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Reviewed On 8/01/2021 by Nancy B
Chana was fantastic to work with! She definitely knows her stuff! We booked her for our engagement shoot in December 2020 as well as our wedding this past July 2021. She is so passionate about her work, we loved it! At our wedding, she did a gr...
eat job getting guest shots and action shots. Her turnaround time of getting us the pictures is so fast! You will not be disappointed for booking her at all! We highly recommend Chana! Easy to book her services and she responds to questions/concerns efficiently. Thank you so much Chana for capturing our special day so beautifully!
Reviewed On 6/30/2020 by Kristy G
We had our original wedding date set for June 2020. Unfortunately, Covid happened and we had to postpone the bigger celebration for next year but we decided to still have a small ceremony on our original date. We had already booked Chana for ou...
r June 2020 wedding but when we had to postpone she was extremely flexible, supportive, and accommodating! She offered to photograph our small ceremony and even made it a point to get photos of us on the beach because she knew that was important to me! Chana is the sweetest and the photos turned out amazing! Can't wait to have her photograph our wedding scheduled for June 2021!
Reviewed On 5/04/2020 by Sarah V
Book Chana now! Just do it!
I found Chana through the knot. My husband and I were living in Pennsylvania and planning a wedding in California. She was SO easy to communicate (primarily through email) and was on the ball for day of scheduling ...
to make sure we were on the same page. Her organization even helped me be organized with other vendors. She was professional from beginning to end!
On the day of, my husband and I were initially a little awkward around the camera but Chana was great and really helped us feel comfortable. I'm quite sure how to describe it. It's like she was there to guide us when needed but also not really there.
After the wedding, we received our photos SO QUICKLY. The quality was great and the files were easy to access/share. Chana made this process incredibly seamless and I highly recommend her!
Reviewed On 1/26/2020 by Molly N
Chana was, simply, the best! She took so many AMAZING photos of our wedding. We struggled in picking the best photos for our wedding album because all of the photos were so great. So great, we ended up making two albums because we could not cho...
ose. Chana was also a dream to work with. Chana was extremely helpful in planning the schedule for photos and developing our plan for what we wanted captured at our wedding and reception. She graciously answered emails and had an initial phone call to get to know us and explore our vision and vibe. At the wedding and reception, she was so much fun and lighthearted that the posed photos group and couple photos were a breeze. Chana was also seamlessly able to get fantastic candid shots during the ceremony, speeches, and dancing. She blended into the crowds and got great shots without disrupting the flow of the event. We have been to a lot of weddings where photographers were very noticeable zipping in and out of the dance floor, which disrupted the vibe. Chana was much more subtle and professional.
Overall, we 100% recommend Chana to anyone. She was professional, nice, fun and easy to work with, and got way more amazing photos than we thought possible.
Reviewed On 10/29/2019 by Amanda P
Amazing! That is the best way to describe the entire process of working with Photo by Chana. From booking to the wedding day to getting the photos back (incredibly fast) the entire experience of working with Chana and her other photographers ...
was great. Everything was so stress free because she was very detail oriented and on top of things so I never had to worry about her not being reliable. The photos are amazing and we could not be happier with them. Definitely a very reasonable price for all services. Thank you so much Chana for documenting our special day.
Reviewed On 10/18/2019 by Jenny B
Chana did an INCREDIBLE job on our wedding photos..but I am getting ahead of myself..
First, this incredible woman helped me put a timeline together as I was planning my wedding myself with family miles away. This was integral...
in my day running smoothly and I would have had no idea where to start without her.
The day of she was early and was amazing at guiding everyone (family, husband and I, family, etc.) through the series of photos we took. To say these all turned out incredible is an absolute understatement. She knows what she's doing and it shows in every shot. I don't think I'm particularly photogenic but she had me looking incredible in these photos, as well as everyone else. She was ALL OVER during the wedding and reception but I barely saw her, which was awesome. By that I mean, she subtly captured every moment and was not intrusive. My guests commented that she never stopped moving but that they'd turn to find her behind them having just captured a beautiful moment. I cannot stress this enough, but she is worth EVERY PENNY as she made my day seamless. Not only that, but within 2 days, she had a preview of the wedding photos for me and a week later, she had them all ready for me. I know people who got married over 6 months ago and still do not have their photos! Do not skimp on this part of your wedding and do yourself a favor and use Chana and Don!
Reviewed On 10/11/2019 by Cindy L
We had Chana do our engagement photos (La Jolla Cove) and wedding (Catamaran Resort) and she did a great job! We were pleased with all the shots she did and she had great energy! It was a nice miss of more formal photos and also some fun ones. ...
I highly recommend! They came out beautiful.
Reviewed On 10/11/2019 by Y F
We found Chana at the Bridal Bazaar and were initially attracted by her work, then soon fell in love with her energy!! She has such a positive energy and made us feel very comfortable in front of the constant camera clicks! Chana is such a pr...
o with catching that perfect candid shot. She'd make us laugh and click away. Or she'd hide somewhere (we lost her during one of the photo sessions...more than once!) so she could catch us just being happy and being ourselves. With that said, Chana is good at hinting poses as well. The quality and speed of her work amazed us. The photos were ready in less than 2 weeks. 629 photos taken in the duration of 5 hours....we got them all, and love them all! If you are looking for naturally-edited photos with a preference for candids, Chana is the one!
Reviewed On 10/01/2019 by Gabby F
It is an absolute pleasure writing this review and sharing our experience with Chana Photography! We married in August on 2019 at the Bali Hai and had a PRIDE reception with close family and friends. We obtained her name as a reference from b...
oth the Bali Hai venue and our wedding planner Best Wedding for You. We compared her services with other referrals and her pricing, products, and customizable packages were best in class. Chana is well organized and incredibly responsive. Our wedding photos were AWESOME!! Chana made sure to capture our “must haves” for group pictures and did an amazing job with us and our guests! Her energy and professionalism were so welcomed and she worked very hard without breaking a sweat and maintained her positive and energetic demeanor throughout the event. Our guests loved the pictures and she captured so much from us preparing for the big day, getting ready pics, ceremony, formals, everything!! We kept all pictures (no watermarks) and purchased an album. We recommend Chana and Don Photography to our family and friends and would absolutely use her services again!! THANK YOU for making our special day unforgettable!!
Reviewed On 10/01/2019 by Karen C
We hired Chana through a referral from a co worker. I honestly didn't know what to expect. Chana did not let us down. She was amazing!! We hired her for my daughter's wedding and she literally captured every amazing detail and special moment!! ...
I would highly recommend her. She is sweet and extremely professional. Thank you so much for everything Chana!!
Reviewed On 9/29/2019 by Wen S
Channa did both our engagement photos and wedding photos. I love her energy ,dedication to high quality photos as well as her professionalism. She is very punctual and communicative. She is really good at capturing good moments of our wedding. ...
The photos she took brought our family lots of laugh and joy. We would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for a photographer. We are actually thinking about inviting her to take photos for our baby next year!!
Reviewed On 9/28/2019 by Sue C
Chana photographed my son’s wedding last May. She was a pleasure to work with. The teaser photos were sent within a couple days and took our breath away. They were truly beautiful and captured every moment of the special day. I recommend Chana ...
Reviewed On 9/08/2019 by Cameron C
Chana did a great job photographing our wedding. She did the right amount of prep work leading up to the wedding. The day of she was on point with all of the photos for all the groups there. After the wedding she was able to get us a batch of p...
hotos within a few days and the rest followed shortly after. All of our guests really enjoyed the photos too. I would definitely recommend Chana to anyone looking for a great wedding photographer!
Reviewed On 9/06/2019 by April L
Chana & Don take THE best photos.
They also make it easy and fun, not awkward. They are the first people I called upon getting engaged to make sure I got my dream photographer. I promise you will not be disappointed!
Reviewed On 9/06/2019 by Mackenzie H
Chana was amazing!!! We did both our engagement shoot and wedding with her as our photographer. My husband HATES getting his photo taken, so the idea of an hour long photo shoot (engagement pics) and a day full of photos (wedding) was his actua...
l nightmare. However, Chana makes you feel so comfortable and she knows how to pose you so you don't feel weird at all! We left the engagement shoot and my husband said, "hmm. Yeah that wasn't so bad". HA!!!
Chana is very reasonably priced for everything you get in her package deals! The photos are amazing, great variety. I know some people who wait WEEKS maybe a month or two to receive all of their wedding photos, but we got our "sneak peak" (50 photos!!!!) a day later! INSANE. We got all of our photos within a week. The only thing I would change, is that I wish I would have paid her to stay later to get more dancing photos. Our wedding timeline was way behind schedule so the dancing was late as well. After she left, a lot more people started dancing (that is not correlated to her leaving though. It probably had more to do with the drinking helping people let loose). Thank you for our amazing photos Chana!
Reviewed On 8/07/2019 by Caitlin C
Chana was wonderful! She was enthusiastic throughout the entire process. Starting from our initial contact, she took the time to get to know what was important to me and worked with my budget. She provided guidance for the services I would want...
to focus on and the places I could save, and her advice was spot on! Our photos are amazing! She captured so many moments of real happiness and emotion. Chana is a machine when it comes to wrangling a big group together in a timely manner. She was so organized and fast! My family and wedding party appreciated moving through the formal photos quickly so we weren’t standing around for hours. I even got to enjoy cocktail hour! Chana was so sweet and easy to work with. I loved the whole experience - her chill attitude, the reasonable price and how awesome my photos turned out.
Reviewed On 6/01/2019 by Sara M
Awesome photographer! Would use her again
Reviewed On 1/07/2019 by Diana D
I am SO grateful our wedding coordinator recommended Chana. She is AMAZING. She was early, professional, flexible, and fun! She made our big day so much better. I can't say enough how stunning the photos were. She knew just how to arrange us ea...
sily and quickly to get SO MANY gorgeous and artistic shots. I can't imagine anyone being better! Thanks so much for the gorgeous photos!
Reviewed On 12/13/2018 by Vanecia M
Chana was the BEST!! I am very picky with photos and she captured the day perfectly. Even though things were running late on my end she was there early and staged everything perfectly. It was so nice to just take simple directions from someone ...
who knew what she was doing! Another great thing was how FAST we got our pictures back. All my friends and family were shocked at how soon we got our sneak peaks (1 week) and our entire wedding album (less than weeks!). I HIGHLY recommend her and hope everyone else can have such an easy experience as we did!!
Reviewed On 10/25/2018 by Camille F
Can’t say enough about Chana, who was a fantastic photographer, not only by producing beautiful photos, but by making the process a total pleasure that was fully integrated into our wedding day.
My fiancé and I had had our worst nightmare happ...
en: our photographer bailed just 2 months before the wedding. We desperately searched around, just hoping we could find someone available whom we could afford. Thankfully, we connected with Chana!
What struck me first was how organized Chana was. I’d given her my date, venue, the size of my bridal party, number of guests. She came back with a slew of totally helpful information: she told me she’d worked the venue before, offered me a timeline, provided a Q & A sheet that included every question I should have asked our first photographer. Before we signed her on, I had already started breathing again.
What’s even more amazing is that all our communication was virtual— we Skyped—yet I totally knew we were in good hands. She’s so friendly, enthusiastic, prepared, professional. I had no doubt that she was on it—and she was.
On the day, she was gentle yet firm, somehow guiding even the most awkward guests such that she got fabulous shots. I didn’t have to worry or think about a thing to do with the shot list, but she was perfectly ready to grab some people I wanted to capture. I look at our photos literally every day; she captured everything, so looking through them is like seeing a story, or a movie, of the day. Awesome! Just thinking about the quality of her work makes me smile.
Reviewed On 10/21/2018 by Ashley W
I'm fairly picky about photography styles - and I couldn't be happier with how our photos turned out! Everyone looked amazing and there were such a variety of shots. I'm thrilled with how many perfect moments Chana and Don captured. They were f...
antastic to work with - from the initial request for information, to our preliminary phone call, Chana was always up front, transparent and timely in her responses. I was so grateful for her attention to our wishes and her ability to translate them into beautiful photos that we will cherish forever. Thank you Chana and Don for helping to make the day even more magical!
Reviewed On 10/05/2018 by M P
Chana and Don are a fantastic photography team! They are a duo that you do not have to worry about whatsoever in your planning process and during your wedding. Chana is incredibly responsive and provides tailored guidance that helps with every...
thing from engagement photos to the details of the wedding day. I did not worry once about their travel, schedule, capturing all of the right people or moments, and had photos in my email before we even left for our honeymoon (which is such a sweet treat!). Our guests commented on how wonderfully engaged Chana and Don were throughout our ceremony and reception and the photos give credence to their ability to capture to small but meaningful moments along the way. During our ceremony, they overheard some friends talking about how much they wanted a group photo and made it happen without skipping a beat!
The quality of work by Chana and Don is top notch and the turnaround time to get our photos was so incredibly fast--both qualities that were noticed by all of our family and friends. If the level of joy and ease of the wedding is any indicator for the marriage ahead, Chana and Don are the right people to have on your team to set you up for a wonderful life!
Reviewed On 9/24/2018 by Lauren T
Chana was amazing. We hired her for engagement photos and the wedding day. She is very friendly, prompt and professional. We had such a great time during the engagement session at Balboa Park. She made us feel so comfortable and got extremely c...
reative with the shots. And on the wedding day she was very organized and made sure to get pictures of all the little details. She was also very cooperative with our wedding coordinator and easy to get ahold of. The best part, she’s fast!! We got our engagement and wedding photos back edited in less than a week of each session. This is rare! Usually wedding photographers take a month or longer to edit the pictures. I would absolutely hire Chana for another party or event. She is a wonderful and talented person. Thank you Chana for making our wedding photos easy and beautiful!!!
Reviewed On 9/22/2018 by Jacqueline S
After spending hours researching about 30+ photographers we were able to narrow my list down to a few that we liked. I had read all the rave reviews about Chana on the various wedding websites and loved what I saw in her gallery on Facebook. My...
husband was actually the one who suggested that we choose her for our wedding and looking back, I have no regrets.
She was fun, easy to communicate with (and quick to respond to emails – yay!), energetic and able to go about the day like a ninja while documenting everything. I wish we had more time at the venue, which she had shot at many times before, in order to capture more “getting ready” moments, but she was able to capture the emotions of the day flawlessly.
Our families were also difficult with various strained relationships that my husband and I were very worried about, since everyone is all at one location for a wedding. Chana was able to handle everyone and still manage to keep everyone smiling for the pictures. We can’t tell you how much of a relief that was, since we hoped for the best but prepared for the worst.
Our families are also still commenting on how much they love our wedding photos, and we have been married for 6 months now. I fall in love with the day and all over again when I look at the photos. They capture the mood and ambiance with excellent vivid quality. I highly recommend Chana – we had 100 guests at our wedding and she was able to capture everything solo. She was also very quick to post “teaser photos” (within a day!) and we expected to receive our photos two weeks after our wedding, but she was a week early. Can you say “wow!”?
Thank you, Chana! We were blessed and thrilled to have you be part of our day!
Reviewed On 8/01/2018 by Ali H
Thank you Thank you Thank you Chana and Don for capturing our wedding perfectly! My now-husband and I first booked Chana for our engagement photos, and from the moment that we met her in La Jolla, we knew that only perfect photos would come fro...
m such a positive, fun, and loving person as her. When we decided we didn't want a videographer, we knew that the photographer would be instrumental to capturing so much of our wedding - and Chana and Don absolutely delivered!!
Throughout the planning process for our actual wedding, Chana kept in constant communication with us, and answered any questions we may have had about things such as ideal photo group shots for the big day, and which dress colors would photograph best, and more! Her wedding day timeline helped make our photo sessions feel super organized, and offered so many options for us to get as many perfect shots as possible - even having us wander into a garden to get some of the loveliest photos of the evening! Also, as we are from the East Coast and wanted some classic sunset photos of the two of us, Chana did everything in her power to deliver truly breathtaking photos. While I didn't get to spend as much time with Don, as he worked with the groomsmen while Chana photographed the bridal party, his photos also showed how talented he is and how much fun the group had.
Lastly, the turn-around time for receiving our photos was incredible! We got almost all of our photos less than a week after our wedding - we are still grinning from such a special day, and are so grateful to this pair for being able to capture every single moment.
Reviewed On 7/30/2018 by Kim J
We came across Chana at a Bridal Bazaar about 10 months prior to our wedding day. We immediately loved her energy and positivity. Without hesitation, we booked Chana and had the joy of doing our engagement photo shoot with her first. We were so...
stoked when our photos came back just a few days later - we ended up using one on our "Save the Dates" and received numerous compliments on the photo. Chana was very good at checking in with us throughout the planning, ensuring she had all of the information she needed and that we were on the same page in terms of who's who and day-of timeline. On the day-of, Chana did not disappoint. She tirelessly took photos of us, our wedding party, and guests for 7 straight hours! Most of the time I didn't even realize she was there! Chana's quality of photos and directiveness were essential on our big day. We didn't want to take any posed photos during cocktail hour, so she worked quickly and efficiently to take all of our posed photos before the ceremony. After the ceremony she was all over the place taking candids of all of our guests -- she even got down on the ground and laid in tanbark to catch a shot of us with the sunset - we loved her dedication! We really appreciated that Chana was fun and easy to work with, but also wore her business hat the day-of to make sure the proper photos were taken and that photos take up too much of our wedding night. Thank you Chana for everything!
Reviewed On 7/04/2018 by Debra K
My daughter and I met Chana at the SD bridal bazaar. What a great find! She and Don are professional, punctual, organized, reasonably priced and were able to capture the special moments of my daughter’s wedding day with their photos. These me...
mories will last a lifetime.
We loved the positive energy Chana and Don had combined with their laid back, no stress attitude. They are a great team. I would highly recommend Chana and Don for any special event.
Reviewed On 7/02/2018 by Lindsay V
Chana was recommended to me by a friend of a friend, who had some stunning wedding photos. Being diligent, I got quotes from several different photographers, painstakingly read all their reviews, and narrowed my search down to two possibilitie...
s - Chana and another local photographer, who was slightly less money. I showed my husband (then fiance) both photographers' portfolios and asked him which he liked, and he immediately chose Chana. He said he could tell the photos were just better and didn't need photoshop to look good. I told him the price difference between the two photographers and he said to definitely go with Chana. So, we did!
Chana was early for both our engagement shoot and our wedding. (You do not know how amazing this is until you are a nervous bride looking at the clock, wondering if you'll have enough time to get everything done.) She was excellent at getting my husband and I to look natural. We had our dog for both shoots and she got some incredible pictures of him, too! She knows the good spots to go to get awesome pictures. Our most breathtaking photos were at places she suggested. She is also very flexible and willing to work with you - for example, we postponed our engagement shoot two days before and she was totally cool about it, and quick to offer up new dates. Chana also was excellent about keeping in touch just enough, so she wasn't bombarding me, but I also wasn't worried she had forgotten about me. She's also very quick to respond whenever you email her.
However, one of the best things about Chana is how fast she works. We had wedding sneak peeks a week just under after our wedding (and a good amount of them, too!), and ALL our wedding pictures two weeks after the wedding. She had our engagement pictures back to us in TWO DAYS. You would never guess she worked that fast with how nice the pictures look.
I do not hesitate to recommend Chana to anyone!
Reviewed On 6/30/2018 by Charlotte J
Chana was our photographer for our wedding and she was absolutely amazing! The photos she took of our special day were nothing short of perfection and I'm so thankful I found Chana and Don when I was looking for photographers. You will not be d...
isappointed by any means, I promise!
Reviewed On 2/10/2018 by Tom K
Congratulations! Your search for a wedding photographer is over! After walking through rows and rows of wedding vendors at a bridal bazaar where we felt completely overwhelmed, we were SO HAPPY to meet Chana. We told her a little bit about what...
we were planning for our ultra-small wedding at Paradise Point in San Diego and she immediately “got it.” Chana knew the venue well and had some examples of previous wedding photos she had shot there for us to see. On the day of the wedding, Chana was totally on top of EVERYTHING. We planned our pre-wedding photos of the groom/groomsmen and bride/bridesmaids separately that went right up to the ceremony time, but Chana knocked them all out so efficiently and quickly that we all got to the ceremony EARLY! Chana knew exactly what to do and where to go and those pics ended up being some of our favorites from that day. Chana has the best attitude and her enthusiasm comes through when you’re working with her. She totally got the “relaxed, fun” spirit of our wedding and her poses for our pictures reflected that. We love our pictures and are so happy with our choice of having Chana document that special day for us.
Reviewed On 11/03/2017 by Melissa K
We got married on 9/3/17 and we would give Chana & Don 10 stars if we could! Our good friends hired them for their wedding and when we saw them in action and how great the pictures were we knew we wanted them to be our photographers.
ok our engagement pictures at Sunset Cliffs and the pictures were amazing! We loved how detailed she was and how comfortable we felt with her. It was like a friend was taking our pictures! We got the engagement pictures super fast too!
We hired both Chana and Don for our wedding since we wanted Chana with me and the girls while we got ready and wanted Don with my now husband and the guys. They did a great job capturing candid shots while we all got ready! We didn't do a first look but we had pictures taken of each of us when we first saw each other as I walked down the aisle and it was awesome! Chana & Don were SO detailed and they made taking pictures fun! It was SO great having Chana take pictures of us after the ceremony while Don went around and took pictures of our guests. For the reception Chana & Don did an amazing job capturing EVERYTHING and having two photographers gave us difference perspectives and covered more ground in less time. I cannot tell you know awesome it is to have two photographers take your wedding pictures!
We received some teaser pictures like a day after the wedding and then received ALL of the pictures just a few days later, super fast! The pictures were BEAUTIFUL! Absolutely LOVE them!!
Both Chana & Don were super nice, friendly, professional, and awesome photographers! Anytime I called, texted, or emailed Chana she got back to me right away. She was always there for me with all of my questions and requests and put me at ease knowing that hiring them was the best decision we made! We HIGHLY recommend Chana & Don!
We cannot thank you enough!
Reviewed On 9/17/2017 by Donna F
Chana & Dan were AWESOME!! Very accommodating & fun & just totally super!!
Best photographers I've ever seen!!! Pictures are incredible!!! Perfectly captured the wedding of our daughter & son in law❤️❤️
Reviewed On 9/15/2017 by Bri M
Chana and Don are the best! They were very friendly and energetic. They were honestly the best!
Reviewed On 9/15/2017 by Karen B
Chana is an extraordinary photographer who is skilled in capturing special moments. We are amazed at how many of her wedding photos genuinely reflect the joy of the occasion. Just by looking at her photos we relive the entire evening. Chana's p...
leasant personality makes her easy to work with and she is always professional. We barely even noticed her presence at the wedding and yet she got outstanding shots of everything. We highly recommend her.
Reviewed On 9/15/2017 by Laura B
My mom and I met Chana at the bridal bazaar. We instantly knew we wanted her to be part of my special day because of her great sample photos and her fun and enthusiastic personality. You could tell from the samples that she picked up on the spe...
cial characteristics of each couple and captured their personalities.
Engagement session: My fiancee and I had hectic days before our engagement session but Chana's warm manner put us at ease. Her masterful eye captured many beautiful moments. My friends and family loved our photos!
Wedding: Chana captured my family's love and excitement in shot after shot of our wedding. She was incredibly non-invasive yet, like a ninja, she captured everything, even moments I didn't know about until I saw the pictures! She has an artist's eye and took many unique arrangements that told a story by themselves. I had many extra requests for group shots (a big group shot of all of our friends and family, and different combinations of our family and friends). Chana handled them like a pro and even finished ahead of schedule! I heard so many horror stories from my fellow brides about the photographer taking endless photos but Chana got amazing shots of us with incredible efficiency.
There is nobody else that I would have preferred to have as my photographer on my wedding. Thank you so much Chana for capturing memories that I will share with my family for years to come :)
Reviewed On 9/11/2017 by Matt H
Chana was the absolute best! She knew exactly what shots my husband and I wanted and even needed! Our wedding photos turned out absolutely beautifully and I would 100% recommend Chana and Don for any of your special occasions!
Reviewed On 9/11/2017 by Joshua B
We really loved having Chana join in with us on our wedding day and for our mini engagement session. We have been super happy with the photos and loved how quickly she turned them around. We had all the photos before we even got back from our h...
oneymoon. I think the only thing that would keep it from 5 stars is that we wish we could have had more family photos. Although she did not keep us from taking more, we wanted to have a list so that none were missed and she assured us that no list was needed. Unfortunately this resulted in us missing a few combos that we would have really wanted to have. Outside of family combos (probably 3), everything else worked out perfectly well. She was always on time, took great photos, had a fantastic turn around, and seemed to be a great value.
I would strongly suggest you have Chana do your photos. My only other suggestion would be to maybe just clarify better before hand and specific combos you want to make sure are taken just to make sure everyone is on the same page or maybe have your coordinator have a list to check off and catch any "missed" combos just in case.
Reviewed On 8/14/2017 by Jacqui F
I love Chana!
I came across Chana and her partner Don at the San Diego Bridal Bizarre in early 2016 and I knew from that moment that I wanted them to capture our July 2017 wedding! I loved the energy that both Chana and Don had and after talki...
ng to them for a bit, I finally looked at their photos -- It was a done deal! This duo knows exactly how to capture those special moments AND those fun, candid ones!
I called Chana and reserved her and Don for our wedding even though it was over a year away. I knew Chana had the perfect bubbly, fun personality, but when she found out we were doing our ceremony and reception aboard the Flagship's California Princess ship, I think she literally jumped for joy! haha It had been years since she'd done a harbor cruise wedding.
Originally, we were not going to do an engagement shoot but the more I thought about it, I knew it was best for us to have worked with Chana prior to the big day. My then fiance was not happy -- he does not like having his picture taken and he hates being posed. But he agreed, and honestly the two of us had a BLAST during our beach shoot and after he said to me 'ok, that was fun!' And that is when I knew I couldn't have made a better decision for our wedding!
I was right, Chana and Don were amazing during our entire wedding day and they truly captured the day -- the smiles, the laughs, the tears (of joy). And our guests loved them too! Chana does it right and she has the ability to become that 'invisible photographer' and capture the perfect shots while no one really notices shes there. Its amazing!
Thank you Chana for joining in our special day and capturing everything so perfectly -- YOU'RE A ROCKSTAR!! :)
Reviewed On 8/10/2017 by Theresa H
Chana was an absolute DREAM to work with!!! When we got engaged I looked through tons of portfolios from local photographers, but I fell in love with her work immediately. She is extremely talented and is able to capture the light, the mood,...
and of course the subjects in a way I don't even think video could. Equally as important, she is VERY responsive and organized; whenever I would email her with questions, her responsiveness (and enthusiasm!!) was impeccable.
I was worried our engagement shoot at Crystal Pier would be awkward, having never had a professional photoshoot before, but Chana made us feel at ease and guided us through every step of the way. The photos were stunning and I got SO many compliments on them!
The day of our wedding, she captured the decorations, group photos, candid moments, and minute details that I didn't even get to see!!! None of our guests noticed she was there, yet she managed to get every single memory. Less than a week later we got previews, and less than three weeks later we received the full set of edited photos!! Thank you Chana!!!
I could go on and on, but let me leave you with this: hire Chana if you are looking for a San Diego photographer who knows EVERY beautiful location for engagement photos, is a pro at photographing The Catamaran Resort, and who will make you feel like no one is watching even though she is saving every special memory for you one shot at a time :)
Reviewed On 7/31/2017 by Jennifer P
Can I just say BEST TEAM EVER! My wedding planner recommended Chana because you need a photographer who can mesh well with your personality, be extremely organized, professional, and capture the moments that last a lifetime. I got married in Ma...
y and I am still getting compliments that all the photos look like they came out of a magazine. GUSH for this team. Genuinely one of my FAVORITE vendors to work with and I highly recommend them. I will definitely be using them again for all future photography needs. AMAZING doesn't even begin to describe how much I enjoyed working with them and the final results. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
Reviewed On 4/05/2017 by Lauren P
Chana and Don are the perfect team to capture our wedding day. When we met them at the Bridal Bazaar we loved their photos and their laid back personalities. They were great to plan with, never pushy- always helpful and kind. Our engagement pic...
tures in Ocean Beach were so beautiful. It's awkward at first but Chana is so laid back and confident that she makes it seem easier.
Our wedding was no different. They planned our timeline for us and we're on time and professional. They got our 20 person wedding party under control :) Every picture captures the happiness that was our wedding day. I can't recommend them enough.
Not to mention- we got our pictures within 2 weeks!!
Reviewed On 1/08/2017 by Brian C
Wow, just wow! As the Father of the Bride, I was not involved with making the photographer choice. I couldn't have found a better one. The quality of the shots are outstanding. Both the posed and the candid shots turned out fantastic. I highly ...
recommend Chana and Don. They were great to work with.
Reviewed On 1/03/2017 by Erica S
Chana and Don were an absolute dream. Our engagement session and wedding photos couldn't have turned out better. Their enthusiasm, guidance with shots, communication, outstanding photos, and quick turn around time was unbeatable. We look forwa...
rd to working with them for many years to come for our family photos. I would highly recommend Photo by Chana and Don to anyone looking for the highest quality professional photographers.
Reviewed On 12/31/2016 by Danielle C
I'm so glad I had Chana as my photographer for our engagement shoot and wedding. She was so nice and professional. We both felt really comfortable around her and we got beautiful photos. I would strongly recommend her to anyone!
Reviewed On 12/22/2016 by Adriana M
Chana and Don were absolutely amazing. Chana helped with making suggestions to our timeline and coordinated our first look perfectly. I could not have imagined our day without them as they captured our big day beautifully.
Reviewed On 12/19/2016 by Elaine A
Chana was fantastic! We needed a last minute replacement photographer and Chana really stepped up for us. She responded to our inquiry immediately, answered all our questions, met our budget and had great communication all prior to the big day....
On wedding day, she was on site before we were, started taking pictures as we arrived, and didn't stop for hours. Chana's enthusiasm both on-line and in person shines through. Her artistic direction was professional and polite. Family and friends did not have to stand out in the sun longer than necessary and were only pulled away from the festivities when needed. The pictures are beautiful and will give us years of wonderful memories. The website link they provide allows you to print your own pictures, or order professional quality prints and books. We highly recommend Chana and Don for your wedding day and other special events.
Reviewed On 12/17/2016 by Jena T
We couldn't of been more happy with Chana! From the first email inquiry to receiving our photos her prompt turnaround time is incredible!! She is so helpful with suggestions and creating a timeline so you never have to worry about a thing and s...
he doesn't miss a beat!! She captured all the special moments along with lots of great candids. She is so much fun and her positive energy and sense of humor brings out the best in everyone which results in amazing photos!! We would highly recommend Chana to any bride & groom!!
Reviewed On 12/16/2016 by Jaclynm W
Chana did a hands down amazing job at our wedding! You can tell she has been doing this for a long time. She goes over a detailed timeline for your big day, which you can add to or modify. It was perfect for us since we had no idea what to ex...
pect and plan for. The last thing you want to worry about is your photographer on your wedding day. Chana came in, was fun, had an eye for the perfect shot and was super awesome with kids! Our flower girl was all over the place. I would 100% recommend her, and plan on using her again for our future family pictures!
Reviewed On 12/16/2016 by Katherine B
Chana and Don clearly love what they do, and their infectious enthusiasm blessed the crowd at our daughter's wedding and rehearsal party. They work hard and very quickly, keeping everyone on schedule while also seeming relaxed about it. We he...
ard many compliments about them both. A 'sneak peek' selection of photos was up on Facebook a couple of days later, and the full set of digital photos as well as the printed photo albums for both sets of parents arrived while the bride and groom were still on their honeymoon. We were surprised at how many photos there were, and how thoroughly they covered the wedding and all the guests because they were so unobtrusive we barely noticed them. You'll want to make time to talk to them though; they are genuinely nice people. And they are incredibly organized. We exchanged just a few emails to introduce ourselves and finalize prices; they handled the coordinating with venues. We highly recommend their service.
Reviewed On 12/15/2016 by Michael D
Trying to pick a photographer can seem a bit overwhelming but Chana was amazing! From our first phone call she talked us thru the entire process and everything that we should expect. She was happy to share her work that she had done and even...
had lists of other vendors we might need. For our engagement photo shoot – she was prompt, professional and friendly. And the pictures turned out amazing – she sent us a link two days later. For the wedding – she worked with us to create a timeline so it did not feel like our formal pictures were a burden. And we actually had a fun time taking them. She also seemed to capture every moment of our wedding from – speeches to cake cuttings to mother/son dances. And a week later our pictures showed up perfect! I could not have asked for a more professional photographer.
Reviewed On 12/14/2016 by Lauren M
Chana was awesome! Our wedding photos turned out so good, so many great pictures of my groom and I! Chana did an incredible job of capturing the happiness and fun of our wedding day, and whenever I look at the photos it takes me right back to t...
hat feeling. She was also helpful for me in the fact that she kept on top of everything leading up to the wedding (I tend to be a bit of a procrastinator) and I felt very comfortable trusting in her to do the amazing job that she did! Another great thing was got our teasers back SO fast, 6 days, and the rest of the photos within a couple weeks! Thank you Chana for capturing the memories!!!
Reviewed On 12/13/2016 by Cori M
We had Chana as our wedding photographer and it was the best decision! Her portfolio was beyond amazing and I was nervous about how our backyard wedding would look in photographs but her talent and eye captured every detail, every moment and ou...
r property looked like a wedding venue! She also set up a timeline and worked with our coordinator, the day was amazing.
My husband is not someone who enjoys getting his photo taken. She worked so well with us to make sure she got all the shots in a fun and efficient manner so that we could get to our guests and back to the celebration! Her candids were superb and in every shot she captured the pure joy of the evening on my face and on his.
Chana's pricing is so reasonable and worth it. We received wedding highlights the same week and all the photos within 2 weeks! What a talented, wonderful person she is!
Reviewed On 8/22/2016 by Knottie56737826
Chana and Don are absolutely amazing!! My super artsy sister who has an amazing eye for photography helped me find them. Their candid and journalistic style of photography fit our needs perfectly! I got the package that included both photograph...
ers and I highly recommend that! Because with that package, Chana spent a lot of time with me and the bridesmaids getting ready while Don spent time with the groomsmen. They both captured so many special moments that we will always cherish for the rest of our lives! I would personally recommend them to any and all of my friends and family as well as use them again to document all the big life moments that we will have in the future! They were also very kind and a lot of fun, they were both great to work with!!
Reviewed On 8/22/2016 by Knottie1471882935
Even though our wedding journey starting over a year away Chana set the standard for the type of qualities we looked for in future vendors. She was professional, always quick to answer any correspondence and had such an easy-going personality ...
that meshed well with us. Her reputation and quality of work is gold standard! Most importantly Chana made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and captured the true essence of our love. I hope to cherish these photos with my family and friends for a lifetime. If your looking for the BEST. Hire Chana and Don!
Reviewed On 8/16/2016 by Dayna C
Chana and Don were professional, took gorgeous photos, and were so much fun! Highly recommend them for your special day. They didn't miss a moment and captured so many amazing memories for us. Their photos are all over my walls!
Reviewed On 4/16/2016 by Knottie1460844134
Chana was amazing!! We found Chana at the Bridal Bazaar and we are so glad we did. Chana was so organized and responsive. We weren't sure if we wanted engagement pictures but Chana would check in with us every once in a while. When we decided w...
e wanted them at the last minute, Chana was accommodating and the pictures were perfect. For the wedding, Chana sent us a timeline and we followed it perfectly. She worked quickly but efficiently and due to this we were even able to enjoy most of cocktail hour! Chana took so many great candid pictures which ended up being some of our favorites. And most of the time we didn't even notice that she was there. Our pictures turned out absolutely beautiful and they were done within two weeks! I would highly recommend Chana as a photographer! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Reviewed On 1/18/2016 by Kari G
We loved working with Chana and Don!!! We opted for their 2 photographer package with an additional hour (so 7 hours total) and Chana did our engagement session free with a signed contract. They were super friendly and super easy to work with....
Best of all our pics turned out amazing!
Reviewed On 10/15/2015 by Fanny C
I could not be happier with the pictures from Photo by Chana and Don! When I look through the pictures they took, it makes me cry because it just takes me back to the day and how perfect it was. The reception pictures really captured how much ...
fun everyone was having. At one point on the day of the wedding, Chana made me walk through a field of horse poop, which I was hesitant because my dress got really dirty, but she insisted it would be worth it. I trusted her and it was completely worth it! After seeing the pictures, my friend who just got married one month prior was completely jealous at how great my pictures came out. Chana and Don where also great on the day of and really made us all feel comfortable as they snapped away. I highly recommend them!
Reviewed On 9/07/2015 by Knottie53498709
These people are Awesome! This was the second time we have used their business for our Children's weddings and both time they were very professional, prompt, and gave us a Great product! They had great ideas and were able to guide us through th...
e day with photos that captured the very essence of this wedding, the love that this couple share for one another. To add to this, Chana and Don are great people, full of energy and able to engage with all of our family and guests. Thank You so very Much and know that you will always be our Family Photographers!
Reviewed On 8/27/2015 by Maggie G
Chana and Don are simply the best! We could not be more happy about our choice of photographer for our wedding. Chana is so sweet and patient and really made us feel really comfortable throughout the whole day. During the reception we didn't ev...
en see them but have the most wonderful pictures of everyone! Not only are all the pictures beautiful and stunning but we had them so quickly after the wedding also!
Reviewed On 7/31/2015 by Ashley L
Chana and Don were our photographers for our wedding at The Dana on Mission Bay in San Diego in Septempber 2014. They captured the most perfect moments, and I received so many complements on our photos. I also received so many compliments about...
them! They were so very friendly to us and our guests - everyone felt so comfortable in front of the lens! They were just so fun to be around. We also receieved all of our wedding photos within 2 weeks after our wedding! I have never heard of getting so many pictures back so quick! It was unbelievable. They really do give the best Customer Service and high quality products. They are the perfect photographers you are looking for! I absolutely recommend them!!
Reviewed On 7/29/2015 by Knottie1438157368
Chana and Don photographed our May 2015 wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum. They are so sweet to work with and got us our photos and parents’ albums right away after the wedding. Inevitably, there were a few shots that I wish had been captured,...
but of course it’s impossible for any photographer to capture every single moment and Chana was very patient with me while I was e-mailing her trying to find specific shots among the almost 1000 pictures they gave us! Of course the pictures are beautiful and we are so grateful that they captured our special day.
Reviewed On 7/24/2015 by Jessica S
I initially contacted Chana while sending out mass emails to potential vendors, but quickly knew Chana was the photographer I wanted to do my wedding! She was so bubbly and personable... over email... that's hard to do!! She offered us a free e...
ngagement session for booking online which was a great way for us to meet and get to know her before our big day. She's just as awesome in person as she is over email :) We loved working with her and her photos of our engagement session and our wedding turned out amazing! She was so easy to communicate with throughout the planning process and was totally on top of all the details (which is super important to an organizer like me!). She gives you ALL of the edited photos within 2 weeks which is just phenomenal... we were still on our honeymoon and she already had teasers ready for us! She offers photo books and prints, but also gives you a link to print photos from home that you can share with all of your family and friends. She has done tons of weddings so she knows all of the poses and combos for the wedding day - we didn't need to give her a photo list, but make sure you tell her if you have a few specifics you would like :) She's super quick - we were able to knock out all of the bride's and groom's side photos in an hour before the wedding and our wedding party and bride/groom shots done during happy hour with a few minutes to spare. Overall, she's great and you won't be disappointed!
Reviewed On 7/21/2015 by Knottie1437499664
We hired Chana and Don for our December garden wedding in San Diego and were extremely pleased. Chana was professional, creative and very easy to work with. Our photos were very timely and also AMAZING!!!! My husband and I wished we lived close...
r so that we could do an anniversary shoot with her. If she is available on your big day, go ahead and book her! Excellent work!!
Reviewed On 3/24/2015 by Lydia M
We started with doing our engagement photos with them and we were very impressed. We were not disappointed when we chose them to do our wedding photos as well. Our sunset pictures especially are so beautiful and are an amazing way to display ou...
r wedding in our home. In addition to our pictures, Chana and Don really work together to cover your whole wedding. Pictures of the venues, family and friends and of course the dancing! Really fun to work with and produce amazing work. You won't be disappointed if you go with them!
Reviewed On 1/22/2015 by Jennifer F
I found chana and don last minute at a bridal fair, and booked them last minute, due to seeing their beautiful photos, fair deal, and good personalities. I admit they were a little over my budget, but definitely worth it! They showed up on tim...
e, gave good direction, blended in with everyone, I barely noticed they were there at times. Best of all, the photos turned out beautiful! The lighting was perfect! You could tell they knew exactly what they were doing. I loved the photos of moments that weren't planned. I recommend them to anyone getting married in San Diego area!
Reviewed On 11/12/2014 by Donna P
My #1 requirement when looking for a photographer besides great photography skills was someone that was going to be able to keep up with me and my friends and manage our strong group. When I met Chana, I knew I had met my match! We first met Ch...
ana for our engagement photos at Sunset Cliffs beach. She was so awesome. We all got soaked in the process but got some amazing photos! She took about 150 photos in about 1 hr!! She edited them and we had them in about 1 week!
We just had our wedding this past week and Chana showed up at my house a few minutes early (while Don met with the groom and groomsmen at another location). While we were finishing hair and makeup she snapped some candids and then proceeded to take photos of my dress, rings, accessories, etc.
She had developed a very detailed timeline for the day and we were right on time! She scoped out a great place to take pictures of the bridesmaids/bride/family prior to the ceremony. Don was doing the same for the boys. We got so many amazing photos. She knew exactly how to capture our specail day.
Both Chana and Don photographed the ceremony and then after the ceremony, my husband, Chana and I headed over to the beach for some sunset photos! We had such and amazing time and she captured some unbelievable photos! Don, meanwhile photographed the cocktail hr and got some candids of us greeting our guests during dinner.
They did an amazing job!
The best part....we got 10 "teasers" the next morning... and they are amazing... cannot wait to see the rest!
Thank you for capturing our special day so beautifully Chana and Don!
Reviewed On 9/16/2014 by Jessica H
We had the pleasure of having both Chana and Don photograph our wedding.I fell in love with them when I met them at the bridal bizarre...I told myself if I saw them again and still loved them I would book. And lucky us, We saw and booked them a...
t the next bridal bizarre. Chana was so helpful, she layed out a timeline and gave us helpful tips. I expressed my concern with my future husband distaste for a large amount of photos, both of them said no problem. They made it relaxing, but structured. They caught real moments and we couldn't be more thankful. They were such a blessing and everyone at our wedding loved them!! Our photos were posted and sent to us before we even had a chance to think about them. We highly recommend these two...you won't regret it. Chana and Don, we cannot wait to have you two apart of another fabulous event.
Reviewed On 8/29/2014 by Knottie52079451
So one thing my husband and I were afraid of when we were planning our wedding with our planner is having our photos represent anything else other than us. Being a same-sex couple, we're held to a lot of stereotypes and that was the last thing ...
I wanted someone to see when they saw our wedding photos. I didn't even have to say anything to Chana and Don, they showed up with all smiles and more energy than I had at that point...AND THE PHOTOS WERE AMAZING!
During the entire event, they were upbeat and so easy to follow. They had their own ideas for photos and easily fit in ours and executed them spectacularly. They're instructions were easy to follow and they were able to fit in with the crowd as if they were just family members taking our photos. My husband and I felt very reassured and excited to see how the photos turned out.
When we saw them, we were blown away. I didn't understand how it was possible, but in every picture EVERYONE was smiling. And not just a grin...ear to ear and teeth everywhere! Their candids captured the best moments of every part of the wedding. We looked over these pictures soo many times since we received them. I shared them with everyone who attended our wedding and it wasn't surprising that these photos ended up being everyone's profile pic because everyone looked so good.
Great to work with. Great product. Service with a smile...what more can you ask for?
Reviewed On 8/23/2014 by Bonnie S
My husband and I recently were married on Aug. 9, '14. We chose Chana and Don because my husband's sisters both hired them to photo their weddings. I saw their wedding photo examples and I knew Chana and Don would be a great fit for us, but I n...
ever imagined our photos would be so spectacular!!! They were so easy to work with. We had several sites between the getting-ready photos, reveal, family shots, ceremony, bridal party, and reception site. But despite all of these location changes, we were on schedule the entire time and we now have the most amazing selection of photos with so many awesome back drops!! I would go so far as to say we have the best photos EVER! I would highly recommend Chana and Don for any event. I completely trust them to capture the full scope of the event without having to say what is important, for any type of event. They genuinely seemed to have fun while shooting, and that makes it fun for everyone.
I can't wait for another reason to hire them again!
Reviewed On 8/05/2014 by Lauren B
Diving into choosing vendors can be a daunting task for brides. It was intimidating to me at first and after my husband and I got engaged, I decided to really focus on referrals from friends and family. One such referral led me to Photography...
by Chana and Don. Choosing them was the easiest (and fastest) decision I made throughout the entire wedding planning process. It only took me one email exchange with Chana and 1 visit to their website to decide I wanted them as our photographers. Meeting Chana on the day of our engagement shoot and meeting Don regarding our contract only sealed the deal further - they are so easy-going, dedicated, and hard-working...the list of positive attributes I could describe them with could go on forever.
Flash-forward to engagement shoot and the outcome of those pictures. Engagement shoots can be very awkward and unnatural. Truthfully, you go through a series of the same pose in different places and with different outfits. Chana made my husband and I feel so comfortable through this process and kept it natural by talking throughout the afternoon, complimenting us, directing us with clear explanations, and keeping the mood light and full of love. Her passion for photography showed through every minute. We were beyond thrilled with the engagement shoot pictures and will treasure them forever.
Another flash-forward to our July 2014 wedding. Coordinating in the months leading up to the big day was made simple with Chana's organization and excellent communication skills. Her recommended timeline for our pictures was PERFECT and easily attained. When Chana arrived in the bridal suite on the day of the wedding, my mom said I lit up like a kid on Christmas. I was so excited to see her and be in her happy presence. Don and Chana made our wedding day absolute perfection and captured it in a way I did not know was possible. With 700+ pictures to choose from, there isn't one that I don't love. The wedding party and immediate family raved about them throughout the day as I did.
A bride and groom should be so lucky to have such amazing photographers for their wedding. I have every intention of contacting them as soon as I can for the next potential photo shoot - maternity pictures, family pics, etc.! One last time...BOOK THEM NOW!
Reviewed On 6/17/2014 by Traci S
I spent hours looking for a photographer. I wanted someone that was affordable, loved their job and was good at it. Enter Chana. I went to the bridal bazaar and gotten one of her cards. Out of all of the photographers I contacted she was one of...
the first to get back to me and happily answer any and all questions I had. Even panicky bride emails. She had the best options and packages. On the wedding day she called me and told me she was there. She instantly got to work. She is AMAZING. She will happily take any shot you want and arrange some awesome ones as well. I could tell when she got a good one, because she would make a little excited noise. We had Bethel Nathan as our officiant and Bethel got excited when we told her who we had chosen as our photographer. When someone in the industry genuinely likes another "vendor" that seems to be a good sign. Our pictures came out jaw droppingly beautiful. She gets them back to you as soon as possible and gives you a sneak peak on facebook. She is fantastic to work with and really loves what she does. Chana is a breeze to work with and will capture your day brilliantly.
Reviewed On 1/02/2014 by janeinaz
We had a small ceremony and photo shoot, so only needed one photographer. I was impressed with Chana each and every step of the way, from her first email, to the first click of her camera on our special day, to receiving our our pictures less t...
han 2 weeks after the wedding. Our wedding day exceeded our expectations, and Chana gets much of the credit. We were so impressed with how quickly we felt at ease with Chana, and how much we enoyed working with her that we toasted Chana at dinner that evening. We will always treasure our pictures by Chana.
Reviewed On 9/29/2013 by Rachel G
Meeting Chana was one the best things that happened to us while we were engaged. She's not only one of the best wedding photographers we've met, but also a great source of knowledge when it comes to weddings in general.
The moment we met and...
she got the wedding date and location, Chana looked up sunset time and laid out preliminary schedule for the wedding day which ended up being the actual timeline we adopted. You won't find too many venue's around San Diego where they have not worked before, so they know locations and their intricacies really well. Chana was our first vendor we talked to and we built our team of vendors from Chana's recommendations and it was the best team we could've asked for. Our wedding was a dream wedding come through and Chana had a lot to do with it's outcome and capturing greatest moments.
We went with two photographers and it was totally worth it. With Don we were able to catch some quality candids of the groom's party while Chana was with the bride. One of the photos we got is an areal shot of our ceremony, don't know how Don got it but it is a really unique photograph and is one of our favorites. The sunset formals, that we planed the wedding timeline around, turned out absolutely amazing. Chana did a great job directing everyone during photo shoots in order to stay on schedule and was able to capture some of the most beautiful shots we could have imagined. These captured memories will stay with us for ever and ever.
Thank you Chana and Don!!
Reviewed On 9/23/2013 by jrogers99
I was never the little girl who spent her childhood dreaming about one day having the "picture perfect" wedding. In fact, I didn't give much thought at all to my own wedding until I actually got engaged (which by this time was well past my form...
ative years). That said, the one detail I always knew had to be absolutely perfect was the photography. As someone who has always loved taking photos, I knew this was the one area of wedding planning that would require the greatest amount of work to get just right; at least that's what I thought until I met Chana and Don at a local bridal bazaar and knew my search was over.
Admittedly, while bridal bazaars are definitely not my scene, this one did serve a very useful purpose: I was able to speak to the photographers in person about their photos, without having to rely on a virtual body of work absent of any context as to who actually created it. After all, when choosing a photographer(s), you are not simply asking him/her to work your event (as you would a caterer, for example): you are inviting him/her to share in what will (hopefully) be one the most defining moments of your life. And as inconspicuous as they might be on the big day, you want to know that they're going to be there documenting everything from start to finish in a way that is meaningful to you. Any number of years from now, it will be your wedding photos, the culmination of both your hard work and that of your photographer(s), that will remind you of just how amazing your wedding day really was.
I could not have picked two better photographers for my wedding than Chana and Don. I knew after meeting them at the Bridal Bazaar that they would be perfect for our small mountain wedding. As others have already said, you would be hard pressed to find two more genuine people. They take their job very seriously, but also know that weddings are supposed to be fun and (relatively) stress free occasions. They were kind and gracious from start to finish, and a lot of fun--our guests loved them. They were open to suggestions (not that they needed them) and rarely came up for air. Their turnaround time is unbeatable (less than two weeks for everything). The resulting photographs are amazing beyond words, and I like to consider myself a tough critic. In the end. while their work stands on its own, the personalities behind the work are certainly an added bonus. I can't thank Chana and Don enough for their contributions to what did, in fact, turn out to be a picture perfect wedding. Fortunately, I have a multitude of truly gorgeous wedding photos to remind me for years to come.
Reviewed On 9/23/2013 by Erin R
We are so grateful that we met Chana and Don and were able to have them be a part of our special day! We met with several photographers to be sure we found the perfect match because we felt like capturing our wedding in a beautiful way was one...
of the most important things. We both knew that Chana and Don are something special and far above the rest after we looked at some of their work and got to meet them for the first time! Chana and Don are both so kind, so genuine, and so wonderful to be around! They make you feel so comfortable and so beautiful! Our pictures are amazing and captured everything in such a special way! Chana and Don are true experts who clearly value professionalism and organization! They are the BEST at what they do because they know how to make it fun and the end product is perfect!! We cannot thank you enough Chana and Don!
Reviewed On 8/18/2013 by adele o
Chana did our wedding at Tom Hams Lighthouse in July 2013. It was best stated by my father who is VERY hard to impress! "Where did you get this photographer from? She is GREAT!"
Chana was referred to me by other brides I know. She came w...
ith many wonderful referrals and recommendations and now I know why.
Chana contacted me immediately after I left her a message and forwarded her information with a list of packages. I decided to go with one photographer however there are options for two.
It was a second marriage for both of us and basic pictures was all we wanted.
You would think having one photographer would limit photo coverage to a degree...NOT TRUE! Chana covered every aspect wonderfully from getting ready to well into the final hours of the reception. We ended up with close to 500 pictures (after editing) and we still can't pick our favorites because she did such a fantastic job. We had many candid photos which are usually the best. That said, we were extremely pleased with the portrait setting pictures as well. Chana's relaxed personality and mannerisms made for a very comfortable environment. That says a lot coming from an entire family who hates taking pictures!
Chana captured every important moment, added black and whites and utilized the colorful views available with our venue at Tom Hams Lighthouse.
I can not say enough about Chana to do her services justice so I'll go with one word, SPECTACULAR!!!
Reviewed On 7/24/2013 by ebell1973
Chana is so easy to work with and she is an AMAZINGLY talented photographer! She captured our wedding day in ways that I had never imagined. She had our proofs to us within a week of our wedding and I can't stop looking at them! They are bea...
utiful! Every picture is perfect. I am having a tough time deciding which proofs to order because I love every single picture. I liked her from the minute I met her and I knew she would be the perfect person to capture the most special day in our lives. I highly recommend her!!!!!!
Reviewed On 4/16/2013 by Dana H
Chana is extremely focused, when the bride just has her head everywhere! She is so patient amidst the craziness and while herding family and wedding party,which I have to imagine is something like herding cats. So creative and level headed. She...
gets very familiar with what you want as a couple and makes it her mission to meet that while giving super creative inputs. It's obvious that she has a true passion for photography and is able to master the craft while moving a hundred miles a minute to catch every laugh, tear, smile and move. Best of all, she will hold a trial engagement session so you can test the waters with her and Don! Awesome, awesome talent! You definitely get your money's worth!
Reviewed On 11/17/2012 by Patrick J
Our officiant, Bethel Nathan, recommended Chana and Don to us, and we met them at the Bridal Bazaar. Their fun loving and genuine personalities, in addition to their gorgeous pictures, immediately attracted us to them. For us, it was importan...
t to not only have beautiful pictures that will last a lifetime, but also to have photographers that we could connect with and be comfortable with. Your photographers are one of the few people who are with you throughout the entire wedding day and they are part of some of your most intimate moments. If they make you feel uncomfortable or that you can’t be yourself, the pictures will suffer. Given this, Chana and Don were perfect for us. They are so much fun to be around, are truly great people, and we were so happy to have them be part of our big day.
They took both our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures and did an amazing job. Throughout both of our photo sessions with them, they felt more like good friends who happened to be taking our photos and not just someone who was working.
In both instances they went above and beyond the call of duty to capture our special moments For example, our engagement photos involved train tracks and walking through the waves in the ocean. Not only were they dodging trains (we literally had to run off the tracks to avoid being hit at one point), but they got into the Pacific Ocean on a cold day to capture some amazing moments of us splashing in the waves. Similarly, at the wedding they were both lying on the ground and doing whatever was necessary to capture the moment. They are troopers and they worked tirelessly to capture every detail, and the quality of their work shows that.
We highly recommend them and honestly cannot imagine anyone not getting along well with them or being unsatisfied. Another thing we noticed about them, is that a lot of their customers are repeat customers and that they will photograph a couple from engagement, to wedding, to the birth of their children, and the countless family photo sessions over the years. We think this speaks volumes about how great of people they are, how deeply they connect with others, and how amazing their work is. While kids are still a few years down the road, there is no one else we would have take our family photos. One last bonus, is that the turnaround for our pictures is extremely quick and they do a great job of touching up and perfecting each photo. We got our wedding photos back half-way through our honeymoon.
Reviewed On 11/11/2012 by Holly O
Chana and Don were amazing! Both of us are shy and not photogenic and they were so easy to work with and our photos came out beautiful, better than I could have even imagined! Their pricing is a great deal for the services you get and they ar...
e super fun and cool to be around!
Reviewed On 11/07/2012 by Jessica H
Our pictures were gorgeous! Chana and Don were easy to work with and organized.
Reviewed On 7/08/2012 by Mindi E
Dona and Chana did the best job. They are great at taking candids and get the best results from all of the pictures they take. We had our photographs within 2 weeks of the wedding and we will be using them for all of our photography in our fut...
Reviewed On 6/16/2012 by Suzi A
We havnen't picked our the photos for our phto album yet but that will be the hard part. We've seen the photos and we LOVE all of them! They were helpful, on time, fun, always around and available! They were always there but not in the way!
e love our photos and so does everyone else who has seen them!
Reviewed On 5/25/2012 by Anne M
Chana and Don are INCREDIBLE!!! I highly recommend them! They took the most amazing engagement photos and wedding photos for my husband and I. They are kind, fun, easy to work with, and produce stunning photographs!!! I absolutely love them!! O...
ur wedding was a few weeks ago, and took place in Coronado on the beach. Chana and Don worked with our crazy schedule, stayed calm, and captured priceless moments! I'd book them again in an instant, and will definitely use them for future events and family photos!! Love love love!!!!!
Reviewed On 2/03/2012 by Silvia I
Chana and Don are amazing and make such a wonderful team!! They are both so much fun and casual but energetic, makes you feel like you have known them all your life! Both our engagement and wedding pictures are beyond words beautiful. We fin...
d ourselves looking at our wedding pictures a lot, and every time we are able to relive the day. Everyone has complimented on the photos and some say they look like magazine pictures!! We are forever grateful to them both for capturing our special day in such a beautiful way, photography was very important for us and they did not disappoint.
Reviewed On 11/03/2011 by Genevieve F
My husband and I spent a lot of time researching and meeting with prospective photographers, because having some great picttures to remember our wedding day was a top priority for both of us. We met Chana and Don at a bridal expo, and they imme...
diately rose to the top of our list with the quality of their work and their fun, easygoing personalities. We were so happy with our choice! Neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of a camera, but they made us feel completely at ease. Both our engagement and wedding photos came out beautifully, and even better, it was almost INSTANT gratification; in each case, we waited less than a week to get our first look at our photos online (pretty much unheard of from what I know from many other friends who have gotten married). Many of our family members have commented that our photos look like they came out of a magazine! Chana and Don managed to capture the energy and joy of our wedding day in a way that neither of us thought possible, and we are both so grateful. They get the majority of their business from referrals, and now we know why! We'll be recommending them to everyone we know to for any of life's important milestones, from weddings and anniversaries, to business openings, to new babies. We are looking forward to the next time we get to work with the two of them!
Reviewed On 6/18/2011 by Miranda J
Chana did our photography and she was great! very energetic and friendly, all our guests loved her! our photos turned out perfect! she got every picture we wanted in a short amount of time (we loved that!) one of my auncles even told me that he...
was amazed she could shoot photos directly into the sun by blocking the glare with her hand ( I guess thats difficult to do) anyway all our photos were great and we all loved Chana!!
Reviewed On 1/05/2011 by Michelle H
Chana and Don photographed our wedding, and did our engagement session. They were so friendly, fun, and easy to work with. I hate having my picture taken, but they made me relax and have fun with it all. We love our wedding photos, it was hard ...
to narrow down our choices to fit in our album. We could have used them all! We love them so much we plan to use them for maternity and baby photos when the time comes. We would definitely recommend them!
Reviewed On 9/24/2010 by Tasha F
I just wrote a very detailed review of these vendors, then clicked outside the pop-up window and lost all of my work. Great website design.
Shots taken were nice, showed people laughing and having a good time.
- bride and groom under ceremony arch decorated with flowers (except during actual ceremony)
- full length shot of bride and groom, with train of dress nicely arranged around side of bride
- more than a handful of accidental full-length shots of bride in dress - most were 3/4 length (you'd think a wedding photographer would KNOW to get the full wedding gown in most of the posed shots)
Word of warning - be very specific in telling your photographers what you want. Don't assume they know to take full-length photos.
Reviewed On 5/10/2010 by Erika D
Easy to work with, available, great photos, awesome turnaround time.;A little on the expensive side.
Reviewed On 5/10/2010 by Renee d
Can't say enough about Chana and Don. They were absolutely fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone! They were wonderful to work with, knew exactly what to do, were extremely professional (but still fun), and the pictures were incredibl...
e. Couldn't have asked for more. It was worth every penny and then some.;I have nothing bad to say about them. They were super!
Reviewed On 5/10/2010 by Kristin P
she has no time limit. Most people at our wedding never even saw her but she took over 800 pictures!