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Welcome to Picturist Photography, your artistic wedding photography specialist. I'm Danieka Erasmus, operating out of Santa Cruz and extending my services to the magnificent Monterey Bay and beyond. I'm dedicated to transforming your genuine moments into timeless pieces of art.

With roots in South Africa and an artistic awakening in Amsterdam's vibrant art scene, my approach to wedding photography is a unique fusion of photojournalism and fine art. I strive to capture the authentic moments that narrate your love story, and beautifully complement them with the natural landscapes of California. My expertise lies in manipulating natural light and my love for nature, ensuring your photos are as exquisite as they are heartfelt.

From planning a simple beach elopement in Santa Cruz, orchestrating a grand wedding gala in Monterey, or even a breathtaking destination wedding in locations as far-flung as Utah or Cape Town, I'm here to craft artistic mementos that resonate with your unique love story.

Discover a unique and special wedding photography experience that beautifully intertwines your love story with natural landscapes. Allow me, at Picturist Photography, to document your Monterey wedding or destination event in the most artistic and genuine way!

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for your wedding photography services?

$5,000

Which of the following are included in the starting price?

2nd Shooter
High-Res Images
One Event / Day
Digital Files

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$5,700

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
One Event / Day
Digital Files

What primary photographic style do you identify with?

Film
Natural
Photojournalism

What photography services do you offer?

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

What photography items do you offer?

Albums
Canvas
Digital Files
Flush Mount
Matted Prints
Prints
Save the Date
Thank You Cards
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Danieka of Picturist Photography is highly praised by multiple reviewers for her exceptional skills and professionalism. She is described as a pleasure to work with, providing helpful direction and making couples feel comfortable in front of the camera. Reviewers appreciate her attention to detail and ability to capture beautiful candid moments. Danieka's flexibility, communication, and ability to adapt to changing circumstances, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, are also highly valued. Overall, couples highly recommend Danieka for capturing the magic and joy of their wedding day.

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Danieka of Picturist Photography is highly praised by multiple reviewers for her exceptional skills and professionalism. She is described as a pleasure to work with, providing helpful direction and making couples feel comfortable in front of the camera. Reviewers appreciate her attention to detail and ability to capture beautiful candid moments. Danieka's flexibility, communication, and ability to adapt to changing circumstances, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, are also highly valued. Overall, couples highly recommend Danieka for capturing the magic and joy of their wedding day.

Holly
Holly O. Sent on 12/14/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Master Photographer to say the Least!

Danieka is an amazing photographer to say the least! We had her for our engagement shoot and wedding, and our photos were absolutely stunning! The pictures she did for wedding turned out so incredible, that she was able to capture everyone smiling and having a great time. Danieka was also a great resource when it came putting us in touch with the right people, when it came to wedding vendors. I highly recommend Danieka (Picturist Photography) if you ever need a photographer, because she truly a master photographer!
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Avery G. Sent on 01/15/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Photographer

Danieka was such a pleasure to work with! Very professional, warm and kind. I knew we were in good hands as soon as we met! She gave us direction with a gentle hand that was so invaluable to us inexperienced posers! She was so helpful with setting the timeline of the day and helping keep us on schedule. Truly an invaluable asset to our wedding! I love every single photo! She has a great eye for getting the best backdrops and lighting. We got plenty of amazing staged portraits and candid style photos. Photography was very important to me when planning my wedding and I am so happy they turned out even better than I expected! I am so grateful to Danieka for making us look so beautiful and getting such gorgeous photos of our special day!
Eric
Eric Sent on 09/24/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great wedding memories thanks to Danieka!

Danieka is an amazing wedding photographer and she did a wonderful job for our engagement shoot and for our wedding. We have hundreds of beautiful, candid photos capturing every moment of our wedding, including unique shots that truly wowed us and our guests. In addition, she is very approachable and did a great job making my wife and I all feel comfortable as neither of us had done professional photos before.

Finally, Danieka went above and beyond by sharing a wedding day of timeline with a suggested sequence of events and timing that helped us run ahead of schedule on our wedding day.

From the very outset, Danieka was a joy to work with. From communication, to punctuality, to capturing amazing photos and memories, we couldn't be happier and would wholeheartedly recommend her!
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
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Real Weddings

Megan & Alexi
97 photos 路 04/09/2022
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73 photos 路 01/02/2022
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27 photos 路 10/17/2020
Sommer & Adam
18 photos 路 07/19/2020
Carolita & Kyler
40 photos 路 06/01/2020
Lizenka & Rudi
107 photos 路 03/12/2020

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Danieka Erasmus
Danieka Erasmus
Owner / Photographer

Hi, I'm Danieka Erasmus...

I'm the owner and photographer of Picturist Photography, a wedding photography company based in Santa Cruz, California.

After spending a year in the Netherlands touring excellent Museums and hidden Art Galleries, I decided to study Fine Arts. This, in turn, led me to photography.

Growing in Apartheid South Africa, I remember the photographs that made the world see what was really happening in the country. The photo by Sam Nzima of Hector Pieterson, a schoolboy, shot and killed by police during the Soweto uprising changed my whole life. It showed just how powerful tool photography could be.

The Art Nouveau movement has always been one of my favorites. Works like Gustav Klimt's the kiss is timelessly beautiful and joyous. I wanted to create work like that!

"To give people pleasure in the things they must use, [and] to give people pleasure in the things they must make"

This is how William Morris, one of the founders of Art Nouveau, described the movement's goal. Wedding photography is where I found this. It is the perfect blend of photojournalism and Fine Art!

I have been Capturing genuine, raw emotions while making creative, unique works of art since 2014 and could not imagine doing anything else!

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