Artistic, Documentary, Lifestyle, Modern
Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress
Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Wedding Albums, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing
Jonathan was so wonderful to work with every step of the way! Having a good photographer was my top priority and we definitely found what we were looking for with Jonathan! He was easy to communicate with in the months leading up to the wedding and on the day of he just fit right in! Right away before I even saw him on the day of the wedding he was already snapping photos of my guests in the river, the flower arranging, the guests starting to gather... he just blended right into the crowd and captured all the happy moments happening all around him. Both my husband and I hate getting our photos taken and he is especially known for closing his eyes and being super awkward in front of the camera, but Jonathan was so easy going, patient and kind throughout our portraits that we got some really amazing shots! Even during silent disco he joined right in on the fun and captured some awesome moments. It was a whirlwind of a day but Jonathan was able to memorialize it perfectly. After getting our photos back I spent over an hour crying, laughing and being overwhelmed with happiness with re-living such a magical and amazing time for us. The photos were beautiful and fun and genuine and palpable and ripe with emotion. Thank you for capturing it all for us. It is so fun to see and re-experience the evening through a different perspective!
This review is long overdue, but it has been on my to do list since our October 2016 wedding! Jonathan was an amazing photographer- in the months leading up to our big day he was very accessible (we met him in person, had multiple phone calls and many email communications) and made sure to have a clear understanding of the vision we had for our celebration and the photos we wanted to capture. He had great ideas and experience to share, but always made sure our vision dictated the day. He was flexible on the day of (when our timeline inevitably was delayed), and stayed a calm presence throughout. He captured lovely pictures, but posed and awesome candid shots! He really has an eye for capturing the feel of the event. He had our photos back to us within a few weeks- sooner than I was expecting!! After doing lots of research I also found him to be very competitively priced for Bay Area photographers. We are so happy we went with Jonathan- both my husband and I highly recommend him!!!
Jonathan and his assistant were great. They captured our day in a way that made us both very happy. They were both very professional, and very easy to work with. He even got us our pictures earlier then promised. I would highly recommend him.
Jonathan was great! He was professional, easy-going, attentive to what we wanted, and responsive to our ideas and requests. He was great with kids! He managed to capture important moments while being unintrusive. We loved the pictures that we received from him!
Jonathan is very professional and patient. I feel lucky to choose him as my wedding photographer.
The most easy going photographer. Made the whole wedding/ engagement process enjoyable. He really goes out of his way for you and cares about what he does. Super gracious and kind.
Jonathan photographed our wedding and we couldn't be happier with our results! The main reason we originally went with Jonathan was his eye for catching the unscripted real moments and he did just that. Everyone felt incredibly comfortable around him, so much so that even our posed shots exude the joy and lightness we were all feeling on that day. He is incredibly responsive and flexible, meeting us at a coffee shop in South Bay to chat so that we would feel comfortable with him on our wedding day (my husband travels a lot for work and we could not do an engagement shoot). The feedback that we have received from family about his photographs is that they show off the joy, laughter and love of the day. I think that says it all!
Johnathan photographed our wedding and was one of our favorite vendors. I originally was recommended him by another photographer who was booked on my wedding date (so I already felt encouraged that he was well respected in his industry). Once I looked at his portfolio, I knew he would be a great fit. I was immediately drawn to his artistic framing and candid shots. He was so professional and nice to work with. He went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with his work, even visiting our venue before the event. He also met with us for an initial interview and had multiple phone conversations with us before the big day to make sure we could ask any questions and to be sure he didn't miss any important shots for us. On the day of our wedding, he really made us feel comfortable for the posed shots and drove us all around the venue in his car. Then for the rest of the day I barley noticed he was even there! I really appreciated that because on a day when all eyes are on you it was nice to not feel like the paparazzi was constantly in your face. It also allowed him to get those great candid shots that really bring you back to the emotions of the day. Multiple guests and my parents commented on how impressed they were by his manner at our wedding and the final product. I also really appreciate how he delivered our USB in a sweet/creative way and I love that I now own the pictures to do what I want with them. I would highly recommend hiring Jonathan.
My (now) wife found Jonathan on The Knot and we loved his style, so after seeing some of his full albums, we easily decided to go with his services for our June wedding. He has a documentary style that give you the feel of the whole event and focuses more on candid photography than posed shots. He has this intuition for where he should point his camera that captures the instant moment of your niece's hearty laugh or mom's joyful tears. His photos have a very realistic feel, minimally processed, and without all the overdone glow, contrast, or vignette that seems the craze so far. These are just want winsome and timeless photos that bring you immediately back to your special day, The entire experience was just great. We weren't able to meet in person because of location differences, so our first contact was just doing Facetime to get to know each other. We knew we wanted some b+g photos before our wedding in Alameda, but we weren't sure where to go. Jonathan actually went out of his way to drive around Alameda for a few hours and scouted out some great, off-beat locations for us! And this is even though he lives more than an hour away. On the day of our wedding, he really took care of us and made us feel really comfortable. Even despite not knowing our wedding-day plans, he really rolled with it and just kept up all smiles the whole time. He never seemed impatient at all and really took his time to get the best shots. Our reception ended in the evening and it was really dark, so I wished I had known that there wasn't much light at the venue and told him to bring some lights for the group shots we asked him for. But despite the poor conditions, when he sent us the processed photos I was pleasantly surprised to see that they still looked superb! Overall Jonathan was exactly what we were looking in a photographer. He just confidently took the shots he needed and went around working his craft, and the shots we got at the end were fantastic! I definitely wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs a photographer for their wedding. Thanks Jonathan!
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jonathan . I was referred to him by a friend, and I am so happy the recommendation was made. From first interaction to final moments, Jonathan was helpful, honest, fair, efficient, and accommodating. I went from someone who nearly wanted NOTHING to do with photography, to being someone who needed it for quite a long time, including two shooters at the last minute; yet Jonathan allowed that process of discovery to happen in an unforced and natural way. He was awesomely personable and conversational all while being incredibly professional. We had told him we wanted to take photos in 4 different locations, and he went and visited them all the day before. The day of our wedding, however, my husband and I were epic-ally behind schedule. Because we had planned somewhat of a production of a wedding (dancers and performers and all); and because our rentals did not arrive as planned the day before, the morning of our wedding was insane to say the least. Jonathan allowed us to take our day in stride, he rolled with us calmly and smoothly as the day changed shape, and through the wedding he and his partner were so swift and unobtrusive, I honestly don't remember seeing them! On the flip side, when I was making eye contact or having interaction with Jonathan, I felt as if I had known him for years and we had been friends forever. What's more, I even accidentally over-paid Jonathan for his services... so he told me and paid ME back. Gorgeously edited final photos were returned to us quickly and in an incredibly easy-to-share format; and I've been loving following his Instagram posts since. I am grateful to have met such a talented, kind, and professional photographer. I only wish I had more things to hire him for! Cheers to Jonathan Massmann Photography. Bravo!
Jonathan was an absolute delight to work with and we are beyond happy with our wedding photos! He took the time to get to know me and my husband, first with a phone call then drinks during the week leading up to our wedding. We did not want staged or overly formal pictures and he managed to capture the silly and relaxed nature of our relationship with his photos. Perhaps most importantly, he was BEYOND helpful in the planning of logistics of the day. My husband and I live on the east coast and were unable to do any location scouting before our arrival a week before the wedding. Jonathan took it upon himself to go to the church and check out surrounding locations to help us figure out where we wanted to take pictures. He put together an itinerary for the day and even drove us around to the difference locations both before and after the actual ceremony. This allowed us to avoid dealing with an uber in a wedding dress and also provided us a little time before the reception to relax and spend a bit of time together. Lastly, Jonathan is a genuinely fun and easy-going guy who made a lengthy picture-taking session actually fun. I can't recommend his services enough!
Absolutely beautiful engagement photos from Jonathan!! We could not be any happier with the final product, our pictures are amazing. We have so many to chose from for our Save the Dates and have a great album we created as well. We feel very prepapred for our formal wedding pictures now too, perfect help in getting us prepared for those later on. Jonathan is great not only for his professional quality pictures but also because he made my fiance and I feel so comfortable in what could have been an awkward few hours of time holding hands and smiling. He was extremely helpful in helping us chose locations to shoot and ideas of how we should "pose" for the pictures. We are new to the area and Jonathan went above and beyond to help explain the locations we were thinking and why they would be good places or not to go. I was pleasantly surprised that there was no pressure of timing, he was happy to take us around and get as many shot s as possible in a few different locations. My expectations were far exceeded and we can't thank him enough for the wonderful pictures.
The photos came out perfect. We will be hiring JM again for all our special occasions.
Jonathan is absolutely fantastic, and we are so pleased with our photos. Over the course of our communication, he was incredibly thorough and made sure to get all the info that he needed. As I was moving down to SoCal and taking finals for grad school right before the wedding, he was very patient with us as communication fell through on my end. Jonathan was so thorough that he even went out and scoped out possible places and landscapes for our wedding portraits a week before the wedding. (Now that is what I call commitment.) On the day of the wedding, Jonathan had to deal with a 9+ hour wedding day, including the troubles with family drama and a 350 guest list. He was FABULOUS in keeping such a cool head and flexible all the demands of us and our family. It was such a breath of fresh air to work with him amidst the stress. As for the photos themselves, we asked Jonathan to take a lot of candids of our wedding, and he captured so many beautiful moments--even though the whole day was jam-packed. I'm pretty blown away by the quality of photography, and I'm excited to compile it all together in our new wedding album :). I highly recommend him to my friends. (And I'm recommending him to you too.) Thank you so much Jonathan!
Simply put, my wife and I loved Jonathan's work. The moments he captured of our civil ceremony in SF City Hall are magical. Not only is he a master of his craft but his warm and friendly nature made for a wonderful experience. He's patient and provided clear directions on shots, placement, etc. Jonathan is a fantastic photographer to work with.
Jonathan is truly a dream photographer, he has an amazing eye, unending patience and is actually excited to be involved in your special day. He's very responsive, ensures that he's prepared and has a great personality. My husband and I are so happy we chose Jonathan for our special day, as he made it even better, smoother and we've overall loved loved loved every single photo we've seen. He shot our engagement photo session too, and the best part was that we were allowed to be ourselves and he managed to capture breath taking photos that have caused friends to comment on how amazing our photographer was, out of the blue. Jonathan is a fabulous choice for a wedding photographer, and if you're considering a second shooter, the woman he brought on our wedding day was also awesome to work with!
Jonathan was exactly the photographer we were looking for. He was incredibly prepared, patient, and a joy to have at our wedding. I always felt like he had everything under control, I was glad to have him to rely on. Our photos look amazing and we can't wait to show them off. Thank you Jonathan for the wonderful memories!
Best Photographer Ever!Reviewed on 1/19/2016
I was referred to Jonathan Massmann Photography by word of mouth and I could not be happier with the service and results received before, during and after my wedding! From the initial phone consultation, to meeting up in person to chat about the wedding details over drinks, Jonathan is extremely kind and goes above and beyond to work with you on your desired outcome of images. You can tell he and his team are very passionate about meeting all your goals to provide you with the best memories possible from your big day. He’s so easy to work with, and very knowledgeable about all the various types of shots to round out your wedding album into one amazing photo-log of images. He even came to attend our vendor walk-thru prior, so that we could map out various locations at our wedding site we felt would make the best picture backdrops. Everyone at the wedding loved Jonathan and his assistant. They were extremely kind, professional and able to capture everyone looking their best, (from some of our “wildest” guests to my 90 year-old grandmother). Not only did our staged wedding photos come out absolutely perfect, but all the candid images of the events that took place throughout the night are incredible and make a great way to relive our wedding as well. It’s also important to note that their prices are super reasonable, especially for the quality and value you are getting in return. (It’s so refreshing to have this when you are on a budget with so many other vendors.) If you want top quality photos from a photography team that is well versed in capturing your wedding moments at their best, (and just all-in-all fun to be around and making everyone comfortable), you better call Jonathan Massmann Photography!
Personalized photography service!Reviewed on 1/02/2016 Arazeli M
Jonathan was amazing at our wedding! He met with us at our venue to do a walk through of the ceremony/reception a few months before our event. We had an outdoor wedding, and I wanted our photos to be taken along a trail behind the venue and nestled among the redwoods. He walked this path with us so that he could plan on possible backdrops the day of the ceremony. During the ceremony and reception he was moving around non-stop taking photos of us and our guests, but was never intrusive. We got our photos back very quickly and LOVE them. They are exactly what we were hoping for and have allowed us to revisit the memories of our special day.
Ultimate-Professional Wedding PhotosReviewed on 10/15/2015 Carly J
Where should I start? Jonathan Massmann photographed my friend's wedding back in June. When I met him/saw his photos, I was highly impressed! I was getting married later in August, and realized that he would be a WAY better photographer than the one I had booked. He was easy to communicate with and got right back to me. He even called a few days before to discuss details of the timeline so that he wouldn't miss anything. I thought that was very organized and considerate of him. The day of, Jonathan went above and beyond capturing the candid moments between me and my bride, our families, all of our friends, and the decorations. He has an artistic eye for photography that shows in his pictures. Not anyone can just pick up a camera and "nail it" every time like Jonathan can. He is talented, personable, and (from all of my photographer shopping over months and months) he is by far the highest quality photographer one could ever have in the entire Bay Area.
Wedding PhotographyReviewed on 10/09/2015
My husband and I were very pleased with Jonathan's work. He was able to capture really unique fun imagery of us and our wedding party and guests on our wedding day. The photos are really wonderful. The wedding album that he also created is spectacular and it truly is one of the most special pieces that he created for us and I highly recommend taking a look at his albums in your search. We highly recommend Jonathan and his work.
Money Well Spent!!Reviewed on 10/05/2015
Working with Jonathan was one of the best choices we made in planning our wedding! He was extremely flexible to our situation and was happy to go out of his way to accommodate our special requests. Unlike many in the wedding industry, he always returned calls/emails right away and answered all of our questions honestly. The photos he took blew us away - they were above and beyond what we expected. He truly captured the feeling of the day - lots of candid shots of us and our guests. He really listened to what we wanted (and didn't want). We got our pictures mailed to us on a USB drive and posted on a private site online in just a few weeks. Super easy to share with our family/friends. PS- Our friends loved our pictures so much, they hired him for their wedding. They got the same amazing service/pictures.
Meet The Owner
You deserve to enjoy every single moment of your wedding day and beautiful images that bring back the love and excitement from those moments every time you view them. This is my goal at each wedding and I work tirelessly to achieve it. My documentary approach lets me capture the candid, funny, tearful, joyous, genuine moments of your day. I have been told I am fun to be around. I guess it's my easy-going personality, but I'll let you be the judge. I look forward to learning a little about you. Please contact me for more info and details.