A handful of reviews

"We had a destination wedding near Yosemite in August 2018. It was a multi day event and I was looking for a photographer who was flexible, and whose pictures fit my wedding's style. Nilas Photography was it. He was initially out of my budget, but I couldn't find any photographer who fit my criteria, and adjusted my budget to make him work -- and I'm SO GLAD I DID. Michael was amazing. He was there to capture all of the little moments that were important to me in my wedding, without being obtrusive.

 

My husband is notorious for being a poor subject for photos -- he never looks like himself because he gets all stiff. Michael and my husband got along so well, it was like they were old friends. It's amazing how this made the whole wedding seem more at ease.

 

Michael's photos capture the essence of the moments -- the emotions that bring the wedding day back to life when you look at them years later. Things like a curious child, a father looking at his newborn baby (my wedding was very kid friendly), and my exasperated husband.

 

I also wanted "the photo" -- you know what I'm talking about -- the photo that encapsulates all of the reasons why you hire a photographer in the first place -- the quintessential photo that says -- "THAT was my wedding" -- and Nilas gave that to me. I'll forever be grateful for that.

 

Take a look at his portfolio, and if you like his photos, hire this guy. I totally recommend him. My family was so impressed with his pictures, in fact, that he's photographing my brother's wedding in July!"

 

-Linda Whitehead

"Michael was super friendly, easy to work with and professional! For a couple shoot by the railroad, he brought a drone and got some amazing shots. Would definitely recommend Nilas Photography !"

 

-Taylor Kim

"My girlfriend and I wanted to have some pictures taken and love PNW. We heard about Michael through some mutual friends. He was amazing! The pictures show how much fun we had! We went on a small hike to get beautiful forest pictures and they are everything we wanted! We got them back after the session so quick, I couldn't be happier with everything."

 

-Adam Peters

"My fiancé and I had an amazing time shooting with Michael in forest park. He provided great suggestions and ideas and was super comfortable to work with. Definitely highly recommend his work."

 

-Al Hawes

"Michael from Nilas Photography [AKA Wedding Photographer Guy]did both our engagement and wedding photos, and we couldn't be happier. The photos are lovely and we really enjoyed working with him."

 

-Chelsea

"We hired Michael to do our engagement photos and I'm so glad we did! He was incredibly easy to work with from the very beginning. My (now husband) and I are not picture takers so we were really nervous being in front the camera. Michael felt almost like a buddy just hanging out taking our picture; he made the entire experience very comfortable and we actually enjoyed ourselves. The turnaround time on the pictures was quick! I absolutely loved the way they turned out and we ended up using two photographs to display at our reception instead of one. I am so glad we found Michael, his prices are very affordable, he was very flexible on traveling to various locations to get the right shot, and he was a lot of fun to work with."

 

-Rini

"Michael did a wonderful job at our wedding. He spent all day getting photos of us getting ready, the wedding, the reception and all the craziness that followed. He was great at blending into the background and capturing cute moments. What I loved is that he didn’t take over the wedding and hold people up to take photos for ages. The photos turned out gorgeous and I was so impressed with the colors and quality. Beautiful."

 

-Bianca Philips

"Michael did a fantastic job! We were having a difficult time finding a photographer that was willing to handle our wedding as it was a very small affair. We live in Los Angeles so we weren't able to meet Michael prior, so in all honesty, we were sort of taking our chances. He was wonderful. Our photos were sent to us within a week of our wedding and they're beautiful. We couldn't be happier."

 

-Deby

"We hired Michael for our wedding September 30, 2017 and he was amazing!!!"

 

-Reanna

"We hired Michael to photograph our April Fools wedding and the photos he took are gorgeous!! He was easy to work with, very attentive and professional before, during and after the event. He had us totally covered, even making sure the groom and I had eaten and drank water. I will definitely be coming back for future photo sessions Michael is the best!"

 

-Jeri

"Michael from Nilas Photography [AKA Wedding Photographer Guy]did both our engagement and wedding photos, and we couldn't be happier. The photos are lovely and we really enjoyed working with him."

 

-Chelsea

"Michael shot our wedding in February, and we couldn't be happier with the results! He made sure to capture every special moment from beginning to end, and provided a wide variety of elegant and fun photos that truly showed what a fantastic day it was. He also did a great job of locating beautiful and unique backgrounds for our pre-ceremony photos, as well as our engagement photos. We would highly recommend Nilas Photography for any occasion!"

 

-Hannah

"Michael was amazing! He shot my wedding in December, and captured the best moments of the whole day. He made us feel comfortable and was a great pleasure to work with! You can see all the love and fun that was shared that day through the pictures. We're so glad we found him and now have incredible pictures to look back on of our special day."

 

-Adrienne

"Michael did an amazing job on our engagement and wedding photos! He was very professional but also very comfortable to work with. He has such skill and is so great at communicating his vision and creating it. I would highly recommend him and would certainly consider booking him again if we are ever in need."

-Prabhjot Johnson

"Very professional and amazing photographers! Highly recommend them, they both get great shots of every moment you can think of. Thank you"

 

-Samira

"We chose Michael and his partner Krista for our wedding photography/videography and we could not have been happier. We had Michael do our engagement shoot as well and we got so many compliments on his creative shots and beautiful editing. He is punctual, laid back and kind so it was awesome to work with him. He has a great vision for stylized photos and poses, as well as an eye for what will look good in candids. Krista is really sweet as well. They are a happy, trustworthy team who did an incredible job commemorating a very special day in my life. Thanks guys!!"

 

-Shayna

"Micheal did a great job at my wedding. He's really good at getting the best shots. He makes it easy when taking huge photos with family telling where to go to make it a perfect picture. All are pictures came out Beautiful and perfect. I recommend him for both engagement and wedding photos. Dose a great job."

 

-Dylan

"Micheal is an incredibly talented photographer, with a relaxed, comfortable personality of a family member. My sons marriage was the best time I've had since Kay and I got married, and every photo I see brings that happiness back. Thank you."

 

-Scott

"They did an awesome job! The photos all looked amazing and came back in a timely manner. The price is better than any you can find around. He worked with us to figure out exactly what we needed or wanted for our wedding day. And ultimately we could not be happier with this photographer. Thanks guys."

 

-Andrew

"My dear friend had a wedding on 10/29/16 and I was lucky enough to help her plan it. We booked Nilas photography for the day and could not have been more pleased. At first his assistant was going to shoot the wedding, but day of we got the man himself. He arrived on time but I dropped the ball on giving him the address to meet us for the pre-pictures. He showed up at the venue and when I called him he had no problem meeting us, he didn't even seemed too annoyed either. The bride was not looking forward to being photographed that day but Michael made her feel very comfortable and by the end of the evening it was like our friend was shooting the wedding. I also want to say that 2 days prior to this shoot he welcomed a child into this world and was STILL on time and professional. I can't wait to see the pics and leave an updates review. Thank you again Michael!"

 

-Kathia

"Michael is professional and very flexible. We wanted professional photographs but didn't want to break the bank and he was definitely our man. He really caught some beautiful moments and some great expressions. I would absolutely use him again for a wedding or any other photography needs."

 

-Nicole

"I was so impressed with Nilas Photography. His attention to detail was remarkable. He suggested things we never thought of. He was given direction from many different directions and he handled every thing/every one very well. He was very punctual and professional and flexible and reasonable. I/we would definitely hire him again. He has another one of our family weddings scheduled this year. We definitely plan on using him as our family photographer. He does nice quality work. You won't be disappointed."

 

-Gloria

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