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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 fashion style, using lighting equipment. I am not just a natural light photographer. 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 of your venue and the light at the time of day you will walk down the isle. The light needs to be perfect, making sure your photographs are stunning and vivid.
"OMG. BEST. Wedding. Photos. EVER! I'd give 6 stars if I could!!" - Chrissie K. Waterfall Lodge Wedding, Ben Lomond 2018
"Candi is a wonderful photographer. She is so easy to get along with and makes you feel very comfortable. She is very professional. Both times I've been photographed by her she had already scouted out locations for the photos and had idea's for posing. She is a true artist, her photos are beautiful. She is very down to earth, fun, and silly, but you can tell she takes photography very seriously." - AnneMarie N.
"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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