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Head & Heart Photography

Planning a wedding requires a budget – it is probably the least fun part of the wedding process. We have found that a lot of our clients are looking for photography on an affordable budget, or have a certain amount to spend on wedding photography, even though they wish they had a bigger budget! Founder Kiel Rucker knew that there must be a way to bring fantastic wedding photos to clients that have a lower budget but still dream of high quality, creative and artistic wedding photography. This is how Head and Heart Photography was born.

Modern, honest and authentic Santa Barbara wedding photographers for new loves. Working with and for couples celebrating their wedding in Santa Barbara and on Central Coast. Head & Heart photography was born from 8 years as a Santa Barbara based wedding photographer, and the realization that every couple that is willing to spend any money at all on wedding photography in Santa Barbara deserves the best experience and the most beautiful photography they can secure, even with a more modest budget. There is so much talent and potential that exists in Santa Barbara, Head & Heart looks to find photographers with this talent, and to help them break out into the Santa Barbara Wedding Industry, and partner them with clients looking for photography on an affordable budget.


Meet Our  Team

Alex Gonzalez

Alex grew up enjoying being behind the camera and for the past 6 years photography has grown to soak up nearly his entire life and he loves it! Alex is also fluent in Spanish and confident in helping set-up and arrange groups and moments as necessary as well.

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Deb Goulart

For Deb Goulart, photography isn’t just a job; it’s her joy. She loves capturing moments through photographs and reliving those moments. She started shooting weddings when she was in high school. From an early age, she found her passion capturing couples on one of the most special days of their life. There’s something about being with a couple, deeply in love, on their wedding day that’s so life-giving for her.

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Braydon Russell

Braydon has been a photographer for over 20 years. He specializes in candid and true life photography and captures the individuality of all the couples he shoots

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Our team of talented Santa Barbara Photographers is top notch. We have vetted each and every one and work with them to provide only the most high quality, creative and artistic wedding photography on an affordable budget, or a modest budget. We look forward to working with you to document your memories for the years to come.

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Questions to ask your Photographer

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5 Questions to ask your Photographer

If you’ve never had professional photos taken, it can be overwhelming to have your first photo session be on your wedding day! This is why we always encourage you to use the same photographer for your wedding and your engagement photos to break the ice and get to know each other. You should enjoy your time with your photographer on your wedding day, and we encourage you to get to know your Head and Heart Photographer personally before your big day. Our team here at H&H is readily available to answer any and all questions you might have before your session! Here are 5 questions to ask your photographer before your engagement – or any –  session!

Do you have an Instagram?

Follow your photographer on Instagram! You can get a feel for their more unique style, and this might trigger some ideas you might have for your wedding photography.

Do you have any favorite spots to shoot?

Specifically for engagement sessions, our team has shot at some of the most beautiful locations in Santa Barbara. Let your photographer know your vision for your engagement photos, and see if they have a great location to refer you to!

What should we wear?

Styling a shoot is a very important element of making you feel comfortable in your session. For example, you don’t want to wear high heels to a beach photography session. Yes, that might look great for a fashion shoot, but your engagement and wedding photos should highlight your emotions, and we certainly want to make sure that you are comfortable at all times. We will likely recommend a few clothing options, based on the session’s location


What timeline would you recommend? 

The golden hour before sunset is what makes those dreamy and soft photos look so amazing. However, in order to get to a location where the golden hour is producing those perfect rays, we might need to travel a bit. When scheduling a shoot, we take into consideration that we might be shooting at a very popular place. We might recommend adding some time into the timeline for parking, walking, and also avoiding any distractions such as other photo shoots taking place, or people just enjoying the view. Ask us what sort of things we might encounter, in order to make your engagement session not rushed, or stressful to get to.


What are your most favorite photos you’ve ever shot? 

This is a great question to ask. Photographers love to tell stories. We love to relive our images, and in having that discussion, we might come up with some amazing images we might not have identified without having that discussion. It’s also a great way for us to get to know you and your style! Of course, our most favorite photos are always going to be the images we create for your engagement and wedding, but it’s a great place to start.


We’re looking forward to hearing from you! Our team here at Head and Heart Photography is available for booking in 2018 – 2019. Let us know if you have more questions to ask your photographer – our team would love to help. Or, send us an inquiry today! 

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