ByCherry Photography: California Wedding Photography and Photo Booths

by Maddie Eisenhart, APW Managing Editor

Having photographed a few Southern California APW weddings myself, I can say with confidence that APW’s SoCal readers are unequivocally some of our raddest. So I feel an extra responsibility to make sure that the sponsors we pair you guys up with are equally badass. And Cherry Thomas of ByCherry Photography (who is a sci-fi geek that describes herself as “half Philipina, half badass,” and who is based out of Santa Barbara, but offers free travel from LA to San Francisco) is no exception. Plus, with prices starting at $2,400 (for legit full coverage), well, I think we’ve done our jobs.

It’s no secret that Cherry herself is one of you guys. In a market that is saturated with photographers who will pose the hell out of you, Cherry prides herself on minimally invasive wedding photography. She says, “I love to capture couples in their natural body language so I prefer not to overly pose. And the rest of the time I like to be a fly on the wall and hopefully catch some fun blackmail photos of the guests! I want my couples to feel comfortable in front of the camera and enjoy the whole process. And I love capturing everybody having fun!”

And it’s with that attitude that ByCherry Photography decided to add an awesome photo booth setup to their mix. Cherry told me, “What I’m super excited about right now is the photo booth I’ve incorporated into my business. I love how after a few drinks folks seem to think, ‘What happens in the photo booth, stays in the photo booth.’ And they get a little crazy. I’m so excited about the photo booth that I’m offering a $200 discount to any couple who books a bundled package: my wedding photography package plus a photo booth package. For a three-hour photo booth package that is almost a 30% discount.” And ByCherry Photography’s photo booth options are no joke. Her base package is just $699 and includes:

  • 3 Hours of Photo Booth Fun
  • Party Central Attendant
  • Unlimited Photo Strips (Editor’s note: Photo strips are the MOST fun)
  • Double Prints
  • Color and Black and White Options
  • Customized Photo Strips to Commemorate Your Event
  • Online Gallery for Viewing Images After Your Event
  • Party Central Accessories Pack
Which brings me to ByCherry Photography’s regular photography packages. Guys, I don’t know how Cherry does it. First of all, ByCherry Photography is really straightforward about their pricing. No secret fees here. But more than that, full-day coverage starts at just $2,400, which I didn’t think was even possible for LA. With it you get:
    • 6 Hours of Coverage with Two Photographers
    • Unlimited Images
    • Complete Set of Final Digital Negatives
    • Online Slideshow
    • Online Gallery for Viewing and Ordering
    • $100 Photo Credit Toward Professional Prints
    • Editing and Retouching of All Wedding Images for Optimal Quality

When it comes down to it, ByCherry Photography just gets it. Cherry told me, “I love couples who truly understand that the day is about the marriage and the wedding is a celebration to share that commitment with those closest to you. It’s very rare in life to be in a room where you can say that every person there loves you and you love them. Rare indeed. And I am so blessed that couples I’ve met through APW have become friends and I’ve watched as their coupledom has blossomed into a little family.”

So guys, if you’re in Southern California and you’ve been asking yourself, “Where the hell are all the rad SoCal APW wedding vendors?” ByCherry Photography in Santa Barbara is basically serving herself up on a silver platter for you. (Rumor has it Cherry can even be bribed with cupcakes. But you didn’t hear that from me.) So go. Get yourself that ridiculous $200 photo booth discount and then invite us to your party so that we can play around in it all night. We’ll even let you blackmail us with the photos later. Maybe. Depending how many cupcakes and cocktails we had.

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