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The 7 Best Engagement Photographers in San Diego

After looking through dozens of portfolios belonging to the best San Diego engagement photographers (a task we quite enjoy, we must say), we’ve managed to compile a list of the city’s top shutterbugs. These photographers are consummate professionals with proven track records for satisfying their clients’ diverse tastes. Take a look through their portfolios and see if you might vibe with any of them. We assure you they’re all prepared to do whatever it takes to get those perfect engagement shots you’re after, so you’ll come away with precious photos that will stand the test of time.

1. Christina Marie Photography

Photographer Christina Marie has a clean, crisp, laid-back style. She takes natural lifestyle photos, which effortlessly capture the unique dynamics of the couples she photographs. We especially love her low-light photos. Other photographers often use low light to really up the sense of drama of their photos. With Christina, however, her low-light shots seem even more natural, like a behind-the-scenes look at what makes her couples’ relationships work.

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2. Walter Wilson Studios

ABC News named Walter Wilson one of the top wedding photographers in San Diego, and Shoot & Share named him one of the Top 100 wedding photographers in the entire world. He has a unique ability to capture the exact moment that distills couples’ love stories in a single frame. Located just down the road from SD in La Jolla, Walter Wilson Studios is the wedding and engagement photography biz for couples in the know.

3. Andy and Brittney of Astray Photography

Andy and Brittney and their team — comprising Rachael, Claire, and Kelsey — take stylish, natural photographs, with just the slightest retro flavor. We appreciate their attention to texture and shadow, as well as their willingness to provide stripped-down photographs that aren’t over-edited. Sometimes photographers that rely to heavily on filters and post-production editing create photos that look great in a digital format, but the same could not be said of the quality of their prints. This is not the case with the team at Astray Photography, as their prints are absolutely stunning.

4. Anna and Johanna of Blessed Wedding Photography

Blessed Wedding Photography is Anna and Johanna, two super-passionate photographers. Looking through their portfolios, we couldn’t help but just smile and shake our heads with jealousy at the simply amazing shots they get, time after time. We really appreciate photographers who are dedicating themselves to perfectly capturing the little details. Take a look at this duo’s portfolio, and you’ll see exactly why they’ve built names for themselves as two of the best storytelling engagement photographers in San Diego.

5. Khoa Photography

Khoa is a documentary wedding photographer and lifestyle engagement photographer with a natural, unadorned style, as well as a relentless will to please his clients. In review after review, clients rave about what a joy it is to work with Khoa, describing what lengths he’ll go through in order to exceed their expectations. He’s definitely one of the most adept on-location photographers we’ve come across. We appreciate his sense of adventure and willingness to climb mountains and scale cliff faces to get the perfect shot.

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6. Brant Bender Photography

Brant Bender is more than just a top-notch San Diego engagement photographer, he’s also one of the friendliest and most engaging guys you’re likely to ever meet. From the moment he introduces himself to when he delivers your final photos, he’ll never stop going above and beyond to make your time with him special. He’s a true artist, enlivened by the challenge of trying to outdo himself with every new shoot. He understands that the rest of us might not always know everything that goes into a photo; we might not even be able to put our finger on which small detail takes a photo from good to great, but he never rests on his laurels, always striving for that elusive level of greatness.

7. Julio Fonyat

Julio Fonyat has a unique ability to put people at ease, to just fade into the background and capture people authentically being themselves. This is not a skill that every photographer is able to put to use in their engagement photos. If you’re seeking a photographer who can help you avoid the overly posed engagement photos that some of your friends have gotten, check out Julio’s portfolio. Natural, candid shots are his specialty, and he always delivers — it’s no wonder he’s among the top San Diego engagement photographers.

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