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Candi Cooper. Portrait Photographer
Hello, I am Candi Cooper. I am a mother of two beautiful and wild children. I specialize in family, wedding, and children photography in Santa Cruz, the Bay Area, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. I have a BFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I have studied and trained with elite professional photographers for 6 years and have been in business for over 10 years. Photography to me is a profession, not just a hobby.
My style is traditional portrait and studio style, using lights and props. In the studio I can create unique and boutique style portraits or just a simple setup. I have a traveling studio and can come to you or I have a small studio setup for babies and small children within my home. Most of my family portraits are photographed outdoors. I am not just a natural light photographer. I believe you can create more to photographs than just photographing the scene as is. As a professional, I balance natural light and strobes, in order to make images more unique and bold. Photography means the study of light, in all different forms. I do not just look for good light, I create it. I study the location and the light in every session. Making sure your photographs are stunning and vivid.
Have an event? I also create portrait pop-ups and create stunning scenes designed specifically for your event. Check out my most recent work with Tutu School Scotts Valley Ballet events HERE.
"Candi took portraits of my daughter and I could not be more thrilled how beautiful they turned out!!" - Andrea O. 2017
"Candi did my maternity portraits with my daughter and I and they are my favorite images. She then did my son's newborn and cake smash milestone sessions and they were just as amazing as my maternity portraits" - Nicole G.
"I chose Candy Coated Photography because she has a visual art education background and would be able to professionally provide on-location lighting at the outdoor location for our 10th wedding anniversary Family Photo Session. Candi was great, she worked comfortably with our 3 children with different posing suggestions and was able to capture a dramatic, gorgeous sunset over the ocean as our family celebrated our anniversary. The photographs look stunning and we will treasure them for many decades of these precious moments in our life. I run my own photography studio, and have very high professional standards for photography of my own family, so I was pleasantly surprised to get such fabulous photographs from Candi!" - Alixandra M.
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