Peer Johnson Professional Wedding Photography
Main Office Location: By Appointment Only
Central Coast, CA
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Service Area: Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Ventura Counties.
Peer Johnson typifies what it means to be a professional photographer. He began winning fine-art photography awards as early as high school. Art schools in SF, Chicago and LA took notice and soon he was enrolled in the Commercial Photography program at LA’s Santa Monica College. After graduation, he began assisting the best-of-the-best in LA’s Commercial & Fashion Photography industry. Years of rigging lights, cameras and working on-location for global advertising campaigns provided him with real-world experience in what it takes to create great images anywhere. He has photographed commercial assignments for demanding clients in LA, New York, Atlanta and Miami and spent 2 years working for fashion photography genius James Russell. His expertise lies in creating beautiful, natural shots of the bride and groom.
Today he uses this knowledge to bring his clients the best possible photo experience he can. Clients often comment on his preparedness, professionalism, and his ability to have fun and appreciate the moment. Recent clients have said of Peer, “Professional, yet down to earth, very easy to get along with…he made everything so easy. Our pictures are incredible…they totally exceeded our expectations (which are quite high). ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!”
Packages start at $1950. All 2012 packages include:
- A pre-event consultation
- High-resolution images on a DVD
- Online proofing and web gallery
To view his most recent work, check out Peer’s blog.
Certified By The Guide Reviews(What does this mean?)
“He captured the true intimacy of our small ceremony. The photos bring tears to my eyes every time I look at them.”
“Peer was truly a godsend.”
“Peer took such beautiful shots where the style was creative and interesting with a nice mix of candid and traditional.”
“What I loved most about his style was that he was almost unseen, which for a wedding photographer is a phenomenal feat.”
“Peer has a very warm personality that will enhance your wedding day.”
“He did not miss a thing. He captured the entire event like a story unfolding.”
“His lightheartedness and energy were contagious amongst everyone in attendance!”
“He was also so easy to work with in planning the final products. He did just as he promised. I was 100% satisfied and everything was received on time.”
Questions and Answers
What 3 words describe your work? Pretty, emotional and fun.
Tell us about your company name. It's my name which is taken from Norwegian playwright Henrick Ibsens' Peer Gynt.
Why should someone hire you? My professional background and education in Commercial & Fashion Photography. That, and I'm a beach boy who's very familiar with all the sand between Rincon and Monterey!
What drew you to this field/how did you get started? Working for one of the best wedding planners and fashion photographers in the world.
What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work? My wife of 10 years is a Commercial makeup artist and hair stylist who's worked for years on prime time TV shows and print advertising campaigns. She knows beauty makeup, lighting and photography. And she also tells me about other photographers' shortcomings—THAT is an advantage.
Tell us about a favorite, unusual or most interesting moment at a wedding: I've had a few brides who've lost their fathers and have had either their mom or bro walk them down the aisle. It's indescribable to witness that moment. It defies words.
What makes a wedding memorable for you? The expression of emotion from family and the couple.
What have weddings taught you? I have one of the best jobs on the planet ;)
What is the best advice you give to a couple when planning their wedding? There are no rules.
If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be? The ability to change the weather.
What are some of your favorite places to eat—either everyday spots or special occasion splurges? The Sea Chest in Cambria, The Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant in Big Sur, and Taco De Mexico in Morro Bay!
What's something a photo savvy bride and groom can ask you about? I have a top-secret vintage camera collection that I've been adding to for 20 years. Some of them are over 70 years old and work perfectly. A couple have some of the best lenses ever made. I've used a few of them on weddings here and there. I'm happy to show them off to clients;)
About This Company
Peer approaches every wedding with the mindset that he learned while working for celebrity wedding planner, Mindy Weiss. While moonlighting in the L.A. Photo Industry, Peer acted as Mindy’s on-site assistant for elaborate Hollywood parties and weddings at The 4 Seasons, Spago, and private estates in Malibu, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Working in these environments taught Peer that every wedding is unique—and is whatever the bride and groom want it to be!
He’s been happily married for over 10 years to his uber-talented wife, Rhonda Johnson. Rhonda is one of the most in-demand bridal hair and makeup artists on the Central Coast. Her professional background mirrors Peers’ in the commercial and print advertising industries in LA. Nearly 7 years ago they fulfilled their dream of moving to California’s Central Coast where they continue to live full time.
Peer Johnson Professional Wedding Photography Covers These Areas:Central California
- Central Coast Beach Area and San Luis Obispo
- Paso Robles and the Central Coast Wine Country
- Santa Barbara Wine Country
- And other areas by special arrangement.