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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.


Simi Valley, CA 93063

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  • 5/5 stars

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

  • 5/5 stars

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 5/5 stars

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

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.

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