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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

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.
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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.

My name is Stephanie and I'm a photojournalist who found weddings to be my forté. 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!

Photography at its core enhances memories ... preserving life’s fleeting moments with a discerning eye, sharing these with a community and posterity, holding timeless that tiny slice of life as it passes by us only once. My photographs will reflect your best selves and will age on the mantelpiece for decades.

It’s my belief that wedding photography should reveal the elation of that moment-- of a couple's slowly unfolding authentic life story. Told through the language of photography by a master photojournalist who is discreet when necessary and at other moments an ardent art director.

The skills of composition and lighting are basic for me because of my formal training, but heartfelt photography is more than just a collection of “images" that need to be “captured.” Photographs of this nature honor a couple’s deep love and their collective heritage. Two people standing, pledging their lives to each other with witnesses. It’s an age-old rite-of-passage; and as in ancient times, is a sacred gathering. Having gone through this very ritual, there’s been nothing as deep-felt in my life, personally.

My MA in photojournalism comes from one of the top schools in the country for this career, and I’ve won twenty-one contest entries from the prestigiously recognized, international Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). I’ve won numerous awards for my photography with the editorial press, and I was invited to attend the exclusive Eddie Adams Workshop, a top honor for beginning photojournalists. I’m also a pre-qualification judge for Adobe with their ADAA contest.

I’ve been published in Photo District News, Newsday, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, The London Sunday News Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post and The Louisville Courier-Journal among others and was chief photographer and photo editor for two newspapers.

With the experience of photographing more than 320 weddings, I can bring you the expertise you require and expect. I’d be honored to offer you truly believable and authentic memories 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.

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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Diana
Wedding:
4/9/2017
5.0/5.0
Stephanie photographed our wedding at the Brazilian Room a couple weeks ago. We were incredibly pleased with the quality of the photos and working with her was a breeze. We were planning our wedding remotely, but she was available to meet with us multiple times through Skype. She was very professional and clearly interested in making sure that we had memorable images of our wedding. Her familiarity with the wedding site was invaluable, as she was able to suggest a great location for first look photos. During the ceremony, she made sure to take stunning portraits as well as capture the feeling of the wedding through her candid shots. We would strongly recommend her if you want to have an amazing, artistic and elegant account of your wedding.
Stephanie photographed our wedding at the Brazilian Room a couple weeks ago. We were incredibly pleased with the quality Read more...
Stephanie photographed our wedding at the Brazilian Room a couple weeks ago. We were incredibly pleased with the quality of the photos and working with her was a breeze. We were planning our wedding remotely, but she was available to meet with us multiple times through Skype. She was very professional and clearly interested in making sure that we had memorable images of our wedding. Her familiarity with the wedding site was invaluable, as she was able to suggest a great location for first look photos. During the ceremony, she made sure to take stunning portraits as well as capture the feeling of the wedding through her candid shots. We would strongly recommend her if you want to have an amazing, artistic and elegant account of your wedding. Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
1/14/2017
5.0/5.0
Stephanie did an amazing job capturing our intimate wedding in the woods! The pictures are gorgeous and fully capture all the special moments and emotions of our day. Not only is she an incredibly skilled photographer, but she is personable, flexible, and accommodating. We couldn't recommend Stephanie enough - definitely meet with her!!
Stephanie did an amazing job capturing our intimate wedding in the woods! The pictures are gorgeous and fully capture all Read more...
Stephanie did an amazing job capturing our intimate wedding in the woods! The pictures are gorgeous and fully capture all the special moments and emotions of our day. Not only is she an incredibly skilled photographer, but she is personable, flexible, and accommodating. We couldn't recommend Stephanie enough - definitely meet with her!! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
12/30/2016
5.0/5.0
When I look back over our wedding, Stephanie played a huge role and is one thing that could not have worked out better. From our engagement shoot to the wedding pictures, she captured my husband and I perfectly. She is professional, fun, and extremely organized. It is hard to put into words how much we enjoyed working with her, and how amazing the pictures turned out. I have had several guests tell me how they did not even notice her taking pictures during the wedding, or after looking at our pictures, how they wish they could redo their wedding with her as their photographer. The photos she gets capture so much emotion, love, and are something we will cherish forever. She is worth every penny, and having the pictures she took will forever keep the memories alive of our special night. I have recommend her already to several people, and will continue to for years to come. Stephanie from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for experience and for the wonderful pictures! We love you!
When I look back over our wedding, Stephanie played a huge role and is one thing that could not have worked out better. Read more...
When I look back over our wedding, Stephanie played a huge role and is one thing that could not have worked out better. From our engagement shoot to the wedding pictures, she captured my husband and I perfectly. She is professional, fun, and extremely organized. It is hard to put into words how much we enjoyed working with her, and how amazing the pictures turned out. I have had several guests tell me how they did not even notice her taking pictures during the wedding, or after looking at our pictures, how they wish they could redo their wedding with her as their photographer. The photos she gets capture so much emotion, love, and are something we will cherish forever. She is worth every penny, and having the pictures she took will forever keep the memories alive of our special night. I have recommend her already to several people, and will continue to for years to come. Stephanie from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for experience and for the wonderful pictures! We love you! Read less
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Devika
Wedding:
12/9/2016
5.0/5.0
I just have one word for Stephanie.. 'Wow!!' She is such an incredible lovely person, soo good at her work it makes you feel confident choosing her. I just spoke to her once over phone before going ahead with her and have never looked back. I still remember our first conversation.. she understood exactly what I wanted, how I wanted and even worked to fit us in her tight schedule with a short notice when she understood that my fiancee was in town for just that one day. She always kept us informed and made sure we were aware of everything from the beginning till the day we received our pictures.

We had a lovely funn photoshoot at The Palace of Fine Arts and Bakers Beach! The entire shoot was soo much funn and energetic and she made us feel very comfortable and tried to capture as many candid moments possible. She accommodated everything we asked for and many more, making everything look so easy and stress free.. It was never like we met a photographer, rather we felt like we hung out with an old friend! A women of her word, she delivered photos even before the committed date.

The day photos arrived, she kept sending us teasers as she edited, every photo just made us skip a beat, the photos were soo incredible and artistic I could hardly content my happiness. Her timely manner of delivering photos and flawless artistic captures makes her the best!! Those are the best pictures of us captured till date.

Our family and friends cant stop praising her work. I would highly recommend her to everyone who is looking forward to have fun as well as have great pictures :)

We love you Stephanie! ❤️ Great Soul & a Free Spirit!!
I just have one word for Stephanie.. 'Wow!!' She is such an incredible lovely person, soo good at her work it makes you Read more...
I just have one word for Stephanie.. 'Wow!!' She is such an incredible lovely person, soo good at her work it makes you feel confident choosing her. I just spoke to her once over phone before going ahead with her and have never looked back. I still remember our first conversation.. she understood exactly what I wanted, how I wanted and even worked to fit us in her tight schedule with a short notice when she understood that my fiancee was in town for just that one day. She always kept us informed and made sure we were aware of everything from the beginning till the day we received our pictures.

We had a lovely funn photoshoot at The Palace of Fine Arts and Bakers Beach! The entire shoot was soo much funn and energetic and she made us feel very comfortable and tried to capture as many candid moments possible. She accommodated everything we asked for and many more, making everything look so easy and stress free.. It was never like we met a photographer, rather we felt like we hung out with an old friend! A women of her word, she delivered photos even before the committed date.

The day photos arrived, she kept sending us teasers as she edited, every photo just made us skip a beat, the photos were soo incredible and artistic I could hardly content my happiness. Her timely manner of delivering photos and flawless artistic captures makes her the best!! Those are the best pictures of us captured till date.

Our family and friends cant stop praising her work. I would highly recommend her to everyone who is looking forward to have fun as well as have great pictures :)

We love you Stephanie! ❤️ Great Soul & a Free Spirit!! Read less
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Linda
Wedding:
11/19/2016
5.0/5.0
I am not the bride, but the mother of the bride. I wanted to take the opportunity to say how wonderful our experience was with Stephanie. Both my daughter and her new husband are in the Army. The timing and logistics were at times stressful for my daughter (and myself) concerning all the wedding details. She was stationed in Alaska and not able to meet with Stephanie before the wedding, but Stephanie was able to Skype with her and figure out how she wanted her special day captured.

Stephanie is a true professional in every way, with the added warmth and calmness so very much needed on an occasion like this. Her photographs were simply put WONDERFUL! I would highly recommend her for any occasion.
I am not the bride, but the mother of the bride. I wanted to take the opportunity to say how wonderful our experience was Read more...
I am not the bride, but the mother of the bride. I wanted to take the opportunity to say how wonderful our experience was with Stephanie. Both my daughter and her new husband are in the Army. The timing and logistics were at times stressful for my daughter (and myself) concerning all the wedding details. She was stationed in Alaska and not able to meet with Stephanie before the wedding, but Stephanie was able to Skype with her and figure out how she wanted her special day captured.

Stephanie is a true professional in every way, with the added warmth and calmness so very much needed on an occasion like this. Her photographs were simply put WONDERFUL! I would highly recommend her for any occasion. Read less
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Dante
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is great, and her work is invaluable because now my wife and I will always be able to remember our special day.

Her process is easy and helpful. From the very beginning she was extremely accommodating and flexible to our needs. She is easily reachable and worked with us tirelessly to plan out the photo session and make smooth the entire experience. Her eye is fantastic, and you'll find yourself surprised at the magic she can get from little moments throughout the night. She even worked with us to make our budget work.

It's truly worth having Stephanie capture your special moments, and I would enthusiastically recommend her to all my family and friends. I hope you use her too.
Stephanie is great, and her work is invaluable because now my wife and I will always be able to remember our special Read more...
Stephanie is great, and her work is invaluable because now my wife and I will always be able to remember our special day.

Her process is easy and helpful. From the very beginning she was extremely accommodating and flexible to our needs. She is easily reachable and worked with us tirelessly to plan out the photo session and make smooth the entire experience. Her eye is fantastic, and you'll find yourself surprised at the magic she can get from little moments throughout the night. She even worked with us to make our budget work.

It's truly worth having Stephanie capture your special moments, and I would enthusiastically recommend her to all my family and friends. I hope you use her too. Read less
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Sydney
Wedding:
9/25/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married this past September. As soon as we met Stephanie, we knew she was the perfect wedding photographer for us. She is such a kind-hearted, sweet, attentive, professional, creative, and talented individual. We could not be happier with our decision to hire her.

On our wedding day, Stephanie captured all of our favorite moments and much more. She was so great about taking us aside to get some beautiful photos and then getting us right back to the party to spend time with our guests. We really never felt like we were missing anything. She is attentive while also being invisible. Some of the moments she captured, I didn't even realize she was taking our photo.

Stephanie was wonderful to work with from the moment we hired her, through the wedding, and even after the big day. We live out of state, so most of our communication was done by email, phone, and Skype. Stephanie was great at communicating and answering any questions we had before and after the wedding. She truly made the whole process stress-free, seamless, and enjoyable. She also got our photos to us after only a couple of weeks! One of my favorite services she includes after the wedding is a photo website where we can view and download all of our photos from the big day. She even provides a custom link so that we can share our entire wedding album with all of our guests, too!

Stephanie's photos from our wedding day truly feel magical and really represent our personalities and love. We have received endless compliments on them. We honestly feel that hiring Stephanie was one of the best decisions we made, and we honestly can't say enough great things about her.
My husband and I were married this past September. As soon as we met Stephanie, we knew she was the perfect wedding Read more...
My husband and I were married this past September. As soon as we met Stephanie, we knew she was the perfect wedding photographer for us. She is such a kind-hearted, sweet, attentive, professional, creative, and talented individual. We could not be happier with our decision to hire her.

On our wedding day, Stephanie captured all of our favorite moments and much more. She was so great about taking us aside to get some beautiful photos and then getting us right back to the party to spend time with our guests. We really never felt like we were missing anything. She is attentive while also being invisible. Some of the moments she captured, I didn't even realize she was taking our photo.

Stephanie was wonderful to work with from the moment we hired her, through the wedding, and even after the big day. We live out of state, so most of our communication was done by email, phone, and Skype. Stephanie was great at communicating and answering any questions we had before and after the wedding. She truly made the whole process stress-free, seamless, and enjoyable. She also got our photos to us after only a couple of weeks! One of my favorite services she includes after the wedding is a photo website where we can view and download all of our photos from the big day. She even provides a custom link so that we can share our entire wedding album with all of our guests, too!

Stephanie's photos from our wedding day truly feel magical and really represent our personalities and love. We have received endless compliments on them. We honestly feel that hiring Stephanie was one of the best decisions we made, and we honestly can't say enough great things about her. Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
Our advice to couples who are searching for a wedding photographer? HIRE STEPHANIE SECREST! Stephanie is top-notch. She is the perfect wedding photographer!! Our photos are gorgeous - the highest quality and a great balance of all the things you want to capture on that special day. Stephanie takes the time to really get to know a couple and their hopes for and expectations of the photography. She is thorough; she thinks of things that the bride and groom not only don't have time to think of, but would probably never occur to them. She gets amazing candid shots of guests enjoying themselves, fabulous family & wedding party portraits, and she finds and captures sweet moments that can't be posed or orchestrated. And she has a knack for taking command and steering people with grace and humor to create fun and sweet memories. It seems effortless because it comes so naturally to her. Stephanie's incredible talent with photography and people, and her poise, personality, and sense of fun make her the perfect wedding photographer. She is wonderful!!
Our advice to couples who are searching for a wedding photographer? HIRE STEPHANIE SECREST! Stephanie is top-notch. She is Read more...
Our advice to couples who are searching for a wedding photographer? HIRE STEPHANIE SECREST! Stephanie is top-notch. She is the perfect wedding photographer!! Our photos are gorgeous - the highest quality and a great balance of all the things you want to capture on that special day. Stephanie takes the time to really get to know a couple and their hopes for and expectations of the photography. She is thorough; she thinks of things that the bride and groom not only don't have time to think of, but would probably never occur to them. She gets amazing candid shots of guests enjoying themselves, fabulous family & wedding party portraits, and she finds and captures sweet moments that can't be posed or orchestrated. And she has a knack for taking command and steering people with grace and humor to create fun and sweet memories. It seems effortless because it comes so naturally to her. Stephanie's incredible talent with photography and people, and her poise, personality, and sense of fun make her the perfect wedding photographer. She is wonderful!! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/10/2016
5.0/5.0
I found Stephanie through my florist (Megan Haney in Walnut Creek) as a preferred vendor. And my goodness I'm so thankful I did. I had met with photographers but nobody blew me away. I knew photography was going to be my biggest expense and I was fine with that as long as the quality was fabulous because that is really almost the only thing you have left after wedding years in the future! I was a crazy bride that didn't want to hire a coordinator and do it all myself. I found that communicating via email helped me the most and I had emailed Stephanie and got a response RIGHT away with all her services and pricing. She also was willing to meet me at a nearby Starbucks so we could go over samples. My mom and I started flipping through her sample books and knew INSTANTLY she was the one! They were beautiful!!!!

I chose to do a package that included an engagement session which I highly recommend so that you can get Stephanie's vision, style, personality etc all before the wedding. Our engagement photos are a work of art. I had come up with a few ideas and Stephanie threw in recommendations as well to get different locations and settings to have a variety of photos. They are a dream come true and I will cherish them forever! If I can figure out how to upload our photos I will (they are the ones with the Golden Gate Bridge).

For the wedding, we communicated a lot via email and I even went to her home several times to go over things. I had a lot of styles and family photos to take on the wedding day and my groom refused to do a first look so it was a little stressful. But it all worked out! Looking back I wish there were more glamour "wow" shots on the wedding day but we still had some really good ones. The actual wedding day is more about the two of you joining as husband and wife than a billion "wow" photos like we had for the engagement shoot.

Bottom line, Stephanie is an artist and if you want quality photos, choose her! You wont be disappointed.
I found Stephanie through my florist (Megan Haney in Walnut Creek) as a preferred vendor. And my goodness I'm so thankful Read more...
I found Stephanie through my florist (Megan Haney in Walnut Creek) as a preferred vendor. And my goodness I'm so thankful I did. I had met with photographers but nobody blew me away. I knew photography was going to be my biggest expense and I was fine with that as long as the quality was fabulous because that is really almost the only thing you have left after wedding years in the future! I was a crazy bride that didn't want to hire a coordinator and do it all myself. I found that communicating via email helped me the most and I had emailed Stephanie and got a response RIGHT away with all her services and pricing. She also was willing to meet me at a nearby Starbucks so we could go over samples. My mom and I started flipping through her sample books and knew INSTANTLY she was the one! They were beautiful!!!!

I chose to do a package that included an engagement session which I highly recommend so that you can get Stephanie's vision, style, personality etc all before the wedding. Our engagement photos are a work of art. I had come up with a few ideas and Stephanie threw in recommendations as well to get different locations and settings to have a variety of photos. They are a dream come true and I will cherish them forever! If I can figure out how to upload our photos I will (they are the ones with the Golden Gate Bridge).

For the wedding, we communicated a lot via email and I even went to her home several times to go over things. I had a lot of styles and family photos to take on the wedding day and my groom refused to do a first look so it was a little stressful. But it all worked out! Looking back I wish there were more glamour "wow" shots on the wedding day but we still had some really good ones. The actual wedding day is more about the two of you joining as husband and wife than a billion "wow" photos like we had for the engagement shoot.

Bottom line, Stephanie is an artist and if you want quality photos, choose her! You wont be disappointed. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Moran
Wedding:
9/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Stephanie is the most AMAZING photographer in the world - no doubt! She is so lovely to work with, and we knew that if we chose her to be our photographer, her enthusiasm and positivity would be contagious, and make everyone around her happy. Our prediction was true. From the moment she appeared she was incredibly professional yet she made everyone happy and brought the smiles out of everyone!

Even though we were busy throughout the night celebrating with our guests, she made sure that she captured the moments that we would want to treasure forever.

She also had a super speedy delivery of the photos! She was able to send them to us within two weeks, which is quite impressive! She also was staying in touch with us throughout those two weeks by sending us photos that she came upon that she thought were cute :)

Overall, I highly recommend you go with Stephanie! Your wedding photos will always connect you to this special moment, and the only way to share this beautiful occasion with future generations.
Stephanie is the most AMAZING photographer in the world - no doubt! She is so lovely to work with, and we knew that if we Read more...
Stephanie is the most AMAZING photographer in the world - no doubt! She is so lovely to work with, and we knew that if we chose her to be our photographer, her enthusiasm and positivity would be contagious, and make everyone around her happy. Our prediction was true. From the moment she appeared she was incredibly professional yet she made everyone happy and brought the smiles out of everyone!

Even though we were busy throughout the night celebrating with our guests, she made sure that she captured the moments that we would want to treasure forever.

She also had a super speedy delivery of the photos! She was able to send them to us within two weeks, which is quite impressive! She also was staying in touch with us throughout those two weeks by sending us photos that she came upon that she thought were cute :)

Overall, I highly recommend you go with Stephanie! Your wedding photos will always connect you to this special moment, and the only way to share this beautiful occasion with future generations. Read less
Services Used: Photography

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