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Luminary Photo

Simi Valley, CA

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“Professional Photography for Your Special Occasions”

Bio

I'm Dave Alton, photographer and owner of Luminary Photo, which I run with my wife, Jodi. We focus on photographing people. We are experts in capturing and saving moments in time, ones that you will cherish.

About Luminary Photo

Since I started Luminary Photo about 8 years ago, I have photographed a wide range of subjects, such as weddings, celebrities, places and fashion. I have donated my time to charity organizations where I captured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dick Van Dyke and Randy Newman with my camera. My work has been published, and I am the photo editor for Namak magazine.

What I love most is photographing weddings. It is the greatest fun you can have as a photographer. I love participating in the start of a brand new family. With each wedding I shoot, I am reminded of my own marriage. Every wedding reminds me how much Jodi and I mean to each other.

Jodi also has a keen interest in photography and has a natural way with the camera. As a team, we believe in creating photographs that captures the emotion of our client's wedding day.

We consider our pictures to be the family's very first heirloom. We work with the bride and groom to capture the year of planning that goes into creating a perfect wedding.

We also capture family moments at special events, or help you create family portraits that you love. We are experts with having people feel at ease and are especially good at photographing children. We also work with actors and actresses to create natural and beautiful headshot portraits.

We would love to work with you to create a package that fits your needs, whether they include weddings, portraits or any other type of photography. Please enjoy the photos, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

Location

Simi Valley, CA 93063

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  • 5/5 stars October 27, 2013

    Dave is the best photographer! I have used his services twice in the past and he always does a wonderful job!!!

  • 5/5 stars August 19, 2013

    I've been using Dave and Luminary photography for all my family photos for years. He's done everything from headshot for my kids to my daughters wedding. He's incredibjy professional, yet friendly and makes everyone feel comfortable. I would highly recommend him for any occasion.

  • 5/5 stars August 19, 2013

    Dave has done family photos for me twice now and both times I have been blown away by the quality of the photos. ! I would recommend him any day!

  • 5/5 stars August 18, 2013

    I purchased a two-hour photo booth session for my daughter's Sweet 16 party. I really appreciated Dave's attention to detail in helping us design our themed backdrop to fit inside the photos. Dave was flexible when we changed the two-hour window at the last minute. I only wish I realized how great the pictures would look, I would have made sure to get many more of my family and especially my daughter!

  • 5/5 stars August 15, 2013

    Dave has done our family photos three years in a row. He is so talented. He embraces our children's activity and catches beautiful natural shots, as well as posing us in ways to make us all look our best. We look forward to having him do future photographs for us and highly recommend him.

  • 5/5 stars August 15, 2013

    Working with Luminary Photo was a great experience. They were very professional and the quality of the pictures were just incredible. Dave really knows what he's doing to get just the right shots with the lighting in very specific ways and angles. I would highly recommend anyone using their services. The turnaround time is much faster than anyone I have ever worked with before. I live in Illinois and I will only get my photos done when I go to California to have them done by Dave. Outstanding work ethic and very professional service.

  • 5/5 stars August 15, 2013

    Honest! Quick! Consice! Some of the best photos I have ever taken! He is so great with lighting, poses, top wardrobe choices. I have received so many compliments! I will use him again!! Don't hesitate he is fantastic!

  • 5/5 stars August 14, 2013

    Dave is the consummate professional. He has a great sense of lighting and placement. I've never looked so good!

  • 5/5 stars November 21, 2011

    Dave is the consumate pro - very easy to work with and he got a terrific product. The shots look really good - amazing, for a bunch of musicians! Dave has a great eye, he knew how to make us look good, and it was a really fun shoot. Excellent work - thanks, Dave!

  • 5/5 stars November 16, 2011

    Cannot say enough about how nice it was to work with Dave. Starting with the engagement photos through the wedding and reception. Photos mean everything and we are so happy that Dave took such great photos to help us remember our special day. I would not hesitate to recommend. A true photographer with an eye for catching ALL the special moments. THANKS DAVE!

  • 5/5 stars November 15, 2011

    I worked with Luminary Photo in September of 2011. Dave and Jodi were extremely professional during the photo shoot for the holiday cards. They captured enough photos to successfully design a holiday card and give various pictures for family and friends. I would highly recommend working with Luminary and I will use them in the future!

  • 5/5 stars November 13, 2011

    I used Dave for my pregnancy portraits and more recently for promo pictures for my band. The shots he got were amazing!! It really speaks to his versatility. He is an absolute dream to work with - he really listened to what we needed and went above and beyond in delivering. He came up with some really creative shots that truly depicted the vibe of our band. The pregnancy pictures - I will cherish forever!

  • 5/5 stars November 10, 2011

    I had the opportunity to get press & promotional photos done with Dave and couldn't be happier with the result. The session was fun, energetic and professional and the photos reflect that.

    I'd highly recommend anyone get their photos with Dave. He's great to work with, quick to communicate with clients, and brings it home with a quality finished product.

  • 5/5 stars November 7, 2011

    To say I was satisfied with Dave and Luminary Photo is an understatement. His work was superb, timely and he stayed in communication with me during the entire process. I highly recommend Luminary photo to anyone looking for the professional and personal attention that seems to lack in today's service industry.

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. When looking for a photographer you have to love their photography first but almost as important if not more is that you love working with them. Brides often fall in love with the photography but then find on the day of the wedding that the person doesn't match their personality. You should always plan on having an engagement session with your wedding photographer. We include an engagement session with every package because it is our time to learn how you respond to having your picture taken.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Really great pictures come from having a great day and wedding. Great wedding photography is 1 part photographer skill, 1 part happy couple, 1 part happy guests and a sprinkle of luck. Brides and grooms often fret too much about how they look or what they are wearing and what is really important is how they are feeling. If you feel great those emotions come through the camera and make your photographs look wonderful. Don't worry about things too much plan as much as you can, and then sit back and enjoy.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. The questions that you should ask have less to do with the gear or degrees they have and more to do with how a photographer gets the "shot". As noted above it takes everyone working in concert to have great wedding pictures so while photography skill and gear plays a role in the photography, the photographers skill with people is equally important. Putting people at ease and making them feel comfortable having their picture taken is truly the photographers skill. Once a photographer does that the picture is easy. Ask how does a photographer make people feel comfortable?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Lots of people undervalue photography. Remember that photography is a great way to relive your day. Snapshots are great but art is a way to capture the emotion and that is what we photographers do. I also think that a bride getting a CD with all the images of the day is likely not going to appreciate the photography as much as the bride who gets an album. A CD with 1000 images is overwhelming for most brides. Let the photographer guide you to getting the most out of your wedding day photos. Have albums and prints made that you can put up and share with your friends and family forever.

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