Picturist Photography is a wedding photography company based out of Aptos, California. Owner and lead photographer, Danieka Erasmus, is adept at capturing candid and dramatic moments as they unfold. Her distinctive style is characterized by its combination of photojournalist, cinematic, and contemporary aesthetics. Saturated with raw emotion and illuminated with vibrant colors, her images are sure to delight you and your loved ones.
Operating under a one-event-per-day policy, Picturist Photography guarantees that each wedding they serve will receive their undivided attention. Danieka can be joined by a second photographer upon request and offers additional hours for couples who want every magical moment captured. An array of photography items are available, such as albums, canvases, digital files, and prints. Danieka is also happy to conduct portrait and engagement photoshoots.
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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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