Monday, May 26, 2008

Redondo Beach Sunset

Sunday I went down to Redondo Beach spur of the moment to snap some sunset photos. I really enjoyed the spontaneity of the situation. I captured some fantastic images of a lifeguard truck watching the sunset. It reminded me so much of my film days, capturing sunsets along the California coast. I hope you enjoy. Click on any of the images for a larger view.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New Portrait Pricing

All portrait packages now include a CD and prints.

Since we pride ourselves on quality, your photos are "The Real Thing." Your photos will be printed using the latest digital technology and will be produced on Fuji Crystal Archive photographic paper, not ink-jet or dye sublimation papers. Every photo is printed with a slightly textured matte/luster finish. The result is a traditional photographic print that will truly last for your lifetime, and beyond!

Silver Package - $125

One hour location session
• Standard Resolution CD
• Two Sheets of prints
Each sheet contains:
1 - 8x12
2 - 5x7s
5 - Wallets
• Online slideshow to share with family & friends

Gold Package - $225

Two hour location session
• Standard Resolution CD
• Three Sheets of prints
Each sheet contains:
1 - 8x12
2 - 5x7s
5 - Wallets
• Online slideshow

Platinum Package - $325

Three hour location session
• Standard Resolution CD
• One 11x14 wall portrait
• Four Sheets of prints
Each sheet contains:
1 - 8x12
2 - 5x7s
5 - Wallets
• Four 4x6 prints
• Online slideshow

Diamond Package - $375

Three hour location session
• Standard Resolution CD
• Two 11x14 wall portraits
• Five Sheets of prints
Each sheet contains:
1 - 8x12
2 - 5x7s
5 - Wallets
• Five 4x6 prints
• Online slideshow

John's Portrait Shoot

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More Desert Photos

Just wanted to show a few more photos from our desert shoot in March.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Erik R. Soto Photography Nature/sunsets

Landscapes and seascapes were my first passion. Here is small sampling of my work. All photos were taken in Southern California area. Mainly the South Bay.

If you would like to purchase any of the images shown, please contact me at

Friday, May 9, 2008

Los Angeles Zoo

Sunday, my assistant and I took a photographic trip to the Los Angeles Zoo. Something I have been wanting to do for quite some time. All these years in Los Angeles, yet I have never been there. The zoo was full of new exhibits and new born babies. As you can see below, I was able to capture a precious moment with a mother giraffe and her young calve. The newborn gorilla was out and about to much of my surprise. He was all over the enclosure exploring. I wish i could have sat there all day watching him. So here are a few of the shots taken. I will be sure to post more later in the week.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

What questions do I ask my wedding photographer?

Do you know what to ask your wedding photographer?

Its crucial to ask the right questions when picking a photographer for your wedding or event. There are many concerns you may have when selecting a wedding photographer. First, you should like the style and displayed pictures that you've seen from that photographer. Next, you need a photographer that can also fit within your budget. If you are in love with a certain photographer's work but they won't budge on the price, you'll have to cut costs somewhere else.

Above and beyond these questions, be sure to find a photographer you have chemistry with. After all, you are going to be spending a lot of time with this person. You should be comfortable and at ease with who ever you choose.

1. Do you have photos of entire weddings that I can see?
2. Do you have references I can call?
3. Do you post the proofs online, or will I receive negatives/CD?
4. Who will be photographing my wedding?
5. When will my proofs, prints, and wedding album be available?
6. How many pictures will you take?
7. What happens if you show up late or can’t make it to the wedding?
8. Can I see a sample contract?
9. Are you part of any professional associations,
or do you have extra training in your field?
10. Do you have liability insurance?
11. What type of cameras do you use, and will you have any backups in case something breaks or doesn’t work?
13. What do you charge for overtime/travel?
14. How long does that gallery stay online?
15. What kind of equipment do you use?
16. Will you book another wedding for my day?
17. How far in advance do we need to make a deposit and hire you?
18. What resolution image CD do you provide?
19. What is your cancellation policy?
20. Do you work alone or have an assistant or second shooter? How much is a second

Any professional photographer should be happy to answer these or any questions you ask. Before you finalize any contract, be sure to carefully read everything that is written in it. Clarify everything you discussed and want is in the contract, or you won't be guaranteed to receive it. Pay attention to the time constraints, travel, and other items in the package so you know what to expect. Overestimate the time period needed because of travel requirements or if you're running late. Often couples should expect to add another 2 hours on for photographer than what they have planned for the day. This will take away some of the worry so you can enjoy the big day.

Overall, as long as you like the photographer's style, price, and personality (professionalism), your wedding pictures should turn out beautifully.

Contact Erik R. Soto Photography

We would love to answer any questions you may have about your upcoming wedding.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Debbie & Jaime - San Gabriel Mission Wedding

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Debbie and Jaime were married March 15, 2008 at the historic San Gabriel Mission. This wonderful building was founded in 1771. It was like a step back in time inside. The charm of this building was incredible. Too bad it rained. However we did create some amazing family formals at the reception hall. Debbie looked beautiful. We wish them happiness for many years to come.

The mission is located:
428 South Mission Drive
San Gabriel, California 91776-1299
Tel. (626) 457-3035 FAX (626) 282-5308

The mission has an adjacent museum, perfect for school field trips or just a fun afternoon learning about California history.