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.
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Andrea M. · Married on 09/12/2020
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!! 😍Sent on 09/17/2020
Laurie B. · Married on 06/21/2019
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!Sent on 06/28/2019
Zoe · Married on 04/26/2019
The BEST there is!!!
We hired Christina as our wedding photographer and could not be more pleased and impressed with her professionalism, charm, and complete pro status as a wedding photographer. We got married at City Hall in San Francisco and met Christina for the first time as we exited are rolls Royce entering to our wedding and said goodbye to her as we enter the Rolls-Royce leaving our ceremony. It’s Absolutely unreal that she was able to capture the true essence of our love and our personalities without even knowing us. She is really one of a kind. My only regret is not hiring her for more of the wedding festivities!
We could not recommend her enough and we plan on using her in the future for all future professional photography needs.
Also!!!! She literally gave us previews from our wedding pictures the day after our wedding! How could she possibly have even done that? ?!?!?! The best like I told you! The pictures I’ve included here are the preview pictures so I can’t even imagine how the rest of the pictures are going to turn out after she’s had more time with them!!!Sent on 05/13/2019
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.