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Gian was the best decision we made for our wedding. He was recommended to us, and we now recommend him to everyone. He was so calm throughout the wedding stress, but at the same time, would hype us up throughout the planning process by sending us photo ideas or posting pics from our engagement session in the days leading up! He is so down-to-earth and personable; we really felt like we made a new friend. It’s so amazing when you have someone on your team who is just as excited as you are for your wedding. And of course, the final product was INCREDIBLE. We have received so many compliments on our photos, and we feel like they belong in a magazine! (That’s all to speak to Gian’s talent because my husband and I needed a lot of help posing! Haha.) Gian helped us and our wedding party to have fun and stay natural for the photos, and he captured every detail even better than we had hoped. Please, please, please do yourself a favor and hire him!
In short, we couldn’t recommend Gian Valdivia more highly. His prices are extremely competitive, he’s fun and easy to work with, and his photography is outstanding. We received over 500 photos at the end –– all of which we have full access to –– and each one of them is gorgeous. Now my wife and I joke around, saying that Gian was the highlight of our wedding ;)
Cody and I could not have asked for a better experience with Gian photographing our wedding. From start to finish, it was a seamless process. The day of, Gian came extra early (driving over 2 hours!) to scope out the area. He captured every single moment from getting ready with the gals and Cody with his groomsmen to the sparkler exit and even a fun “vadering” photo. He came with a lot of creative ideas, is patient and is easy going. Another key aspect that we appreciated was his ability to truly capture the scenery in our photos versus your average portrait. All in all, the turnaround time was impressive, and we were able to keep hundreds of photos all for a very reasonable price. We’ve since collaborated with Gian on other projects, including Christmas photos and our food blog, and we look forward to many more photo sessions with him!
One of the things my husband and I really appreciated about Gian was his flexibility. My husband and I are active duty military and Gian was military friendly and understood the demands/ inflexibility of our jobs. In addition, we had a hurricane on our wedding weekend which threw our wedding plans into chaos, we went back and forth about cancelling our wedding and Gian was calm and helpful throughout it all. Ultimately we had our wedding and Gian made sure our photos were beautiful despite the weather. Our photos had an artistic, romantic fog look to them which we ended up loving! I felt like he really captured exactly what we wanted. After the wedding he provided us updates on our photos as he edited them and gave us some photos early when we requested them for a family member’s birthday gift. We will definitely recommend Gian in the future!
Gian is a true professional in every way. A talented photographer and true artist in the business. He’s compassionate and makes every moment count in the planning stages and during the “big day”. We hired Gian for our engagement photos and wedding day. He managed to make both sessions feel equally special with just the two of us and again with over 250 people on our special day. He’s a great listener and open to suggestions and feedback. Doing the engagement shoot first was a great way for all of us to get comfortable and prepare for the big day. If needed he has a team of other passionate photo magicians to join him. We HIGHLY recommend Gian for any kind of photos you desire; individual, couple, lifestyle, wedding, etc. The business is full of talented professionals, but Gian combines talent with passion in a way that is rare in the business.