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Dustin Cantrell

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words — but few images carry the kind of weight that can be felt in those created by Dustin Cantrell. Artfully balancing light, shadows, color and darkness, Dustin’s images are intimate and dramatic, evoking the kind of emotion that can only be expressed by a couple in love.

Dustin is a California native with a vagabond spirit that’s taken him on adventures around the globe. His travels have helped inspire, influence and evolve his technique and distinctive style. Dustin shoots weddings across California and would love to travel to your dream destination to document your most treasured day.

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

My goal for every couple is to capture candid, beautiful, and unique photos. My creativity thrives when brides and grooms have a distinct style, personality, and uniqueness. Capturing an off beat wedding makes my job easier.

"Working with Dustin is a dream! What attracted us initially was of course his beautiful collection of work. What made us eager to work with him was how quickly he put both of us at ease during our first conversation. Very professional and passionate but also calm and reassuring. We have been impressed at every step in the process. Great quality of photos, quick turn around, not intrusive yet somehow everywhere all at once during the event itself. Our time with him felt like time with a friend and that is reflected in the very genuine moments he was able to capture. Book now, don't wait."

"Dustin is the man! He excels not only in his photography, but runs his business very professionally. We had very little stress in planning this aspect due to his super quick response time, helpful tips, and friendly reminders to provide him things he needed. It was so comforting to know that he was organized and prepared.

Now, let's talk about his photos… he did an amazing job capturing all aspects of our Yosemite wedding. Everything was outdoors in the forest, which can make for some challenging lighting conditions. Well, he nailed it and we were absolutely stunned at how good the photos came out. He has a gift of really capturing the emotion and experience while also producing high quality photographs.

This guy will go above and beyond for you and is always prepared. We did a day after shoot in Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point and Dustin had already driven to all the places and picked out the spots. He really does his research and produced easily the best Yosemite wedding photos I've ever seen. We were blessed with great lighting and he made such a huge effort to give us stunning photos. Can't thank him enough!"

"Can't recommend Dustin enough! We saw Dustin's website and knew we wanted to work with him. After a Skype call we knew it was a great match, and he did not disappoint. He had a lot of personalities to contend with, and often got conflicting information from our wedding planner. We were so happy to have his clear vision and were grateful that in the midst of planning chaos, Dustin was a clear and consistent communicator, always sending tips, and making gestures that affirmed for us that THANKFULLY pictures were something we wouldn't have to worry about. The day of the wedding we let him do his thing and were so happy with the outcome.

Thanks for rolling with the punches, and capturing such lovely memories for us."

Examples of my work


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