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Volatile Photography is a wedding photography company based in Petaluma, California, that serves the Napa Valley and Sonoma County areas. The owner, Kristy Schmies, is a wedding and portrait photographer who has had the pleasure of photographing hundreds of weddings in California and beyond. She is very passionate about what she does. For your wedding, Kristy at Volatile Photography will be with you every step of the way, capturing every second of your love story from beginning to end.

Services Offered
At Volatile Photography, Kristy takes a contemporary and photojournalistic approach to taking photographs. Her wedding photography services include high-resolution images and a second shooter. Volatile Photography is also available to take boudoir and engagement photographs. Volatile Photography offers several photography items to couples following their wedding. Those items include albums, canvas, digital files, matted prints, prints and proofs.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for your wedding photography services?


Which of the following are included in the starting price?

High-Res Images
Digital Files

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What primary photographic style do you identify with?


What photography services do you offer?

Boudoir Shoot
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
Second Shooter

What photography items do you offer?

Digital Files
Matted Prints
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Reviews of Volatile Photography

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User1423364 Sent on 11/05/2013
5 out of 5 rating
Kristy of Volatile Photography is truly the best photographer a person could ever dream of. Kristy exceeded every expectation I had. She quickly responded to every email I sent her. She was extremely helpful in answering all the questions I had about the wedding day and I trusted all the feedback she gave me. She was flexible and understanding through the entire planning process. She took time to come to the wedding venue the night before at the rehearsal to get familiar with everybody in the wedding party and family members whom she would be shooting the following day. She scouted the best locations for pictures and made sure everything was set with the venue coordinator. She did all of this in such a natural and comfortable way that I was completely confident about the wedding day. The day of the wedding, she arrived early and was extremely helpful in keeping the time schedule we had planned. She managed all of my family and bridal party in such a professional and easy going way that not only were we able to get all the shots we wanted, but everyone enjoyed every moment of the process. Kristy is fun and makes everyone feel comfortable having their picture taken. During the ceremony and after, Kristy fit in so easily to every situation and never interrupted a single moment, although each important moment was captured. And then came the photographs. I will never be able to do justice in words the beauty of my wedding pictures. I have hundreds of stunning images that capture the love, emotion, fun, and beauty that was present at my wedding. There are so many candid pictures of the most meaningful moments of that day that I will be able to treasure forever.

I am eternally grateful for Kristy and all of the photographs I have of my special day. She is simply the best there is.
Ashley Sent on 12/10/2012
5 out of 5 rating
I can't say enough good things about Volatile Photography! Kristy is wonderful to work with.

We had (unfortunately) used a different photographer for our engagement photographs and found it to be a somewhat uncomfortable experience. So we went to our wedding coordinator to ask for help finding a photographer for the wedding day that we could enjoy working with.

Thank goodness that led us to Kristy! She is very responsive, very professional, and really was great to work with on our wedding day. The photo packages she offers are wonderful - we were so thanksful for great options!

Our wedding photographs are so beautiful, they just put a huge smile on my face - and my husbands! Looking through them it was like reliving every aspect of the day all over again - she exceeded our expectations and we would absolutely recommend her to everyone!!
Lindsey Sent on 04/10/2012
5 out of 5 rating
We simply don't have enough words to express our thanks to Kristy. She was such an absolute joy to work with, from start to finish. My husband and I had a relatively limited budget for photography, but Kristy worked with us to make sure we could capture our wedding for the right price. She also shot our engagement session, which was a fantastic way to get to know her, and get comfortable in front of her camera (plus we got some killer photos out of the deal). When it came time to shoot our wedding, Kristy came through to capture all our special moments even though she had a the challenge of shooting our wedding on a truncated schedule. When my husband and I sat down to review all the beautiful photos, there was one after the other "frame-worthy" photograph--we didn't just have a few good shots--we had a whole photo album full of them! Kristy truly captured our happiness, while also bringing out the best of both of us (and our friends and family). She’s a lovely, warm individual who clearly has a passion for what she does, and we'd work with her again in a heartbeat.
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Glass Coat Photo Booth, Inc. Glass Coat Photo Booth, Inc. Photo Booths

I have worked with Kristy many times at numerous weddings and besides her professionalism on the day of ,I really love the fact that she is truly having the time of her life too. She really enjoys her work and it shows on your special day as well as in the images. I also got married myself in 2015 and hired Kristy to shoot our very simple wedding at City Hall. She delivered some amazing photos and everyone had a blast doing what most of them hate doing which is posing for photographs, including my bride. But Kirsty got us all through it and made it a fun experience. If I had 3 thumbs I would give 3 thumbs up! -Graham

AE Pictures Inc. AE Pictures Inc. Wedding Photographers

When I think of wedding photography, Kristy always comes to mind first. She is one of the most dedicated photographers I've met. Her passion for weddings is a close second to her stunning photographs of them. I can't recommend her enough!

Hotel Los Gatos Hotel Los Gatos Hotel Weddings

Volatile is a truly incredible photography company, quirky, fun and always up on the latest trends. We love you! Thanks for always being so wonderful!!

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Volatile Photography frequently asked questions

Volatile Photography includes the following photography services in the starting price:
  • High-Res Images
  • Digital Files
Volatile Photography offers the following photography styles:
  • Contemporary
  • Photojournalism
Volatile Photography offers the following photography services for weddings:
  • Boudoir Shoot
  • Engagement Shoot
  • High-Res Images
  • Second Shooter
Volatile Photography offers the following photography materials for weddings:
  • Albums
  • Canvas
  • Digital Files
  • Matted Prints
  • Prints
  • Proofs
Volatile Photography is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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