Kiel Rucker is a wedding photographer based in Santa Barbara, California. Kiel encompasses the beauty of fine art and photojournalism to lend natural, whimsical and romantic images to his clients. He loves infusing natural sky light into his work, all the while capturing what is real and authentic before him. Straying away from the word posing, his primary goal is capturing the true, intimate and raw moments between his couples. This is, after all, the greatest day of your life, and he will be sure to capture what makes your love unique.
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.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Macy · Married on 01/19/2018
Words cannot begin to describe how amazing Kiel was on our big day. It was an extraordinary experience that will stay with us the rest of our lives; we will no doubt be in rocking chairs on a porch one day telling our grandchildren about our absolutely incredible wedding photographer and how he really made our day. His professional, kind, and specific consideration were incredibly respectable and it was our immediate sense that we were blessed to be working with such an expert. He is outgoing, sweet, sensitive, and fun, and his work is magical to say the least. It truly takes your breath away and he captures the most magical moments that represent the love and life of a couple and in a family and among friends. He made me and all of my wedding party as well as friends and family feel so comfortable and confident, I truly think he must be an incredible gift to each individual that is lucky enough to stumble into his life’s path. I honestly tear up thinking back on the extraordinary photography service we received on my wedding day, because I know how very lucky we were to have Kiel there to document it. His work speaks for itself and is beautiful beyond belief. Kiel really has a rare gift of being so very blessed with innumerable talents and creativity, but on top of that he really is just one of life’s most magical human beings. We will always remember Kiel and keep him in a special place in our hearts as we continue in our marriage together, and cannot recommend enough that you select him as your own photographer for any event of importance or significance, as he will be the very best choice to ensure your moments and memories are documented for years to come. We cannot thank him enough for his time, talent, and extraordinary ability to photograph life as we know it. We love you Kiel!!!Sent on 03/31/2018
Kiel Rucker Photography's reply:Macy. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful review...I welled up. It truly was a gift to be able to participate and share in your wedding - meeting you, Julio and your friends and family was such a warm, and welcoming experience. It feels even more significant, more special, to be able to be there for people in your home town. It's what makes it feel like home. So again, thank you. Wishing you all happy things to come and I hope to see you both again sooner than later!
Michal Casement · Married on 01/08/2019
Ritz Carlton Bacara - Proposal
Kiel photographed a proposal for my fiance and I in Santa Barbra, CA. As someone who has taken photography courses, and done wedding photography myself, Kiel undoubtedly knows that when looking to capture the best image, it is all about the right light and mindful composition. Not to mention he has an eye for what scenery, angles, or creative twist will photograph best, all things considered. Kiel additionally has solid people skills; He was able to converse with, and direct us in a way that had an elegant ease and simplicity which facilitated organic shots. Something that I appreciated was his inquiry if my fiance or I had any additional unique photo ideas in mind before our session was over. I did, and it is one of my favorite captures I've seen of us from his work so far. His demeanor was knowledgeable, upbeat, and flexible; Kiel is an overall delight to work with. Highly recommended.Sent on 05/06/2019
Kiel Rucker Photography's reply:Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Michal! It was certainly short but definitely sweet getting to share and capture that moment for you. Wishing you both all the best!
Nicole Rivard · Married on 11/09/2018
Kiel is fantastic!
Kiel Rucker was our photographer for our Santa Barbara Courthouse elopement. He was referred to us by a friend, and we are so grateful for that referral! Kiel is a true artist and genuinely good person. Prior to our special day, Kiel suggested that we get together to get to know each other a bit. We met up for coffee and he spent at least an hour with us chatting about who we are, what we wanted to capture in our photos, and just life in general! We both found him to be very pleasant and down to earth. On our wedding day, Kiel showed up promptly, actually arriving before us, and was ready to go! He even took some shots prior to the ceremony time, which we weren’t expecting! Kiel was fun to work with, has a great sense of humor, and had creative ideas for our photos. We didn’t have to think about anything and just followed his lead. The results are truly fantastic! We are so pleased with our wedding photos and feel that our day was so perfectly captured! We received our photos within a couple of weeks, which is awesome! We give Kiel the highest recommendation! On your wedding day, you definitely want someone that is easy to work with, kind, fun, and a master of their trade! Kiel is your guy!Sent on 11/27/2018
Kiel Rucker Photography's reply:Thank you so much for sharing! I had a wonderful time getting to know you both and getting share such a beautiful afternoon and experience with you both. Grateful!
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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.