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WHY US?

1. Everything is customizable:

Your day is unique and so we know that your package may need to be unique as well. We have a few set packages to help give you direction, but if any of our packages don’t fit you and your day exactly right, just let us know. We want to hear about your budget, what matters most to you, and your vision. From there we can come up with a customized package that brings it all together.

WHY US?

2. We work with everyone:

From nontraditional, elegant, elopements in the woods, classic, modern, fun, DIY, and all of the other types of weddings - we work with everyone, capturing the day true to what really happened. Every size, color, and tradition. We do not specialize in one type of wedding or couple. Everyone is different and we are excited about telling each different story exactly as it unfolds in our candid style. We work with all personalities and specialize in helping you feel exactly like yourself.


We welcome all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all genders. We stand with you. You are safe here.

WHY US?

3. Personalized experience:

We take the time to get to know you from the beginning. We care about your story, your questions, and can’t wait to hear about the unique day you are planning. We want to connect and know who you really are: what your dog's name is, your quirks, funny date stories, and what you care about. We feel like we are able to more fully and honestly tell your story if we really know who you are. We hope to show up on your wedding day feeling like friends with cameras instead of stiff vendors. We are always quick to respond, can’t wait to stalk each other on instagram, and would love to meet up for coffee before your day. We are fun, easygoing, and responsive to work with from the beginning to end. More than anything, we want you to feel like yourself throughout the whole process of working together.


WHY US?

4. Our Shooting Style:

We photograph what really happened and who you really are. We shoot in a documentary, photojournalist style, which are just fancy ways of saying everything we do is candid and natural. We won’t put you in awkward poses. We specialize in helping you feel completely like yourself in front of our cameras and work well with even the most camera shy. We are laid back and relaxed and are often described as a calming presence on wedding days. We take the time to get to know you so that by your wedding day, you feel comfortable with us. We capture the big moments without taking over and we also capture all of the in-between interactions and details that are often overlooked. In addition to the traditional family portraits that we capture during your day, we also capture tons of images of your friends and family laughing, interacting, and dancing together.

WHY US?

5. Our editing style:

Our goal in editing is the same goal we have throughout your whole experience working with us: we want it to be real and show what really happened. We want the colors and style to feel and look how your day actually was. We think this approach leads to images that are timeless and are able to transport you back to your day for years to come. We make sure your images don’t look over-edited, Instagram filter trendy, or desaturated.

WHY US?

6. What we Deliver:

More than everyone else.

We believe that your day is filled with both big and small moments, and only together do they tell the full story of your day. With our photojournalist style, we capture everything happening throughout the day so that you can always look back and feel like you are reliving it all. We include all of the in-between, sacred moments that often go unnoticed. With portraits and big moments, we don’t just pick our favorites to deliver to you, but instead include a lot of images from the same set so you can be the one to decide which smile you like best, which angle is your good one, and which images feel the most like you. And, of course, we focus on and deliver loads and loads of images of your favorite people enjoying the day with you. We want you to be able to see your grandma on the dance floor, relive the big hugs, and see everyone laughing and dancing together as they celebrate your love.

Depending on hours of coverage, our average image delivery is usually between 600 - 1000. Click here to see full galleries.
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Client Review

KIND WORDS

"My wife and I couldn't have asked for a better photographer and videographer combo than The Shalom Imaginative. Nate and Amanda perfectly expressed the true emotions of our special day, and they captured the exact feel and love we sense every time we watch our video & view our photos. In hindsight, we're also so happy to have used The Shalom Imaginative for our engagement shoot as well because it was essentially a test run for our big day. Nate and Amanda's casual yet direct demeanor had us smiling from ear to ear for our engagement shoot, and that same style had us breeze through our wedding day. The duo flawlessly captured our story of love, and I HIGHLY recommend them for their services. "
Kenny

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"When my husband and I began to plan our wedding we knew that the photography / videography would be one of the most important aspects. I spent months searching for the perfect photographer and it was love at fist sight when I saw Nate & Amanda's work. They are an incredible couple and are SO easy to work with. On the day of our wedding they were incredibly discreet and professional and captured everything beautifully, they are so great at making you feel comfortable and natural. When we got everything back (in a very timely manner) it was like a dream, everything was beyond perfect from the photos to our video. "
Britney

Client Review

KIND WORDS

“These two are a dream team. They work so hard to get the perfect images of your day, and have a great eye for the details and capturing the moments that you never want to forget. I still feel overwhelmed with joy every time I look at my wedding photos-you can feel the emotions and relive the experience every time you look at them. For me, it wasn’t just their style of photography that caught my eye, but also their relaxed presence just meant they slotted into the preparations and partying beautifully. They didn’t overtake the day and dictate the images they wanted like so many of my friends wedding photographers have done. Everything was so easy and natural with them. I would thoroughly recommend them and am so unbelievably thankful to both of them. "
Phoebe

Client Review

KIND WORDS

“... We ended up having three shoots with them- our rehearsal dinner, our wedding, and the morning after the wedding, and we love all three sets of pictures so much because they all capture so beautifully the mood, our emotions, what was going on, but in a very non-invasive way. Our biggest priority when we were searching for photographers was that we didn't want to feel the presence of the camera. Nate & Amanda do such a great job of capturing every emotion and movement, but without ever leaving you feeling claustrophobic or camera-shy. They take their time to get to know you and capture you as a couple and it really shows in their photos. We also loved that they had no time restrictions the day of our wedding- they stayed and photographed until the night came to a close. The quality of their pictures is amazing and we've gotten endless compliments over the last few years. Overall couldn't have asked for a better set of photographers, and we loved working with them so much that we've asked them to do a photoshoot with us later this year! "
Becky

Client Review

KIND WORDS

“Nate and Amanda are the dream team. From the very first meeting, we knew we were in excellent hands. I fell in love with their collection online, and they traveled first to NYC to shoot our Engagement photos, and then Santa Cruz to shoot our wedding. They are thoughtful, patient, attentive, creative, and present. They are easygoing, yet they tell a story. By developing an environment of trust, my now-husband and I knew that Nate and Amanda would capture everything we had hoped for and more. And they did! We couldn't recommend them more highly. "
Jennifer

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"Literally the best ever! Choosing The Shalom Imaginative as our wedding photographer and videographer was probably the BEST decision my husband and I made while planning our wedding. Shalom also took our engagement photos and I've had so many friends ask me who our photographer was, saying that our shoot was so gorgeous (not to toot my own horn, but toot toot!). Aside from their amazing photography skills, I think one thing that stands out about Nate and Amanda is their documentary style approach to photography. Looking back at our photos and video, I can really look back and remember everything about our wedding day. All the pictures were so candidly in the moment and they truly reflect how both my husband and I and our guests really felt on that day. I think this is the best gift you can receive from a photographer, as the wedding day can go by so quickly. I cannot recommend a better team!! Love them so much! "
Christine

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"When it came to planning our wedding, we immediately decided photography was at the very top of our priority list. Flowers eventually wilt and the food quickly disappears, but the images from your special day are something you can treasure for an entire lifetime. … What I love most about Nate and Amanda's style is how their photography tells a genuine story. The images they create aren't stiff and posed, they are real, raw, and filled with emotion. They make you feel something, which is just so beautiful in itself. Another wonderful thing about Nate and Amanda is that they really take the time to get to know you. They weren't just another wedding vendor to us. They became our friends. We recently met up with them again and they did a shoot for us capturing our life just before our first baby arrives. The images they created for us both recently and almost four years ago on our wedding are so, so special to us. They have been the sweetest gift and we'll treasure them forever. We cannot wait to cross paths with them again and have them capture more of our life story down the road. We seriously could not recommend Nate and Amanda enough. We love them so much and we know you will too! "
Lizzy

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"One of the best decisions I made (aside from marrying my wife) was working with Nate and Amanda for our wedding photos and video. It started with their online questionnaire, where it became evident that they wanted to know who we were and how to connect with us. We then had a Skype session to get to know each other better, discuss logistics, and qualm my photography nerves. On the day of our wedding, Nate and Amanda provided a comfortable, fun, relaxed, and memorable experience. They blended in with friends and family and captured our most sacred moments. During our more scripted photos, they asked us questions about how we met, our favorite things about each other, and solicited other stories. It was a day filled with laughter and love. I never felt uncomfortable in front of the camera -- honestly I didn't even notice they were filming or shooting most of the time. And the photos!!! I cannot express our gratitude for the photos and video of our wedding day. There was nothing they missed. … The quality, timeliness, artful perspective, and professionalism of these photos and the video are beyond what I could have ever expected. We are just so pleased with the final product; and loved the entire experience of working with Nate and Amanda. "
Jessica

Client Review

Kind Words

"Nate was the solo photographer for our wedding day, and did an incredible job capturing our event, our people, and our favorite parts of the day (and, some we’d forgotten about until looking at the photos). From the initial phone call through the delivery of the pictures, he was very professional, responsive, thorough and communicative. Meeting Nate on the day of was like reconnecting with an old friend; he arrived and added calmness to the day with his relaxed demeanor and helpful direction. He handled the group pictures with no stress, and caught every good moment without anyone even noticing. Basically, he’s a super ninja behind a lens, works really hard, and is awesome at making two people that don’t love being in front of a camera feel totally comfortable. But our favorite part of having Shalom capture the wedding day for us was, without a doubt, Nate’s creativity and outstanding artistry. He has an incredible knack for highlighting the best of the experience and drawing attention to the details. Hands down, having Shalom was among the top best decisions we made in planning our wedding. We can’t wait to hire them again for future family photo ops."
Tabitha

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"Amanda & Nate with The Shalom Imaginative are magical. They create a memory of your wedding day that is both flawless, personal and pure story telling. They are both laid back, relaxed and always seemed to be there at the exact right time to capture all the little moments that often go unnoticed throughout the day. I am not sure what our wedding day would have looked like if we had chosen anyone else. When I look at our photos and video I cannot help but go right back to that day and feel so much joy, happiness and love. I will forever be grateful to them for the images and memories they captured of our wedding day. You will not regret hiring them to capture your day too but you better hurry up and book them so you have no regrets. "
Samantha
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PREV.

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"My wife and I couldn't have asked for a better photographer and videographer combo than The Shalom Imaginative. Nate and Amanda perfectly expressed the true emotions of our special day, and they captured the exact feel and love we sense every time we watch our video & view our photos. In hindsight, we're also so happy to have used The Shalom Imaginative for our engagement shoot as well because it was essentially a test run for our big day. Nate and Amanda's casual yet direct demeanor had us smiling from ear to ear for our engagement shoot, and that same style had us breeze through our wedding day. The duo flawlessly captured our story of love, and I HIGHLY recommend them for their services. "
Kenny

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"When my husband and I began to plan our wedding we knew that the photography / videography would be one of the most important aspects. I spent months searching for the perfect photographer and it was love at fist sight when I saw Nate & Amanda's work. They are an incredible couple and are SO easy to work with. On the day of our wedding they were incredibly discreet and professional and captured everything beautifully, they are so great at making you feel comfortable and natural. When we got everything back (in a very timely manner) it was like a dream, everything was beyond perfect from the photos to our video. "
Britney

Client Review

KIND WORDS

“These two are a dream team. They work so hard to get the perfect images of your day, and have a great eye for the details and capturing the moments that you never want to forget. I still feel overwhelmed with joy every time I look at my wedding photos-you can feel the emotions and relive the experience every time you look at them. For me, it wasn’t just their style of photography that caught my eye, but also their relaxed presence just meant they slotted into the preparations and partying beautifully. They didn’t overtake the day and dictate the images they wanted like so many of my friends wedding photographers have done. Everything was so easy and natural with them. I would thoroughly recommend them and am so unbelievably thankful to both of them. "
Phoebe

Client Review

KIND WORDS

“... We ended up having three shoots with them- our rehearsal dinner, our wedding, and the morning after the wedding, and we love all three sets of pictures so much because they all capture so beautifully the mood, our emotions, what was going on, but in a very non-invasive way. Our biggest priority when we were searching for photographers was that we didn't want to feel the presence of the camera. Nate & Amanda do such a great job of capturing every emotion and movement, but without ever leaving you feeling claustrophobic or camera-shy. They take their time to get to know you and capture you as a couple and it really shows in their photos. We also loved that they had no time restrictions the day of our wedding- they stayed and photographed until the night came to a close. The quality of their pictures is amazing and we've gotten endless compliments over the last few years. Overall couldn't have asked for a better set of photographers, and we loved working with them so much that we've asked them to do a photoshoot with us later this year! "
Becky

Client Review

KIND WORDS

“Nate and Amanda are the dream team. From the very first meeting, we knew we were in excellent hands. I fell in love with their collection online, and they traveled first to NYC to shoot our Engagement photos, and then Santa Cruz to shoot our wedding. They are thoughtful, patient, attentive, creative, and present. They are easygoing, yet they tell a story. By developing an environment of trust, my now-husband and I knew that Nate and Amanda would capture everything we had hoped for and more. And they did! We couldn't recommend them more highly. "
Jennifer

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"Literally the best ever! Choosing The Shalom Imaginative as our wedding photographer and videographer was probably the BEST decision my husband and I made while planning our wedding. Shalom also took our engagement photos and I've had so many friends ask me who our photographer was, saying that our shoot was so gorgeous (not to toot my own horn, but toot toot!). Aside from their amazing photography skills, I think one thing that stands out about Nate and Amanda is their documentary style approach to photography. Looking back at our photos and video, I can really look back and remember everything about our wedding day. All the pictures were so candidly in the moment and they truly reflect how both my husband and I and our guests really felt on that day. I think this is the best gift you can receive from a photographer, as the wedding day can go by so quickly. I cannot recommend a better team!! Love them so much! "
Christine

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"When it came to planning our wedding, we immediately decided photography was at the very top of our priority list. Flowers eventually wilt and the food quickly disappears, but the images from your special day are something you can treasure for an entire lifetime. … What I love most about Nate and Amanda's style is how their photography tells a genuine story. The images they create aren't stiff and posed, they are real, raw, and filled with emotion. They make you feel something, which is just so beautiful in itself. Another wonderful thing about Nate and Amanda is that they really take the time to get to know you. They weren't just another wedding vendor to us. They became our friends. We recently met up with them again and they did a shoot for us capturing our life just before our first baby arrives. The images they created for us both recently and almost four years ago on our wedding are so, so special to us. They have been the sweetest gift and we'll treasure them forever. We cannot wait to cross paths with them again and have them capture more of our life story down the road. We seriously could not recommend Nate and Amanda enough. We love them so much and we know you will too! "
Lizzy

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"One of the best decisions I made (aside from marrying my wife) was working with Nate and Amanda for our wedding photos and video. It started with their online questionnaire, where it became evident that they wanted to know who we were and how to connect with us. We then had a Skype session to get to know each other better, discuss logistics, and qualm my photography nerves. On the day of our wedding, Nate and Amanda provided a comfortable, fun, relaxed, and memorable experience. They blended in with friends and family and captured our most sacred moments. During our more scripted photos, they asked us questions about how we met, our favorite things about each other, and solicited other stories. It was a day filled with laughter and love. I never felt uncomfortable in front of the camera -- honestly I didn't even notice they were filming or shooting most of the time. And the photos!!! I cannot express our gratitude for the photos and video of our wedding day. There was nothing they missed. … The quality, timeliness, artful perspective, and professionalism of these photos and the video are beyond what I could have ever expected. We are just so pleased with the final product; and loved the entire experience of working with Nate and Amanda. "
Jessica

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"Nate was the solo photographer for our wedding day, and did an incredible job capturing our event, our people, and our favorite parts of the day (and, some we’d forgotten about until looking at the photos). From the initial phone call through the delivery of the pictures, he was very professional, responsive, thorough and communicative. Meeting Nate on the day of was like reconnecting with an old friend; he arrived and added calmness to the day with his relaxed demeanor and helpful direction. He handled the group pictures with no stress, and caught every good moment without anyone even noticing. Basically, he’s a super ninja behind a lens, works really hard, and is awesome at making two people that don’t love being in front of a camera feel totally comfortable. But our favorite part of having Shalom capture the wedding day for us was, without a doubt, Nate’s creativity and outstanding artistry. He has an incredible knack for highlighting the best of the experience and drawing attention to the details. Hands down, having Shalom was among the top best decisions we made in planning our wedding. We can’t wait to hire them again for future family photo ops."
Tabitha

Client Review

KIND WORDS

"Amanda & Nate with The Shalom Imaginative are magical. They create a memory of your wedding day that is both flawless, personal and pure story telling. They are both laid back, relaxed and always seemed to be there at the exact right time to capture all the little moments that often go unnoticed throughout the day. I am not sure what our wedding day would have looked like if we had chosen anyone else. When I look at our photos and video I cannot help but go right back to that day and feel so much joy, happiness and love. I will forever be grateful to them for the images and memories they captured of our wedding day. You will not regret hiring them to capture your day too but you better hurry up and book them so you have no regrets. "
Samantha
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Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION

How much does it cost to have you photograph our wedding day celebration?

ANSWER

Our local (Southern California) photography packages start at $2,800 and our local photography + video combination packages start $4,600. To see our full pricing guides and what is included in all of our different packages contact us HERE.

We also offer custom package for elopements, weddings we need to travel to, or for anyone planning a day that doesn’t fit exactly right into one of our pre-planned packages - just let us know and we can work together to set up something that fits your needs!

QUESTION

How do we book you?

ANSWER

Once you have selected the details of your package, we will put together a contract for you to review and sign online. A 50% retainer fee is due within two week of signing your contract and will reserve your date. Your final balance is due one month prior to the event.

You can always make changes to the package you select up to a month before your wedding. The most important thing is that you reserve your date with us if you know you want us to be the ones to tell the story of your day. You can always add or subtract hours of coverage, add a second shooter, add video etc. later once you have a better idea how your final schedule or budget is panning out closer to your wedding celebration.

QUESTION

How long until our images/film will be available?

ANSWER

You will get 20-30 edited images digitally the week of your wedding. You will receive all of your photos approximately 4-6 weeks after your wedding and full video approximately 6-8 weeks after your wedding. Expedited photo delivery to have all of your images delivered within one week of your wedding is something you can add on to your package for an additional cost. A video preview delivered the week of your wedding is another add on option.

QUESTION

We love your candid, photojournalist style but feel super awkward in front of the camera - any tips to help us feel more comfortable?

ANSWER

We specialize in helping you feel like yourself in front of the camera, even the most camera shy. We really try to get to know you from the day you email so we feel more like friends, which helps being in front of the camera feel more casual and we are more familiar with your personality and can help try to bring it out. We are a calming presence on your wedding day and have super laid back personalities which makes everything feel more fun and less intimidating. You can expect us to all be laughing and joking together throughout the day. During pictures of just the two of you, we love to help you focus on each other and forget about the cameras by asking you to think about different meaningful things, telling you to hold each other tight, by just helping you breathe and focus on each other, or with other similar things we have learned really help couples relax, be mindful, and feel like themselves.

QUESTION

Do you meet with clients before booking?

ANSWER

We love to connect with couples in whatever way you prefer to communicate - just let us know! If you want to stick to email, that’s cool. If you want to set up a Skype/Facetime right away to meet and talk through questions and details, let’s make it happen! We always love when we get the chance to meet with couples before their day, but it is definitely not mandatory and doesn’t necessarily have to happen pre-booking if schedules aren’t lining up and you are excited to reserve your wedding date with us before meeting.

However we end up connecting, what’s most important to us is that we are able to hear more of your story, give you time to ask us any questions you may have before moving forward with booking, and that we are able to have a chance to start to feel like familiar friends. We are laid back and chill and love for you to get a feel of our personalities before we join you on your big day.

QUESTION

Do you shoot LBGTQIA+ weddings?

ANSWER

We welcome all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all genders. We stand with you. You are safe here.

QUESTION

Do you have special packages for elopements or shorter than normal wedding days?

ANSWER

Absolutely! Let's talk about the details of your day and how much coverage you will need. We will then put together a custom package for you to review.

QUESTION

We are planning a wedding that is not in Southern California but want you to capture it - how much do you charge for travel?

ANSWER

We have specific travel packages already set up with travel already built into the pricing. Just let us know where you are getting hitched and we will send over all the information you need.

QUESTION

I don't see many group or formal family portraits on your website or blog. Are they included in your coverage?

ANSWER

Yes- we believe that formal family photos are beautiful and important family heirlooms for the couples that we work with. We won’t spend too much time out of your day to make them happen, though, we promise! We usually only need about 15-20 minutes. We also believe that the candid and emotional images of your loved ones are really important, too! We always make sure to capture images of your loved ones throughout the day as they laugh, cry, dance, and stand by your side.

QUESTION

Will you hold our date while we make our final decision?

ANSWER

We are not able to officially hold dates until a contract is signed and retainer fee paid. BUT we aren’t going to be a jerk about it either! We know it’s a big decision and don’t want you to feel rushed or pressured into anything. If we have been talking, you are really excited about the possibility of working with us, and are in the final stages of booking but need a little extra time to make your final decision, talk with family involved, or make other arrangements first - just let us know! We will give you a window of time where we will let you know if we get any other serious interest in the date you are looking at and give you the first chance to book during that time.

QUESTION

Do you have insurance?

ANSWER

Our equipment is insured and we are covered for up to 1 million dollars liability. If any vendors you are working with need a certificate, just let us know.

QUESTION

We are intrigued by the idea of adding video, tell us more!

ANSWER

We shoot video in the same style as our photos - natural, candid, and what actually happened. We have packages that include covering your day in both photo and video. We have different packages and pricing options that include a film that is 3-5 minute, 6-11 minute, or 60-90 minute (or of course something custom to fit your needs best!).

QUESTION

Do you shoot film or digital?

ANSWER

We shoot digital photographs which helps us keep the cost down while still delivering a high volume of images so that we can capture all of the big, small, and in-between moments. We have an option to add on two rolls of 35 mm film to your day if you are excited about a little film too!

QUESTION

How many images will I receive?

ANSWER

Approximately 600 - 1000 based on the package you choose and your unique celebration. We love to capture all the details and in-between moments, so the amount of images we deliver based on your package will typically be high. See full wedding galleries HERE.

QUESTION

I want my images/film kept private.

ANSWER

Just like you were able to see examples and get excited about our style and work, we want to be able to reach and connect with similar couples in the future with some of the images from your day. If you don't want us to use your names or tag you when we share an image of you publicly, just let us know! If you prefer that we do not use your wedding media for marketing or to reach future clients, you can purchase that portion of the copyright from us. Inquire for more information.

QUESTION

Do we need a second shooter?

ANSWER

There are a few factors to think about as you make this decision. First, it is important to realize that having two photographers doesn't mean that you get double the images, because we make sure that everything important is covered no matter the number of photographers. However, there are a few times that it can be really helpful to have a second photographer. With another person we can capture different angles of the same moment (ie. images from the front and back while coming down the aisle). It is also really helpful if you want coverage of both of you getting ready but you won't be nearby each other. If you are having trouble deciding, let's talk together about the specifics of your schedule and we can help give direction on if a second shooter would be best for your day.

QUESTION

Should we have a first look?

ANSWER

Only if it is important to you! We don't want to craft your day around what is easiest for us, but want to help you plan the day around what matters most to the two of you. So, maybe that means getting ready together and not having a big moment when you first see each other, maybe that means waiting until the ceremony to see each other - we will make the schedule work around whatever is important to you.

QUESTION

Do you help us plan our schedule?

ANSWER

While we aren't wedding planners, we love to help speak into the photo/video related aspects of the schedule. As you are beginning to put together a schedule, touch base with us so we can help you think through the different parts of the day.

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