Christina McNeill Photography
Main Office Location: By Appointment Only
San Francisco , CA 94110
Contact: Christina McNeill
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Service Area: Greater San Francisco Bay Area and destination weddings. Will travel worldwide!
With a love of color, design and great composition, Christina McNeill creates wedding photography that is lively and compelling. As a master storyteller, Christina brings her background of fashion and illustrative portraiture into her offbeat and artistic style. She aims to illuminate her subjects’ spirits in a fresh and uplifting way while doing whatever it takes to get the perfect shot.
All packages include 800+ images, an online gallery for sharing and ordering, and a disc of digital negatives. Additional items include: engagement sessions, rehearsal dinner coverage, additional photographers, photobooth services, digitally crafted parent albums, coffee table albums and handcrafted matted albums. Packages start at $3000.
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“Christina has something we did not see with other photographers—an ability to capture and highlight the whimsy and specialness of even the most mundane moments.”
“She is so extremely talented and has a very artistic approach to photographing people.”
“We got so many photos very promptly.”
“Christina exceeded my expectations because of her talent, work ethic, communication skills and good business practices.”
“She’s great about suggesting creative ideas, and for the prices she charges, she really goes above and beyond thinking of cool ways to stage shots.”
“I liked that Christina made us feel super comfortable in front of the camera.”
“She really personalizes the experience to fit each couple and tells a unique story through her photography.”
Questions and Answers
What 3 words describe your work? Fashion. Colorful. Artistic.
Tell us about your company name. I should thank my mom for naming me "Christina Diane". That's where "Christina Diane Weddings" derived.
Why should someone hire you? I should be hired because I'm honest, fun, easygoing and all about capturing amazing photography. I'm a "real" fun girl who loves photography and loves making people happy.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started? My grandfather was always taking photos of me when I was a child and I wanted to be like him because he's my hero. I started seriously getting into photography in high school and then moved to San Francisco after graduation to go to the Academy of Art University, where I dove in headfirst to learn everything I could about the wonderful medium. I'm constantly learning new things?that's why I love photography so much.
What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work? Because I studied fashion photography, my inspiration for weddings comes from . I'm in love with late great photographers like Diane Arbus, Lisette Model, Nan Goldin—to name a few. My inspiration also comes from everyday life—from stories from my grandmother, from my 10-year old brother, from reading great non-fiction books, museums, and the wonderful city I live in, San Francisco.
Tell us about a favorite, unusual or most interesting moment at a wedding: Hands down, the most amazing and unusual moment I've ever experienced is the story of the eagle flying out of the tree. I was shooting a destination wedding in Bend, Oregon. I was in love with this tree—the venue nicknamed it the ghost tree. I had set up the bride and groom, backlit next to the tree when all of a sudden, an eagle flew onto the branch. As we stood there in shock and amazement I said to the bride and groom "point"; the second they pointed the eagle flew away and I got the shot. It's a true story and it's amazing?the epitome of serendipity.
What makes a wedding memorable for you? The best gifts that I ever receive are the thoughtful gifts. With that in mind, the most memorable weddings to me are the ones that are thoughtful—the ones where the bride and groom collaborate together to create the most amazing celebration. Where you, I or anyone can tell that much thought and time and love was put into every aspect and detail.
What have weddings taught you? Weddings have taught me that not everything can go according to plan and that being open and embracing plan B can change the mood of the moment and day. And, plan B could quite possibly be everything we ever wanted.
What is the best advice you give to a couple when planning their wedding? Be patient! Know your vendors—be picky, ask lots of questions so you can get exactly what you want. Enjoy the planning and enjoy your engagement. Just remember that everything always works itself out.
What are 3 words that describe your personality? Giving. Adventurous. Loving.
What's your favorite book/movie/work of art? Book: Eat, Pray, Love Movie: Almost Famous Art: The Kiss by Gustav Klimpt
What is your favorite quote? "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles?" —Jack Kerouac
Extracurricular activities: I love soccer, traveling, practicing my Spanish speaking skills and I'm a devout museum lover.
Christina McNeill Photography Covers These Areas:Nevada
- East Bay
- Lake Tahoe
- Monterey and Carmel
- Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
- North Bay / Marin
- North Coast / Mendocino
- Sacramento and Central Valley
- San Francisco
- Santa Cruz
- Solano County
- South Bay / San Jose
- Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country
- Yosemite / Gold Country / Sierra
- And other areas by special arrangement.