Mike Danen Photography + Cinema

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About Mike Danen Photography + Cinema

With the talent and artistic eye for capturing unscripted, unforgettable moments, Mike Danen brings a fresh, artistic sensibility to wedding photography. He joyfully documents some of the most beautiful weddings in the Monterey Bay Area. With his unobtrusive yet fun approach, Mike creates gorgeous collections and wedding films that become treasured family heirlooms.

Available by appointment at: mike@mikedanen.com

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43 Reviews for Mike Danen Photography + Cinema

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5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0
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  • Suzy

    Suzy Kargianis · Married on 01/05/2019

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    We are so happy with our Wedding Photographs!

    Mike and his team are the best! We love the beauty and artistry of our wedding photographs, and our wedding video is super fun to watch. I literally wept with joy when I first saw all my photographs. I never feel good in front of the camera, but Mike helped me relax, and I was overjoyed at how I looked in the portraits. Definitely the best pictures I have ever taken. We were married in Monterey, and Mike knows all the best locations for beautiful, dramatic photographs. He also provided a big, beautiful, heavy wedding album that is a work of art. Truly a family heirloom. If you are getting married in Monterey or Carmel, you can’t find a better wedding photographer than Mike Danen!

  • Gina

    Gina · Married on 09/22/2018

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    Wedding day captured PERFECTLY

    We talked to several Monterey-based photographers and Mike's reputation and work stood out. He was highly rated on all of the wedding sites and his website was a great tool to see all of his work.

    After contacting Mike and talking with him on the phone, it was a simple process to find the right photo package for our wedding day. He also made it VERY easy when we wanted to add video later. We had several phone calls leading up to the wedding where Mike walked us through his process and how he was going to capture our big day. He also was very open to our ideas and was able to suggest options for us.

    On the wedding day, Mike and his team were on time, and got to work right away documenting the bride and groom teams getting ready. Even though there was travel between the church and the reception, Mike didn't miss a beat. Mike and his team were very respectful and fun throughout the entire day.

    About a month after our wedding, we received a flash drive with 1,200 pictures. Mike and his team captured the day perfectly, taking a mix of candid action shots and posed photos. He used the beauty of the church and the Monterey Plaza to their full potential.

    The video came a few weeks after the pictures, Mike edited an eight minute highlight reel, then put together the ceremony and the reception in bigger chunks. The video has a lot of heart - it perfectly captured the love and the emotion of the day.

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    kelly · Married on 07/07/2018

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    Wow, Mike Danen is an amazing photographer! We are so happy with all of our wedding photographs, they are absolutely gorgeous! He also provided a wedding video, and it is so fun to watch. We get to relive the sounds as well as the sights. Our wedding album is a truly fine art book. The printing and binding are so elegant, and it's also very sturdy. Mike was a pleasure to work with, every step of the way. He was so attentive, and really listened to us. On our wedding day, he was so calm, and fun to have with us. He really helped me enjoy my day. I think he's the best!

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Mike Danen Photography + Cinema FAQ

  • What is the starting price for your wedding photography services? $ 2,000.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price? 2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Engagement Shoot, High-Res Images, One Event / Day, Digital Files, Negatives
  • What is the price of your most popular wedding package? $ 3,000.00
  • Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package? 2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Engagement Shoot, High-Res Images, One Event / Day, Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Negatives
  • What primary photographic style do you identify with? Contemporary, Natural, Photojournalism, Traditional, Vintage
  • What photography services do you offer? Additional Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Custom Graphics, Destination / Travel, Engagement Shoot, High-Res Images, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event / Day, Second Shooter, Slideshow, Trash The Dress, Video, Wedding Portraits
  • What photography items do you offer? Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proofs, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

Professional Network & Endorsements

8 Endorsements

  • DJ Darion - DDB Enterprises
    DJ Darion - DDB Enterprises Wedding DJs

    I have been able to work with Mike Danen for well over 10 years and he is truly one of the finest photographers in the area. It's always a joy whenever I can work with Mike at an event because things just go much smoother when you can work with someone who works just as hard as you do. Hope to do many more events with Mike!

  • Splash DJ
    Splash DJ Wedding DJs

    Absolute pleasure to work with!

  • Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies
    Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies Wedding Officiants

    Mike is a great photographer. He captures every special moment at a wedding and is able to really tune in to the couple's uniqueness that brings out the joy that they share on this most important day. He's very calm, personable, and has a great sense of humor - very easy to work together with. He's also a good listener - so a couple can be assured that he will take the photos that are really important to them. He can also provide expert guidance and suggest shots that are unique.

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    8313259904 (Phone number)

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