Approach

 

It all starts by developing a connection.

We are artists who are passionate about love. Our best work happens when we have a personal connection to each couple we photograph.

We’ve made developing this connection a cornerstone of our style.

Getting to know each other will help you to feel relaxed and comfortable. In turn, this allows us to capture moments when you’re being your most expressive, genuine self. Your photographs will be of moments that are unguarded, genuine, and relaxed.

We promise to deliver a stress-free experience and photographs that capture who you really are. The images will become keepsakes to remind you of your love for each other.

We are grateful to witness your connection and we hold this closely.

 

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The Experience

 

Our goal is for you to have a great and stress-free photography experience.

We’d love to get together for dinner and drinks shortly after your booking. This is a fun way to get to know each other and have a great time in the process. This is also the time when your welcome gift arrives in the mail ;)

Next, we’ll help you choose a great location for your engagement portraits. This is a relaxed, casual photo session and it’s the best way to become comfortable in front of the cameras.

One month before your big day we’ll schedule a Pre-Wedding consultation. We’ll go over your schedule, family photo list, and collaborate with your vendors.

On the day, expect us to work closely with you and your vendor team. We won’t leave until you’re happy and we capture everything important to you.

After your wedding day:

 

  • All photos are ready in 4-5 weeks
  • We begin work on your albums!

You don’t always get professionalism with talent, especially with wedding vendors. Mike and Nat, however, not only possess a keen eye and skill but they also are communicative, reliable, patient, and calm. We couldn’t be happier with the results.

Kate B.

Wedding at San Francisco City Hall

Wedding Albums

We believe a custom-designed wedding album on your coffee table is the best way to share the day with your family and friends.

After all the hard work you put into your planning – why would you want your memories on a USB stick in a drawer?

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Vendors We Love

Event Planning and Design

Any Occasion

 

Any Occasion is offering luxury wedding & special event design, planning, and coordination services in California and destination locations. Whether you are looking for a company that can manage the entire process or someone to step in and tie up the loose ends, you’ll find their services would cater perfectly to your specific needs.

www.anyoccasion.us

Charmed Events Planning

 

We are modern romantics and our approach to love is that it’s not just a feeling, it’s a lifestyle.  We believe that the best weddings are events that tell a story, YOUR story.  We are design visionionaries.  We are in love with love.   We are wild at heart.  We are the Modern Romantics.

www.charmedeventsplanning.com

Every Elegant Detail

 

From planning the details for your engagement party to coordinating the post-wedding day brunch and all wedding related details in between, Every Elegant Detail will make sure that you are able to relax and enjoy the day that is all about you and the one you love!

www.everyelegantdetail.com

Wedding Venues

Kohl Mansion

With unparalleled beauty and flexibility, a wedding at Kohl Mansion is nothing short of magical.
Intimate or epic, indoors or under the stars, with private and exclusive use of the entire mansion, the choice is yours.

www.kohl-mansion.com

Thomas Fogarty Winery

Surrounded by vineyards and a beautifully landscaped lawn, the handsome redwood reception facility flows down the mountainside on three separate levels, each offering stunning views of the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s an intimate, elegant, and relaxing setting for memorable events.

www.fogartywinery.com

Fairmont San Francisco

This historic venue located in the heart of San Francisco features classic ambiance and leading-edge amenities. Every space in it has its own unique history.

www.fairmont.com/san-francisco 

Nella Terra Cellars

A brand new and beautifully landscaped venue among California golden rolling hills.

www.nellaterra.com

Videographers

Imperial Productions

It not uncommon to see Vinny doing his signature filming while on skates to produce video that few in the world can achieve. Specializing in weddings, Vinny is relentlessly ambitious in applying his creativity and style to the wedding industry.

www.imperial-video.com

Awesome Shot Studios

 

With a background in live network television, photography, and teaching workshops, Oren has spent over 25 years perfecting the craft of visual storytelling. Having covered hundreds of weddings, Oren has a knack for being in the right place, at the right time…and working as a team to create wonderful memories for each couple.

www.awesomeshot.com

Florists

Flowers by Edgar

This experienced team combines floral, lighting, draping, specialty linens, and chairs to transform any venue and amaze their clients.

www.flowersbyedgar.com

Entertainment DJ's

Denon and Doyle

There is a fusion of tradition and innovation, experience and youth, charisma and calm, that exists at D&D. Our unofficial DJ mantra is, “No Dance Floor Left Unrocked.”

www.djay.com

Photo Booth

Snap Fiesta

From the original open set photo booth to the stylish mirror booth and new 360 slow motion studio, the variety of dynamic services allows you to find the photo entertainment that best fits your event!

www.snapfiesta.com

Makeup Artist and Hair

Triple Twist Makeup

Because we only do weddings, we know exactly what our brides are looking for – natural, beautiful makeup and flawless, precision hair styling. We arrive with an Italian makeup table and director’s chairs to provide the most comfortable setting for your day-of service. Best of all, you’ll have an amazing lighted backdrop for your pre-ceremony photography.

www.tripletwist.com

Bands

The Fundamentals

The Fundamentals present a high octane, fun filled stage show. The group has been performing together for over 15 years and have developed a solid reputation as one of the SF Bay Area’s premiere wedding and party bands.

www.thefundamentals.com

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FAQ

Q. What is it like to work with Choco Studio?

We are a boutique studio that captures natural and unguarded photos by creating a connection. We believe in capturing who you really are in a revealing way.

Our best work happens when we understand you and feel connected.  This is essential to our values of intimacy and friendship.

How many photographs do you usually capture?

Our couples usually receive 600-800 photos. We photograph an unlimited number of images and curate a beautiful and complete gallery.

What is your posing style for couples?

We are happy to provide guidance and our goal is to bring out who you really are. This means you can just be yourselves and we’ll take care of the rest.

How do we reserve the wedding date?
Contact us to let us know your date so we can check availability. We can’t hold any date for a wedding without a completed contract and a retainer.
Why is it important for us to develop a connection?

Our passion is photographs that are authentic, meaningful, and revealing. We want to get to know you and develop a connection so we can capture your real and genuine moments.

What kind of rights do we have to the photos?

You’ll have unlimited personal usage rights to the photos. This gives you the ability to print, share, and use them for any personal purpose. You’ll be able to download from your online gallery and we’ll also give you a USB drive.

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, or debit card payments through Venmo. Credit cards may be used through Venmo as well, however they do charge a 3% fee.

Do you edit all of your photographs?

Yes, we do! Each photograph is edited one at a time. Your album photographs receive an additional level of Photoshop retouching.

When should we book you for our wedding?

Each date is available to the first couple that books. Most couples book us 9-12 months in advance.

What happens after the wedding day?
 We carefully curate the best photographs and start to edit! You can expect:
 
 
  • All photos will be ready in 4-5 weeks
  • We begin work on your albums!
Do you do video also?
Our focus is on on creating the most amazing photographs possible. You’re welcome to see our list of recommended vendors above.
What is your payment schedule?

A booking fee of $2,000 is due to reserve your date. The rest of the payment will be due two weeks prior to the wedding.

How can we decide if we need engagement photos?

An Engagement Session is one the best ways to build confidence and learn to relax for your wedding day pictures.

Most of our couples say that this helps ease them into the process to be ready for their wedding day. Read more about why you may want to consider this session.

 

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“A huge factor in our decision is that Mike and Nat are a pair and with a large wedding, we wanted to make sure all angles were captured. After meeting with Mike and Nat, we hired them on the spot. ”

Olivia F, Villa Ragusa in Campbell, Ca

“Mike and Nat have a synergy that allows them to capture a full complement of beautiful formal and candid photos. We would definitely use them again for any family photos, events, etc.”

Shannon H, Nella Terra Cellars in Sunol, Ca

“Without interrupting the flow of events or drawing attention to themselves, they captured every special moment and more. Mike and Natasha are incredible and we’ll always be Choco Studio fans!”

Kimberly Y, The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon, Ca

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Wedding Photography San Francisco | Bay Area

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Wedding Photography

San Francisco | Bay Area

Weekend Pricing From $3,900,
City Hall From $750