"Behind the Lens"
I’m an outgoing introvert, passionate about love, matrimony, my family, animals and, of course, PHOTOGRAPHY!
I have shot many weddings from different cultures and traditions , and cannot stress how honored I have been to share the joys of matrimony with each of my clients.
I want to give my clients a wonderful experience as well as amazing captures so that they can look back at each created image and FEEL, REMEMBER, and CELEBRATE everyday with that "joyful wedded bliss" as they did on their wedding day.
I am an easy going, yet dedicated individual that gets excited about my clients journey into matrimony, starting with their engagement shoot.
Laughter and fun are required when I'm shooting. A fun relaxed atmosphere is very important to me, and with this I aim to get to know my clients better and what their vision and dreams are. By the wedding day we have become friends, relaxed around the fact that I'll be following the couple around non-stop! Well, not completely! There are friends and families that must also be captured and placed in your "time bottle" of precious memoirs.
I strongly believe communication between me and my clients are key to making sure the best possible captures happen. I usually email my clients several times before an engagement shoot and wedding. I collect as much information as I can about the "BIG DAY" by having each of my clients complete online forms. Also, I provide downloadable PDF's full of ideas and information that will be helpful to my clients planning.
When the beautiful ceremony is done, and the wonderful reception is over, it's truly the beginning of a new life for them. This is why it is so important to make sure the one treasure that continues on is excellent photographic memoirs. The pictures will endure. This is why it is so important to hire a photographer that will make sure their clients are left with wonderful reflections of time, pieces of yesterday that continue today and tomorrow: with good photography.
Behind the Lens
Tina Araquistain ( AKA: Cristina Mara) is a professional wedding and engagement/portrait photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area/North Bay/South Bay and Sacramento areas, and also a native of San Francisco.
She has been listed as one of the top 10 Engagement/portrait photographers in many San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding counties. She has earned several awards and has had her work displayed in galleries and shows. She believes "there is always more one can do to better their craft," and continues taking classes and attending workshops to keep her skills and knowledge of what is happening in the photography sector up to date. Not to mention she loves what she does and it shows! She considers herself an artist before a photographer, and is constantly adding layers of creativity to her own "inner artist."
Tina's easy-going and friendly demeanor makes her wonderful to work with. She has the ability to make those around her feel relaxed and that they are in good hands. She enjoys doing a couple's engagement shoot because she is able to "connect" and get to know a couple prior to shooting their wedding. "I'll be spending a lot of time with the couple on their wedding day, so it's important that they are relaxed and feel like I'm a friend!" Tina explains.
Tina's approach to any shoot is to "tell a story" using her beautiful photographs. "I am determined to make a camera a woman's friend!" She has shared. "Too many women are afraid of the camera and never get to see their beauty, including all the inner beauty that must be a part of any successful shoot."
Tina's clients are often amazed at how much better they feel about themselves after seeing the finished product.. "Wow, I look HAPPY; WE look happy and IN LOVE!" a recent couple shared after seeing their engagement shoot photos. "Sharing a couple's love for each other, with the world, is my job as a wedding and engagement photographer to portray!" Tina shares with her clients.
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