Happy Anniversary Ceci and Steve; It’s been five years already!

Every wedding is special. Often I go back and look at photos of a wedding just to cheer myself up. I thought that I would reminisce about the wedding of Ceci and Steve at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History five years ago! Happy anniversary! Since the wedding was so loooong ago, I thought it would be fun to age the photos. Here’s a playful selection from that very special day, officiated by Rich Tobin, with music by Spencer the Gardener, and a special performance by the groom himself, Steve Fort. Cheers!

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Wedding Dance Video with Exxxplosivo DJ’s

Wedding Dance Medley, featuring Exxxplosivo DJ’s from Isaac Hernandez on Vimeo.

I’m working on a new post with photos from Michelle and David’s wedding in Ojai, at Twin Peaks Ranch, catered by SBB Gourmet Catering, coordinated by Donna Romani Events, and DJ’d by DJ THC Electra from Exxxplosivo DJ’s. But there are so many great photos that’s taking me a while to make a tight selection. In the meantime, enjoy this video. I’ve never seen the dance floor so busy at a wedding. DJ THC Electra’s great. Thank you Michelle for counting on me to do your wedding photography!

Lauren and Michael, Santa Barbara Wedding Photography Slideshow

The Wedding of Lauren and Michael from Isaac Hernandez on Vimeo.

You may remember this wedding from a previous post, but I had promised Lauren and Michael a slideshow to their music of choice. And here it is. They chose “In My Life” by The Beatles for the first part of this slideshow because that’s the song that played as they walked down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at Elings Park in Santa Barbara. “(I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons” by Nat King Cole was their first dance, and serves as the backdrop for the second half of this slideshow.

I’ve photographed many celebrities and personalities. When I photograph a wedding, I think of everyone as a celebrity, especially the bride. Thank you Lauren and Michael for letting me be your celebrity photographer. I suppose that’s why my son call me papa-razzi.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love being a wedding photographer because everybody has a good time during the celebration, and afterwards, when looking at the photos that help relive those wonderful memories.

Laguna Beach Wedding

I’m a Santa Barbara wedding photographer, and I love it here. And I also love to travel, especially for a wedding. Last spring I went from photographing EcoHeroes in New York straight into photographing a wedding in Laguna Beach.

The ceremony was at St. Francis by the Sea, “The American Catholic Church”, a cute tiny building built in 1933 from materials salvaged from the Long Beach Earthquake. The aisle is so narrow that the bride’s parents had to walk pretty much in front and behind the bride. The reception was at the beautiful Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar. The chef was Pascal Olhats, chef owner of Pascal Restaurant, Épicerie Pascal and Café Jardin, in Newport Beach. The event coordinator and caterer was Patti Brienza, of Events by Patti in Costa Mesa. And the music was from West Coast Music. I have so many great photos from this happy wedding that it was difficult to leave many of them out of this selection. I’m including some photos where you can see the location, and some details, just in case they can inspire you in preparing your wedding.

Susan and Jon Engagement Photo Session

Just a few photos from our fun photo shoot in Santa Barbara. I look forward to photographing Susan and Jon’s wedding.

I have the best job in the world. Being a wedding photographer I get to entertain people and make them look beautiful all at the same time, all while improving their memories and filling them with happy moments. You could say I’m a plastic surgeon/clown/neurologist/psychologist.

When I photograph, I see it as a mutual contribution. My clients contribute to the projects I’m passonate about, not only photography, but also kids’ theater, environmental journalism, painting… And I contribute to them with joy and beautiful happy memories/photographs. It’s a win/win.

Weddings make me happy (Inspiration from Elings Park)

“So very beautiful! We looked through the photos again and were so completely overwhelmed. You were able to capture such emotional and joyous moments. We are grateful to you for that. Your strength, no doubt, is your ability to capture “expression” in either one person’s face or in a shared moment between two. More than anything we wanted to have a very intimate wedding and your photos really reflect this. Such a blessing. You really captured some amazing human moments. Thank you!”  — Lauren and Michael

Whenever I feel sad, I like to paint. I also paint when I’m happy, so the fact that I’ve been painting abundantly doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m blue, except when I have painted myself cobalt or turquoise.

Another thing Another favorite activity is looking at wedding photos. Yesterday, I lost myself in the photo album from a wedding I photographed last September. It was great to revisit them. They made me feel good, and I even found some five-star photos which originally I had only rated with one star.

The most difficult thing about editing photos is detaching yourself from the memories of the emotions you felt when you took the photo, and judge just by the emotions the viewer may feel in the instant they are looking at the image.

I love photographing weddings so much that pretty much every photo out of the camera brings happy memories and makes me feel great. I look at the beautiful light, composition or expression, but, ultimately, they remind me of joy and happiness. For the photos here, I chose a few that I thought would bring joy to the reader, or some inspiration to the wedding planner.

I work/play hard at a wedding to make sure I do everything possible to make it the best for you. If these photographs fill you with tears of joy, I’ve succeeded.

If these pictures inspire you in rekindling your love for your partner, I’ve succeeded.

If these pictures bring you closer to your family, closer to other human beings, or closer to nature, I’ve succeeded.

If these photographs inspire you to get in communication with a loved one, I’ve succeeded

If these images inspire you to write poetry, to paint a picture, or to take photographs I’ve succeeded.

What’s not to love about photographing weddings? There are some many occasions for success!

I posted these photos here so that you can also get ideas to plan a wedding. This dress is from David’s Bridal.

You can consider a wedding at Godric Grove, at Elings Park, Santa Barbara (as long as the music is not so loud that it would disturb the neighbors).

You can consider Pure Joy Catering (delicious to the eyes and the taste buds).

You can dance if you want to.

Mazel tov!

Santa Barbara Wedding:

Godric Grove location rental: $4,500

David’s Bridal wedding dress: $300

Photography by Isaac: Priceless

Winter Wedding in Santa Barbara

Happy New Year everyone! I thought I would share some photos from the latest wedding I photographed, to start 2011 with happy thoughts.

We’re grateful that the weather in Santa Barbara is warm enough to have a wedding in December. It was actually a bit chilly, but the sun came out just as the bride, Elizabeth, showed up.

This is what Elizabeth posted on Facebook: “If anyone is looking for a wedding photographer in the Santa Barbara area, Isaac Hernandez is the absolute BEST! His pictures of our wedding are amazing! Candid and beautiful.. None of that staged typical wedding photography crap. He’s a true artist and we were incredibly lucky to have him document this momentous occasion.
Thank You Isaac! We love you!”

Thank you Elizabeth and Mike for being so nice. It was an honor to photograph your wedding!

El Capitan Ranch wedding in Santa Barbara, California

The cake table…

…five minutes later.

All photos ©2011 Isaac Hernández/

Wedding photographers in Santa Barbara

There are many great wedding photographers in Santa Barbara. I trust Lynette La Mere, from Pure Joy  Catering, to have picked some of the best photographers on her website. She must have great taste, since she put me in there too. I photographed Lynette and her son for a story in The Wall Street Journal. We had a blast. I love my job!

I’m happy to be one of the many wedding photographers in Santa Barbara. I love making people happy, and capturing intimate moments and making people laugh are part of being a wedding photographer. The photos make people happy for many years to come.

I do many other things, like writing plays in collaboration with children, photograph for magazines and newspapers all over the world, design logos and websites, illustrate books, paint self-portraits, sculpt out of found objects, volunteer in school teaching art and photography, attend classes at City College when I can manage to do so, promote environmentally-sound practices through the EcoHeroes Project, mentor other photographers… Heck, I’m even on the board for the Open Alternative Educational Foundation. And I may even want to run for public office. Who knows? Life’s too short to do just one thing.