But what I came to realize was that I was truly obsessed with the capturing of moments and the feelings in those moments.

Around the time I was starting high school, my family began to fall in love with traveling (that love has since turned into a passionate love affair). It occurred to me rather quickly that no one in my family really enjoyed taking photographs. We would return home from an incredible trip and have no photos to show for it. So “out of necessity” I took it upon myself to become the family photographer. It didn’t take long before I was completely obsessed.

There is so much love and joy on a wedding day and I believe every one of those moments should be captured and never forgotten. I believe you should be able to look back at your images and be able to relive exactly how you were feeling in that moment in every photograph. Beyond that, I believe your children and your grandchildren should be able to look back at your images and understand exactly who you were, they should be able to feel the love you felt and the joy that was present in that moment. Photography should tell your story, authentically and in all of its beauty… and I want to help tell that story.

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fun facts

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1

I was born and raised in Southern California.

So, if its less than 73 degrees, its winter.

2

I am a self proclaimed travel-addict.

I was bitten by the travel bug in my late-teens and haven’t been able to stop since. 

3

I lived in France for a year after high school 

(oui, je peux parler français!) 
and somehow returned home with broken English and a slight British accent.

4

I have a love affair with chocolate. 

I mean, diamonds are nice, but chocolate is definitely my best friend.

5

I grew up dancing and consider it to be my first true love. 

So needless to say, I love receptions. Guaranteed, I will be the first and last out on that floor.

6

I am a reigning Mario Kart champion

on Nintendo 64, of course.

7

I am a sucker for bowties.

You can never go wrong with a bowtie. Try to. You can’t.

8

The kitchen and I are not friends.

I have managed to ruin more dishes than I have successfully prepared.

9

I am a chain-chewer.

I could easily chew through a pack or 2 of gum a day. I don’t… but I could. (“Extra” peppermint is my current favorite!)

10

I have only ever truly fan-girled over seeing one band.

And that was the Backstreet Boys. Circa… 2016. (No, I am not ashamed…)

fun facts

one

I was born and raised in Southern California.

So, if its less than 73 degrees, its winter.

two

I am a self proclaimed travel-addict.

I was bitten by the travel bug in my late-teens and haven’t been able to stop since.

three

I lived in France for a year after high school 

(oui, je peux parler français!) and somehow returned home with broken English and a slight British accent.

four

I have a love affair with chocolate.

I mean, diamonds are nice, but chocolate is definitely my best friend.

five

I grew up dancing and consider it to be my first true love.

So needless to say, I love receptions. Guaranteed, I will be the first and last out on that floor.

six

I am a reigning Mario Kart champion

on Nintendo 64, of course.

seven

I am a sucker for bowties.

You can never go wrong with a bowtie.
Try to. You can’t.

eight

The kitchen and I are not friends.

I have managed to ruin more dishes than I have successfully prepared.

nine

I am a chain-chewer.

I could easily chew through a pack or 2 of gum a day. I don’t… but I could. (“Extra” peppermint is my current favorite!)

ten

I have only ever truly fan-girled over seeing one band.

And that was the Backstreet Boys. Circa… 2016. (No, I am not ashamed…)

... I knew that she was going to be perfect for our special day. She was a true professional and very easy to talk to! She addressed any concerns my wife and I had throughout the process and made our photoshoot a memorable one! Over the course of the year, we shot our engagement photoshoot and I even had her do my wife's bridal shower. The pictures came out amazing! We couldn't thank Stefani enough for her flexibility, time, and patience. On the day of our wedding, Stefani and her staff were beyond incredible. They had everything organized from beginning to end and they helped our day go smoothly. We were able to take all the pictures we wanted and more! It was such a pleasure being able to have you as our photographer, Stef. Kristen and I can't thank you enough for everything you did for us! You made our day very special! Our pictures are absolutely stunning. My family can't stop mentioning how great of a photographer you are and how beautiful the pictures look! We definitely hope to work with you again in future!"

"From the first day I met Stefani...

- Paul V.

how incredible Stefani is to work with. She is enthusiastic, professional, and truly cares about her subjects. Hands down, one of the best vendors at my children's wedding, and now proud to call her my friend.”

“No words could ever explain...

- Robin T.

She really knows her stuff. Gary and I could not be happier with her as our engagement and wedding photographer. She has such positive energy and truly loves what she does! It shows in her finished product, we are in love with all of our pictures!!! There are not enough great things I can say about her! We were truly blessed to have her as one our many amazing vendors who made our special day truly perfect!"

"Stefani is amazing!!

- Angela C.

Hands down. Not only did she make my new wife and I feel very comfortable as we planned everything, she went above the call of what I believed a photographer does. She picked our brains to figure out everything we liked about pictures and used that info to put together a customized experience for us. You never will see her when you're running around but don't worry she will be there taking pictures. If you come across this review while searching for a photographer just stop looking because this is the girl you need!"

"Stefani was the best!

- Eric T.

about the approach to the wedding day. We planned the shots that we wanted in advance, and she captured all of the critical shots as well as a ton of candid shots that we really love. Stefani has a really great sense of style, and is very clear about what she wants you to do in order to get the shot that will look great on paper - even if the pose feels ridiculous! She was tireless throughout the entire day, fighting though Palm Springs heat, and corralling our families who tended to wander. She and her team were very gracious to all of our guests and everyone loved them. We were so happy to work with Stefani, and would recommend her to anyone. It's very clear that she loves what she does, and that spirit shines through in her photos."

"Stefani was very organized...

- Matt C.

Stefani is an absolute sweetheart and she’s got a great personality. She really gets to know you as a couple as best she can before the shoot which made it feel more like our friend was taking our photos. We even went out to grab dinner after our shoot. During our engagement session she had us cracking up laughing which made the time fly by. I'm in love with the shots she captured and cannot wait for the wedding photos. Her attention to detail is one of the things that I love most and she just has the eye to capture the perfect moments. She also compiled a blog from the information we gave her on a questionnaire and over conversation along with some of our engagement photos. She goes above and beyond to make everything special. Thank you Stefani!”

“This girl is all around amazing!

- Megan F.

She took incredible engagement photos, which were full of laughter and insanity and when it came to our wedding day, she was fully present to capture the moment. Our guests and friends and family that couldn't attend were blown away by her amazing eye. She is patient and accommodating and could put up with the crazy of our two families. We loved that she was a fly on the wall and was able to capture photos of what was important to us, making sure we had photos of everyone. Stefani is a one of a kind. I highly recommend her.”

"Stefani was a hidden treasure!

- Sarah B.

experience I have had! Stefani is very professional and extremely fun to work with. She isn't one of those photographers that needs to have everything her way. She always made sure we were happy with what we were doing and welcomed our own ideas with excitement!! I loved the freedom we had seeing as this was an engagement shoot my fiancée and I were able to express our relationship extremely well! After seeing the pictures I was blown away! They even made my dad cry! We are definitely hiring Stefani to shoot our wedding! If you are in need of a photographer for anything you can't go wrong with Stefani Ciotti Photography!”

“This is by far the best photography...

- Dominic B.

about Stefani. From the beginning she has been so easy to work with. We are not the romantic couple, we have more of a goofy personality and she totally captured that side of us in all of her photos. She has an amazing eye and such a bubbly personality that it made everything work perfectly!

"I can't say enough good things...

- Nina M.

with a great personality! This is the first photography session I have ever had and boy did Stefani make it feel so easy and fun! She was extremely professional, yet easy to talk to, which made it easy to shake off any nervousness and just enjoy myself and have fun with it all. She was very kind and patient with us during the shoot especially in between shoe and dress changes! My favorite part about the photography session was the fact that she was so interactive with us and did all that she could to embrace our suggestions while making sure we were comfortable! The photos came out beautifully! We will most definitely be hiring her for our wedding and I strongly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a great photographer!”

“Stefani is a wonderful photographer...

- Janelle C.

She is very kind and makes the shoot so casual and fun! I highly recommend her for any of your photography needs! Can't wait til our next shoot together!!! Thank you Stefani!!!”

“Stefani is wonderful to work with! 

- Jacob M.

love

notes

Hands down. Not only did she make my new wife and I feel very comfortable as we planned everything, she went above the call of what I believed a photographer does. She picked our brains to figure out everything we liked about pictures and used that info to put together a customized experience for us. You never will see her when you're running around but don't worry she will be there taking pictures. If you come across this review while searching for a photographer just stop looking because this is the girl you need!"

"Stefani was the best!

- Eric T.

Stefani is an absolute sweetheart and she’s got a great personality. She really gets to know you as a couple as best she can before the shoot which made it feel more like our friend was taking our photos. We even went out to grab dinner after our shoot.

During our engagement session she had us cracking up laughing which made the time fly by. I'm in love with the shots she captured and cannot wait for the wedding photos. Her attention to detail is one of the things that I love most and she just has the eye to capture the perfect moments. She also compiled a blog from the information we gave her on a questionnaire and over conversation along with some of our engagement photos.

She goes above and beyond to make everything special. Thank you Stefani!”

“This girl is all around amazing!

- Megan F.

how incredible Stefani is to work with. She is enthusiastic, professional, and truly cares about her subjects. Hands down, one of the best vendors at my children's wedding, and now proud to call her my friend.”

“No words could ever explain...

- Robin T.

She is very kind and makes the shoot so casual and fun! I highly recommend her for any of your photography needs! Can't wait til our next shoot together!!!

Thank you Stefani!!!”

“Stefani is wonderful to work with! 

- Jacob M.

with a great personality! This is the first photography session I have ever had and boy did Stefani make it feel so easy and fun! She was extremely professional, yet easy to talk to, which made it easy to shake off any nervousness and just enjoy myself and have fun with it all. She was very kind and patient with us during the shoot especially in between shoe and dress changes! My favorite part about the photography session was the fact that she was so interactive with us and did all that she could to embrace our suggestions while making sure we were comfortable! Overall, the photo shoot was a complete success and the photos came out beautifully! We will most definitely be hiring her for our wedding and I strongly recommend Stefani Ciotti Photography to anyone who is looking for a great photographer for birthdays, engagement photos, wedding receptions, or even just everyday photos!”

“Stefani is a wonderful photographer...

- Janelle C.

She took incredible engagement photos, which were full of laughter and insanity and when it came to our wedding day, she was fully present to capture the moment. Our guests and friends and family that couldn't attend were blown away by her amazing eye. She is patient and accommodating and could put up with the crazy of our two families. We loved that she was a fly on the wall and was able to capture photos of what was important to us, making sure we had photos of everyone. Stefani is a one of a kind. I highly recommend her.”

"Stefani was a hidden treasure! 

- Sarah B.

experience I have had! Stefani is very professional and extremely fun to work with. She isn't one of those photographers that needs to have everything her way. She always made sure we were happy with what we were doing and welcomed our own ideas with excitement!! I loved the freedom we had seeing as this was an engagement shoot my fiancée and I were able to express our relationship extremely well!

After seeing the pictures I was blown away! They even made my dad cry! We are definitely hiring Stefani to shoot our wedding! If you are in need of a photographer for anything you can't go wrong with Stefani Ciotti Photography!”

“This is by far the best photography...

- Dominic B.

I knew that she was going to be perfect for our special day. She was a true professional and very easy to talk to! She addressed any concerns my wife and I had throughout the process and made our photoshoot a memorable one! Over the course of the year, we shot our engagement photoshoot and I even had her do my wife's bridal shower. The pictures came out amazing! We couldn't thank Stefani enough for her flexibility, time, and patience. 

On the day of our wedding, Stefani and her staff were beyond incredible. They had everything organized from beginning to end and they helped our day go smoothly. We were able to take all the pictures we wanted and more! 

It was such a pleasure being able to have you as our photographer, Stef. Kristen and I can't thank you enough for everything you did for us! You made our day very special! Our pictures are absolutely stunning. My family can't stop mentioning how great of a photographer you are and how beautiful the pictures look! 

We definitely hope to work with you again in future!"

From the first day I met Stefani...

- paul v.

- MAtt C.

about the approach to the wedding day. We planned the shots that we wanted in advance, and she captured all of the critical shots as well as a ton of candid shots that we really love.

Stefani has a really great sense of style, and is very clear about what she wants you to do in order to get the shot that will look great on paper - even if the pose feels ridiculous!

She was tireless throughout the entire day, fighting though Palm Springs heat, and corralling our families who tended to wander. She and her team were very gracious to all of our guests and everyone loved them. 

We were so happy to work with Stefani, and would recommend her to anyone. It's very clear that she loves what she does, and that spirit shines through in her photos.

"Stefani was very organized...

- angela C.

She really knows her stuff. Gary and I could not be happier with her as our engagement and wedding photographer. She has such positive energy and truly loves what she does! It shows in her finished product, we are in love with all of our pictures!!! There are not enough great things I can say about her! We were truly blessed to have her as one our many amazing vendors who made our special day truly perfect!

"Stefani is amazing!!

- Nina M.

about Stefani. From the beginning she has been so easy to work with. We are not the romantic couple, we have more of a goofy personality and she totally captured that side of us in all of her photos. She has an amazing eye and such a bubbly personality that it made everything work perfectly!"

"I can't say enough good things...