"Jonathan - It was a very difficult decision that Jay and I had to make when we chose to lose our deposit with our original wedding photographer after we found you online – but boy am I glad that we chose to do it!! Having you as our photographer was the best decision that we made when planning our wedding. As you know, I have been a faithful follower of your blog since the second I found you online. I’ve enjoyed looking through all of the engagements and weddings you have shot (and all the adorable pictures of PJ too!), so I was so excited when it finally became Jay and my turn. And I must say that we were so incredibly happy with every second that you captured of our engagement session and our wedding, we seriously could not be more happy! You are so talented and your ability to capture the perfect moment is amazing! I looked at our wedding photos online while at our honeymoon resort in Antigua and tears were brought to my eyes the second I saw the picture of my daddy and I walking down the aisle – with my eyes on Jay at the alter. It was such a real picture, so beautiful and one that I will always cherish. And don’t even get me started on the video – wow!! My family has shown anyone and everyone who has 5 minutes to watch and all of my friends say its the best wedding video that they have ever seen! And I agree. Its definitely one that Jay and I won’t just reserve for wedding anniversaries – its a wedding video that I know we will choose to watch throughout the year, every year:)! You did such an amazing job – I really cannot thank you enough!! Photographs are the only thing that lasts after the wedding night (other than the marriage of course) and I am just so happy that we had you take ours. We just love them!
Love, Kacy and Jay"
"Let's see, how to describe Jonathan - he's like a ninja that left ninja school, picked up a camera, and never looked back. Jonathan was everywhere at once at our wedding - on the dancefloor, up in the trees, out in the fields, up on the roof. You see him one minute and then he's gone the next, like some kind of photography leprechaun. All I can say is that if he is not ruinously violating all the laws of physics, then Jonathan absolutely worked his tail off at our wedding. Jonathan captured so many ridiculously awesome, stunning, funny, heartwarming, and genuinely candid pictures that you feel embarrassed that you aren't paying him more. And they all look SO good, to the point that I can't say to people "the pictures don't do it justice," but rather that "this is exactly how it looked and felt!" How many people really ever say that and mean it? When you work with Jonathan, you're signing up for all the professional qualifications: skilled photographer, punctuality, not-your-average-wedding-picture, etc. But here's the kicker - what you get is so much more than that. Jonathan has a warm personality and I really always felt like he was there doing more than just earning his paycheck. He interacts with family and friends fluidly, has a hilarious way of getting everyone in and out and on with the day, and he finds photo ops and lighting in places you never even saw it. Jonathan understood it was an important day for me and my wife and he moved and acted like he really took that to heart. He was always receptive to feedback about things we wanted, but what really pleased me was that when I told him to just do his thing, he didn't take that as a free pass to take routine pictures. He ran with it (sometimes literally) and pushed his photography above and beyond anything I had seen in his other shoots. Seriously, Jonathan clearly still loves to try new techniques and I absolutely encourage you to let him stretch his legs, a freedom that I think truly rewards the client in the end. We look back at our June 2012 wedding frequently and, thanks to Jonathan, feel like we remember every detail of the day as richly and warmly as when we lived it.
Erin and Brad"
"Jonathan, Marc said to me this morning, "The most important things I would tell someone about having a wedding are, one, have it on a day other than Saturday, and two, hire Jonathan." We had no idea how committed to getting the right shots you would be...just a few examples include tree climbing, throwing horse manure out of the way, and rolling around in the dirt...Im pretty sure by the time you left your white shirt was brown and full of stickers. You werent there to just take some pictures, you took the time to get to know us as a couple. The passage you quoted on your blog by Robert Fulghum made us realize how well you paid attention to our story and dynamic as a couple. The photography of our wedding day somehow tells a story of us past, present, and future. You captured parts of the day we dont ever want to forget, and caught the moments we werent able to see. You were a pleasure to work with and have at our wedding...not to mention that our family and friends keep making comments about how much they enjoyed you. Oh, and Jonathan, did we mention that you rock?! Thank you for everything.
Cameron and Marc"
"Jonathan at Bluephoto was by far our best wedding decision! We knew immediately when we met him that he would be easy to work with and we felt comfortable with him every step of the way. Our engagement shoot was amazing and we quickly learned how much energy and genuine love for photography Jonathan has. On our wedding day, Jonathan worked so hard to get every important shot, was on his feet for over 10 hours capturing so many amazing moments and blended in so well that our family and wedding party felt immediately comfortable with him. He was present on the dancing floor, jumping around with all of so that he was able to get plenty of candid shots. All of our guests raved not only about how awesome Jonathan was during the wedding and reception, but also for the wedding video that he was able to put together and post online for us the very next day! It was so special to be able to recap the night during our Sunday Brunch. What an amazing snapshot of our wedding the video was! As if that wasn't enough to make us love Jonathan, he was able to get our entire wedding album up just one week after our wedding!!! I have had so many compliments about his work from guests and people who have seen the photos. We are so happy with all of the images and can't wait to start printing some up! Our photographs are timeless - the quality we were most looking for in our wedding photography and the style will last us a lifetime. We highly recommend Jonathan for his impeccable service, passion and skill.
Heather and Kyle"
"As you peruse the Blue Photo website, it is apparent that Jonathan is a remarkable photographer and videographer. I’ve watched his videos and pictures over and over again. I’ve shared the “Sarah and Matt” wedding video so much that I feel like I know them! This was my first impression of Jonathan. What I, as well as many others in planning a wedding, appreciate about his website is how forthright he is. Here are the prices, this is what is in the package and here are some extras that you can purchase. No beating around the bush and I love that! My initial contact with Jonathan through email was professional and extremely prompt. His friendly tone was just like I was emailing an old friend. He was out the door to shoot a wedding, but made time to answer my questions. Second impression-NAILED! Engagement shots were so much fun! Running around his town was so much fun. He knows the right spots and knows exactly the right time of day to shoot. At times, I felt a little awkward being “schmoopy” with my fiancée, but Jonathan would get us cracking up and he’d capture perfectly in that nanosecond, a beautiful shot. Our wedding day finally came and he arrived with smiles and hugs! Amid the whirlwind chaos of preparing, he just blended right in going between Dennis and his groomsmen and me and my bridesmaids. The end result-he captured everything, even the small details you tend to overlook. He catches the laughter, the silliness and the happy tears and does so in a very skilled, artful manner. Jonathan gives you a wedding time machine. You watch the video and look at the pictures and it’s puts you right back there on your wedding day. We are extremely pleased with Jonathan, as a person and his work. I’m still getting compliments about our video and the pictures. I can’t wait to see him at my sister’s wedding next year. admin - Thank you May. You and Dennis were a pleasure to photograph and I only wish that your wedding had been a week long instead of just one day!
May and Dennis"
"Where do I even begin?? We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jonathan!!! Booking him was hands down the best decision of our wedding. He is such a pleasure to work with. We met with him a couple times prior to our wedding and everytime we had such a blast!! Jonathan has an amazing personality and a great sense of humor. This makes all the difference in the world. He makes you totally comfortable which is huge. There’s nothing worse than being (and looking) uncomfortable on camera. Our engagement pictures came out beautiful. Our wedding pictures…..I have no words except for WOW!!!! I am completely OBSESSED with them!! Jonathan captured every special moment and every detail of our wedding. He is beyond talented!! Then there’s the video that he does. This was such a great added bonus. We didn’t have a videographer so this was a great way to relive the day. I have gotten rave reviews for all of our family and friends:) Jonathan is a total professional and very quick to respond. He even danced with my grandma!! Everyone had such a blast with him. And we recieved ALL of our photos within a week of our wedding!!! I could go on and on We would recommend him to everyone and anyone. Jonathan, we can’t thank you enough for giving us a lifetime of memories. We are forever grateful to you.
Lexie and Josh"
"I'm going to echo all of the wonderful reviews about Jonathan because IT'S ALL TRUE, PEOPLE. Being a top-notch photographer is only half the battle-- the other half is making clients feel comfortable and covered. Jonathan wins at both. He's fast (but not intense), easy-going (but gets all the shots), and fun & involved (but he blends in). Sounds like some sort of super-hero-photographer, right? Just wait until you get the little mini-movie of your day! You'll be SO VERY thankful you chose Jonathan at Bluephoto! We are still getting compliments on our wedding photos, the mini-movie, and Jonathan himself-- just the way he immersed himself in the crowd on the day and how quickly he posted his work. What more can you ask for?!? Thanks again, Jonathan. You're awesome :-)
Carol and Josh"
"I wish I could give MORE stars for how amazing Jonathan is! My husband and I are in love with him and have been since our engagement shoot over a year ago! We just got married on August 18, 2012 and we are so glad we have so many amazing wonderful perfect pictures to remember our special day! Jonathan was punctual, attentive, gave great advice (lots of water and eat so you don't pass out), friendly, authoratative (when need be - like during family photos), fun, well-dressed, everything a perfect photographer should be, basically! In the days following our wedding, all of our friends and family were raving about Jonathan as well. Everyone saying how much they loved him and what a great job he did and how they all loved the video and the photos and how fun he was - on the dance floor with everyone (which is awesome and gets some fun shots). Basically, I can't praise him enough. He's amazing. We love him and you will too!
Brianna and Kyle"
"I have been putting this review off, because it is very difficult to express the way I feel about Jonathan and his photography in words. Simply put - "I am a Raving Fan." Our wedding was non-traditional (to say the least), and because it was non-traditional, the majority of the event was brewed from scratch. Sarah (my wife), went to school for event design and spent the better part of two years planning and creating our wedding weekend. Sarah, our family, our friends and myself poured an incredible amount of blood, sweat and tears into our wedding celebration. This made capturing the moment (weekend) exceptionally important to the two of us. Jonathan (Bluephoto) did not disappoint, in fact, he blew us away! I consider myself a manly man, a linebacker, tough, rough & tumble person. I'm the guy with the firm handshake, the kind of guy that does not cry. Well, apparently Jonathan saw right through my tough guy persona and was able to prove all of the aforementioned untrue in a matter of seconds. The day after the wedding we had invited him back over to have brunch with our family and friends. Jonathan showed up with a sneak preview of a couple of his favorite photos from the day, along with an unbelievable video montage of the wedding. This "tough guy" cried like a baby through the entire thing. And I continue to cry as we re-watch and re-watch the video over and over again. It was perfect. Did I mention that he left the wedding close to midnight? That meant one of two things. Either he has a bunch of Keebler Elves making videos in his studio, or he did not sleep that night. Like I said, he had the video ready the next morning. This meant the world to Sarah and me. Now that we have our photos back, I can also say that the still images that he creates are equally stunning. Jonathan has a gift with light and as our time with him went on, I began to notice the wheels in his head always spinning. He was on a never ending quest to find the best lighting and backdrops the entire time. As I looked through the pictures, there were plenty of "how did he do that" moments. You know those pictures you see in magazines, where the light comes through in perfect fashion. Sarah and I are not fashion models, well maybe Sarah could be, but after looking at the photos, I know that we both felt so special. Jonathan is a true artist. There is nothing I want more than to share our amazing experience with the world. Every couple goes through the wedding planning highs and lows should have the pleasure of working with Jonathan and I will continue to rave about him.
Sarah and Matt"
"This was the most excellent email waiting in my inbox after 10 days of being disconnected from the world! Jared and I just finished looking through all the photos while flying home. We’re currently somewhere over Oklahoma or Texas. I’m still so awed by your talent! Everyone at the wedding adored you too (before even seeing the pics!) Thank you for helping us make it such a great day.
Amy and Jared"
"Almost two years before my wedding, I stumbled across Jonathan's website while searching for wedding venues on the Central Coast of California. I showed his site to my sister (May T., whose review is also on here) whose wedding was much sooner, and she fell in love with his work, too. So Jonathan has shot both of our weddings and was a dream to work with from start to finish for two weddings in our family. He was actually the very first vendor I ever booked, even before I had a venue! Responsive, professional, gentle but extremely competent, and so much fun to be around. My fiance and I are generally very uncomfortable in front of the camera, but he made it so easy and fun for us so that we didn't feel overly posed or stiff while taking pictures. Also, I loved that Jonathan is so open and forthcoming about his pricing. No running around wasting your time calling photographers only to find out they are outside your budget. Of course, I've only known other brides who had to do that, as I never looked into another photographer. I knew I wanted Jonathan. But personality and pricing is only a small part of what goes into choosing a photographer--what we all really care about when the wedding is over are the images you have left. Jonathan gave us the images we dreamed of, ones we could imagine showing our children and grandchildren. He doesn't bother with trendy filters that in five years will look dated--just clean, well-composed photographs that make use of his great timing with natural light. He captured every special moment and emotion of our wedding so beautifully, and gave us our incredible wedding video the next day, and our images the day after! We adore Jonathan, and couldn't be more grateful for the lasting works of art he conjured from one of the most special days of our lives.
Katie and Brooks"
"It is incredibly difficult to use only 5 stars and a couple paragraphs of text to explain why you should choose Bluephoto for your wedding. If you haven't already, your decision will likely be made for you when you look at his website and see the glorious use of light and the totally unique short videos he makes for each couple. One wedding guest said our video looked like a promo for a trendy indy movie starring us - amazing! In the end, there are many photographers who will take beautiful pictures of you on your wedding day. And if you are having a very traditional wedding and want a series of pre-configured photo ops and you want someone to hold a camera and take those pictures for you, go ahead and hire someone else, you can probably get that much cheaper. Jonathan's talent is best used by cool, edgy, and unique weddings/couples who want the focus to be on the meaning of their happy day and don't want to act. You can trust Jonathan to capture every detail while you focus on celebrating with your spouse and your guests. Working with Jonathan allows even the most camera-shy couple feel comfortable and then to have beautiful artwork in which they and their family and friends are the subject. He's a very cool guy and it was like working with an old friend; our wedding was very small, and he still managed to blend in seamlessly. He works great with little kids, drunken dancing people, and everyone in between. It was an honor to work with him and we could not recommend his beautiful work more.
Lia and Bill"
"Our experience with Jonathan at Bluephoto was, from start to finish, wonderful. From the get go, he was transparent about how he operates business and willing to tailor his services to our needs as a couple. He is fun and easy to be around, which made for light-hearted and laughter-filled interactions. Such interactions made our engagement shoot a great date night caught on film, and we would have loved to have Jonathan at our wedding, photographs or not. He was a great guest, dancing his heart out right alongside us. And all the while, Jonathan operates with absolute professionalism; he’s organized and always responded quickly to emails and phone calls. Not only that but he has a truly creative eye. His artistic vision is clear and his execution artfully imaginative. He utilizes light in a way that is breath-taking. And if anyone can get the shot, he can. Somehow, he’s everywhere. Looking back, we’ve said repeatedly, “How did he do that?!” or “I didn’t even know he was there!” On our big day Jonathan was unobtrusive, always available and calm amidst all the craziness a wedding day brings. The day now past, we can’t stop returning to our photos and video montage, which we’ve watched a good 30 times and shown to everyone we know. His creative gift has captured and immortalized our love in a way that we couldn’t have hoped to be more beautiful. We already look forward to working more with Jonathan for anniversary shoots, if he can squeeze us in.
Alissa and James"
Bluephoto, San Luis Obispo Wedding Photography
3242 Johnson Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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