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Kasia K.

3 October 2018

Steven is phenomenal as both a photographer and a person. We found Steven online and chose him because of his unique style and ability to capture real emotions and moments. He photographed both our engagement session and our civil ceremony in San Francisco, and we were blown away by the photos that we received. How did he get this shot? When did he find the time to get this angle? Every time we look back at our photos we can see a story being told. And that is exactly what we wanted our photos to be: a story of our love and relationship. You can easily get clean, bright and posed photos from numerous (wonderful and talented) photographers. But, it is difficult to find someone who can capture unique, real, and emotional moments on camera, let alone on film. Steven's style is timeless and classic--your photos won't go out of fashion or look like their from a certain era. The attention to detail that is spent on each shot is incredible (and you don't even notice). Steven makes you feel incredibly comfortable in front of the camera (and this is coming from my husband who is a bigger guy that's self conscious in front of the camera), and he has a wonderful personality that you forget how much time flies during your engagement photo session. On our civil ceremony, we were relaxed and things weren't too hectic, but Steven managed to blend into the background and take photos that we have no idea how he took (but they took our breath away). We loved working with Steven and we love our photos. Thank you Steven so much for documenting our story and for giving us photos that are more than a keepsake! K+M More...

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Isabelle Bridges Boesch

23 July 2018

steven branstetter photography is a first class guy. I cannot recommend him more.

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Danielle Koehler

23 July 2018

Had an amazing photo shoot with Steven. I was 4 months pregnant when we did our engagement shoot and Steven made me look amazing! I am not super comfortable in front of a camera and he definitely pulled me out of my shell. The shoot day went really well and he was super personable. The finished product-photos looked amazing and it was hard to choose our favorites! More...

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Craig Shishido

23 July 2018

We have used Steven over the past several years for our company's team & individual photos. He has an artistic eye that's "on point" and "on trend" with fresh and timeless imagery. Highly recommended!

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DL Ross

23 July 2018

I had the pleasure of seeing Steven in action at his photo shoot of my friend Wendi. Not only was Steven a professional and a joy to be around, but his work is exquisite! He had so many ideas on angles, colors and lighting - all perfectly combined to come up with stunning shots. I was lucky enough to get a few black and white shots of myself during my friend's shoot. Thank you, Steven! Wishing you continued success. More...

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Nicole Thomas

23 July 2018

I had the pleasure of attending a wedding earlier this year and was so impressed with Steven Branstetter's exceptional talent and professionalism. I am looking forward to working with him next year for our celebration. More...

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Craig Shishido

17 June 2018

Steven has continually delivered amazing professional photos for my company for years. Consistent and beautiful work! Check these out! http://gentlestar.com/team/

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Cindy T.

11 April 2018

Steven is very talented! The photographs we received from him from our recent wedding were more beautiful and artful than we could have imagined. We couldn't be more pleased and thankful that he was there to capture so many wonderful moments, many that that we didn't get to see for ourselves because there was so much going on. Our wedding day was an occasion that we always want to remember, and the moments Steven captured with his meticulous eye and style allow us to have the most special truly artful keepsakes from that day. Thank you, Steven! More...

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David

18 December 2017

My wife and I hired Steven to be our wedding photographer for our wedding in October 2017. With the package we chose it included an engagement shoot which we really enjoyed doing. We initially met with Steven for coffee and immediately felt at ease with his friendliness, professionalism and personality. We were initially drawn to Steven's documentary photographic style as we didn't want to have too many of our shots to be overly posed.

He really provided a great service! The day of our wedding he arrived early, jumped right in and took control of his craft. A couple of weeks later we received a link to an online album and were totally stunned. He truly captured some amazing moments at our wedding. Shortly after I was able to meet with him to receive the proof prints and was again delighted.

We highly recommend Steven for any of your photography needs!
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Morgan L.

10 August 2017

Steven was amazing! Truly the best to work with. He was very kind and brought out the best in everyone that attended our wedding. He was very professional but warm at the same time, and got along well with all the guests. He seamlessly blended into the evening, and through that he captured some amazing candid photos. You can really tell he is passionate about what he does by the time he takes to make sure each photo is exactly right. He's able to think on his toes and improvise, as he did when the lighting wasn't quite right, or when we forgot to give him a copy of our shot list! Steven was very easy to work with and patiently answered all our questions. He was easily reachable and easy to communicate with. Everyone who's seen our photos says they are some of the best wedding photography they've seen. I think his eye for capturing special moments is one of a kind. I highly recommend working with him. More...

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8 June 2017

Steven was fantastic!
We did our engagement photos first which was perfect to get to know Steven and made the wedding day much more fun and relaxed.

We were looking for a photographer that would capture us in our day and in our personalities with less formal shots. Steven did this perfectly! I'm able to look back at the photos now and really feel like it's a "day in the life of..." rather than formal photos that I won't ever buy. I absolutely love his journalistic style.

He's so fun and artsy and anyone that is looking to get some really neat, sexier shots to have when you're older this is the perfect fit. He does his best when you just let him try out different locations and shots and trust his eye! He was also a delight to be around. My husband and I joked around with him and loved having him be a part of our day!

He made sure to get the shots that really mattered to us and you get all of your photos at the end so you don't have to buy them individually. His turn around is incredibly fast compared to other brides I have talked to. We have stayed in touch with Steven because we enjoyed working with him so much!

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User4326997

8 June 2017

We could not have had a better experience for our wedding. We can't stop looking at our photos and remembering every special moment. Steven worked so well with both of our families to help everyone feel comfortable while being photographed. We knew that he was a good match because he took the time to meet with us and get to know us before our wedding. We knew that we would feel comfortable on our wedding day. Thank you Steven for your thoughtful and artistic hard work at our wedding. Thanks to you, we will always cherish and relive the rich moments from our wedding day. More...

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User6186169

8 June 2017

Steven came to Phoenix, AZ with his assistant to photograph our wedding in November 2015. We were looking for a photographer who is engaging, open minded, and above all beautifully cinematic. The product is amazing: realistic and honest photography, perfectly capturing everyone's diverse personalities, while somehow making us and all the wedding guests look like total rockstars on film.

As soon as we met Steven, we could tell he was extremely creative and laid back, but also very observant, immediately piecing together ideas that would complement the wedding style. My husband is a rock musician, so naturally our wedding style involved music, our interests (Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR, Harry Potter, Adventure Time, etc.), and lots and lots of black.

His ability to understand our style and run with it was astonishing, especially considering we first met the day before at the wedding rehearsal. I would recommend Steven for anyone who is looking for extraordinary wedding photography.
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Emily L.

22 May 2016

Steven was an excellent photographer to work with.  He had many creative ideas and his photos speak for themselves.  He keeps the pace moving so it doesn't feel like you're constantly being a statue.  His style is to capture the moments and reactions to really tell the story of your event.  There were many photos where we got to see how our guests were enjoying themselves and there's no way we would've been able to see them without him taking those pictures.  Even though it rained on our wedding, Steven had offered to retake the outdoor photos so that we can complete our photo album.  The contrast of these photos will always be a talking point in our story and we're so glad we have them.  We appreciate Steven for his professionalism and would recommend him to others. More...

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Jessica S.

14 May 2016

Steven captured moments that will last a lifetime for our wedding. He told a story and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. He's creative and enthusiastic about his work and subjects. His turnaround time for editing was surprisingly quick, with incredible, quality images. He's amazing and passionate about photography being more than just a series of images and technical executions, and rather about the magical moments in and between time captured and encapsulated forever! Thanks Steven! More...

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Rick A.

22 June 2015

Steven was amazing. Not only was his pictures awesome but the way he also directed people was on point. Basically, he mitigated stress from us. We leaned on the guy and we did not have to worry about our wedding day. He was very professional but most importantly had a sense of humor. Thanks Steven for capturing our most important day of our life. We will look to you again for future work. More...

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Susan

16 May 2015

Steven photographed our wedding last month. He worked with us after our wedding to help us obtain the final products we wanted.

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jessy g.

21 November 2014

Just finished a fabulous photo shoot with Steven. We had a great time at SF City Hall. Steven is creative, funny, and great company. His artistic eye gave us some wonderful shots. Can't wait to see the end results. Thanks Steven!!!! More...

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Camille B.

23 August 2014

Steven is great! He photographed both my wedding and the engagement shoot, and both produced pictures that were exactly what I wanted. We got the standard shots, but we also got so many candid photos that show the love and joy my husband and I were feeling during both occasions.He has a great eye for moments or scenes that translate beautifully to a picture, and his turnaround is amazing. I only got married 3 weeks ago, and he already has my pictures on his website! (BTW, they're awesome) He also offers a flash drive with digital copies of all the pictures, so you don't have to buy them from him.We also purchased a coffee table book with our pictures laid out based on his design. He showed me another such book he designed, and I knew I had to have one. These are the memories I'll cherish forever, and I'm so glad that I chose Steven to capture them. More...

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Natalie S.

11 August 2014

Steven was fantastic!We did our engagement photos first which was perfect to get to know Steven and made the wedding day much more fun and relaxed.We were looking for a photographer that would capture us in our day and in our personalities with less formal shots. Steven did this perfectly! I'm able to look back at the photos now and really feel like it's a "day in the life of..." rather than formal photos that I won't ever buy.He's so fun and artsy and anyone that is looking to get some really neat, sexier shots to have when you're older this is the perfect fit. He does his best when you just let him try out different locations and shots and trust his eye! He was also a delight to be around. My husband and I joked around with him and loved having him be a part of our day!He made sure to get the shots that really mattered to us and you get all of your photos at the end so you don't have to buy them individually.  His turn around is incredibly fast compared to other brides I have talked to.  We have stayed in touch with Steven because we enjoyed working with him so much!highly recommended! More...

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J. F.

8 September 2013

Steven photographed our wedding and engagement photos. He is amazing!We already recommended him to my cousin who saw our engagement photos on Facebook and wanted to get family photos done.We combed through more than 200 portfolios and Steven was one of our three finalists.  When you look at that many portfolios, you'll find that most look the same after a while - with all the same semi-posed photos. However, Steven's really stood out for the emotions captured and the variety of angles and poses.  He has a really great eye.We chose Steven because he's so fun and approachable and makes you comfortable in front of the camera. On the day of, he was making my parents laugh and feel at ease, which was super awesome.  The level of service he provides is also top notch - he came to our rehearsal to scout out the lighting and location of the shoot and made recommendations to us about how to capture the perfect ceremony photos.  He also got us our high resolution photos within 3 weeks of our wedding!  I posted a good number of our photos on Facebook, and everyone keeps telling me how amazing the photos turned out, and how happy we all looked - and it's true.  We were happy that day (and happy still of course!), and Steven really captured those natural moments just as we were.  We are so incredibly happy with our photos. Other reviewers said it well when they said you probably won't remember half of your wedding. If you get Steven, you'll have the photos to remind you - and everyone will look amazing!By the way - the engagement session was also awesome, and we got a TON of compliments for it. Unlike other photographers who do one location for the engagement shot, and maybe spend 2 hrs with you, Steven spent half a day with us, and walked all over the city with us because I had all these ideas for different backdrops!  He would have gone longer, but we were tired! More...

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Stephanie E.

13 August 2013

When it comes to your wedding, the MOST IMPORTANT vendor is your photographer, HANDS DOWN.  You won't remember every detail of that day, but you can look at your photos for years and years.  The reason my husband and I chose Steven is because of a number of things:1. We got along REALLY well with him.  He radiated passion...for what he does, for his family, for the people he works with.  We knew we would be spending a lot of time with him, in very intimate moments, and wanted to trust the person who would be capturing these moments.2. His book of business is diverse.  He's not JUST a wedding photographer who does those cutesy posed shots everyone seems to be doing now.  He is dramatic, editorial, cautious, crafty, engaging...3. The wedding album he worked tirelessly on for us is of superior quality.  The pages are linen, the cover is satin...it doesn't look like your average wedding album.  It is more of a coffee table book, or editorial book.  The pages don't yellow and Steven customizes it to your (and his) liking.  He'll send it back to the manufacturer until all is perfect (as he did with ours).4.  The quality of his work is worth every penny.  We have zero regrets in choosing Steven and will definitely be using him for future photog needs.***If you're lucky, you'll get a chance to meet his wonderful wife, Becky, who is a doll, and their daughter, Ainsley Rae, who is, not joking, the cutest child alive right now.***If you have a couple of photographers in mind, at least meet with Steven, chat with him, and look at his work in person.  You won't regret it. :) More...

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Emily

7 August 2013

Steven captured exactly what I wanted to capture about my wedding day. I was looking for glamorous sentiment and that is what I got. If you are trying to avoid the usual cheesey let wedding shots and you want raw real emotion this is the photographer for you! Everyone that sees my pictures remarks on how unique and special they are. More...

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Janette

4 August 2013

This is a repost of what I wrote on Yelp:

Steven photographed our wedding and engagement photos. He is amazing!
We already recommended him to my cousin who saw our engagement photos on Facebook and wanted to get family photos done.

We combed through more than 200 portfolios and Steven was one of our three finalists. When you look at that many portfolios, you'll find that most look the same after a while - with all the same semi-posed photos. However, Steven's really stood out for the emotions captured and the variety of angles and poses. He has a really great eye.

We chose Steven because he's so fun and approachable and makes you comfortable in front of the camera. On the day of, he was making my parents laugh and feel at ease, which was super awesome. The level of service he provides is also top notch - he came to our rehearsal to scout out the lighting and location of the shoot and made recommendations to us about how to capture the perfect ceremony photos. He also got us our high resolution photos within 3 weeks of our wedding!
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Kirsten E.

22 July 2013

Steven is incredible. He shot our wedding this weekend, and having him around added to the fun. He came to the rehearsal, spent all day with us as we got ready, and was there throughout the entire ceremony and reception. All our guests kept asking where we found the amazing photographer, and want to book him for weddings that are not even in sight yet. :) He really added to the ambiance of our wedding, and we felt incredibly lucky to have him. He was patient, hilarious, and held our vision with him as the day progressed, while adding his own insightful touches and suggestions. We highly recommend him for any event--he is truly fantastic. More...

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Stephanie

9 March 2013

When it comes to your wedding, the MOST IMPORTANT vendor is your photographer, HANDS DOWN. You won't remember every detail of that day, but you can look at your photos for years and years. The reason my husband and I chose Steven is because of a number of things:
1. We got along REALLY well with him. He radiated passion...for what he does, for his family, for the people he works with. We knew we would be spending a lot of time with him, in very intimate moments, and wanted to trust the person who would be capturing these moments.
2. His book of business is diverse. He's not JUST a wedding photographer who does those cutesy posed shots everyone seems to be doing now. He is dramatic, editorial, cautious, crafty, engaging...
3. The wedding album he worked tirelessly on for us is of superior quality. The pages are linen, the cover is satin...it doesn't look like your average wedding album. It is more of a coffee table book, or editorial book. The pages don't yellow and Steven customizes it to your (and his) liking. He'll send it back to the manufacturer until all is perfect (as he did with ours).
4. The quality of his work is worth every penny. We have zero regrets in choosing Steven and will definitely be using him for future photog needs.
***If you're lucky, you'll get a chance to meet his wonderful wife, Becky, who is a doll, and their daughter, Ainsley Rae, who is, not joking, the cutest child alive right now.***
If you have a couple of photographers in mind, at least meet with Steven, chat with him, and look at his work in person. You won't regret it. :)
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Nicholas

29 December 2012

When looking for a wedding photographer my wife and I were a little dismayed at first. We didn't want the heavily produced images that seem to be everywhere. No we didn't want a photoshop artist - we wanted a photographer - one that could capture our wedding in a timeless fashion and one that knew how to capture the beautiful moments that no posed photo could compete with. We loved our wedding, we loved having steven there with us and we cherish the photographs he created of that special day. More...

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Robin I.

18 October 2011

Being a great photographer requires that you have an artistic eye and are able to translate this onto film. Being a great wedding photographer requires that you are able to meld your vision with your bride and groom's as well as capture people looking their best. Combining all of these elements can prove a challenge but is essential for a successful event. If you have done any research into wedding photographers you have probably seen how difficult it is to find a great wedding photographer. Well, search no more. Steven is warm, creative, and not just great but an amazing wedding photographer. He is able to connect with clients in a way that makes them feel comfortable in front of the camera. He has an artistic eye that can not be taught and he is able to translate this onto film providing you with lifelong memories you will be proud to put on display. Trust Steven's years of experience behind the camera to capture your big day. More...

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Bianca N.

26 September 2011

As a bride your wedding day feels like a world-wind. There is so much to see and feel. Steven captured my day in his photos and I'm able to revisit that day and even see some of the special moments I missed, because of the outstanding work he does. He puts you at ease and captures the experience without interfering, he has an ability to capture all the special in between moments. If you need a wedding photographer he is your guy. More...

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Being able to provide something that captures exactly what the clients and a the same time go beyond their expectations.

I am a self-described modern art film photographer in San Francisco - native San Franciscan, in fact! - and a classic storyteller of adventurous and I wanted to tell people's story through the lens.

Clients who are interested in improving their brand in today's over saturated world where everything looks the same. Every one has a story to be told. And I like to be the one tell yours.

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