Head & Heart Photography is a locally focused, exclusive membership photography collective created with the purpose of finding the most talented and motivated local photographers, and connecting them with couples and clients looking to book a photographer whose work and personality they can be confident in.
Each member photographer has gone through an application process that consists of a detailed online questionnaire requiring information about their experience, skills, goals and more, an in-person interview with me (Kiel Rucker), and (when opportunity permits) shooting with me on one of my weddings or projects. I do not invite a photographer to be a part of Head & Heart unless I am confident in their talent, personality, experience and their potential to grow as individuals and photographers. Can’t wait to show you what we can do!
Head & Heart Member Photographers are invited to apply based on the culmination of my 10+ year of experience and knowledge gained about both sides of the photographer/client relationship, boiled down into an experience that offers talented photographers opportunities to demonstrate and hone their craft while offering clients the best photography experience possible from initial inquiry to the the delivery of their final images.
Kiel Rucker has been a professional wedding photographer for eight years in Santa Barbara. He has captured weddings on some of the most stunning and notorious venues in the world, including The Ritz Carlton, The Four Seasons Biltmore and San Ysidro Ranch.
87 Reviews for Head & Heart Photography by Kiel Rucker
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Tom Abraham · Getting married on 10/04/2021
Couldn't have had a better experience....
I had the pleasure of working with Braydon on my proposal. To give you a little background, my fiance and I were taking a week long trip along the PCH in California with an eventual stop in Santa Barbara where I had decided to propose. Being from the East Coast, I had no idea what to expect and how to plan a proposal without ever going to Santa Barbara in advance. Just through a few phone calls Braydon helped pick out the perfect location and timing to make sure the photos and proposal worked out perfectly. He put me at ease knowing how confident he was in his recommendations. The photos came out beautifully, he kept himself far enough away to give us our moment and still take great photos, and then ran up right in time to get beautiful photos of the proposal. He was so easygoing and relaxed and made the post-proposal shoot fun. We haven't stopped receiving compliments on our photos. Braydon exceeded my expectations in every way.Sent on 12/24/2019
Katie · Getting married on 05/09/2020
Absolutely Stunning Engagement Photos
Words cannot express how beautiful the engagement photos that Braydon took for my fiance and I this past weekend in Santa Barbara. My fiance and him coordinated ahead of time over secret email + texts to plan the surprise. Braydon was responsive, attentive and adaptable - being able to find us on the beach from just a photo and general location which changed last minute! He captured the moment perfectly, and without me knowing he was in the background taking beautiful photos. Once he let us soak in the engagement, he appeared from his hiding spot and proceeded to take stunning photos on the beach at sunset for the next 45 minutes. He had the photos back to us via a website link within 2 days. The website has a great interface + simple access on mobile and desktop + easy to download the photos.Sent on 02/13/2019
Now to the actual photos - STUNNING! From the lighting, editing and setting to his guiding us into different positions, resulted in multiple perfect shots. There is not one shot in the collection that we did not like. We absolutely loved every single one.
Thank you Braydon for making our engagement a moment we will never forget, and with photos that will last our lifetime.
Teal Haggar · Married on 04/01/2020
Wedding Planner Approved!
So many fantastic things to share about Kiel from a wedding planner's perspective. Kiel was attentive to the needs and requests of our clients, turned around stunning images in very reasonable time frame, and is a true joy to have alongside our team on the wedding day.Sent on 02/05/2020
We knew our clients were being well cared for the entire day, he was happy to field my requests for detail and other shots, and in the months leading up to the wedding was a wonderful communicator with me to work through logistics and just taking great care in listening and collaborating.
Can't wait to team up with Kiel again soon!
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I am always so happy to see Kiel Rucker on the list for my weddings. First of all, he's personable and lovely to work with in all settings. Second, I know I'll see some gorgeous photos after all is said and done. Those images live on long after the day's excitement is over and I keep coming back to them again and again. Kiel is always on my list of recommendations when couples are looking for a talented photographer for engagement photos, elopements and weddings.
Kiel is one of the best photographer's I've worked with! Wonderful and very easy going...you're in great hands with him!
Kiel is an excellent photographer, and a great vendor. He is organized, timely, professional, and responsive to client needs. His work is beautiful - some of the best I've seen over the years. We actually used one of his photos as a one-page ad in a wedding magazine. I highly recommend Kiel for any special occasion.