Studio 101 West Photography

Atascadero , CA


5920 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA US 93422 (map)




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WIth a Fresh Classic style, Studio 101 West's Dennis & Deborah Swanson are both trained full-time pros with over 20 years experience. They are fully dedicated to the latest photographic... Read more
WIth a Fresh Classic style, Studio 101 West's Dennis & Deborah Swanson are both trained full-time pros with over 20 years experience. They are fully dedicated to the latest photographic styles, tools and techniques, bringing the perfect blend of formal training, experience, creativity, and easy-going personalities. They have a way of getting the shots YOU want without spoiling the moment. For extraordinary photography at an ordinary price call, click or stop by Studio 101 West. Serving the California Central Coast and available for world wide travel. Read less




What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
The photographer custom edits each wedding image.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
At weddings we have to constantly adapt to the environment to choose the most creative yet flattering light for you. We also come with a set of wireless lights and other tools to use if needed.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Since 2004 we have been fully digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
Many of our packages include two photographers: Dennis the owner and a second shooter. All our second shooters are women.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Dennis, the owner is the lead photographer at all our weddings.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We never book more than one wedding on the same day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We belong to the Central Coast Wedding Professionals, a group of fully qualified wedding professionals that we can rely on for last minuet emergencies.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We are all Cannon with back ups of everything.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, we have back up cameras, lenses and flash units.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Our rates are based on hourly coverage.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, for additional hours we charge $200 per hour for our lead photographer and $100 for our second shooter.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
If our wedding coverage includes 6 hours or more and meals are being served at the event we do require a meal for each photographer.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes, If the wedding is outside our county we charge a flat rate of $100 for weddings that are within 200 miles. For 8 hour coverage destination weddings that are farther away it is $100 plus any related travel costs.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
We usually are able to post your wedding online in about 5-7 days
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
All digital proofs in your online gallery.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Your gallery will be available for you and your guest for six months.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
You are free to make copies for you and your friends. The only right we reserve is that you cannot sell the images to a third party or publish them with our permission and a photo credit.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, a model release in included in our standard contract. If you do not wish to include a model release you may strike it from the contract.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
All our wedding packages include a disk of all the images.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes. You have the option of having it password protected or not.
What kind of albums do you offer?
Zookbinders, Zookbooks and and press printed coffee table books.
When will the client get the final album?
Approximately 2 weeks after the bride gives us their album picks they are send a proof of the book. Once the proof is approved it takes about 4 weeks to print and bind the books.


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Dennis and his wife, Debra take amazing photographs and were able to bring our wedding to life. Dennis was readily available via e-mail and phone and is easy and fun to work with. He was very flexible with our schedule as far as meeting for our engagement photo shoot as well as on the day of our wedding.
He is prompt in getting the photos up for viewing and even did a special little slideshow to music of the main event photos.
The team worked well with our other vendors (photographers, DJ, coordinators, etc..). I would highly recommend Studio101West photography for any event in which you are wanting quality photos, great service, and a quick turn around time.
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This company is by far the most amazing company I had the chance of working with. They captured every moment throughout my entire journey. From our engagment photos to our wedding photos, I would not have changed it for the world. They are truly a one of a kind company. Dennis and Deb are such an amazing couple to work with. They know all the perfect shots and they really accomplished everything and more with my photos. I just recieved my leather bound wedding book and boy I could not be more ecstatic about the results. They worked with me every step of the way and made sure everything came out the way we wanted it too. My aunt and uncle even told me that they captured the greatest photo they've ever had taken. I am so proud to say that Studio 101 West did my photographer! They are more than highly recommended! THEY ARE A MUST!
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Studio 101 West Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you Brianna for your awesome review. Deborah and I had a great time working with you and Nick and welcome more out of town weddings. Thanks for everything and may God bless you in your new lives together.
Dennis and Deborah were fantastic to work with and their artistry showed through in the photographs they took of my daughter's wedding, as well as, her engagement pictures. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to make sure they capture those special moments.
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Like many guys I am not wild about being the center of attention and the focus of the camera, but Dennis made me feel comfortable and relaxed. That turned out to be the key to getting some great photos of me and my bride of 24 years at our wedding vow renewal ceremony, and our home.
Dennis and Deborah shoot in a way that captures more than what the camera sees. What a great treasure for us to have forever.
Jeff and Debra
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Studio 101 West did the photography for our wedding this past May and we could not have been more pleased. Dennis, the owner and photographer, was great to work with - from start to finish. Because we live out of town (San Jose) he was always very accommodating to our needs. In regards to the photography, our engagement photos came out great and Dennis was fun to work with. He was really open to when we had ideas of our own when it came to location settings, etc. When the big day came Dennis and his wife Deborah could not have been more professional, yet at ease. They captured all the big moments and then all of the million other moments in between. We absolutely loved every single photo that was taken. His style is great too - as it is a mix of modern "photo-journalistic" and good old fashion "traditional" (i'm no photographer, so hopefully this makes sense!). In other words, it is not all one style or another. Also, just as it was when we were doing our engagement photos, he was open to our ideas of the different areas where we wanted to do the photos, so that was really nice. And to top everything off, we wanted to do a dress-up/photo booth but didn't have the budget to actually rent one, so Dennis and Deborah set up the camera for a few hours after dinner, and we did our own version of a photo booth. It was so much fun to watch, and be a part of. The great thing about our version was that big groups could all be in the same photo (all dressed up of course). Dennis was great in accommodating this request of ours and did everything possible to make it happen. I would recommend Dennis and his team to anyone looking to hire a photographer for any event in the central coast!
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Studio 101 West Photography responded with the following comments:

Karin, Thanks for the awesome review of you wedding at The Gardens at Peacock Farms. I hope you and Anson have a long and wonderful life together.
Dennis is a talented photographer! He was able to accommodate our needs with a reasonable budget. He is very attentive and professional. I feel like he captured every moment of our wedding, including the little moments that usually only remain in our memories. He was able to take a balance of posed shots as well natural ones. His images are very artistic without being over the top. He was a hit with all of our guests and we are still receiving compliments about his personality at the wedding as well as the beautiful images he has given to us.
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I loved the pictures Dennis took. However, there were some pictures that he didn't take (or that didn't turn out well, so I never saw them) that I wish I had. I would suggest making a list of all the pictures you want - look through other people's wedding pictures to get ideas.
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