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Photography in Oceanside, CA,
(442) 262-4932
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    Crystal Pena

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  • Words cannot express how grateful my husband and I are with our experience with Russ and his wife. They were very kind and humble people that made the experience fun! Russ is very particular with the lighting which made all our photos come out phenomenal. We are really happy with our engagement photos, wedding photos and our video. Thank you Russ for great work! Look no further and HIRE HIM now!

    Mace Alameri

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  • Russ and Clara are simply amazing. They go above and beyond what's expected of them as photographers/videographers. Not only did they make us feel extremely comfortable (we're not avid picture takers) but they captured the wedding, the vibe, and our love perfectly! On top of all that, they're such awesome people. You'll feel so relaxed around them and they're true professionals. Russ was the one who put my veil in perfectly when no one else knew how. The video they created is especially incredible. I've watched it several times over and am obsessed. It really captures the whole day and the feeling of that day in 7 minutes, which is the PERFECT length. On top of the great photos and amazing video, they got it all back to us in a crazy amount of time. It was around 10 days for the photos and 3 weeks for the video. I have friends who wait MONTHS for their photos/video. I am just blown away. We already recommended Russ and Clara to two of our other friends getting married. You ... Read more

    Samantha Johnson

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  • I booked with Chasing Light for my wedding in Temecula in August 2020 and am SO HAPPY with that decision. The package we chose includes engagement photos, and photos/highlight video at our wedding, and was very reasonably priced for the quality of their work. We had the engagement photo shoot last weekend - Russ made us feel comfortable, was very motivating, and just a great guy! He got back to us with the edited versions within a week and we are blown away! He has a fantastic eye and finds the perfect light. We can't say enough great things about Chasing Light and look forward to working with Russ again in August!

    Vivian

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  • So far my fiance and I have only had an engagement session with Russ, but it was great! We live in Northern California so we tried to schedule him on kind of short notice while we were visiting Southern California and he was nice enough to accommodate us. He was hesitant at first because the day was overcast and gave us the chance to change our session if we wanted to, but we had no other plans to visit SoCal in the near future. Despite the fact that we were not "Chasing Light" due to the weather, our photos came out really great! He was very nice, very clear with direction (for those of us that don't know what the F we are doing), funny, personable and had that all-around chill SoCal vibe with some serious style (awesome hat!). I'm looking forward to the team capturing our wedding photo/video in August if it still happens amidst this pandemic!

    Tonya

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  • I could go on for days about how amazing chasing light is! Neither my husband or I have ever been shot professionally so we were both sort of nervous for our engagement shoot. Russ directed us so well and it went so smoothly that we got comfortable really fast! Our engagement pictures came out so amazing that I was not an ounce nervous for how our photos would turn out from our big day. We got married on July 10th and things were constantly changing on us because of the pandemic. Chasing light was so understanding and professional. They held another date for us when we thought we might have to postpone and it was never an issue or added stress with them. We got our pictures back a couple weeks ago and I am absolutely in love. I could not have asked for anything better. This week we got our video back and I couldn't be happier. I smiled and cried as we got to relive such a special day. They captured our day perfectly and I am so happy that we booked them. If you are looking f... Read more

    Carina Charmagne

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  • We will forever be able to cherish our wedding day, thanks to Chasing Light. Their work speaks for itself. I chose them based on solely their work. They captured every single moment ever so magically. I cannot be any happier with the overall outcome. Every shot seemed so organic and natural. You can feel every bit of emotion by just staring at the photo. On the other hand, the people behind these majestic photos and videos are just quite simply awesome. They are the kind of people you would want to spend your special day with, supporting you, backing you up, and rooting you on! Thank you so much.

    Jessica and Grant

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  • Russ and Clara are AMAZING!! Not only were our engagement pictures beautiful, but after having to postpone our wedding a few times due to COVID-19, we decided to elope. Russ and Clara were wonderful enough to capture our very special day (following social distancing of course). Not only are they talented, they were also very helpful during our big day, by helping us with our German Shepard, making sure we still had our first dance and were our witness. We are excited to have them shoot our “large” wedding when the times comes! We highly recommend this power couple!!!

    Julia Micucci

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  • I seriously cannot say enough wonderful things about the Chasing Light team and the wedding photos and videos they provided! First, they were so flexible and communicative with me coming from out of state and clearly wanted the video and pictures to be what I wanted to capture (rather than what they may have wanted to put on social media or in a portfolio). They gave such clear directions the day of, walking me and everyone else through the schedule and what we were doing next. I didn't have to think at all on the big day! I got the package with the engagement session too which I would highly recommend because you get used to how the photo process goes (especially helpful if you're as awkward as me), introduce you to the photographer (we had Alex), and we ended up with such gorgeous photos! On the wedding day, the videographer and photographer (Alex & Vance) were unobtrusive but always available, catching every little moment. What was super important to me was authentic, genuine momen... Read more

    Ana Rosario

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  • I am so glad that we had Russ and Clara from Chasing light on our team for our wedding. Despite all the covid-19 obstacles we had to dodge, we were able to make our wedding day a possibility. When our other vendors disappeared, Chasing Light continued to call us and make plans and have creative ideas to keep our original wedding date. It was refreshing and fun to work with them. They were the cheerleaders we never knew we would need on our wedding day. If I ever need another photographer and videographer, I would definitely choose them again. Thank you!

    Lauren Carrillo

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  • Thank you so much to Russ/Chasing Light for surpassing every expectation on our wedding photos! We are so amazed at how perfect they turned out! From the initial inquiry call to after the big day, it has truly been a pleasure working with Russ. His vision and talent for capturing the perfect picture turned into beautiful memories that will last a life time. You can truly see his passion for photography/videography come to life the moment you meet him and choosing Chasing Light as our wedding photographer was one of the easiest decisions!

    Andrea Bartholomew

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  • WOW! My heart bursts with excitement just writing this review, because Chasing Light (Russ, Clara, and their assistant) added so much more to our wedding day than just photography and video. Their talent, attention to detail, strong yet kind demeanor helped lead and set the tone on our wedding day. They captured our engagement shoot, our wedding pictures and our wedding video. I have received all of the above and my husband and I are extremely pleased and thankful for their work and all of the sweet moments captured. These pictures and video are not just a package we purchased, but these are memories, moments of joy, smiles, tears, and a day of bliss that cannot be recreated. This is why I believe that choosing your Photography and Video Team (YES YOU NEED A VIDEO ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, DON'T OVERTHINK IT) is one of the top 2 priorities in booking for your wedding day. I say these things as a bride who had a budget and did my best to stick to it, but one thing I was told over and over... Read more

    Desirea

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  • I honestly cannot say enough great things about Chasing Light! Russ and his wife Clara are an amazing team. They are both so kind and down to earth and you can tell how much they care about each couple they work with as well as their artistry. They communicated with us every step of the way and were very open and flexible—which I love. First of all the photography style was exactly what I had imagined for my engagement shoot as well as my wedding—dark and moody with an equal amount of romance. Clara is so sweet and made my husband and I feel comfortable, and helped us treat the moment like there was no one else around but the two of us. The videography was equally as beautiful and really took me back to my wedding in such a special way. Russ’ cinematic eye captured every intimate moment of our wedding. I remember being upset about the possibility of rain and he made me feel so much better explaining how the cloud cover would make for good lighting and beautiful pictures—he was ... Read more

    Morgan Emmetts

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  • Chasing Light was the HIGHLIGHT of our wedding! We have the most amazing pictures and video from not only our wedding but engagement shoot as well. We didn’t know what to do for our engagement photos and Russ took us on a tour throughout Balboa park to multiple different locations allowing to have a wide variety of pictures and locations. For our wedding, they were able to work with a strict timeline to capture the day in the best possible light. Russ is great at directing people that are in the shot and those unwanted bystanders out of the background without being rude or awkward to all parties. Russ is someone who is very passionate about making sure your day is truly special. His drone shots are amazing! Thank you Chasing Light for making our day perfect!

    Bridget Robinson

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  • I am blown away by Chasing Light! Husband and wife, Russ and Clara, are not only amazing people, but their work is breathtaking. The engagement photos, wedding photos and videography were far better than I could ever imagine. The amount of talent these two possess is insurmountable. The beauty in their work creates such an emotional component that captivated everyone who saw it. I can't stop looking at the photos and watching our wedding video. It brought tears to my eyes. These amazing memories, I cannot thank them enough for capturing and no money can give them justice. It was like Russ knew exactly what I envisioned and make it ten times better. From the very beginning with our engagement photos, Russ put both my shy husband and my shy self at ease and coached us through every step of the way. We enjoyed every minute of it and by the time our wedding photos came along we could be natural and live in the moment. I highly recommend doing the entire package with them and letting them l... Read more

    Kelsey Moshier

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  • Chasing Light captures everything and more - we have photos and video that truly allow us to relive the best day of our lives. They make sure everything is perfect!! I would not recommend anyone else! We are so happy we chose them to take photos for our wedding!

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