tasteful, beautiful, and never cheesy

disarming and quirky in all the right ways.”

-Jeni + Nate

his photographs are beautiful and documented the feeling and energy of our wedding perfectly”

-Anne + James

oakland based documentary wedding photographer

Finder, fixer, maker. Forager. Old soul. Pogonotrophist.*

Howdy, I am Gabriel, a master of capturing quirky, fun, funny, real moments. Oakland-based, easy-going wedding photographer here with style and a good sense of humor who will make your day less stressful. From pre-wedding planning to day-of support and guidance, I will be there for you. I bring over 20 years of photography experience, an eye for detail, and a grounding presence that will make you feel at ease.

*The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.


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creativity, humor, whit, with a true gift for storytelling

– Isabel and Jesse

Questions Answered!

You have questions… I have answers. Let’s tell it like it is and cut to the chase. You want helpful information. Here are a few questions that might have been on the tip of your tongue.

I typically book out 6 months to 1 year out. But I have also booked weddings 1 week prior and 1.5 years in advance. Usually, people choose a date, find a venue, book a photographer, and then book all the other vendors. I have been contacted before folks have a date or a venue, but that is more of an exception. If you find someone whose work you love, you like them personally, and you can afford the price they are asking, hire them.

While every wedding is different, I usually find that between 6-9 hours is about right for most full-sized weddings.  About 8 hours of photography will usually get you from getting ready to the first hour of dancing. Tiny weddings and elopements usually require less time.  If you are having a small San Francisco City Hall wedding, 1.5 hours is typically enough time.  I will work with you to figure out how many hours of coverage is right for you.  

Having the right people on your team can make a world of difference. You don’t want to spend your wedding day worrying about the people who are supposed to be supporting you. Your DJ should bring the party. Your florist should rock the flowers and be cool to work with. You want to love the food and the catering staff. I have compiled a list of awesome wedding vendors from around the Bay Area. Reach out. I would be happy to share my list with you.

My style of photography is documentary, editorial, photojournalistic, candid, casual, and fun.

Easy Peasy Pricing!

Great photography will bring you joy for years to come. It is hard to put a value on joy. Below are my most popular offerings. Check out my full pricing page for more details.


Prices start at $2,000

For non-weekend tiny weddings. 1.5 hours of photography. Includes edited digital images, printing rights, and online gallery.


Prices start at $5,500

8 hours of photography, edited digital images, printing rights, and online gallery.

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I bet you have more questions. Or maybe you don’t even know what questions you should be asking. No worries. I got you covered.

Let’s Meet

You like what you see here, the price fits your budget, so let’s meet up. I want to hear what you have planned and find out a bit about you.


Planning a wedding is a marathon… not a sprint. It can feel like reinventing the wheel, and there are so many options. Sometimes just getting started can be overwhelming. Take a breath. I am here for you.

Reach Out. LET’S chat!

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