San Jose Wedding Photographer
For couples that Love Modern and Classic Images
with Natural look and Colors

By the time we found Abel, we had interviewed 4 photographers, but immediately we liked Abel the best. Instantly, our conversation was comfortable and my (now) husband and I both got a great feeling about him. Not to mention, we LOVED his work.
I really liked how Abel asked us a lot of questions. Instead of just talking about his experience and style, etc. He took the time to ask us what we were looking for and he even had us point out things that we liked and did not like in some pictures he had. You will leave feeling confident in his abilities and comfortable enough to be honest with him about your preferences.

Stacia and Steve

About Weddings

Abel is a San Jose Wedding Photographer, and serves Brides and grooms from all over the Greater Bay Area

A wedding day is the most important day for all of us. Two individuals getting together to form a family. The couple, their families and their loved ones are there to celebrate this union with happiness and joy. In essence the couple is creating a legacy.

Every couple takes lots of time to prepare for this day. It has to be simply the best day ever. All the elements involved have to compliment with each other. All the flowers, colors, invitations and décor are carefully designed with the hands of a master artist. Every bride and groom prepare for this day with months of anticipation and there are countless things that they do to plan their dream wedding.

When the day comes, couples deserve their day to be carefully recorded and capture, with technical hands and artistic eyes that are capable to capture all the magic, all the emotions and all the beauty this couple dreamed off.

25 Years serving the Bay Area - Northern California
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The Pictures are beautiful and your pleasant attitude and unobtrusive style helped to make it our incredible event. we have receive nothing but rave reviews about you from our guests.

Amanda and Jeff

For this simple reason, a Wedding Photographer is not just any guy (or girl) with a camera. People who love using their cellphone to take pictures and decide to buy a camera, are nice people who are debeloping a Hobby, but they are not Wedding Photographers.

With 25 years of experience, I am a seasoned Wedding Photographer, who has gone through many different situation; I do not take things lightly. I am aware of all things that are involved in the planning and preparation for the Big Day and prepare and plan according my client’s ideas and dreams. I spend time with my couples to understand their plans and ideas at the same time I earn their trust. By working with my customers, I minimize their natural stress during the process.

The results are always amazing images, and much more than my clients expect. We are not only there to capture amazing wedding images, but also to represent you well with all your family and guests, always with a smile and making everyone feel like family or an old friend.

I take my wedding Photographer role with passion, providing amazing images and support when you need it.

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Abel got through the shots quickly (the weather was HOT HOT HOT!!!). He has a knack for getting people together quickly, getting shots done and is a ninja with the candid shots. He got all the shots I was hoping for and more. I am very happy with Abel’s photography. I highly recommend him for any event, not just weddings.

Minty and Sean

Our Process

That’s why I have a process for booking, a process for planning and capturing the wedding images and finally a process to edit and deliver the images.

Here are a few things that we will cover in my process:

  • Photography is an Art and a Science. Wedding Photography is that and more. It’s about developing connection, understanding and trust with the couple. I always suggest to have a face to face meeting, either in person or Zoom. We can talk about your plans and you are welcome to ask any questions you may have. I will concentrate in getting your ideas and main goals…
  • You Book My services. I officially Save the Date and start working for you. I start by providing a form that I developed with years’ experience, to help you get organize from the Photography perspective. It has events, places and people involved during day. It will summarize all the things that are important to you. These are very important to me. We will keep in contact, for updates and changes on the plan.
  • Final meet and review. This is usually done a week or two before the Wedding day. Here we review the schedule and events and finalize it. Here I get to have all information about all the people involved in your wedding, including other vendors, Family and close friends in the wedding party. The purpose is to start coordination.
  • The wedding day. All is planned and now I will coordinate with other wedding vendors, like Event Coordinator, DJ etc. We will all work as a team to get all your goals on time with minimum or none questions ask. You will just have to show up and Have Fun, after all it’s the best day to your life.
  • The editing and delivery. This is when I take some time to work on all digital images, color correction, straightening, selecting images all is done here. Depending on my schedule; this may take one to four weeks. After all is done, I will upload all High Resolution Images to my Partner site Smugmug, where I create a page for you, with Password protection for your images security. Finally I sent you the link and password that you can share with your family and friends.
  • We get to be friends for a lifetime.
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Abel Soria is such a gem in the wedding photography world. I felt an instant rapport with him during our first meeting. We looked through photos that I liked and he asked me what it was that I liked about each one, which gave him a great vision of what I wanted our own photos to look like.
His prices are extremely reasonable and he was wonderful to work with, he was happy to work with us with our last minute Wedding Date change. Wedding photography is his passion and on our big day, he was having as much fun as we were.

Andrea and Tim

Our Style

My Goal is to capture real natural moments as they happen, so years from now, your kids or grandkids can experience your legacy, details, and love that you experienced on your first day as husband and wife on your wedding day. To accomplish that, I use a combination of Photojournalism and Classic Portraits. Photojournalism be a broad definition so let me explain.

Full Wedding Photojournalism, is when the photographer does not move a finger nor ask or tell you what to do in order to get the images. This is used by news Photographers for example as they do not alter the events.

Quasi Wedding photojournalism, is when the photographer sets up the scene and has complete control of the event to get a “pre-planned” set of images. This is used by editorial photographers, it tend to use lots of time, both in planning and execution.

My style falls in between full and quasi Wedding Photojournalism line, in this style you are not looking at the camera. Plus classic portraits for Grandma of course.

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I am so happy that we used Abel Soria Photography; we have a huge collection of gorgeous wedding photos that will be with us all of our lives, and the whole experience of working with Abel was a pleasure from start to finish.
We certainly recommend his services to all our friends.

Meghan and Cade

A few examples

During the getting ready, I tend to arrange an area, mainly clean them to look tidy and have great light and to be a great background. And ask you to finish your hair and makeup there.

During the First Look, I tend to do the same, I look for a private beautiful area with no people and set up the groom looking away, then I call you and you make the magic; I just capture it

The Ceremony, First Dance, Cake cutting, and other especial events are fully Photojournalism.

The Classic posed images are typically done either after the First Look and/or after the Ceremony, up to you. Here I make sure all details look perfect and “help you refine the pose” in order to look Natural. Only at this time you will be looking at the camera.

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Editing Images

With Digital photography, there are many things that photographers can do for Editing.

Some photographers use Lightroom or Photoshop Actions, creating a mood with special effects. Some for example create over exposed images to make them look light and reduce the saturation to give them a pastel tone. I see this style used by a few photographers. There are several other types of mood that can be easily created with actions.

My editing is done to reflect Natural Colors, because I love things Natural. Depending of the case I can enhance or reduce the saturation, but the change is minimal. My goal is for them to look Natural and Real.

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Packages and Prices

We have Packages to accommodate every need. Our basic digital package is as described below, from here we are happy to create any combination to fit your specific needs:

  • 7 Hour Digital Coverage on location
  • Photographer and assistant
  • Services in The Greater Bay Area San Francisco, San Jose, Gilroy, Santa Cruz with no extra charge
  • Secure online webpage, with password protection
  • All Images in high resolution Jpeg format with minimum compression for great quality
  • Digital download with print release

Starting Price $2400

Optional Services:

  • Additional Hour or Fraction $200
  • Engagement in the Bay Area $400 (with Package)
  • Second Photographer … $600.00 (6 hours)
  • Drone coverage for Outdoor Weddings (requires second Photographer) … $200 (Up to 30 Minutes)
  • 10×10 Premium Wedding Album Magazine style (30 sides) … $800
  • 10×10 Deluxe Wedding Album Magazine style (30 sides) … $1100
  • Available Coffee Table Books
  • Available Prints and wall décor for your home
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Our most typical Wedding Photography package includes:

  • 7 Hours Wedding Photography coverage in the Bay Area by Abel Soria
  • Coverage with an Assistant,
  • Secured Online Preview, we provide a Link and a Password,
  • Images Taken in High Quality RAW,
  • Post Process includes Color Correction, Exposure adjustment, Selective B/W,
  • Images Download in High Resolution Jpeg Format with Print Release

Contact us for Specials.

I certainly do. As a matter of fact I encourage everyone to do engagements sessions.

Engagements are great to show prints on your wedding day, also they are good because they get you used to be in front of the camera and make a good connection with your Photographer.

Typical Locations for Engagements are our Beautiful coast, around Half Moon Bay, Monterrey, Montara and San Francisco and also a few beautiful Parks in San Jose like Vasona.

The Price of the engagement Session is $400 and we usually take one to two hours.

All images are touch up, this includes:

  • Color correction
  • Exposure compensation
  • Selective Black and White, Sephia conversion (upon request)

Additional Touch up like blemish removal is also available at an additional cost, However this extra cost is voided for all images included in the Album, of for print enlargement purchases.

You will see the Preview Images 2 to 4 weeks after the wedding. This depends on the amount of work we may have, or the number of weddings we have to process at the moment.

At this time you will get a link and a password to our Online preview, you are welcome to forward this Link and password to your friends and family. So it is up to you who has access to preview the images.

All these images will have our Logo in the lower area and if they are used in any Social Media like Facebook, we would certainly appreciate keeping the Logo and a referral link to our site.

Six weeks after the weeding you should be receiving a link to download all images in High Resolution. These images do not have our Logo and you have the right to print these images or share them. However you can’t sell these images without written authorization from Abel Soria.

Thank you..!!

Thanks to technology we will be able to meet online. We will save some time for you, just like meeting in person, and we can go over your plans for the wedding, you can all the questions you may have, we will be able to show you events similar to yours, or with similar requirements. And we can go from there.

Then we can email you the Agreement, and you can send it back properly filled, signed and with the deposit. The date is saved as soon as we receive the signed agreement with the deposit.

Certainly you can. Actually, I encourage everyone to preview a full Wedding, not just online samples.

Lets have a personal meeting and I will find the perfect match from another wedding to preview in my Home.

Make sure to bring your Fiance or your Mom or a good friend so you both can ask all the questions you want.

I have the most beautiful Albums, ranging from middle price to luxury options. All of them with great quality.

I have worked with several Album Vendors including a few Popular Overseas manufacturers. However I have learned that the most quality and durable options are the one manufactured in the USA, and these are the ones I currently offer.

That is great… send us a message to abelsoria@specialmemoriesca.com or use the contact form located at the end of the page.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yes, We have Special packages that cover Small Weddings or destination Weddings in the Bay Area

We frequently go to the San Francisco and San Jose City Halls, and offer packages that cover the Ceremony and formal images at a local park, where you can have family and a few guests for images.

We also offer Anniversary celebration coverage.

Typically these events take 4 hours coverage. Contact us for more  detailed information.

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