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Photography in Carmel By The Sea, CA,
(831) 601-5344
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    Niloo

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  • Ian Martin was referred to us by a friend of my husbands. She said that when Ian is photographing a wedding, he has a way of making everyone feel comfortable. We met Ian for a drink to look at his beautiful photography portfolios and knew right away that he would the perfect choice for us, especially since we were interested in a journalistic and creative approach to wedding photography. Our wedding ceremony was at SF City Hall, and our reception was at Foreign Cinema Restaurant. Ian was able to capture the grandeur and elegance of City Hall and the fun, chic and cinematic atmosphere of Foreign Cinema. Our photographs are beautiful, unique, fun, and very touching; a truly great memory of a very important event in our life. Friends and family who have seen our pictures are full of compliments which include "He made some really original choices", and "I am sad I missed it all and happy to have your album, it made me feel like I was there, a part of your lovely day. The happiness ... Read more

    Nicole

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  • Ian both documented and captured the mood of our outdoor daytime Bay Area wedding without resorting to posed snapshots. Ian was great with my husband, who pretty much has zero tolerance for posing for photos. Our couples shots are very natural and beautiful. Ian was great with my guests, capturing the moments and yet not getting in the way. The photos themselves (digital and hard copy) were high quality. Regarding the style of the final prints -- Ian's style is to soften the edges of the final photos with a subtle but perceptible dark filter of perhaps 2-5% on just the borders of the total frame. I love the sort-of mid-century modern quality that the final images have as a result. You just have to be OK with that look. I saw a lot of other (talented) wedding photographers with different styles, including bright and super-saturated colors (like candy colors); sepia/yellow-y 70s-style with rounded edges; highly posed "now all 16 bridesmaids hold these matching pink paraso... Read more

    L

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  • In selecting a photographer for our wedding, it was important that the story be told photographically as the day really occurred. Ian accomplished exactly that, his talent as a photojournalist is evident in the photos of the day. He has a knack for artistically capturing the details of a story and communicating the overall event as well as interesting nuances. We highly recommend him, and could not be more pleased with our wedding photos.

    Laurie

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  • There is nothing more important to a wedding than the photography. We couldn't be happier about, not only the photos, but the way Ian treated us on our special day. He was so much fun to work with he felt like a part of the family! I will never understand how he managed to always be in the right place at the right time without ever intruding on our intimate moments. He told our story so beautifully! Every time I look at our photos I am transported back to that day! The moments he captured will stay with us for the rest of our lives as if they happened only yesterday. He is truly gifted!

    Julie

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  • Ian took incredible pictures of our wedding. He took the time to get to know us, and the photographs really reflect our style--they aren't just some standard wedding pictures. He was terrific at handling our two very large families for the family portrait, including elderly relatives who couldn't walk well or stand for long--and squirmy kids. He was so easygoing and kind to everyone--but really got the job done efficiently. My husband hates photographs, but somehow Ian got him to look relaxed and happy in almost every shot. He took so many great pics during the ceremony, and we never saw him during it. I'm still not sure how he managed to be so unobtrusive and still take such great pics. You can't go wrong hiring Ian--you will get incredibly creative and beautiful pictures and get to work with a genuinely nice guy.
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