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The 8 Best Engagement Photographers in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield is the gateway to Sequoia National Forest, and it’s surrounded by picturesque mountains and rustic countryside. From the city of Bakersfield, you can easily visit lakes, rivers, the beach, as well as local orchards — these stunning photo locations likely strike just the tone you’re trying to achieve. When you’re seeking skilled Bakersfield engagement photographers with an eye for both majestic and everyday scenery, look no further than this list! 

1. Valdophye Photography

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This Bakersfield studio has been in business for over 20 years — with hundreds of weddings under its belt, the Valdophye Photography team has a wealth of experience. Their use of off-camera flash adds a dramatic element to their sunset and night shots, and wide-angle lenses do their part in amping up the drama as well.

With so much experience, they are the studio of choice if you have a particular shot in mind, as they are sure to have the expertise to make it happen. Also, if you have a big wedding planned, they have worked with many couples to ensure their guests are all captured within the frame — something not every wedding photographer can guarantee! 

2. Alyssa Gil Photography

Passionate about preserving memories for you and your family, Alyssa is one of our favorite Bakersfield engagement photographers. She knows how important it is to have tangible reminders of fleeting moments and how precious it can be to revisit those moments through photographs. Her flexible and diverse style ensures that you are sure to have the portrait you want, as well as a photographer who can grow and change with the seasons and your family.

In her own words, she says, “I place my focus not only on capturing your precious moments, but also creating a fun and luxurious experience throughout the process!” Working with couples, newborns, and families, Alyssa is a visionary photographer who creates simply breathtaking images.

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3. Marg + Steph

Each professional photographer notable in their own right, Margaux and Stephanie have teamed up to help couples document their love story. Stephanie has an almost quirky vibe to her work — her playful, off-center composition is interesting and thoroughly modern.

Their use of all the ample California sunshine makes skin glow with warmth — perfect for enhancing the mood of a loving engagement shoot or wedding! Together, this friendly duo creates emotive portraits that are documentary in shooting style — allowing the story to unfold naturally, with minimal posing for a candid feel. 

4. Abbys Photography

Cindy and Ron Veiner are the husband-and-wife Bakersfield engagement photographers behind Abbys Photography — and they specialize in weddings as well! Their love for each other as well as their craft is evident in the diverse styles their photography takes — they often use creative techniques, playful angles, and interesting textural backgrounds to make unique photos of you and your beloved.

According to Cindy and Ron, “For two decades, we have been able to follow our dreams and passion as photographers. We have fun shooting weddings (don’t be surprised if you catch us holding hands!), and we help put you at ease so you can express the love and enjoy on your special day.” In addition to being a love story inspiration, they are editing pros — making high-dynamic range portraits to add to the fun and fine-art feel of their work. 

5. Gina Escamilla Photography

Gina Escamilla combines a timeless artistic style and a modern eye into her photos resulting in jaw-dropping work that you’ll want to proudly display for all to see. A talented photographer of weddings and engagements, she also does gorgeous in-studio maternity and newborn portraits. With a wealth of experience, as well as her unending passion to make meaningful art, Gina’s portraits are truly special. It’s no wonder she’s among the top engagement photographers in Bakersfield.

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6. Ashley DePencier Photography

Ashley has a love of photography that shows up in her varied subjects — from outdoor engagements and weddings to sweetly styled newborn shots done in studio. It’s clear she loves making portraits! Her shots tend towards the bright and airy, with a love of pastel colors and flowers as design elements in her photos.

An advocate of film, she even sometimes uses her medium format camera to make timeless film portraits. She is an all-around talented photographer who loves the process of creating the art as much as she loves the people she works with. If you are looking for an inspired portrait session, give Ashley a call! 

7. Lorie Chambless Photography

Another super-talented photographer in multiple disciplines, Lorie Chambless serves a vast area of Central California, which includes Bakersfield. Her work ranges from tender and sweet engagement shoots in the rain, to stunningly beautiful intimate backyard weddings, to sun-drenched family beach shoots. Versatile and creative, she adapts her editing style to fit her subjects to enhance the feel of the portrait instead of becoming an element on its own — which is great for those couples that want timeless photos they can treasure for life. 

8. Melissa Brannon Photography

Melissa Brannon is a wedding photographer with a romantic streak! Her emotional photographs of tender moments are sure to enchant you and your loved ones. She is the kind of photographer who wants to grow with you and your family, celebrating milestones along the way.

As she says in her own words, “As soon as we meet, I want you to feel like we have known each other for a decade. And expect me to stick around long after your gallery is delivered too, because I want to celebrate your life achievements and milestones throughout the years! I invest a lot into my clients and that investment is not just monetary.” We adore this philosophy as well as her portraits — check her out! 

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