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Swoon and Swagger

Thousand Oaks , CA
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 US (map)

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805-870-5304

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ABOUT US

Warning: photos may make you fall in love over & over again.

I am wedding photographer who loves (loves!) my job.

I know a lot of photographers call it... Read more
Warning: photos may make you fall in love over & over again.

I am wedding photographer who loves (loves!) my job.

I know a lot of photographers call it photojournalism, but I mean it more than the other guys.

If I were to pick some adjectives to describe my work, I’d choose: Audacious | Inspiring | Real

But then I would insist that it’s really hard to put the quality of a visual art into words and show you my photos instead. As for my philosophy, I consider the images and moments that I capture, a true and tangible way to tell stories and touch lives. If we’ve done the right legwork, our styles will have perfectly meshed by the time your big day rolls around. Then, it’s up to me to observe, to capture, to pay attention to important (and forgotten) details, to work that artistic muscle; all the while keeping your vision in mind.

And let me tell you, it’s pretty magical.

Why do I do what I do?

Well...

-Because it brings me pure joy to create moments that will enrich the lives of my clients.

-Because the connections and relationships I make with my clients are authentic, and real, and inspiring.

-Because of the unique experience of getting lost in my thoughts when I’m behind camera; relishing the pure moment of just being a wedding photographer.

-Because there is breathtaking beauty in weddings and I get to celebrate that beauty and see it cultivated in my life. -Because I really love serving my clients and give them an incredible experience.

I come to your wedding with the mindset that your big day is the most important day in my life, and I treat it (and you) with great care and love. I believe that no two weddings are alike, and I strive to capture your wedding for its unique beauty, its incredible details and the extraordinary stories that it creates.

My goal is to make you fall in love with your wedding over and over again.



Email: joel@swoonandswagger.com 805.870.5304

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Elizabeth
Wedding:
3/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Joel is a very professional photographer and we couldn't have asked for a better person to have captured one of the most important days of our lives. From day one, Joel made sure we were comfortable with anything he had in mind and was very easy to work with. We had him photograph our engagement, family, and trash the dress photo shoots in addition to our wedding in Hawaii and all of the pictures turned out beautiful. While in Hawaii, he scouted (in the rain) near by places to hold the perfect trash the dress photo shoot. He did everything possible to make our wedding day go by smoothly and was very organized throughout the day making sure he stayed on schedule. He was very committed on making sure me and my husband were happy with the outcome. The first time we viewed our wedding photos they left us speechless at how perfect he was able to capture our destination wedding. The pictures came out beautiful and now we have his photos as life long memories to remember our special day.
Joel is a very professional photographer and we couldn't have asked for a better person to have captured one of the most Read more...
Joel is a very professional photographer and we couldn't have asked for a better person to have captured one of the most important days of our lives. From day one, Joel made sure we were comfortable with anything he had in mind and was very easy to work with. We had him photograph our engagement, family, and trash the dress photo shoots in addition to our wedding in Hawaii and all of the pictures turned out beautiful. While in Hawaii, he scouted (in the rain) near by places to hold the perfect trash the dress photo shoot. He did everything possible to make our wedding day go by smoothly and was very organized throughout the day making sure he stayed on schedule. He was very committed on making sure me and my husband were happy with the outcome. The first time we viewed our wedding photos they left us speechless at how perfect he was able to capture our destination wedding. The pictures came out beautiful and now we have his photos as life long memories to remember our special day. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We have beautiful memories from our wedding because we had an amazing phoographer!
We have beautiful memories from our wedding because we had an amazing phoographer!
We have beautiful memories from our wedding because we had an amazing phoographer! Read less
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Long
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Joel and his team are fantastic! He's not only a photographer, but a visual storyteller for that day! Very easy going team and will cater to any special requests you may have. His work is AMAZING! Thanks again Joel! Highly recommend this awesome guy!
Joel and his team are fantastic! He's not only a photographer, but a visual storyteller for that day! Very easy going team Read more...
Joel and his team are fantastic! He's not only a photographer, but a visual storyteller for that day! Very easy going team and will cater to any special requests you may have. His work is AMAZING! Thanks again Joel! Highly recommend this awesome guy! Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Joel is worth every penny spent, as his creativity is unmistakable in his work. He was our favorite vendor to work with because he over-delivered and didn't waste our time nor aggravate any stress in any of his communications. Why else?
As a rule, most if not all photographers can take the usual pictures of whatever posed groups of people you desire, the props, flowers and decor. What sets Joel apart are the colors he captures on your big day and the angles from which he shoots everything. He'll also get himself into unusual positions and maneuver his way through tight spots-all to capture great shots. I especially liked the candids, like the bridesmaids using their bouquets to shield their eyes from the sun during the ceremony or me using my veil to do the same. I still find myself unable to pry myself from the gallery of pictures he took once I start looking time and again.
He shows up prepared and you'll feel taken care of. Joel makes sure he starts shooting with your interests in mind, and ensures this by asking questions-even those you haven't considered-well before. He knew how to direct for the posed pictures, someone to tell us which way to turn our torso, where to put our hands, etc., which was especially important to me. All of that made me and my husband feel like we're in such good hands and it was just our job to enjoy the day.
He's easygoing and flexible with your needs and wants from the first call to long after the big day. Before booking him, he created a custom package that had parts of more expensive packages that we liked, and that sealed the deal. On the day of, he'll take whatever is before him and make something of it: he shot pictures of the rings and the gown among my mom's houseplants in ways I couldn't imagine. When consulting with him on the photo albums, he was also flexible with the changes we requested, even when they were a tad out of the box.

Although he is pricey, you're really paying for priceless.
Joel is worth every penny spent, as his creativity is unmistakable in his work. He was our favorite vendor to work with Read more...
Joel is worth every penny spent, as his creativity is unmistakable in his work. He was our favorite vendor to work with because he over-delivered and didn't waste our time nor aggravate any stress in any of his communications. Why else?
As a rule, most if not all photographers can take the usual pictures of whatever posed groups of people you desire, the props, flowers and decor. What sets Joel apart are the colors he captures on your big day and the angles from which he shoots everything. He'll also get himself into unusual positions and maneuver his way through tight spots-all to capture great shots. I especially liked the candids, like the bridesmaids using their bouquets to shield their eyes from the sun during the ceremony or me using my veil to do the same. I still find myself unable to pry myself from the gallery of pictures he took once I start looking time and again.
He shows up prepared and you'll feel taken care of. Joel makes sure he starts shooting with your interests in mind, and ensures this by asking questions-even those you haven't considered-well before. He knew how to direct for the posed pictures, someone to tell us which way to turn our torso, where to put our hands, etc., which was especially important to me. All of that made me and my husband feel like we're in such good hands and it was just our job to enjoy the day.
He's easygoing and flexible with your needs and wants from the first call to long after the big day. Before booking him, he created a custom package that had parts of more expensive packages that we liked, and that sealed the deal. On the day of, he'll take whatever is before him and make something of it: he shot pictures of the rings and the gown among my mom's houseplants in ways I couldn't imagine. When consulting with him on the photo albums, he was also flexible with the changes we requested, even when they were a tad out of the box.

Although he is pricey, you're really paying for priceless. Read less
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Marlene
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
When we decided to hire Joel Llacar, we did not know that he would go above and beyond what our expectations were (which were very high). He is truly amazing, wonderful to work with, extremely flexible, and most importantly: PATIENT!!!!! As every couple knows, we look for someone who is responsible, on time, responsive, and professional. Joel has continued to exhibit all of these qualities and more throughout the entire wedding process (including delivery of album and pictures). Out of every vendor we worked with, Joel was the best! What set him apart from everyone else was his genuine care and desire to make his clients happy. He goes above and beyond what is asked as evidenced by the following: willing to take some last minute pictures (after his time was over) on the wedding day, willing to meet you wherever and whenever (within reason of course), sharing information about vendors and offering tips and reminders for wedding related events and appointments, and increased flexibility and accessibility to address any and all questions or concerns. For all the service he provided, any bride or any couple would be getting more than their money's worth. We would definitely recommend him and look forward to hopefully working with him in the future!!!
When we decided to hire Joel Llacar, we did not know that he would go above and beyond what our expectations were (which Read more...
When we decided to hire Joel Llacar, we did not know that he would go above and beyond what our expectations were (which were very high). He is truly amazing, wonderful to work with, extremely flexible, and most importantly: PATIENT!!!!! As every couple knows, we look for someone who is responsible, on time, responsive, and professional. Joel has continued to exhibit all of these qualities and more throughout the entire wedding process (including delivery of album and pictures). Out of every vendor we worked with, Joel was the best! What set him apart from everyone else was his genuine care and desire to make his clients happy. He goes above and beyond what is asked as evidenced by the following: willing to take some last minute pictures (after his time was over) on the wedding day, willing to meet you wherever and whenever (within reason of course), sharing information about vendors and offering tips and reminders for wedding related events and appointments, and increased flexibility and accessibility to address any and all questions or concerns. For all the service he provided, any bride or any couple would be getting more than their money's worth. We would definitely recommend him and look forward to hopefully working with him in the future!!! Read less
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Lizzie
Wedding:
8/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Joel and his team were absolutely FANTASTIC! My fiance and I were going back and forth on our budget for the wedding, and even before we booked Joel, he worked with us to create specific packages that encompassed everything we wanted in a wedding photographer and stayed within our budget. Accessing our contract, photos, and information about the wedding is done completely online, making it very convienent for busy brides. Joel is professional and extremely passionate about his work; as a result, he will contact you to make sure the photos for your wedding are the best they can be. He is very thorough and detailed with his emails, making sure he is able to capture every detail of the wedding you would like. Additionally, Joel helped me organize parts of the timeline for wedding day and provided specific directions/checklists for certain shots so that no detail would go unnoticed.

Our photos came out so great that the engagement images even appeared on a blog, Wedding Row California. Joel is able to create and produce images that are crisp, have great colors, and capture many of the precious moments that happen during your wedding. Many people say that one of the first things you should book for your wedding is the venue and your photographer. I would not hesitate to book Joel again in a heartbeat. I think his photos speak for themselves to show how passionate he is when it comes to photography. His work is gorgeous and you will be very happy with the finished product.
Joel and his team were absolutely FANTASTIC! My fiance and I were going back and forth on our budget for the wedding, and Read more...
Joel and his team were absolutely FANTASTIC! My fiance and I were going back and forth on our budget for the wedding, and even before we booked Joel, he worked with us to create specific packages that encompassed everything we wanted in a wedding photographer and stayed within our budget. Accessing our contract, photos, and information about the wedding is done completely online, making it very convienent for busy brides. Joel is professional and extremely passionate about his work; as a result, he will contact you to make sure the photos for your wedding are the best they can be. He is very thorough and detailed with his emails, making sure he is able to capture every detail of the wedding you would like. Additionally, Joel helped me organize parts of the timeline for wedding day and provided specific directions/checklists for certain shots so that no detail would go unnoticed.

Our photos came out so great that the engagement images even appeared on a blog, Wedding Row California. Joel is able to create and produce images that are crisp, have great colors, and capture many of the precious moments that happen during your wedding. Many people say that one of the first things you should book for your wedding is the venue and your photographer. I would not hesitate to book Joel again in a heartbeat. I think his photos speak for themselves to show how passionate he is when it comes to photography. His work is gorgeous and you will be very happy with the finished product. Read less
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Joyden
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Joel and team were excellent to work with. He did our engagement and wedding photos and we loved how our pictures came out! Joel is very easy going, friendly, and makes you feel comfortable. He does anything he can to get the perfect shot and truly captures the moment in his photography. Throughout the entire process he was great to work with, quick with his responses to any questions you may have and very professional and fun. You can tell he has a great passion for photography and it shows in his work!
Joel and team were excellent to work with. He did our engagement and wedding photos and we loved how our pictures came Read more...
Joel and team were excellent to work with. He did our engagement and wedding photos and we loved how our pictures came out! Joel is very easy going, friendly, and makes you feel comfortable. He does anything he can to get the perfect shot and truly captures the moment in his photography. Throughout the entire process he was great to work with, quick with his responses to any questions you may have and very professional and fun. You can tell he has a great passion for photography and it shows in his work! Read less
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Thuy
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Joel is absolutely amazing! He is incredibly talented, professional and friendly! From the very first moment my husband and I met him, he made us feel extremely comfortable! Joel is able to capture amazing moments. When u look at his work, you can feel the love and passion convey through his photos!! I received so many complements from my friends and family!! Joel is THE best photographer!! I couldn't have been any happier with my decision! Now I am able to relive such an amazing day simply by looking at my wedding album!!
Joel is absolutely amazing! He is incredibly talented, professional and friendly! From the very first moment my husband Read more...
Joel is absolutely amazing! He is incredibly talented, professional and friendly! From the very first moment my husband and I met him, he made us feel extremely comfortable! Joel is able to capture amazing moments. When u look at his work, you can feel the love and passion convey through his photos!! I received so many complements from my friends and family!! Joel is THE best photographer!! I couldn't have been any happier with my decision! Now I am able to relive such an amazing day simply by looking at my wedding album!! Read less
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aye
Wedding:
1/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Full disclosure, Joel is my cousin. But I wouldn't have hired him just because of that. I've loved his photography long before I got married. Joel was very easy to work with and got all the shots we wanted. We have amazing engagement and wedding photos to show for it! Our guests have complimented us on them as well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
Full disclosure, Joel is my cousin. But I wouldn't have hired him just because of that. I've loved his photography long Read more...
Full disclosure, Joel is my cousin. But I wouldn't have hired him just because of that. I've loved his photography long before I got married. Joel was very easy to work with and got all the shots we wanted. We have amazing engagement and wedding photos to show for it! Our guests have complimented us on them as well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. Read less
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Gwen
Wedding:
9/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Joel is an amazing photographer! His attention to detail and ability to capture each special moment is truly unique, Quickly responds and easily accessible. Had a sneak peak of Our wedding pictures posted on FB within hours of our wedding. He is fantastic, we would highly recommend Joel!
Joel is an amazing photographer! His attention to detail and ability to capture each special moment is truly unique, Read more...
Joel is an amazing photographer! His attention to detail and ability to capture each special moment is truly unique, Quickly responds and easily accessible. Had a sneak peak of Our wedding pictures posted on FB within hours of our wedding. He is fantastic, we would highly recommend Joel! Read less
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