steelman photographers

The details

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

Maya Angelou

The details

Let's be real: all weddings have some similarities. But here's the thing... each wedding is absolutely unique. You don't want your photographer to approach your wedding day as just another paycheck. It's too important of a day and we cherish it just as much as you do. Our dedication to that truth is the same if you're having a wedding celebration with 500 people or it's just the two of you eloping on the coast of Big Sur or Maui. You want the best, and we don't settle for anything less. We invite you to spend a few minutes hanging around - dig into this website - and you'll start to see what we're about.  

we don't just take photos, we create art from your beauty™

Experience

The Steelman photographers

Your photos should bring you back to your memory, not become your memory.

authenticity
is everything

We believe

You'll always be able to find someone cheaper. Good work isn't cheap, and cheap work isn't good. Invest in what lasts. There, we said it. Glad that's out of the way.

quality is remembered long after price is forgotten

We believe

Your photos will come out 1000% better when you're comfortable with us. We keep your experience fluid and down to earth.

you should be comfortable

We believe

We're not going to manipulate your images, but rather, enhance what's already there. Not overly done, no IG filters, no photoshop. Just clean, beautlful imagery. 

less is more

We believe

You'll get out of it what you put into it, plain and simple. If you want epic location shots, let's go! Bring some comfortable shoes though.

life is an adventure

We believe

Bring your heart, but don't forget your lipgloss.

there's no such thing as too many kisses

We believe

You shouldn't try too hard for great photos. the real, unadulterated moments are what last. There's a time for a little guidance, but never a time for overbearing, overzealous photographers. We'll leave it at that.

organic is best

We believe

We'd want the digital files too, so we include them with a minimal print investment. 

you should get the goods

We believe

Let's not get caught up in trying to make you someone you're not. Get inspired on Pinterest, but let's move past that and let who you are together be celebrated.

your images should reflect you

We believe

We love to travel and have connections everywhere. with our exclusive collection and above, we'll go where you want to be.

West Coast... free
idaho & pnw... Free
Hawaii... free
East Coast... free airfare
International... minimal

With our Exclusive Collection & above, our travel costs are simple:


West Coast... FREE
Hawaii... FREE
Idaho... FREE
PNW... FREE
Rest of the USA... FREE Airfare
International... Minimal

*some limitations might apply.

travel is part of the deal

We believe

You might be one of our couples if:

You might be one of our couples if:

We're looking for rad couples to work with.

Is this you?

You ditch the shot list & you trust us to do what we do best: tell your story.

You value experiences over things.

you want your wedding day to be amazing, but your marriage is more important.

You might be a nurse, cop, or firefighter. Seriously though, We photograph a lot of nurses, first responders...And wedding planners too!

Windblown hair? You Don't care. You'd rather be in the moment and live it up! 

You are afternoon brewery/winery visitors. (Don't worry, you're not alone).

You know the value of a dollar but appreciate the finer things in life. 

Real relationships are priceless to you.

You're down for a spontaneous trip or bonfire.

Name brands are important to you but not always necessary.

"WOW! ARE YOU KIDDING? THESE ARE SO AWESOME!"

Carley & Mac

"TO SAY THESE ARE AMAZING WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. YOU EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS & WE'RE SO GRATEFUL! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING RAD AND FRIENDLY, & FOR MAKING US FEEL INSANELY COMFORTABLE DURING OUR SHOOT. YOU CRUSHED IT!! WE LOVE YOU!"

Victoria & Ian

"WOW, THESE ARE FANTASTIC!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! STUNNING!! THE PHOTOS ARE ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!"

Alyssa & Andrew

"THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID!! YOU MADE MY FIANCÉ FEEL SO SPECIAL...SHE FELT TOTALLY COMFORTABLE AND EXCITED! YOU MADE OUR DAY EVEN MORE SPECIAL... IT WENT PERFECT. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR WIFE FOR MAKING IT SOOOO INCREDIBLE. AND WE ARE THANKFUL BEYOND WORDS CAN SAY!! ... STUNNING!! THE PHOTOS ARE ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!"

Josh & Jordan

"THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CAPTURING OUR SPECIAL DAY. WE COULD NOT HAVE CHOSEN SOMEONE BETTER. THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING US!"

Dalia & Matt

"These are unreal! We are just over the moon right now.  thank you mike & gina! these photos are amazing!"

Alicia & Randy

"AMAZING!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CAPTURING OUR MOMENT! LOVE."

McKinley & Fadi

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THE MICRO WEDDING • 4250

Includes 6 hours of coverage, Mike as your photographer, a general edit on the images, an online gallery and a high resolution digital file download. Exclusively for weddings with 40 people or less. Tax free with digital delivery only. *Limited availability

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The Essential Proposal

899

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The Commitment Proposal

1099

The Signature Proposal

1899

1 hour of photographer time with Mike and Gina as your undercover photographers, a smooth plan of action, our signature edit, an online gallery, & high resolution downloadable files. Good for Monday - Friday. Reduced by $100 if in Monterey or Carmel. Weekends add $650.

2 hours of photographer time with Mike and Gina as your undercover photographers, a smooth plan of action, a deeper signature edit, an online gallery, high resolution downloadable files, and a custom mobile app designed for you. Good for up to 3 hours from Monterey or Boise, though further travel is definitely available.  Weekends add $500. Venue site fees may be additional.

Up to 3 hours of adventure photography with Mike and Gina as your undercover photographers, a smooth plan of action, a deeper signature edit, an online gallery, high resolution downloadable files, and a custom mobile app designed for you. Plus a 10x10" Fine Art Book! Good for up to 3 hours from Monterey or Boise, though further travel is definitely available. Weekends add $500. Venue site fees may be additional.

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Hourly Weekday Coverage

Hourly Coverage

899

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Elopement Package

2999

Hawaiian elopement Package

2499

Weekday coverage with a signature edit, online gallery, and unlimited downloads. Good for up to 10 guests along the CA Central Coast or in the Treasure Valley, ID. Weekdays only. $100 less in Monterey or Carmel

Adventure coverage for up to 3 hours, our signature edit, an online gallery, unlimited downloads, and a press-printed book. Good for 10 guests and under. Weekends are $650 more. Up to 3 hours distance from Monterey or Boise.

An exclusive elopement package for our friends getting married in Hawaii. Signature coverage for up to 3 hours, our signature edit, an online gallery, and unlimited downloads. Travel included. Limited availability and some limitations may apply.

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Exclusive Collection • 5750

Signature Collection • 7500

Platinum Collection • 11,750

Mike & Gina working together for 8 hours on your wedding day, our signature edit, an online gallery, a high resolution digital download, a custom mobile app, and a 10"x10" Fine Art Book beautifully showcasing 60 of your favorite images. USA travel included (some limitations might apply).

Our most popular option, this is where our hearts meet yours. We start out with our signature lifestyle engagement session, up to 10 hours of wedding day coverage with Mike & Gina (the day's full story), our signature edit, an online gallery, a high resolution digital file download, a custom mobile app, a dynamic slideshow montage, and our gorgeous 12"x12" Signature Wedding Album (with a leather, cloth or silk cover & 100 images in a storybook layout). USA travel is included.

This is your "all up front" option, covering pretty much everything you'd ever need. Take our Signature Collection above and add 3 hours of rehearsal dinner coverage, the Engagement Fine Art Book, 2 Press Printed Parent Books, an extra 20 images in your Signature Album, and The Vintage PhotoBox™ Classic photo booth for your reception. We top it all with a special premiere party in our downtown Monterey studio complete with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Oh and USA travel is included.

MICRO WEDDING

4000

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EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

5750

SIGNATURE COLLECTION

7500

Platinum COLLECTION

11,750

Includes 6 hours of coverage, Mike as your photographer, our signature edit, an online gallery and a high resolution digital file download. Exclusively for weddings with 40 people or less. Tax free with digital delivery. *Limited availability

Mike & Gina working together for 8 hours on your wedding day, our signature edit, an online gallery, a high resolution digital download, a custom mobile app, and a 10"x10" Fine Art Book beautifully showcasing 60 of your favorite images. USA travel included (some limitations might apply).

Our most popular option, this is where our hearts meet yours. We start out with our signature lifestyle engagement session, up to 10 hours of wedding day coverage with Mike & Gina (the day's full story), our signature edit, an online gallery, a high resolution digital file download, a custom mobile app, a dynamic slideshow montage, and our gorgeous 12"x12" Signature Wedding Album (with a leather, cloth or silk cover & 100 images in a storybook layout). USA travel is included.

This is your "all up front" option, covering pretty much everything you'd ever need. Take our Signature Collection above and add 3 hours of rehearsal dinner coverage, the Engagement Fine Art Book, 2 Press Printed Parent Books, an extra 20 images in your Signature Album, and The Vintage PhotoBox™ Classic photo booth for your reception. We top it all with a special premiere party in our downtown Monterey studio complete with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Oh and USA travel is included.

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"A day in the life" Session

A day in the life

1950

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Signature Portrait

750

Weekday Mini Session

Headshots

350

175/275

A comfortable three hours with Uncle Mike documenting your lifestyle and home life with your loved ones in their natural element, focused on authenticity. Includes our signature edit, an online gallery, downloadable high resolution files & a gorgeous Fine Art book.

This is our most popular session. Up to 1.5 hours of photography with Mike. Senior Portraits, Modeling, and Family photos up to 6 people. Includes the location of choice, our signature edit, an online gallery, and high resolution image files. 

20 minutes with Mike for your fast on location portrait (up to 6 people). Includes our signature edit, an online gallery, and approximately 10-15 downloadable high resolution files. Prints can be purchased individually on the gallery. Weekdays only.

A quick and easy way to get a new professional headshot. Mike will modify the light in a natural open-air setting to make you look your best. In-Studio headshots are also available for a more traditional look with a plain background and studio lighting. Weekdays only.

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Mini Engagement Session

599

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Signature Lifestyle Session

899

Fine Art Book

799

1 hour session, general edit, an online gallery, & high resolution downloadable files. Good for Monday-Friday only.

Our most popular offering, and the best option for a real experience and awesome images. Includes 2-3 hours together, multiple locations, a deeper signature edit, an online gallery, high resolution downloadable files, and a custom mobile app. Some weekend availability. Venue site fees may be additional. Only $599 when you book your wedding with us.

An absolutely gorgeous 10"x10" fine art book showcasing 25 of your most favorite engagement images using real ink pigments, museum papers and your choice of book cloth covers. It can also be used as a stunning high end sign-in book.

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We're professionals, and don't go off of a shot list, per se. If you have specific special requests, of course we'll get those, no problem. But trust us for the rest. This is what we do.

For the Exclusive wedding collection and above, we always work together to bring you the best, meaning you get two photographers and a special touch of commitment. For smaller, intimate weddings, Mike will be your sole photographer and bring his charm.

After the wedding day fun ends, the hours upon hours of editing and post-production begins. Culling, sorting, editing, file preparation, etc. all takes time. With our dedication to providing the very best final images, you can expect to get your images in 8 weeks. We also offer a prioritized editing for $499 to get your images delivered in 2 weeks. It just means super duper late nights for us, but we're happy to oblige.

The easy answer is YES! We'll do engagement sessions in the most adventurous places. There really aren't any limitations. Depending on the location and distance, there might be a little extra charge, but we'll keep it to the bare minimum. 

We've had our main studio in downtown Monterey for nearly 14 years with one main purpose: you. For those who can make it, we love to host our clients-turned-friends for their very own premiere party to view their photos for the first time and celebrate. Drinks, appetizers and an all around good time chocked full with love. Who else does this? We're one of kind.

While we don't discount our services, there is one exception we make, and that is a 10% appreciation to those who actively serve in our military and have their wedding locally in Monterey, Carmel, or Big Sur. We live in the greatest country in the world and we appreciate every bit of your service. Thank you. 

do you use a shot list if we give you one?

do you always shoot together?

when do we receive our images?

Do you travel for smaller shoots too, like engagement sessions?

what is a premiere party?

Do you offer a military
discount?

Be sure to check out What We Believe and By The Numbers above, & if it hasn't been answered there, you can surely find it here.

F.A.Q.

All the info & then some!

With our Exclusive Collection & above, our travel costs are "Nada" for the West Coast, Hawaii, & Idaho, In fact, it's free for the whole country, from the Pacific Northwest to sunny Florida & up the East Coast & everything in between. It's pennies on the dollar otherwise when traveling off the mainland. Yes, you read that right. Let's go create something beautiful.

how much do you charge for travel?

Nada for the West Coast, Pennies on the dollar otherwise. Check out the pricing details by clicking here.

Simply put, today. :) If you're looking for your photographer, chances are you have your venue booked already. With only one wedding available per day, our calendar fills up typically 12-18 months in advance. To reserve the wedding date, we require a signed agreement and a 50% date reservation fee. The remaining balance can be paid however you like, just as long as it's paid in full one month before the wedding day.

What may seem like a funny question is actually one we think should be asked way more. Unlike some of the trends we've seen out there, we dress it up and look good! We try to dress better than your guests but not as good as you. Never anything too loud so as to take away from the limelight, that's for sure. But also never anything too drab or unprofessional. A slim suit? For sure. A necktie? Maybe. 

Today's culture and mentality is all digital. That's fine, for most things. But we believe in the power of touch too! Having a tangible album to engage your senses (touch, sight, even smell) really brings it home and makes your images come alive. Our albums are works of art within themselves, and truly something to pass on for future generations as well. That all being said, we provide a gorgeous fine art book or album with our Exclusive Collection and above. The fine art book is also available a la carte.

All of the images you receive will have been curated and edited by Mike himself, keeping with our signature style (clean, fresh, warm, and timeless). Large prints and any images going into your album will be treated with a finer edit. There are no head swaps going on over here - just natural beauty enhancements. You can expect to receive around 500-600 images on an average 10 hour wedding day. 

It's simple really: A piece of our hearts are in each one. Our main studio has been based in Monterey for 14 years, but we spend our time back and forth between CA, ID, and Hawaii. It's fun that our business goes with us wherever we are. Additionally, we have associate photographers that can help with your day as well if we aren't available. 

Absolutely! Over the last 15+ years, we've been privileged to work with some of the best in the industry and are happy to help you in your planning process, matching you with the perfect people to help make your day the best. From Monterey Bay and Bay Area wedding and event planners to hair and makeup, catering to DJs and florists, we'll share from our heart and experiences. 

how much do you charge for travel if we want to have a destination wedding?

how far in advance do we book you?

what do you wear when you work?

do we get an album?

What about your editing & how many images should we expect to recieve?

Your website mentions Idaho & Hawaii in addition to Monterey, CA. What's up with that?

DO YOU HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OTHER VENDORS?

Yes, but of course! We feel it's important for you to have the files, but we want you to know the value of seeing them as they are meant to be seen in print, in real life. So we encourage you to invest in our professional prints!

Do we get the high resolution digital files?

Yes, but of course! We feel it's important for you to have the files, but we want you to know the value of seeing them as they are meant to be seen in print, in real life. So we encourage you to invest in our professional prints!

We're professionals, and don't go off of a shot list, per se. If you have specific special requests, of course we'll get those, no problem. But trust us for the rest. This is what we do.

With our Exclusive Collection and above, our travel costs are nada for the West Coast, Hawaii, and Idaho, In fact, it's free for the whole country, from the Pacific Northwest to sunny Florida and up the East Coast and everything in between. It's pennies on the dollar otherwise when traveling off the mainland. Yes, you read that right. Let's go create something beautiful.

With our Exclusive Collection & above, our travel costs are "Nada" for the West Coast, Hawaii, & Idaho, In fact, it's free for the whole country, from the Pacific Northwest to sunny Florida & up the East Coast & everything in between. It's pennies on the dollar otherwise when traveling off the mainland. Yes, you read that right. Let's go create something beautiful.

We're better together, that's for sure! For the Exclusive wedding collection and above, we always work together to bring you the best, meaning you get two photographers and a special touch of commitment. For smaller, intimate weddings, Mike will be your sole photographer and bring his charm.

After the wedding day fun ends, the hours upon hours of editing and post-production begins. Culling, sorting, editing, file preparation, etc. all takes time. With our dedication to providing the very best final images, you can expect to get your images in 8 weeks. We also offer a prioritized editing for $499 to get your images delivered in 2 weeks. It just means super duper late nights for us, but we're happy to oblige.

The short answer is YES! We'll do engagement sessions in the most adventurous places. There really aren't any limitations. Depending on the location and distance, there might be a little extra charge, but we'll keep it to the bare minimum. 

We've had our main studio in downtown Monterey for nearly 14 years with one main purpose: you. For those who can make it, we love to host our clients-turned-friends for their very own premiere party to view their photos for the first time and celebrate. Drinks, appetizers and an all around good time chocked full with love. Who else does this? We're one of kind.

Simply put, today. :) If you're looking for your photographer, chances are you have your venue booked already. We usually book up 12-18 months in advance. To reserve the wedding date, we require a signed agreement and a $1500 date reservation fee. The remaining balance can be broken up however you like, just as long as it's paid in full 30 days before the wedding day.

What may seem like a funny question is actually one we think should be asked way more. Unlike some of the trends we've seen out there, we dress it up and look good! We try to dress better than your guests but not as good as you. Never anything too loud so as to take away from the limelight, that's for sure. But also never anything too drab or unprofessional. A slim suit? For sure. A necktie? Maybe. 

Today's culture and mentality is all digital. That's fine, for most things. But we believe in the power of touch too! Having a tangible album to engage your senses (touch, sight, even smell) really brings it home and makes your images come alive. Our albums are works of art within themselves, and truly something to pass on for future generations as well. That all being said, we provide a gorgeous fine art book or album with our Exclusive Collection and above. The fine art book is also available a la carte.

All of the images you receive will have been curated and edited by Mike himself, keeping with our signature style (clean, fresh, warm, and timeless). Large prints and any images going into your album will be treated with a finer edit. There are no head swaps going on over here - just natural beauty enhancements. You can expect to receive around 500-600 images on an average 10 hour wedding day. 

Absolutely! Over the last 15+ years, we've been privileged to work with some of the best in the industry and are happy to help you in your planning process, matching you with the perfect people to help make your day the best. From Monterey Bay and Bay Area wedding and event planners to hair and makeup, photo booth rentals (www.thevintagephotobox.com), catering to DJs and florists, we'll share from our heart and experiences. 

While we don't discount our services, there is one exception we make, and that is a 10% appreciation to those who actively serve in our military and have their wedding locally in Monterey, Carmel, or Big Sur. We live in the greatest country in the world and we appreciate every bit of your service. Thank you. 

It's simple really: A piece of our hearts are in each one. Our main studio has been based in Monterey for 14 years, but we spend our time back and forth between CA, ID, and Hawaii. It's fun that our business goes with us wherever we are. Additionally, we have associate photographers that can help with your day as well if we aren't available. 

Do we get the high resolution digital files?

do you use a shot list if we give you one?

how much do you charge for travel if we want to have a destination wedding?

how much do you charge for travel?

will you both shoot my wedding?

when do we receive our images?

are you available for travel for smaller shoots too, like engagement sessions?

what is a premiere party?

how far in advance do we book you?

what do you wear when you work?

do we get an album?

What about your editing & how many images should we expect to recieve?

Do you have recommendations for other vendors?

do you offer a military discount?

your website mentions idaho & hawaii in addition to monterey, ca. what's up with that?

All the info and then some! Be sure to check out What We Believe and By The Numbers above, & if it hasn't been answered there, you can surely find it here.

Frequently Asked Questions

We'll be spending a lot of time together - a great connection is a must. Let's get to know each other over a coffee, martini, or brewery visit. If that doesn't work, then let the Facetime, Zoom or phone call begin.

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We want to hear from you, hear all about your story and catch or cast a vision for the day.

You've decided you want amazing images with the very best experience getting them...awesome. We'll email you a link to easily book with us and keep the process fluid. We require a $1500 date reservation fee to make sure we're part of your day and not someone elses.

On to the planning, and we'll help with that too. From your styled engagement session to the incredible big day, the batteries are charged and our eyes are warmed up, ready to unleash our creativity with you. We'll have fun discovering the beauty of your love and coming away with some gorgeous images to cherish for a lifetime. Are you ready?

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"Thank you so much! we are obsessed!

Emily & Nate

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