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Nightingale Photography

Oakland, CA View map
4.9 out of 5 rating
23 reviews
$5,540 Most Popular Price

About

$5,540 Most Popular Price

Hi, I'm Christina Hernandez, and I am passionate about emotional, documentary photography. After working 15 years as a staff photojournalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, I've taken my years of experience to create rich, memorable images for my couples. My goal is to create a photo gallery that tells YOUR story. You are unique and your images should be, too.

I cry at weddings. I can't help it! I get emotionally invested and I won't apologize for it. It allows me to get into the zone where I am completely immersed in the moment and I strive to make images that reflect that. I love being inspired by new locations, and I go with the flow. Photojournalism has taught me to constantly adapt and embrace changing environments, lighting conditions and the unexpected. I am most proud of my ability to capture genuine moments.

Do I shoot formal portraits? Absolutely. They are important! But my passion is to find the moments between the moments. The great images are the spontaneous embrace, unexpected tears, and relaxed laughter. My couples are very special to me because they invite me to witness true intimacy.

Other fun facts:

I am a native of Oakland. I hear that's quite rare.

My family came to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, and we've never left. Can you blame us? I love being able to shoot here because there are so many off-beat locations I know and love.

I have an amazing family. Richard and I have been married for 23 years and have a marvelous daughter, Sophia, age 19. Now... our wedding was not quite the type I shoot, nowadays. We got married on the beach, south of Santa Cruz with a Mexican trio serenading us and a table holding pitchers of margaritas. I LOVED our wedding. Richard's family made all the food: beans, rice, tortillas, and tri-tip. Oh yeah, and more margaritas. We bribed the musicians to stay longer by raising more funds with a money dance. We hold our wedding dear to our hearts.

We also have two dogs: Ruby and Roomba...yes, named after the vacuum, don't ask. Richard is a professor of journalism and new media at UC Berkeley and just created the Nightingale Wedding Films. We are so excited to offer this! I gotta brag...Richard won an Emmy a few years ago for a documentary, so I thought he might be qualified to work with me...ahhaha.

I hope you are getting excited about your wedding. Don't forget: as long as there is love, lots of laughter, some food and wine, your wedding will be a blast. Feel free to contact me with any questions at all.

xoxo Christina

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the starting price for your wedding photography services?

$3,900

Which of the following are included in the starting price?

2nd Shooter
High-Res Images
Multi. Locations
Digital Files

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$5,540

Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

2nd Shooter
Add'l Hours
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
Multi. Locations
Albums
Digital Files

What primary photographic style do you identify with?

Contemporary
Natural
Photojournalism

What photography services do you offer?

Additional Hours
Boudoir Shoot
Destination / Travel
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
One Event / Day
Second Shooter
Video
Wedding Portraits

What photography items do you offer?

Albums
Canvas
Digital Files
Flush Mount
Matted Prints
Prints
Proofs
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    Caitlin F. Married on 04/16/2022
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    Christina is the absolute best!!

    Christina is one of my favorite people in the whole world. She has the ability to make anyone feel not only comfortable, but welcomed in any situation. We had the absolute best time with her during our engagement photoshoot, which in turn, made our time with her on our wedding day that much better. Christina is an absolute professional. She knows exactly what she needs to do and brings such a warmth and love to her work. If you need a photographer for absolutely anything - reach out to Christina - you will be beyond happy you did. We adore you, Christina!! C&J
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    Forever Memories Captured!

    I don't know what else to say besides Christina was just wonderful! When we first decided to get married in the area - her images drew us in! They were light, bright, and simply beautiful. We were so excited that she was a part of the package we were planning with Las Positas in Livermore!

    She has been a pleasure to work with since our first interaction. Our mini shoot with her for engagement pictures fell through due to weather last fall, but she has (thankfully) been able to accommodate all of our COVID changes... and we are so excited that she will be joining us again next July for our 'original' plans!!!

    She met us in Felton for our 'micro wedding,' with 9 guests. She was then able to capture some additional images in Santa Cruz before our dinner. We had a sneak peek the NEXT day, which was so special since we were still with our families and everyone was able to view! Every single one of our guests commented on how wonderful she was. We are so excited to see our remaining images, and are very excited to work with her again in next summer!

    ...and her pictures are just so amazing - hence why I had to share so many!! 馃槏
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    Laurie B. Married on 06/21/2019
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    Fantastic!!! You can't go wrong with Christina

    We loved working with Christina!!! Her energy and professionalism was perfect. She was so good at listening to what we wanted and capturing our day beautifully. After we were married my husband and I were talking about how she was right in the midst of everything but she was very stealth about it. And to top it all off....our pictures are spectacular!
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
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Christina is super talented and knows how to make you feel amazing as she takes your photos. She gives wonderful direction to her couples, and has an incredible eye for light and composition.

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4400 Keller Ave. Oakland, CA, 94619
5103382997
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