“Mischa is totally an artist. I love seeing what he captures during a shoot because it’s so different from my own interpretation - even when we have the same location, subject and gear. Of course there’s a bit of competition between us, but we truly want each other to succeed and grow. Honestly, I fall in love with him a little more every time I edit his images. He sees things differently than I do and it’s inspiring. He has such a strong grasp on both the technical and the fine art aspects of photography that I can’t imagine any other path for him, photography is his calling.”
”Brianne has an incredible passion for photography. I'm always amazed by the emotions I see in her images and the little vignettes she captures. She gives me a hard time because when we first started dating, I looked at her portfolio and politely scanned until I found an image and made the comment, “this one has potential”. 7 years later, I can proudly say she's just as good if not better than me. I'm proud to have her as my partner, my wife and the mother of our sons.”
It's where the heart is and we couldn't adore our boys Kai and Nico any more.
We also share our home with two little dogs with big personalities, Little Man & Marzipan
Oh yeah, and we LOVE photography!
Scotch & Scrabble (or Cards Against Humanity)
and playing in the water
Taking photographs of her kids
Vacations with lots of cocktails
Visiting friends & family in her hometown of Santa Cruz
And root beer floats
Mischa is from Redwood City and started in photography at age 9 with a mentorship under photography professor Neil White. He processed his first black and white film by hand and printed his first images in a darkroom.
In college, Mischa continued to pursue this passion with a BA in Art/Photography from UCSC, learning all about photography, technically and conceptually, using traditional film and paper.
Mischa’s introduction to the wedding industry was as a DJ (his side job in college). He officially switched from wedding DJ to wedding photographer in 2003 and hasn’t looked back (but yes, there are still turntables and a ton of vinyl albums in our garage).
Brianne grew up in Santa Cruz and also started with an early childhood interest in photography (it seems cliche in our industry, but it’s the truth) She photographed her first ever wedding (troll dolls) in the late 80’s and her first official human wedding in the late 90’s.
Brianne continued to carry a camera and shoot for pleasure (switching from film to digital in 2007) until she got a job at a photo lab in 2008. Because of this job, Mischa and Brianne met at an industry mixer and started dating on Valentine’s day 2009.
Brianne began an apprenticeship with Mischa right away. Starting as a 3rd shooter at weddings and learning to edit until she had the skill, strength and style to hold her own as an experienced professional.
Brianne is a candid and lifestyle specialist. Known especially for her "ninja images". Often taken without the subject having any idea they are being photographed. Her warm and friendly personality is a joy to work with!
Mischa is a photography expert; artistically and technically. Known especially for his "hero images". Single, “show-stoppers” usually made entirely in-camera, but often using off-camera flash or painting with light to create something amazing. He's adept at coaching and interacting with people to allow for strong images that are often much more crafted and posed than they appear. It's hard not to genuinely have fun with his infectious laugh and non-stop smiling.
Mischa Photography has been based out of a San Francisco warehouse in the Mission District with a full indoor studio since 2004. In 2011, Mischa Photography expanded to Sacramento with a location that includes a street front gallery with gorgeous natural light and a fully-controlled light portrait studio.
Mischa serves as past President of PPGBA. (Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area) This group of professional peers as well as PPA (Professional Photographers of America) have selected him to teach many seminars and classes for their members over the years. Mischa also served as Vice President of the Sacramento chapter of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events).
Mischa Photography has earned many awards and honors, including “album designer of the year” 5 times and “wedding photographer of the year " 3 times. They have also won numerous awards for individual images including “Image of the year“.
Mischa Photography continues to be active in a number of industry associations including PPA, PPGBA & NACE.
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