BRIDES Southern California: The Best Wedding Photographers in the Los Angeles Area

Updated 07/24/15

Jose Villa Photography

The Southern California region is home to some of the most talented wedding photographers in the country (no wonder — the light there is positively magical!). If you're marrying in or around the Los Angeles area, here are the top photographers for the job.

One of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the country, Jose Villa's dreamy, light-saturated images and details-focused shooting style also make him one of the most emulated photographers. Brides love the soft, pastel shades and airy, romantic quality of his film images.

Elizabeth Messina

Elizabeth Messina is one of the most influential wedding photographers in the industry — her beautiful film photographs have helped spark a resurgence in film wedding photography. Elizabeth's photographs have graced the covers and pages of countless wedding magazines (including Brides!) and have a wonderfully intimate quality.

Formerly based in New York City, photographer Jen Huang now lives in Santa Barbara, which means local brides can more easily book her for her beautifully composed, luminous wedding photography.

Gia Canali Photography

Though she's based in Los Angeles, Gia has photographed weddings from China to Scotland to Mexico and everywhere in between. She shoots both film and digital, and her lovely, well-written blog is a wonderful insider's resource on how to get beautiful wedding images.

Max Wanger

Couples looking for lensman with a more whimsical and nontraditional style should turn to Max Wanger and his team of photographers (Max & Friends) — we especially love his signature photos that play with lots of negative space.

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