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Stephanie Secrest

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- 2019 WeddingWire Couples Choice Award

- WPJA International Award Winning Photographer
The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.

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It’s my belief that wedding photography should reveal the elation of that moment – of a couple’s slowly unfolding authentic life story. Told through the language of photography by a master photojournalist who is discreet when necessary and at other moments an ardent are director.

The skills of composition and lighting are basic for me because of my formal training, but heartfelt photography is more than just a collection of “images” that need to be “captured.” Photographs of this nature honor a couple’s deep love and their collective heritage. Two people standing, pledging their lives to each other with witnesses. It’s an age-old rite-of-passage; and as in ancient times, it’s a sacred gathering. Having been a bride myself, there’s been nothing that has touched my heart more deeply.

My MA in photojournalism comes from one of the top schools in the country for this career, and I’ve won thirty-one contest entries from the prestigiously recognized, international Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA).

I’ve won numerous awards for my photography with the editorial press, and I was invited to attend the exclusive Eddie Adams Workshop, a top honor for photojournalists.
I’m also a pre-qualification judge for Adobe with their ADAA contest.

I’ve been published in Photo District News, Newsday, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, The London Sunday News Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post and The Louisville Courier-Journal among others and was chief photographer and photo editor for two newspapers.

With the experience of photographing more than 435 weddings, I can bring you the expertise you require and expect. I’d be my honor to offer you truly believable and authentic memories of your wedding day and then some!

Although Stephanie Secrest is based in the San Francisco region, she is available for travel to your wedding location.  Stephanie has been selected on numerous occasions to travel out of state by clients that are looking to have the best possible documentation of their wedding by an International Award Winning Wedding Photojournalist.  Contact Stephanie directly for additional information 510.919.7436 or visit her website

Stephanie Secrest Photography - The Results
They say that getting married is the happiest time in your life; however, planning the wedding can be the most frustrating time in your life. Choosing Stephanie to be our photographer ended up being one of our best decisions.  Once the decision was made we felt that there was one less thing to worry about.  Her artistic vision combined with her professionalism really put our minds at ease; giving us every confidence that the pictures would be everything we dreamed them to be. After the wedding that opinion changed, for the better.  We could not have wished for a more wonderful experience, as she followed us from hotel and church prior to the wedding, during the ceremony, both receptions, and to an unplanned trip to Peoples Park to feed the homeless. She blended into the wedding so well, some of our guests asked if she was part of the family.  After looking at the pictures we were blown way at how well she captures the essence, beauty, and emotion of the wedding.  As a teacher I can honestly say if you are considering hiring Stephanie as your photographer you have already passed Wedding Planning 101.
-Chris & Josh

Stephanie Secrest was introduced to me by a mutual friend and what a blessing!  She made our day so special and took a ton of photos that turned out great!  I would highly recommend her to shoot any event and especially a wedding.  What I liked about Stephanie was that she really listened to what my husband and I wanted and added her amazing artistic eye to every picture. I just can¹t say enough wonderful things about her and our amazing photos!
-Heather and Steve

Dear Stephanie,
 I would like to thank you for your hard work and a very personal touch on
how you worked during our wedding.  Everybody was impressed with you.   We
can't wait to see the pictures.  Thanks for the preview!

Thank you Stephanie for making our day so wonderful.  We enjoyed having you be a part of our day.  The pictures that you captured for us truly told the story of our wedding day from beginning to end.  We will be able to recapture the moment each time we look at our wedding album.  Thank you for your professionalism, your willingness, preciseness, your timeliness and just for doing a great job.  Stephanie you are the best and Ken and I would recommend you to others.  We both agree that you do wonderful work and compared to other pictures we have seen- their work just doesn¹t compare to what you can do! Thank you so much.
-Tracey & Kenneth

Hi Stephanie,
Thank you so, so, so much for all your hard work yesterday.  Your cool manner really helped and I appreciated how well you were able to improvise under pressure to get all our photos in.  You also got many compliments from our guests.  We'll talk when we return from Paris in a couple weeks. We can't wait to see the pictures!
-Reed and Trish

Hi Stephanie
Yes, we got the pictures, and they are wonderful! We are so happy with them and can't wait to start putting them together in an album. No wonder you love being a photographer; it is so much fun! Thanks so much again. We love, love, love the pictures and can't wait to get the rest! Talk to you soon, Tiffany & Jimmy Corvi PS. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day! I will be thankful on that day (as I will be everyday) for all our wonderful wedding pictures...we were truly blessed to meet you and have you a part of our day to capture all our special moments.

Stephanie Secrest is truly a joy to work with.  Her positive energy and passion for photography is inspiring.  We highly recommend her!
-Amy and Mark

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