About this Vendor

Award-winning photographers with stellar reviews!

Michael and Marni Farmer are award-winning photographers and videographers with a modern-vintage style, and a photojournalistic approach. They are based in Long Beach, serving Southern California and destinations. They offer photography, videography, and GIF and photo booth services. Their wedding photos have been published on theknot.com and gayweddings.com; on numerous wedding blogs; and in Bridal Guide and Gay Weddings and Marriage magazines. Bridal Guide featured them in the top 50 wedding photos for 2015. They have been voted "Best of The Knot" by their wedding clients year after year, and were inducted into the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. We are passionate about capturing weddings and creating meaningful relationships. We'd love to be a part of your special day. Contact us today!

Details

Photo + Video Styles

Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Lifestyle, Vintage

Photo Shoot Types

Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress

Starting Price Range

$1,000-$1,999, $2,000-$2,999

Wedding Activities

Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Printed Enlargements, Wedding Albums, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Photo + Video

Awards
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Contact Info

Address
Lakewood, CA LA, OC, and beyond! (805) 459-4866
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He made our wedding better

Reviewed on 7/15/2014 rachel ariel l

We knew we made the right choice as soon as we met him. We knew we made the right choice when we had our engagement shoot. But we are still amazed at how great having Michael Farmer Photography work our wedding was! They took care of our photography, videography, and photo... Read More booth! So nice to have one incredible team come together to make our special day better than ever! Also - Marni is phenomenal with poses and props! People keep asking me where we came up with each pose and prop - I owe all credit to Marni! Unlike any other wedding photos :) Marni also created our thank you cards and everyone is so excited over them! They look so great! I truly feel that our wedding was better than ever because of Michael Farmer Photography. Michael and his staff are awesome people and my guests truly enjoyed their personalities and having them around us all evening! I had people texting me for weeks after our wedding that our photographer had such a great personality and how much they enjoyed him! (he almost stole the attention from me!) Every detail was perfected because of them. When I was feeling overwhelmed with emotions before our first look and was going nuts with all of the family members poking their heads through the doors - Michael listened to me and understood what I wanted and he made sure that everyone gave me my space and cleared away! (at my request) When the hook at the top of my zipper was bending - and about to pop with every breath I took - Michael tightened the metal so it clasped more tightly. (but made sure I never knew how close it was to breaking) When the applique from one of my heels fell off - Michael and his team made sure that I didn't find out about it before the wedding so I wouldn't freak out (they know me so well) and they eloquently made sure that it wasn't exposed in any pose! When there was family drama before my ceremony - The entire team was respectful, kept calm, didn't get flustered or distracted, and made sure that everything worked out well. That was invaluable especially when it came to the "family shots" When it was time for the bouquet toss - Michael was the one who brought me my toss bouquet. I can go on and on about how much they did for us on our wedding day but bottom line is - I know that my wedding was better because they were there. I also was happy having them share our day with us because Michael, Marni, David, and Aliah were fantastic company and focused professionals. We were so fortunate in finding Michael Farmer Photography. I can't believe how quickly our photos and video was done! It's because Michael is so passionate about his work and it shows! Already knowing his capabilities based on our engagement shoot and seeing his portfolio, my new husband and our friends and family are still in awe of how outstanding our wedding pictures and videos came out. They also host a photo viewing party to reveal all of the wedding photos and video for you and your nearest and dearest - how special is that!? Nobody else comes close to everything that Michael Farmer Photography offers. The only downside is that every piece of work he focuses on is so amazing it makes it too difficult to narrow down the choices for the album! They are part of our family now and anyone who books Michael Farmer Photography will never have any doubts.


BEST DECISION you will ever make in your plans

Reviewed on 9/18/2013 Rachel Ariel L

To say that I am OBSESSED with Michael Farmer Photography is an understatement! Any opportunity possible, I refer people to him because I truly believe that booking him is the best decision anyone could make. There is nothing I would change about Michael Farmer Photography... Read More - he is so hard working and does it all for us! All of the services, products, and experiences have made my fiance and I elated. After our engagement session, I was even more excited for our wedding and even more confident in our decision to book him! My fiance and I have booked Michael Farmer Photography for our wedding photography, videography, and photo booth! We had our engagement session with him as well and even ordered our Save The Dates through him! Everything has exceeded our expectations and hopes. Michael and his team are amazing people and insanely talented. I can't express how happy we are that we went with him! After one meeting with him, we didn't meet with any other photographers. Viewing his portfolio, meeting him in person, and taking his reasonable rates into account; it was clear that he was perfect for us and our wedding! Michael and his team are professional and personal and are all wonderful people. We would not have our wedding without them! I am so excited that they will be doing the videography and photo booth for us as well!It is nice knowing that the memories for our special day will all coincide from the same artistic talents. I know for sure that I will never search for any other photographer! When I have a child, I have no doubt that I will be booking him for maternity photos and family photos. He is a part of our world now and we would never have it any other way!


Fantastic Is Not Saying Enough!

Reviewed on 9/14/2013 Dima C

If a picture is words a thousands words, then I wish I would post 1000 pictures on here to show you, not just tell you, the level of service and quality that my fiancé and I received from Michael and Marni. They're an amazing team and his photography is worth alot more than he... Read More actually charges. He' very affordable and yet his quality is exceptional. My fiancé and I have used his services for our engagement photos and we're going to send our save the date cards with him as well. They came out absolutely fantastic and my fiancé is very happy... which makes me happy! I would definitely recommend Michael Farmer Photography to all my friends, family and acquaintances. Thank you Michael!


LOVE LOVE LOVE

Reviewed on 9/14/2013 Sarina T

Hi! So my fiancé and I randomly fell upon Michael Farmer Photography by luck. Someone who knew someone who knew someone saw their beautiful photos, and suggested we do our engagement photo shoot with Michael. I can't even express how AWESOME our photos turned out. It's like... Read More one "WOW" photo after another. Anyone and everyone we know was beyond excited to see them, and they couldn't even pick their favorite because there were too many!! Michael is an absolute gem. He has a good eye, and will take any measure to take a great photo! We even hopped a fence to do it, and almost pulled a few muscles!! He's an absolute joy to be around, and he makes the journey SO ENJOYABLE. I hear about wedding photographers being rude or weird; But no, Michael's talent and his personality made our engagement process SO much better!! Marni - Marni is Michael's wife as some of you may know, but she is also the art director. She has such a great eye for placement, and does an amazing job telling you what to do to enhance the look of the photo. She even provides gorgeous props to give the picture that special something... not to mention, she is such a sweetheart. Here is the best part, Marni worked with me to create a gorgeous Save-the-Date card, and I can't even tell you how beautiful it is. It's everything I could have asked for and more. I love them both, and I highly, highly, highly recommend them for both the engagement and wedding photo shoots. Sarina


Reviewed on 5/02/2017 Julian R

One of the best decisions we made throughout our wedding process was to hire Michael. We were referred to Farmer by our DJ Ryan. Michael was the first photographer we met, we had no idea on what to ask or what to expected of a photographer for our wedding. When we met Michael,... Read More he was very easy going he made us feel welcome at his home. We left his house with a quote thinking we’ll keep the door open to see what other photographers had to offer. After comparing other photographers to what Michael had to offer. It was a no brainer, Michael was the man for the job. From the start he made us feel very comfortable. We went on to take our engagement shoot where we got the opportunity to get to know Farmer and he was actually interested in getting to know us as well. Not only is he an amazing photographer but an amazing person at heart. Going through hiccups in the wedding process Michael always had the best advice on how to handle other situations that had nothing to do with photography. On the big day Michael, Chelsey and Ron made sure to go the extra mile to ensure our day would go by perfect. Capturing every moment, Michael and his crew were always there to keep us calm and collective. Our family and friends also complimented us on having the best photographer ever. Very outgoing and interactive with everyone in attendance. We are very fortunate to have met Farmer, his wife Marni and the little ones and can’t leave out the furry friends. We would highly recommend Michael Farmer Photography to everyone for any kind of photography not just wedding photos. Thank you Michael for becoming an good friend to both of us, we look forward to having many more photoshoots. Next time we can skip the ocean and its waves. Best, Julian & Viviana


Reviewed on 12/27/2016 Danielle C

We cannot say enough great things about Michael Farmer Photography! Michael is the epitome of professional, talented, and easy to work with. We had the pleasure of working with Michael for both our engagement photo session as well as our wedding and on both occasions he took... Read More the time to listen to our ideas and went above and beyond to not only deliver, but exceed our expectations. His craft is amazing and our pictures our gorgeous. I am truly so thankful to have met Michael and I look forward to working with him to capture any and all of our future milestones.


Reviewed on 11/30/2016 Jenny R

So much went wrong on the day of my wedding but the one saving grace and glowing review, is for Michael Farmer and his team. They went above and beyond photographer role and their experienced demeanor helped with the flow of the entire event. Not to mention, the photos were... Read More breathtaking and I'm very picky! "Pick a good photographer and don't skimp" was the best advice I got and it paid off.


Reviewed on 9/30/2016 Shannon Lee B

Michael was our big splurge in our humble wedding festivities. Everyone told us not to skimp on the photography and we are very happy we "engaged" Michael. There is nothing ordinary or typical about Michael's work or his generosity as your vendor. He graciously and fairly... Read More split his time between our tiny quaint private ceremony and our cocktail reception two-weeks later. He got a great array of traditional, wacky, and truly glamorous shots that you'll enjoy sharing and be proud of for years. We were actually able to display some ceremony-day photos at the reception thanks to his willingness to expedite and what a treat! Not only did the reception guests see them, but he got to enjoy some serious and well-deserved bragging rights. He also captured an epic group shot of the entire reception party and we happily printed copies and sent them along with our thank you cards. And our last minute addition of a photo-booth made the party even more fun because Michael kindly worked with us to incorporate the custom full-size cut-outs we had created of ourselves - people got shots of themselves with the "bride and groom" while we were off dancing the night away. Guests still talk about it and say they really appreciated the fun memento. His easy humor will make your groom comfortable, and he'll charm everyone and get shots that will keep your princess-dreams alive every time you see the photos. And don't hesitate to invest in the digital negatives; its so nice to have the flash drives, and know that Michael will always honor the agreement and make sure those memories are accessible no matter what. Do not hesitate; forego the silly swag that no one cares about - make the investment in wedding day memories that you'll brag about forever. Book Michael, and prepare to look fabulous!


Reviewed on 9/28/2016 Rosty G

My new husband and I were thrilled with Michael's services at our wedding! We appreciated everything he did. He was on time, really skilled and knowledgeable, and did some really creative shots for us. When we got the photos from him it was obvious we made the right choice with... Read More him. He was also so funny and kind all throughout the wedding, and very professional. We didn't have any stress when it came to the photos because he did a great job and we felt confident in him. We're really happy with him and highly recommend him to everyone! He went above and beyond in everything he did for us! (This review is by Stephanie G, not Rosty G.)


Reviewed on 9/27/2016 Elena G

This review is long overdue. I don’t even know where to start. Michael and Marni are the best!!! The engagement pictures were beautiful and the wedding pictures were even better!! They took the time to understand what we wanted and delivered beautifully. They were so... Read More available and attentive before and after the wedding shoots! We gave them a list of every shot we wanted during the wedding and they made sure to get it! Marni helped us choreograph our wedding dance…one of the biggest hits of the night and one of my favorite moments of my wedding. They are so good under pressure. When the zipper on my dress snapped, Michael was the calming voice in the midst of panic. They made everyone at the wedding comfortable and made the picture taking experience fun! Our one recommendation is that if you want candid pictures of your guests, you have to make sure to put that on your list of “day-of shots”


Reviewed on 9/25/2016 Seth W

I Do, Michael Farmer Photography! They were amazing! They made it so incredibly stress free and easy, especially since we were planning our wedding from across country. We were able to personalize our wedding package. I love that they are a 1 stop shop. It was fantastic that... Read More they were our photographers, videographers and photo booth. Nobody was in the way or in "the shot". Michael Farmer Photography went above and beyond our expectations. Michael was even going to serve us dinner because the staff had failed to serve us and all of our guests were already eating. We even had multiple guests approach us and compliment the photographers. They were efficient and never wasted time or felt intrusive. Michael Farmer Photography was well coordinated, fun and professional. They made it feel so natural and never awkward. We couldn't have imagined it going any better. 110% worth it! Everything turned out beautiful! Would do it all over again, thanks to this amazing team of visionaries.


Reviewed on 9/24/2016 Rosty G

Michael simply could not be better. He was everything we wanted in a wedding photographer. He was funny, engaging, and took excellent photos. He was very flexible with us and took all the photos we wanted for our special day. Everyone was very happy to have him there and by the... Read More end of the day it was almost like he was one of our guests! When we received the finished photos from him, they looked simply *amazing*. I've been showing them to people all day. His photos are unique, artistic, and add something very special to the shots. He knows what he is doing. My wife and I didn't want "regular" wedding photos. When Michael offered to work with us, we knew we would get the special product we desired to commemorate our wedding day. While other photographers' photos just seem like "prom" photos, Michael's photos go above and beyond and really captured the special magic of our romance and our wedding day. We appreciate everything he did for us and are thrilled to recommend him to others!!! 5 stars all around.


Reviewed on 9/21/2016 Emma F

Michael was fantastic for both our engagement shoot and wedding. His energy and creativity was what drew us to him and he definitely went above and beyond our expectations. Following our wedding, a lot of our guests commented how fantastic the photographer (and his team) was, as... Read More they barely noticed everyone during the day. It was apparent to us Michael was able to deliver impeccable photos, while being absolutely pleasant and respectful of the craft of what photography is all about! Thank you Michael Farmer for being part of our big day and more importantly listening to us and the vision we had for representing us. Emma and Tyler


Reviewed on 9/21/2016 Mary Anne C

I was referred to a multiple photographers for our wedding, but once we met Michael & Marni we knew that we had found our photographer! Their studio and sample albums were beautiful and one of a kind. I would describe their photographs as timeless, capturing true emotion, &... Read More personality, all while having fun. Michael and his team made it easy for us to relax in front of the camera and were awesome to work with. We have awesome photos from our engagement shoot and wedding day thanks to Michael and his team!! We have only recommended Michael Farmer Photography to our family & friends and will continue to do so! Thanks Michael, Marni, & team!!!


Reviewed on 9/19/2016 Ekta D

Michael Farmer and his team were amazing! As soon as I met with Michael, I knew he was the right fit and he and his team exceeded our expectations! We were blown away by the images we received, he captured our wedding beautifully. Best of all it was like having an old friend... Read More around during our wedding day. He was extremely professional and went beyond just the typical photographer role. We couldn't be happier with Michael and his team and would highly recommend him to anyone. His work speaks for itself, but aside from amazing, magazine worthy photos he was just so great to have around, which is so important because the photography crew is with you all day and it's important to have someone around that makes you feel comfortable. We will definitely be using Michael for all our future photography needs and look forward to working with him and his team again. He really is the best ever! Thanks, Michael for all the lovely images that we will cherish for a lifetime !


Reviewed on 9/18/2016 Nicholes R

Our day was special and perfect. All of the late nights planning had payed off. The flowers were gorgeous, the venue amazing, the DJ on point, my Bride was breathtaking, the wedding party somehow all made it after a late night, and the photographer Mr. Michael Farmer was... Read More exceptional. Not only is he an awesome photographer but he was extremely professional, nice, authentic, rad, and "ninja-like." Along with his videographer and assistant they exceeded our expectations. I'm honored to have not only had him as our photographer but also to call him a friend.


Reviewed on 9/16/2016

I started as a friend of Michaels. I befriended him because he is one of the most decent men I have ever met and I truly respect his deep commitment to his own wife and family. There was no question whom I would use for my wedding. I knew I would be getting a man who was very... Read More talented and a strong believer in matrimony. What I did not honestly expect was how serious and professional he was. I was amazed at his diligence and passion for getting exactly the right pictures and the amount of time he devotes to his customers. At the wedding itself I was blown away. He showed up with a small army. It was literally a battalion of the nicest and most talented artists I have ever met. You could not help but feel like a celebrity on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. The final product was amazing. Within hours of the wedding he sent us a video preview that looked like it came from a Hollywood studio. The album exceeded our dreams. Every picture was a work of art. As important of a day as your wedding is, it is just one day. the video and photos you will have for the rest of your lives and your children's lives. If there is one thing you must get right it is your photographer and you wont find a better one than Michael Farmer.


Reviewed on 9/16/2016 Leslie D

When you hire Michael you instantly feel like a celebrity. You are his cental focus and he takes your satisfaction very seriously. He is very easy to work with and listens intently to your desires. From him you get exactly what you asked for and everything you dreamt of. Before... Read More the wedding he is just a phone call away and ready to meet your needs. During the wedding he makes you feel like a stat on the red carpet. His beautiful photographs capture the magic of your special day. He is an artist, a professional, a magician and a values friend. With so much to worry about on your special day why not use the photographer that you know you can fully rely on?


Reviewed on 8/05/2016 Christian B

We highly recommend Michael and his team. The whole experience, from booking to delivery was straightforward, easy and personal. Communication with Michael and the flexibility in his photo packages were so refreshing within the madness that is the "Industrial Wedding... Read More Complex." Shopping for these personalized, important, expensive services can be tough and connecting with Michael was a huge relief. We were so happy to have found him on The Knot. We particularly loved his business model of pairing us up with photographers whose work resonated to us. It was a one stop shop with lots of options, personalized service and always classy taste. Tailoring the packages to our exact needs and preferences was a big bonus. The Industrial Wedding Complex often presents you with set Packages A ($$@#!), B ($$$$) or C ($$$), but Michael Farmer Photography allowed us to basically paid for what we truly valued. By the way, we are a gay couple and felt totally welcomed and embraced. In these crazy times, that is not something we took for granted. In fact, it was something we always looked for and were sensitive about. Happy Wedding!


Reviewed on 7/31/2016 Osdael M

Where do I begin? Michael Farmer Photography team is amazing! They have the natural eye for photographic art!! They will make sure you don't look awkward in your photos. They pay close attention to detail. All while they make you laugh in the process, which makes for lovely... Read More joyous moments to be captured on camera. For our wedding we had Michael and Chelsea and they were just as amazing! Very helpful and are a pro about small deetz like how to properly pin a boutennire. They were such sweethearts and thoughtful and are behind you every step of the way to assist with any minor detail possible. There is so much to say but check out the website, you won't be disappointed. Michael Farmer Photography team is hands down the BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER EVER! In fact, we saw a glamour photo shop at the mall today and I immediately thought: "Nope. Any photos we need for any event in our lifetime we will only go to Michael Farmer." PS: things were hectic when the day began for the wedding, including a mishap with the limo service on our way to the bridal suite to get ready. But the moment Michael Farmer team arrived, the atmosphere became fun, lighter and simply enchanting with their fun sense of humor and energy.


Reviewed on 7/23/2016

Top Five Top Five Top Five Made my wedding extravagant! Also, made so many people feel comfortable while taking photos, which in the end made everyone look photogenic!


Reviewed on 7/20/2016 gyaneh k

i dont know where to even start. i cannot even express how grateful i was that i came across them on the knot. picking a photographer for our wedding was hard for me however, when i came across michael farmer and saw their work i had a gut feeling that i found our photographer.... Read More All i can say is i was right! michael and marni( and the team) are simply amazing. the first time we meet them we knew they were going to be our photographers. EVERYTHING i mean everything turned out amazing. from our engagement pictures to our wedding day they really were amazing. I would recommend them to everyone, i cannot wait to use them in the future!


Reviewed on 11/25/2015 Amber R

I don't even know where to begin. Searching for a photographer for our wedding was stressing me out. I knew that I wanted amazing pictures and had to find the right photographer. My wife found Michael Farmer on The Knot and we set up an appointment to meet with him. From the... Read More moment we met him and his wife Marni, we knew they were the ones for us. They both made us feel so welcome and comfortable during that initial meeting. My mind was put to ease after we decided to go with him as our photographer. His pictures are amazing and his personality is even better. Michael and Marni make you feel like they've known you forever. I can't even begin to describe how amazingly perfect our engagement and wedding photos are. Michael went above and beyond the day of our wedding. He even helped bustle my dress when two of our bridesmaids couldn't get it to stay. He is so much fun and his humor and laughter definitely put me at ease the day of our wedding. I am forever grateful that we found him and his wife. We have found our forever photographer. Can't wait for the next time we need to use them! To say that we are happy with our photos is an understatement. We are so in love with them!


Reviewed on 11/23/2015 Concetta W

I don't even know where to begin!! Michael Farmer Photography..... Simply amazing!! He and his team are simply incredible!! Michael's passion for photography definitely shows in his pictures. It's pure art. I knew when I met him that I loved him!! We knew when we saw our... Read More engagement pictures that they were something special but oh my..... When we saw our wedding photos..... Breathtaking!! We are so incredibly thrilled that we decided to choose Michael Farmer Photography. We will forever look back at our photos and be so very grateful for what the team has done for us! All of the talent aside, Michael and his wife Marni have become friends to us for sure! They have made us feel so very comfortable in every way. We have found a lifetime photographer as well as friend. I definitely recommend Michael Farmer Photography! You absolutely will not be disappointed!


Reviewed on 10/09/2015 Elizabeth B

We are so lucky to have worked with Michael, Marni, Aaron, Chelsey and the whole team! After meeting with Michael, I knew immediately that he was the perfect person to capture our wedding and he really came through for us. He and his team arrived early for getting ready photos,... Read More Marni came just for fun, we're pretty sure they had a drone, Michael made sure we were well fed and hydrated the whole day and he even took a selfie with us. Aside from Michael being an amazing photographer and giving us a sneak peak within hours of our wedding, he was also so much fun to be around. It was really important for us to hire a photographer who would make us feel comfortable during our most stressful and intimate monents. Michael was like part of the wedding party. We can't thank Michael Farmer Photography enough but we will certainly recommend him to EVERYONE!!!


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Michael & Marni Farmer

Michael and Marni Farmer are award-winning photographers and videographers based in Southern California. The Michael Farmer Photography team specializes in weddings with a photojournalistic style. They have won numerous photography awards, have been voted "Best of The Knot" by their wedding clients year after year, and their wedding photos have been published numerous times. They love meeting new people, and strive to make even the most camera-shy client comfortable in front of the camera. Wedding packages can be customized to fit your needs and budget - contact them today!