Main Office Location:
1095 Alabama Street
Huntington Beach, California 92648
Contact: Steve Hoffmann
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Steve Hoffmann is a full-time professional photographer specializing in weddings. He states, “It’s what I do! I actually get an adrenaline rush (no kidding) documenting an entire wedding day story from beginning to end with all of the emotion and beautiful details.” He is adept at shooting destination weddings as well as a wide range of religious and cultural wedding traditions, including Jewish, Persian, Hindu, Christian, Mormon, Same Sex, New Age, and Chinese Tea Ceremonies.
Using a primarily documentary style, Hoffmann Photographer shoots professional level Nikon camera bodies in both film and digital, with prime Nikkor lenses: 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 105mm.
Steve Hoffmann’s nuanced approach to photographing weddings creates emotion-rich results. His pictures not only capture the main action, but are layered with meaning and feeling. For example, a shot of the bride getting dressed is complemented with other visual tidbits of what’s happening around her, such as a bridesmaid’s helping hands or the videographer leaning into the scene. By photographically expanding each moment of the day, Steve tells a more complete story.
To show the romance of a wedding, Steve uses his signature style. His images are almost never static; there’s a sense of life and movement in everything he shoots. For example, he might show a bride cascading down a curving marble staircase, her figure a gorgeous blur of white. Or he’ll catch the groom, just as he’s lifted his bride into a spinning embrace, their exuberance obvious in a swirl of dress against tuxedo. “He did inspired stuff but also managed to get the more formal family portraits,” says a bride. “He simply has an eye for what makes a beautiful shot.”
Steve believes that an unhurried atmosphere makes for the best images. He routinely comes early and stays late, adding a time cushion on either side of the ceremony and reception. His packages have no time restraints, and he works a full day for every client. It’s not uncommon for Steve to arrive when the bride is in her pajamas and stay until the guests have gone. This way, he’s able to home in on particulars that other photographers might not even see. “Steve always gets the details happening around the bridal party,” says a makeup artist. “He takes care to get it all, which makes a difference in showing people from different perspectives.”
Steve thrives on the spontaneity of weddings. He loves the uncertainty of having to think fast with a camera in hand. For him, it’s similar to a sporting event: The action only happens once, and the lighting can’t always be controlled. Adrenaline keeps him motivated, and he finds it all fun. “Steve has a good presence, even when the day gets crazy,” says a videographer. “He’s very mellow, knows how to go about things, and is never intrusive or bossy.”
When he’s shooting wedding pictures, Steve keeps the mood easygoing and enjoyable. He strikes a balance between being a complete pro behind the camera and a regular nice guy who you wouldn’t mind having around for, say, 9-plus hours on the big day. One very pleased bride summed it up this way: “I was nervous to get my photo taken in front of so many people, but as soon as I saw Steve, he made me feel relaxed. He didn’t have tons of equipment and he wasn’t hurrying us. He was very low-key. And let me tell you, they were some of the best images ever. They totally captured our personality and love.”
- Los Angeles
- Orange County
- Palm Springs / Palm Desert
- Riverside / Inland Empire
- San Bernardino Mountains / Lake Arrowhead
- San Diego
- San Fernando Valley
- San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clarita Valley
- South Bay L.A. / Long Beach
- Temecula Wine Country
- And other areas by special arrangement.
“We were VERY pleased with Steve Hoffmann as our wedding photographer! We absolutely would recommend him to anyone that was in need of a professional, hard working, very well organized and talented photographer. He knows exactly what he is doing and is very talented in what he does. He kept good communication during my stressful wedding planning and was flexible with anything I requested or needed from him. He made our wedding pictures come out more beautiful than we had imagined.”
“He was great, not pushy at all, and got all the shots. He did a lot of creative stuff but also managed to get the more formal family pictures.”
“He recently shot our wedding and we were extremely happy with both his professionalism, his personality and the end product. My sister is a professional photographer as well and she was very impressed with his work. My favorite part about working with Hoffmann was how easy it was. He is subtle and artful in his style. Our guests raved about the photos and several have asked for his cards for their own events. He’s a 10.”
“Steve Hoffmann was an INCREDIBLE photographer for our wedding! He put us at such ease on our wedding day, and had a great sense of humor! He clearly knew what he was doing and it showed in the pictures once we received them.”
“My experience with Steve Hoffmann was wonderful and I recommend him to everyone I meet. He was easy to work with, easy to communicate with, on time, down to earth and just a really cool guy. On top of that, he does brilliant work and his prices are great.”
“Steve originally photographed my brother’s wedding and I liked his work so much, I hired him to do my wedding. He’s got a fantastic eye for the candid moments and he’s got great composition.”