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25 April 2019

The sheer talent possessed by Mike is nothing short of awesome! He went above and beyond to get every shot. He raced around to capture every moment, and somehow managed to make each photo beautiful! Mike offers direction when needed (portraits), but also manages to disappear so you don't even realize you're being photographed (after the first few minutes, at least). I have never felt so comfortable in front of the camera, and my wedding photographs are gorgeous! More...

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27 March 2019

Mike Danen and his team are extremely talented and easy to work with! Our wedding photos are absolutely STUNNING and our wedding video is breathtaking! Mike and Martin were amazing to work with and made us feel so comfortable throughout the entire day. I have been a bridesmaid many times where the photographers didn't direct or know how to pose the bridal party (which can make for awkward moments and a delay in the schedule) and this was the exact opposite! Mike is so professional and experienced. They not only captured beautiful candid shots and video, but Mike took gorgeous posed shots that look very natural. We used them for our engagement photos, wedding photos, and wedding videography and we couldn't be happier with how everything turned out - look no further and book Mike Danen Photography! You will be so happy you did! More...

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8 March 2019

I cannot rave enough enough about the talent, care, and personal touch of Mike and his team. He takes his time, getting to know you, and has amazing skills. As a result, the quality of his work is simply stunning. Mike is able not just to capture moments, but to distill them in such a way as to capture their beauty and soul. After our experience with Mike shooting our wedding, we will Never work with anyone else but him. You will not be disappointed. More...

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26 February 2019

Absolutely, hands down, the best decision we made for our wedding. We got married in Monterey, and photography was our highest priority. Mike was referred by a friend, and I loved his artistry, customer service, and personal touch. He doesn’t approach his photography business like a typical business person. You really feel cared for, and like his only priority is that you have a perfect wedding day. He always does more than you expect, and works behind the scenes with the other vendors for your benefit. During my wedding day, we hardly saw Mike, unless we looked for him, and somehow he was always there! He captured the beautiful and emotional moments, and my friends and family loved him. Mike is the best, and we cherish our photographs and wedding album. More...

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21 February 2019

Absolutely, hands down, the best decision we made for our wedding, was hiring Mike Danen. We got married in Monterey and Carmel Valley, and photography was our highest priority. Mike was referred by a good friend, and I loved his artistry, customer service, and personal touch. I really felt cared for, like his only concern was that I had a perfect wedding day. He doesn't approach his business like a typical business person. Mike always does more than you expect, and worked behind the scenes with our other vendors to make sure everything went smoothly. During our wedding day, we hardly saw Mike, unless we looked for him, and somehow he was always there! He captured the beautiful and emotional moments, and my friends and family loved him. Mike is truly the best, and we cherish our photographs and wedding album. More...

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27 January 2019

I did a lot of research to find my wedding photographer, and I am so glad that I found Mike- he is the best! I am so happy with all of my wedding photographs! He is such a nice guy, and very easy to work with. His work is very creative, and artistic. He is one of the best photographers in Northern California. More...

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27 January 2019

Mike and his team are the best! We love the beauty and artistry of our wedding photographs, and our wedding video is super fun to watch. I literally wept with joy when I first saw all my photographs. I never feel good in front of the camera, but Mike helped me relax, and I was overjoyed at how I looked in the portraits. Definitely the best pictures I have ever taken. We were married in Monterey, and Mike knows all the best locations for beautiful, dramatic photographs. He also provided a big, beautiful, heavy wedding album that is a work of art. Truly a family heirloom. If you are getting married in Santa Cruz, Monterey or Carmel, you can’t find a better wedding photographer than Mike Danen! More...

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27 January 2019

Mike and his team are the best! We love the beauty and artistry of our wedding photographs, and our wedding video is super fun to watch. I literally wept with joy when I first saw all my photographs. I never feel good in front of the camera, but Mike helped me relax, and I was overjoyed at how I looked in the portraits. Definitely the best pictures I have ever taken. We were married in Monterey, and Mike knows all the best locations for beautiful, dramatic photographs. He also provided a big, beautiful, heavy wedding album that is a work of art. Truly a family heirloom. If you are getting married in Monterey or Carmel, you can’t find a better wedding photographer than Mike Danen! More...

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27 January 2019

Words can not describe how amazing Mike was with our wedding. He was great every step of the way, helping both myself and my husband feel relaxed and comfortable. From our first point of contact to the photos we received shortly after our wedding, I can not think of a single moment I would change. He is truly one of the best! I can't honestly think of anything I would change about any of our interactions. Mike made me feel so comfortable and beautiful on my wedding day, that I forgot about the camera. In fact, most of the day we hardly saw him, unless we looked for him, and there he was. We appreciated how unobtrusive he was most of the day, while also stepping up and efficiently handling all of our family photographs.Mike, I can not thank you enough for your hard work and dedication to your craft! We will never forget the love and attention to detail you put into every lovely image! More...

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27 January 2019

Words can not describe how amazing Mike was with our wedding photography. He was great every step of the way, helping both myself and my husband feel relaxed and comfortable. From our first point of contact to the photos we received shortly after our wedding, I can not think of a single moment I would change. He is truly one of the best! I can't honestly think of anything I would change about any of our interactions. Mike made me feel so comfortable and beautiful on my wedding day, that I forgot about the camera. In fact, most of the day we hardly saw him, unless we looked for him, and there he was. We appreciated how unobtrusive he was most of the day, while also stepping up and efficiently handling all of our family photographs.Mike, I can not thank you enough for your hard work and dedication to your craft! We will never forget the love and attention to detail you put into every lovely image! More...

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22 January 2019

Words can not describe how amazing Mike was with our wedding. He was great every step of the way, helping both myself and my husband feel relaxed and comfortable.

From our first point of contact to the photos we received shortly after our wedding, I can not think of a single moment I would change. He is truly one of the best! I can't honestly think of anything I would change about any of our interactions. Mike made me feel so comfortable and beautiful on my wedding day, that I forgot about the camera. In fact, most of the day we hardly saw him, unless we looked for him, and there he was. We appreciated how unobtrusive he was most of the day, while also stepping up and efficiently handling all of our family photographs.

Mike, I can not thank you enough for your hard work and dedication to your craft! We will never forget the love and attention to detail you put into every lovely image!
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28 December 2018

Mike is a true artist. My wedding photographs are so beautiful and creative. He’s a cool guy, easy to work with. A pleasure every step of the way. He captured everything, and I am so happy with all the images! More...

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18 November 2018

We talked to several Monterey-based photographers and Mike's reputation and work stood out. He was highly rated on all of the wedding sites and his website was a great tool to see all of his work.

After contacting Mike and talking with him on the phone, it was a simple process to find the right photo package for our wedding day. He also made it VERY easy when we wanted to add video later. We had several phone calls leading up to the wedding where Mike walked us through his process and how he was going to capture our big day. He also was very open to our ideas and was able to suggest options for us.

On the wedding day, Mike and his team were on time, and got to work right away documenting the bride and groom teams getting ready. Even though there was travel between the church and the reception, Mike didn't miss a beat. Mike and his team were very respectful and fun throughout the entire day.

About a month after our wedding, we received a flash drive with 1,200 pictures. Mike and his team captured the day perfectly, taking a mix of candid action shots and posed photos. He used the beauty of the church and the Monterey Plaza to their full potential.

The video came a few weeks after the pictures, Mike edited an eight minute highlight reel, then put together the ceremony and the reception in bigger chunks. The video has a lot of heart - it perfectly captured the love and the emotion of the day.
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8 November 2018

The photos are stunning. Mike did a fabulous job - if you can get him, do not hesitate!! He is by far the most talented, amazing and easy-to-work-with photographer in the area. He'll make you feel comfortable in front of the camera with his fun, easygoing style. More...

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29 October 2018

This is a LONG overdue post to rave about how amazing Mike Danen and the rest of his team are! If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing. Mike and his team are true professionals and are so much fun to work with! We had Mike's team make us a video, as well as do photography, for our wedding day, and also provide a photo booth. The quality of work and the images Mike captured that you have for a lifetime do not compare to other photographers in the Monterey area. My wedding book is absolutely beautiful, and he also made us some canvas prints for our home. He was our favorite vendor, and I cannot recommend him more highly! More...

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29 October 2018

This is a LONG overdue post to rave about how amazing Mike Danen and the rest of his team are! If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing. Mike and his team are true professionals and are so much fun to work with! We had Mike's team make us a video, as well as do photography, for our wedding day, and also provide a photo booth. The quality of work and the images Mike captured that you have for a lifetime do not compare to other photographers in the Santa Cruz Monterey area. My wedding book is absolutely beautiful, and he also made us some canvas prints for our home. He was our favorite vendor, and I cannot recommend him more highly! More...

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29 September 2018

I am absolutely delighted with my wedding photographs! Mike is really amazing. He was so calm and easygoing, he made me feel more relaxed when I was stressing. He was fun, and made us feel at ease in front of the camera. He provided so many images, including so many things that I missed in the rush of the day. The photos are very creative, with lots of variety. Our wedding album is a gorgeous, durable book. Everything about our experience with Mike was great. More...

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30 August 2018

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18 August 2018

Wow, Mike Danen is an amazing photographer! We are so happy with all of our wedding photographs, they are absolutely gorgeous! He also provided a wedding video, and it is so fun to watch. We get to relive the sounds as well as the sights. Our wedding album is a truly fine art book. The printing and binding are so elegant, and it's also very sturdy. Mike was a pleasure to work with, every step of the way. He was so attentive, and really listened to us. On our wedding day, he was so calm, and fun to have with us. He really helped me enjoy my day. I think he's the best! More...

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31 July 2018

Mike is truly an amazing wedding photographer! He was wonderful to work with, and shortly after my wedding he provided me with almost 1000 images. I loved the amount and variety- I am a bit obsessed with looking at them, they are absolutely beautiful. His presence is comforting and patient, and he draws the best out of everyone he’s photographing. He is a professional, and is commited to quality. He also makes gorgeous albums, and wedding films! More...

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31 July 2018

Mike photographed my wedding and I really love all of my pictures! He captured everything, including so much that I missed in the whirlwind of the day. He’s great to work with, and also does video! More...

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31 July 2018

Mike is an amazing photographer! My wedding pictures are so beautiful, and you should see my album. He was relaxed and fun to work with- my favorite vendor. His team also made me a wedding video, and I love it! He’s truly one of the best! More...

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1 July 2018

Mike is a fabulous photographer, and I am so happy with my wedding photographs! He is sweet, and easy to work with.

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21 June 2018

Mike is a fabulous photographer! He’s also very sweet, and easy to work with. I am so happy with all of my wedding photographs, and he also made me a beautiful wedding film!

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25 October 2015

Mike & his team did an amazing job! From our engagement photos to the wedding rehearsal, ceremony & reception- Mike and his team are very professional and respectful. The photos turned out better than we could have ever hoped for and our videos are absolutely amazing! Mike was always on time, friendly and a great photographer. He captured moments in our wedding we did not even realize until we saw the photos & videos afterwards. He got the photos and video to us soooo quickly- within weeks of our wedding. Our wedding was large but Mike and his team was able to capture everything and beyond. He got every photo I gave him on our shotlist! I would definitely recommend Mike to anyone for any event. He is absolutely amazing. More...

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29 July 2015

Mike was such a joy. He was easy to communicate and work with. He made sure he did not impose while taking photos. I was so happy when Mike got our photos back to us quickly! We are so happy to have chosen Mike to capture our special day! More...

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12 July 2015

Mike was great to work with. He was very responsive and organized. His packages were reasonably priced. On the day of the wedding, Mike and his assistant captured everything so well. He listened to our requests and delivered. We are happy with this professionalism and services (photography and wedding album). More...

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18 June 2015

Mike was our wedding photographer and also shot our ‘Trash the Dress’ session the day after. We booked him after reading reviews and chatting via phone, since we were planning from a distance. He was very responsive to all e-mail requests and arrived earlier than expected on our wedding day. He and his assistant did a great job and were pretty ‘invisible’ throughout the day. He took a ton of photos! I love love the details shots (one of the reasons I liked his work) of the dress, shoes, rings, etc. And the candid shots of our wedding guests (and us) were wonderful too. I had a long list of shots I wanted of the day and he was sure to capture as many as possible. Our Trash the Dress photos came out amazing too! Would highly recommend him for your wedding! More...

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28 May 2015

I can tell you one thing, my wedding day was an total blur. A wonderful blur, but often times it's hard to appreciate the moments of the day, the friendship, the love, and the joy, when everything is happening so fast. We are so lucky to have had Mike Danen there to help us capture all the special moments, for us, and for our families. Our photographs and albums will be treasured family heirlooms, passed down through the generations.Mike's photos reflect the joy, emotion, gratitude, and sheer happiness that we felt on our wedding day. He truly captured our family and friends' fun, joy and spirit. As we look through our photos we can hear the laughter during the ceremony, the tears of joy, the toasts, and the rocking music from the DJ. He doesn't just capture faces, he captures real moments, and memories.Mike made us all feel at ease and relaxed, and most importantly, it was fun being around him. I feel like he truly got us. But he isn't wasting time being your best friend. He is a serious professional who knows how to make you look good!Sometimes you pay for something and you feel like you wish it were better for what you paid. Not with Mike. I feel like it was a screaming deal. He is an amazing photographer with incredibly fair prices. Oh, and he also makes beautiful wedding films. More...

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25 March 2015

We love Mike. We love his style. We love the images he created for us. We love how he made us feel. We love that he also came to our rehearsal dinner, and even traveled up to Stanford (where my husband and I met 20+ years ago) to do an engagement session with us. He brought along a second photographer (I can't stress enough how important the second photographer is - she captured beautiful images from different angles, at unsuspecting moments, and behind the scenes shots that you can't get with just one photographer). The two of them kept us at ease, laughing and enjoying every part of the day. The results are stunning. We are waiting on the formal album that he is creating for us, and I can't wait to see it! More...

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2 November 2014

My husband and I can't say thank you enough to Mike Danen and his team for the beautiful job they did capturing our wedding day at The Perry House.

He was very approachable from the beginning to the end and easy to work with. He was prompt at returning emails and really put our mind at ease. We had looked at over a dozen photographers but none had the same attention to detail, experience and sheer passion for their work. His prices are incredibly competitive for the area and his turn around time is amazing. We had our wedding photos fully edited in less than two weeks!

Our photos turned out amazing and will be an extraordinary keepsake for years to come! He really captured all the little details that made the day special. It was also nice working with someone who had shot at the venue before and had some great insight into where to get the perfect shots!

For anyone getting married in the area, we really can't recommend him and his team enough. Nothing but great things to say!

Jenifer & Beau
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18 July 2014

Mike Danen did such a great job for us. While some vendors do a good job, it can still be a grind to work with them, Mike was never once a worry for us. Our pictures look wonderful and we got soo many from Mike. They were very clear and in focus pictures, and not that instagrammed type look or messy blurred backgrounds from being focused wrong.

He really seems to enjoy his work, we found a number of pictures from guests that happened to have him in them and every time he had a smile on his face. He was extremely patient with us and really a calming presence when we felt like we were running late. He also made sure we made it to our ceremony on time and stuck to our timeline.

We looked at a couple dozen photographers and no one could match the quality, experience, and packages that he offered. He had a second photographer who also was equally talented and friendly. She took some great up close and detailed photos of our rings and other elements of our wedding. We also loved seeing close up pictures of nearly every guest and pretty much everyone had people with their eyes open and were flattering. I don't know how he got so many shots, because he pretty much felt invisible at the wedding. Lastly, he returned all of our photos to us in just a few weeks.

Super professional, easy to work with, responsive, good prices, nice pics and fast delivery, definitely check him out.
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19 February 2014

Mike is an amazing photographer! My husband and I had him as the photographer for our wedding in Santa Cruz, CA in October 2013. The photographs were absolutely beautiful! He was so kind and generous throughout the entire process. The photo book we received is absolutely stunning. He did such great work!!

Thank you so much Mike! My husband and I have pictures that will bring back out beautiful wedding memories always and forever!
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30 December 2013

I LOVE my wedding photos! Mike did a great job and was a pleasure to have at our wedding. He did a wonderful job on our formal photos, as well as photographing the guests and decorations of our wedding. He was very professional and courteous. My friends loved being able to see my photos in the online gallery. More...

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3 November 2013

If you want a photographer who will take your ideas for photos along with bringing his own creativity to the day, Mike is the photographer that you need! He captured beautifully the day from start to finish with such professionalism. We now have the special moments captured, thanks to Mike! More...

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31 July 2013

We chose Mike because he had a calm, laid back attitude, a beautiful portfolio, and very reasonable rates (especially for the amount of experience he has). We were not disappointed. Our wedding photos are GORGEOUS! Plus, he really captured the whole event and all of our guests. We have the bridal portraits and portraits of our families and wedding party, but in addition we have so many great candid shots of our friends and family and pictures of special moments. As an added bonus, all our guests said (and I agree) that we didn't even notice him taking pictures. He was so unobtrusive, but he captured everything beautifully. We had other photographers try to tell us how our day should go and what kind of pictures THEY thought we should have. Mike never did that. He took the formal shots we wanted, and then just quietly went about documenting our day like the total PRO that he is. More...

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28 July 2013

Mike was a delight to work with. He was always on time and very professional. We truly loved all our engagement and wedding shots! We loved him so much that we are hiring him again for our religious ceremony this coming December!

Thank you Mike!

Danitza and Heriberto
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19 July 2013

My wife and I LOVE our engagement and wedding photos taken by Mike Danen. He was able to really capture the love and excitement in the air between my partner and I and all of our guests. We had the Photo Booth at the wedding which really provided some great moments and excellent shots. We love looking at those pictures, our only regret was that we (my wife and I) were not able to get into the photo booth before it was taken down :( but other than that NO regrets :).
Mike brought a team of photographers with him to our wedding and we could not have been happier! They caught moments with our guests that we missed, so thank you Mike and team!
Overall, we are truly happy with all of our images and can't wait to book Mike for the next chapter in our lives......baby ;)
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27 May 2013

I would look no further, if you are in the market for a wedding photographer. Mike Danen is your guy! We interviewed several carefully selected photographers for our daughter's wedding in San Francisco this month. It was obvious to us at the end of the process, Mike Danen, was the obvious choice. Our bride and groom picked a beautiful venue at the Grace Cathedral and University Club. Mike captured every detail of the day with professionalism, hard-work and unobtrusive style. He listens extremely well to your wants, delivers what you ask for plus much more and communicates with you promptly and clearly. He is well worth the investment, because at the end of the day, it is your photographs that remain to enjoy and relive the moments. Do NOT skimp here! He will be your best investment! More...

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11 January 2013

What can I say, I am absolutely thrilled with my wedding pictures, and my gorgeous album! Mike was delightful to work with, and is super talented. He was always responsive and provided great customer service. He exceeded my expectations in every way. More...

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2 November 2012

My entire experience with Mike has been excellent in every way. From the first time we met and he showed me his beautiful albums and wedding films, it has truly been a pleasure working with him. Whenever I needed something, or had a question, he got back to me promptly. On my wedding day, he was like a member of the family. Totally a calming presence when I was super nervous. He made me feel comfortable, and made everything go smoothly. My wedding pictures are unbelievably beautiful and artistic. He captured so many things that I missed in the rush of the day. All of my family and friends were so impressed with him, and loved the photographs. I highly recommend him!!! More...

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31 October 2012

Mike Danen is an outstanding photographer on all levels! Punctual, Professional, Creative, Patient and organized! We first met with Mike in Santa Cruz to discuss possibly using his services for our wedding. He was patient (stayed with us for 2 hours), thorough, brought a variety of engagement & wedding albums for us to view and answered all the questions we had.

We were so happy and honored that we chose Mike as our photographer. He definitely did not disappoint and went above and beyond what we envisioned for our wedding. Mike is so creative with staging and setting up shots as well as worked around all our crazy family members that kept getting in the way with their cameras. He directed our bridal party with ease and we had 21 in our group! Throughout the evening our parents dragged him around to take photos with friends and family and it went smoothly. Mike seemed to always be in the right place waiting for the right moment to capture the right shot. Mike Danen gets 10 stars from us and we would highly recommend his services to family and friends!
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14 October 2012

Mike is a fantastic photographer and just an all around nice person. I usually take horrible pictures, but Mike has a very laid back personality that made me feel very comfortable with him. :) If you want a great photographer who take great shots, makes people feel comfortable, and is just a great person to work with, I HIGHLY recommend Mike! More...

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16 January 2012

Mike's photography & his assistant were INCREDIBLE. He was soooo pleasant to work with & I would highly recommend him to anyone who would like a professional memento to look at from time to time. The Engagement Photos Session was a blast. We would have liked a few more close up shots of us, and that should have been communicated by us, but everything else was perfect... More...

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27 December 2011

My fiancé and I are really into photography, and it was a priority for our wedding. We are so over-the-moon pleased that we found Mike. We did a lot of research, and wanted a nice person, who was good at candid pictures and with an artistic eye. We also wanted someone that would be fun to have along with us on our wedding day. I knew immediately that Mike was perfect for us. He's a fun guy, nice and relaxed, and his portfolio was beautiful.

Our experience with Mike has been nothing but superb. Our engagement and wedding pictures are so gorgeous. Our friends and family were so impressed. We got back from our honeymoon, and our pictures were ready- it was great! We also had Mike provide a wedding video, and a photobooth. Our guests really had fun with the photobooth at our reception.

Mike WOWED us every step of the way, and we can't recommend him highly enough!
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