Brant Bender Photography offers professional wedding photography services to couples in the San Diego, California, area. Brant has an artful eye for composition and pays attention to the tiniest details, beautifully illuminating each couple’s unique love story. He is dedicated to providing couples with treasured images that will last a lifetime, focusing on elements such as lighting, location, and posing to truly make each image distinctive.
Working with each couple, Brant makes sure to capture the must-have images for local and destination weddings, engagement shoots, and trash-the-dress sessions. Brant Bender Photography is covered by liability insurance and commits to only one event per day. Couples who book his services also have access to additional hours, multiple location shooting, and the services of a second shooter, if needed. Brant shoots in contemporary and photojournalistic styles, offering couples their final high-resolution images in the following formats:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Caitlin Bonacci · Married on 10/27/2018
Just a great all-around experience
We just had our wedding in October, and hired Brant as our photographer. Brant was an excellent partner to work with. We really wanted our photos to be focused on people - us, our guests, our interactions. We don't have a lot of print-quality pictures, so this was important. He was great at finding interesting backgrounds for photos, and managing large crowds (we have a large, loud family - so that's easier said than done).
Brant absolutely worked with us on timeline, on the package - he is extremely flexible and responsive. Our timeline was fairly tight (due to scheduling around the Catholic church), and Brant helped us problem-solve and figure out the best way to get thru the (many) formals our families wanted, and onto the party, and celebrating with our guests.
Brant also brought an extremely qualified professional photographer as his 'second.' - no concerns about interns, or unprofessionals, or anything like those horror stories we've all read about.
I also have to say that Brant is sincerely a good person, and the perfect person to have at a party. He's funny, sociable and great at putting people at ease - which, once again, just leads to great photos.
Kieche O'connell · Married on 11/09/2018
Professional, easy, and fun
Brant was just great to work with from start to finish. Before the wedding he met with me and the site coordinator at the SD Safari Park to go over details for the wedding which was very helpful, since I had no idea what I was doing. He gave great advice and he and his assistant were on the scene, on time and ready to go on our wedding day.
We did a first look since our cocktail hour involved an animal presentation which would leave little room for bride and groom photos. I think he and his assistant, Danica, did a great job getting a feel of our personality and what we would like. I also felt he did an excellent job of taking photos without being intrusive during the ceremony. But, on that same note, I also really liked that it looked like he had a fun time during the reception and was great dancer. I had several guests comment on how fun he was and that's what I cared about most.
There are so many photos I want to share to show examples of his work, but there would be too many to post. It was really fun to see the shots of our guests having a good time. Actually, I have several nice photos of my friends and family that I plan on getting prints of for gifts. I highly recommend Brant and if I ever have another occasion (maybe holiday photos with our cats next year?) I will be calling him.
Joshua Feldman · Married on 10/28/2018
Brant and his team were just the absolute best!
We were going through the typical search for a photographer by looking at their portfolios and seeing whose photography meshed best with our style. My now wife decided that Brant was in the top 3 of contenders so we called everyone and got some information from them. Brant sealed the deal because he was just so personable, we immediately felt comfortable with working with him for such an important day.
He met us at the venue before hand to discuss all of the details, timeline, location of pictures, specifics we might want to take and all of the things.
Fast forward to the day of and he was promptly on time, he spent time doing the getting ready shots with my wife and his assistant, Danica, was with the groomsmen and I taking our getting ready shots. They were super professional and respectful of the moments.
During the actual ceremony, he was basically invisible. I know that he was there doing a fantastic job because every now and then I could hear the shutter of the camera but never once did he feel intrusive or out of place. Afterwords he really exercised his photographers eye for our post nuptial pictures and, while we don't have them yet, I'm absolutely sure they're going to be fantastic.
During the reception they both were just in the background, taking all of the candids, catching everyones reactions and generally doing everything we could hope they would do. To top it off, he clearly enjoyed at least one of the songs because we spotted him grooving out while taking the pictures and really just seemed like he enjoyed what he does.
I couldn't recommend Brant and his team any more highly, there were tons of things to be nervous about during the planning and before the big day, but our photographer was never once something we were stressed out about. He also worked incredibly well with our wedding coordinator.
11/10, Brant and team are the best.
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Book a wedding with Brant Bender Photography by February 28, 2019 and receive a FREE 11x14 print from either the engagement session or wedding!
Brant and I have worked together for many years, and I love that I get the opportunity to tell everyone what an amazing photographer he is! Brant goes above and beyond every clients expectations. He is such a pleasure to work with and the photos really show his talent. Sharon Cole - Wedding Planner with A Dream Wedding by Sharon
Brant Bender is a great photographer and a great person to work with. He's very professional but yet he's so down to earth. He'll make any couple feel at ease which equals to great pictures!
Brant is not only a very talented photographer, but he is so easy-going and fun to work with. As a fellow professional, I trusted him to take my professional head-shots for me, and he did a wonderful job. Not only was the quality of his work terrific (and I get compliments on them regularly), but he made it a fun process. As a result, he captured my personality in his shots, rather than being something I am not - and that was important to me. I am thrilled I went with him for this - and I now see why his brides/couples enjoy working with him so much!