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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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!
Rosalee Callahan · Married on 10/26/2018
wedding photography dream!
From the moment we planned to elope in SB, I knew I wanted Kiel to shoot our intimate wedding of 35 at the courthouse. He was responsive to emails, friendly, professional and excited to get to know us and our relationship.Sent on 11/14/2018
We are a couple who rarely has had professional photos taken. I still can't believe how comfortable we felt the entire day with Kiel and his lens. We actually had fun taking photos! The rush & excitement of getting married blurs things all day long. Kiel managed to capture moments I didn't even know were occurring - and I have only seen our sneak peak photos so far!
Kiel's experience in the Santa Barbara & Montecito area shines in his photos - he knows exactly where to place you while making you feel confident and at ease. He is a true artist when it comes to wedding photography - his work is nothing short of beautiful. Thank you Kiel! :)
Kiel Rucker Photography's reply:Thank you so much for sharing! I had at least as good a time as you did ;) Congratulations again, Rosalee, it was my pleasure to capture your day for you.
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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.