect, and everyone who has seen them agrees. Look no further... Stephanie is without, the best :)
Out of all of our wedding vendors, Stephanie is the one who I am most thankful to have had be apart of our special day. In Read more...
Out of all of our wedding vendors, Stephanie is the one who I am most thankful to have had be apart of our special day. In short, she is incredible. I had planned on interviewing multiple photographers before choosing one for our wedding, and luckily Stephanie was the first one I met. The moment I met her and saw her photos, I knew she was a gem. She not only captures the details of the day, but she retells the story and sequence of the wedding in her photos. Our photos are absolutely perfect, and everyone who has seen them agrees. Look no further... Stephanie is without, the best :) Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
6/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is a wonderful and fun person! We did our engagement photos and wedding photos with Stephanie and they were all amazing! All of our pictures came out beautiful and Stephanie was great at coaching us into poses. We had fun working with Stephanie both at our engagement session and our wedding. Stephanie captured all the important details of our wedding and I am so happy to have such wonderful lifelong memories of our wonderful day!

Thanks you Stephanie!!!!
Stephanie is a wonderful and fun person! We did our engagement photos and wedding photos with Stephanie and they were all Read more...
Stephanie is a wonderful and fun person! We did our engagement photos and wedding photos with Stephanie and they were all amazing! All of our pictures came out beautiful and Stephanie was great at coaching us into poses. We had fun working with Stephanie both at our engagement session and our wedding. Stephanie captured all the important details of our wedding and I am so happy to have such wonderful lifelong memories of our wonderful day!

Thanks you Stephanie!!!! Read less
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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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