from real couples
Diane was the perfect choice for our surprise proposal/engagement and she even gave us a few photos ON THE DAY OF! My fiancé secretly booked her to capture the moment when he proposed in Napa at Castello di Amorosa. She was so professional and seemed really excited to take our photos. She actually called the venue ahead of time to get permission which gave us unfettered access to the location to take photos after the proposal at which time she directed us all around the castle and vineyard, helping us pose, and the pictures turned out AMAZING. I mean, we look like a damn advertisement for love thanks to her. These photos made sharing with friends and family so easy and fun. There is no one better out there. I guarantee it.
▸ Madison & Andrew
This review is long overdue! My husband and I got married on August 1, 2020. Yes, smack dab in the middle of COVID. We had been planning our wedding for a little bit over 1.5 years. We wanted to make sure everything was perfect for our guest list of 400, so we started the wedding planning early. Then COVID struck and all our wedding planning went down the drain. Many of our vendors had cancelled on us, while other vendors were not flexible (causing us to lose our deposits). After weighing out all the additional money we would lose, we decided to carry on with our original wedding date. We cut down our wedding from 400 people to 25 people (immediate family in the same households). Our original photographer had cancelled on us and our friend recommended Diane. We were so lucky she was available. Diane was literally our saving grace! From day one, during our first Zoom call, we could tell that Diane was organized and passionate in the work she does. She is very detail-oriented and talked us through the whole process. We were already so stressed with having to re-plan our wedding over and over again to meet COVID guidelines, but Diane helped make the process so smooth. She coordinated with our wedding venue directly before the day of wedding to plan the locations of our photos. She even visited our venue before our wedding day to get an idea for the perfect lighting! She literally thought of everything! Above all, there was one particular detail that really demonstrated how remarkable she is at what she does. We didn't even mention it to her, but one thing we were excited to have at our wedding venue was this large square crystal chandelier in the dining hall for our first dance. Unfortunately, since our reception was cancelled, as COVID restrictions prevented indoor dining, we had to cancel our chandelier (and lost our deposit from the vendor). Come to our surprise, the venue had the same chandelier in the dining/reception area during the day of our wedding just for staging. Diane saw the chandelier in the venue and went above and beyond to coordinate with the manager so we can take photos under it! Diane took gorgeous photos at our original venue for our ceremony. We had our reception in the backyard and the photos she took in our background looked so incredible! They looked just as magical as if we had the reception at the venue! Overall, Diane was the best vendor we worked with during this stressful wedding process. I feel so awkward in front of the camera, but Diane made me feel so comfortable! She is so professional, friendly, detail-orientated, organized, and overall is genuinely passionate in the work she does. Even after the wedding, she continued to communicate with us to keep us in the loop until we received our photos. Lastly, on a side note, her photos were so remarkable that our wedding photos were actually featured in Diablo Magazine! If you are searching for a photographer, for any event, I highly recommend Diane Bagaoisan Photography! You will not regret it!
▸ joan & andrew
We used Diane for our engagement and wedding photos and had a wonderful experience. Diane is very professional, patient, communicative and flexible. From the very beginning, she was very easy to talk to and accommodating to our requests.
We wanted her to photograph our legal ceremony in lieu of an engagement shoot--she worked with us to fit this into our photo package and even rushed the completion of the photos so we could have them at our wedding. She ended up shooting longer than contracted on both occasions because she was so committed to getting the right shots. We could sense that she was really invested in getting us the best photos and it never felt like she was in the clock. We had mentioned to her that we had a post wedding event the next day and had made plans for a friend to take a few photos to show at that event--we didn't even plan on asking her for such a short turn around but she made it happen and we got sneak peeks the same night!! After the wedding, she was great at keeping us updated on progress and again went out of her way to get us some photos when we had plans to see my grandmother.
The final product was beautiful! We loved the photos and the packaging of the prints. We would highly recommend working with Diane.
▸ JENN & ERIC
We cannot say enough amazing things about Diane!
Photography was extremely important to us while planning our wedding; these are images you will look back on for the rest of your lives. And by choosing Diane for our wedding photography, we have all of our wonderful memories beautifully captured to look back on forever.
She captured the big moments so eloquently and also managed to capture everything happening around us at the same time! She has a knack for observing the entire situation and focusing in on all the candid details that make your day so special.
We get so many compliments on all of our wedding photos, but some of our personal favorite pictures are from during our ceremony. Diane captured our family members and guests during our ceremony so we were able to see our loved ones reactions to us finally tying the knot! In particular, our moms looking at each other smiling and crying happy tears. It was quick moment between them that we didn't notice, but she did! And we are so glad she did because it was so special to see that and have that moment captured!
Not only is Diane extremely talented behind the camera, she is genuinely a wonderful human being who cares so much about her couples, their families and guests. Our families and friends loved working with her. Everyone still talks about how magnificent Diane was!!
Thank you Diane for giving us beautiful memories to look back on forever! You are absolutely incredible!
▸ BECCA & CHRIS
It was an absolute pleasure to have Diane as our wedding photographer! She was very helpful for both of us and was very quick to answer every question we had and offered advice from her past experiences. She even made a trip to us from Modesto to meet us in person and get a feel for our venue, which we really appreciated since we were based in Southern California. For the day of, everything ran as smooth as possible (with a large wedding + bridal party) and she was very good at keeping us as on schedule as possible. She was also good with letting things happen and going with the flow- we really wanted a split between posed and candid photos, and she got a great mix of both for us! The online gallery and the physical set of photos were delivered on time (actually, quicker than she originally told us!) and were really everything we were hoping for. The jewel case with physical photos really stands out as something unique that always catches someone's eye when we have people over. We couldn't be happier and are very glad we went with Diane for photos!
▸ jacqui & jon
Diane was wonderful from our first meeting to the delivery of our beautiful prints! She has a great personality that made us feel at ease during our stressful moments, but what really drew us to her was her unique style. She doesn't just shoot stuffy formal shots, she captures the atmosphere, and as soon as we saw our photos we were in awe. We also received several comments from family members about how impressed they were that they hardly noticed that she was there during the ceremony instead of blocking the view of the guests to get the shot, like most photographers. Thank you, Diane, for helping us relive our special day over and over with our beautiful photos!