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Studio EMP was recommended by our wedding planner, Wendy Dahl. Joel and his assistant, Kimi, perfectly captured our wedding in Huntington Beach! We just love our photos so much, and narrowing them down for an album is going to be tough! My husband and I were drawn to his portfolio because of the way he uses natural light to create beautiful images, enhancing the shot with a radiant glow that you couldn't achieve with photoshop. Shot after shot was gorgeous, romantic, and unique. We didn't see the same photo twice. It is easy to tell Joel and his team love what they do. They were so natural and relaxed, even faced by my large, rowdy, and often loud family. It made us feel like we were in good hands, and that confidence and ease was reflected in our photos. It can be awkward being photographed, but not in this case! We didn't feel posed or staged; we could just be ourselves. My favourite moments were the ones shot without us even knowing. You're in great, talented hands with Studio EMP. I'd hire them again in a heartbeat.
Joel was amazing! The first time I met him, I knew he was the right guy for my husband and I. He (and his team) has a way of making you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera even if you don't like being photographed. I mean this in the nicest way possible, but there were times throughout the night where I forgot Joel and Kimi were even there! They have a way of blending in with the crowd, yet still being in the right place at the right time without getting in the way of guests. I cannot stop looking at our images from the most perfect memorable day, thanks to Studio EMP. MAHALO!
Joel and Lorely are absolutely beyond amazing. We hired Studio EMP for our wedding, and Joel also did an engagement photoshoot for us. He was so laid back and made both of us feel instantly at ease. There was no awkward posing or forced smiles, we just walked around and he took some of the most amazing pictures. On the day of our wedding Joel's sense of humor put me at ease and Lorely was there to help make sure that if I needed anything (even beyond pictures like water, holding my dress, etc.). Their pictures are absolutely breathtaking, everyone that sees them are convinced they are out of a magazine. I am so happy we splurged a bit on photography and hired them because they made our day so special.
When searching for a photographer for our wedding I instantly fell in love with the images captured by Studio EMP. I am so thankful that we were able to have Joel and Lorely photograph not only our wedding, but also our engagement. They are an amazing team that produce the most amazing images. We absolutely loved our engagement photos and I just know we will be even more in love and impressed with our wedding photos. Thank you Joel and Lorely for being so lovely and for capturing moments that we will cherish forever!
We could not be happier with studio EMP's photography services. We would highly recommend Studio EMP to all of our friends and family. We received the final photos a few weeks ago and they are so amazing..absolutely perfect. Joel did such an amazing job at making our wedding party and families feel comfortable and their true joy shows in every picture. 5/5 stars without a doubt for Studio EMP.
We just got married and worked with Joel as our wedding photographer. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. My husband and I wanted a photographer to capture candid and real moments as opposed to scripted pictures. Joel matched our laid back style perfectly. He was great with my nieces and nephew in the wedding party as well. I would highly recommend his services!
It was a joy and pleasure to work with Joel!! He was so professional and talented! Not only was it fun to work with him, he also took the most amazing pictures!!
Stef and Lorely were absolutely perfect on my wedding day! We were running a bit behind getting ready and were late to start photos, but they were able to get the shots we wanted AND get us ahead of schedule! I absolutely LOVE the special moments and details caught of my special day! I would recommend them to anyone!
What can I say about Joel and Studio EMP other than that I am absolutely thrilled that we hired him to photograph our wedding. We were lucky enough to have Joel and his assistant, Lorely, that day and they were so amazing to work with and have around all day. They were friendly and funny and tolerant of my 5 year old! But besides that, my pictures are the most beautiful wedding pictures ever! It's three months later and I still can't stop staring at them. They captured every moment we wanted plus some that we didn't even know happened. They have an eye for the small details and the quiet moments that you hope are captured because you are too busy with everything else. I am so grateful we hired them, it was truly one of the best decisions we made!! You won't be disappointed!!!
Studio EMP was recommended by, our wedding coordinator, Katie Webb. While we waited to meet Stef Ortiz at the EMP studio, a couple wedding albums caught our eye; they were of our friends.
Studio EMP is tucked away in an alleyway in an eclectic section of downtown Fullerton. The place itself is small and super cute! The décor is artistically well thought out. Pictures and portraits carefully depict the expertise of the studio’s artists and the pride they put into their craft. There was no doubt about the quality of product we would receive. Right on time, in walked Stef.
Like the studio, Stef had all the qualities we were looking for in a photographer. She was professional, straight-forward and was also nice and friendly. She asked all the right questions; many that led us to think about things we never thought about. For example, whom did we want in certain shots and how we did we want the set-up to look, in every variation? Stef was open about sharing her work, making her come across as honest and confident. After hiring Studio EMP, there was no end to the feedback we received from people who asked who our photographer would be and had heard of Studio EMP. Every comment included the words amazing.
Update Bonus: Stef was everything we imagined. Her talent for capturing special moments and attention to detail was impeccable. When she couldn’t get a particular shot to her satisfaction, she hustled us into a position or place to reenact the moment until she got what she wanted. Those captured moments turned out to be some of the best photos. As a huge bonus, Lorely was the second photographer. Her expertise, besides capturing wonderful moments, was her ability to get her subjects smiling or laughing. Finally, the price-tag was fair and reasonable. There is no doubt that this company and these photographers love their craft and get genuinely excited about capturing special moments.
Joel is one of the most laid back, hilarious, and talented people you will ever meet. Because my husband and I are not professional models, we were naturally nervous about being in front of the camera and being the center of attention. Joel did an awesome job of chatting us up and putting us at ease with just easy conversation, some funny jokes, and a few simple prompts for our posing. Another added bonus to hiring Joel, was having Lorely (his assistant) be there with Joel on our wedding day. She was SOO great too. We instantly bonded over Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, so needless to say we had a blast!
Of course, pictures are one of the most important aspects of every bride and groom's planning process and we are here to tell you...PICK JOEL (and studio EMP)! You will not regret it.
Joel is hands down the best photographer in the business! I am in the wedding industry and see a lot of wedding photos and when it came to choosing my photographer for my wedding I knew it had to be Joel. He makes sure to get all the important group shots, but really specializes in catching those candid moments. All his staff is amazing too. He literally was one of the best parts of my wedding!
Joel and Lorely were amazing for our wedding!! True professionals, and a blast to work with! We felt like we could truly be ourselves, and they made the picture taking experience a breeze. Joel scouted out the best spots, and planned unique shots that truly suited our personality. We will forever cherish the photos they captured, and are so grateful for having worked with such wonderful people. Thank you Studio EMP!!!
Joel was AMAZING. We used Studio EMP for both our engagement and wedding pictures and were nothing short of happy. He is so laid back and brings such a good vibe to the photos. I really could not have asked for more. Perfect!
I absolutely love, love, love Joel and his team at Studio EMP! Joel's photographs are absolutely Amazing, or "Rad," as Joel would say ;) And Joel is super cool and laid back...it was always so much fun working with him! He is also super creative with his shots! I am definitely planning on using Joel to capture all of my major life events from now on, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an Awesome photographer! :)
Joel and his team are the best. My fiancé is really shy and Joel was able to make him feel comfortable and really capture his personality. I love Joel's style, it has a very organic feel. His pictures capture the moment rather than stage a moment that is copied from hundreds of other weddings. I am so grateful we had the opportunity to work with Studio EMP!