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Welcome to the San Diego Wedding Photography Blog of Atrero Photography. We're San Diego Wedding Photographers specializing in artistic documentary wedding photography. Ed and Karen Atrero are a husband and wife San Diego Wedding photography team and take a fashion forward approach to wedding portraits. Our studio has won numerous international awards for our work. Thank you for visiting our San Diego Wedding Photography Blog. If you are looking for a San Diego Wedding Photography studio, please fill out the form on our contact page.


January 21, 2017 is the day I marched!

I will no longer stay silent, accommodate or accept the status quo.

I will fight…

for you,

for us,

for human rights!

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Happy New Year to you!

New year comes reflections, adjustments and new adventures.

Well…we are definitely all in for new adventures.

But first some reflections. Shooting weddings for the past 12 years have been a great ride for us. Ed and I are reminded of the good things that have come our way. We thank each of you for the laughs and the great memories for you’ve taken us to many great heights!

Back in October, 2016 we shot our last wedding of the season and it couldn’t have come any faster. In Spring, 2016, the haze in the mirror faded and it became more clear to us that we were looking at the end of the road of our career in wedding photography. So here it is….we are closing our wedding side of the biz but stay tuned, we are rearranging the furniture and ramp up our family portrait biz. 

As Ed posted on his personal Facebook page, our children are our priority and working on weekends at weddings tore us away from their only free time in the week. Our choice to spend more family time, the chance to know them better, and our opportunity to enrich their lives are the best decisions we could make for the health and wellness of our family.

Though we’ve said it a few times during our meeting we would like to say it formally in a blog post. 😉

Our most heartfelt thank you for letting us be a part of your rock out, whirlwind of a wedding day!

Thank you for giving us the chance when we only had a few 8×10’s in our portfolio to show you that we were capable.

Gracias for taking us everywhere! To your beach wedding in December where you were the envy of every couple getting married that same day in all of the other 49 states!

Danke! Be it a wedding made for 2 or with 450 guests, you gave it your all –  smiles, sentiments, hilarity and family. You gave it a great name!

Merci! You showed us how to party and graced us with your dance moves from your Baraat entrance, Horah dance, money dance ala Filipino stylz or Nigerian “money spraying”, line dancing and the La Vibora De La Mar.

Xie xie! You’ve shared your breakfast with us as we photographed your getting ready. You’ve spoiled us with some great grub from – a 12 course meal, a lobster vendor meal, In N Out burgers, prime rib, filet mignon, grilled sammies, cookies, chocolates, fancy donuts to late night taco truck munchies! Thank you!

Arigato! For showing your talents with jumping off a broom or bamboo sticks, to B-boying, or stomping on glass.

Asante! For the music you’ve introduce us to – glam rock, EDMs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rock En Espanol, string quartet to Mariachi band and 10 piece 80’s cover band.

Spasibo! Whether it was at your golden hour ceremony, raining on your “first look,”  cold as an ICEE drink that would give you a brain freeze or hot as the Arabian desert on your wedding day, you’ve stood by us and we made mad crazy portraits together!

We, thank you for the support, the laughs, the cries, the dope ass brewskis, and of course, maraming salamat po for the great memories! 

All our best,

Karen and Ed


For those who love to track their TO DOs in the day and mobile apps, we’d like to share an app, irunurun  that has been great for getting our personal daily tasks/goals done. Maybe you might like it too! 😉


For your continued support, we would like to gift you a FREE lifetime of portrait sessions and all you have to do is purchase portraits you love. Email us at and we’ll send you the details.

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Last month I attended the Potluck Pow Wow Photographer Workshop, an amazing gathering of 19 of my photography friends from around the country (and one from the UK). The Potluck was a 5 day retreat in the South Hamptons in Long Island New York where each photographer presented his or her area of expertise. I gave a one hour talk on lighting which I adapted from my Light Like a Ninja workshop.

Austin Wedding Photographers, Caroline and Ben, presented topics on bridal blog submission strategies and social media strategies. UK wedding photographer, Mike Garrard, shared his expertise in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for wedding photographers. Pittsburg Wedding Photographer, Joe Appel, was our group moderator, keeping us on schedule, and contributing a smorgosbord of great business advice. Austin wedding photography ace, Jenny DeMarco, spoke on tips for creating a successful referral network. Overall, the workshop was extremely beneficial for growing and invigorating our business. We’ll be putting all the great info in delivering our best customer experiences for all our clients.

As a personal project, I wanted to shoot portraits on film and enlisted the help of my very photogenic friend, Boston Wedding Photographer, Kate McElwee. Like many, I started with film when I first learned photography and it was a great re-learning experience for me on my recent shoot. Shooting film really forced me to slowdown and be very deliberate in my compositions and think about what I wanted to convey in my images before pressing the shutter. I carefully planned a few places where I wanted to shoot, and a few moods I wanted when capturing Kate’s personality. Kate is a very cheerful English gal and brightens up any room she happens to be in, so that was an essential part of her personality to capture. She’s also has a very cool mod style, so I wanted to get some moody and dramatic photos as well. Kate was a such a pleasure to shoot.


(Opening photo by Genevieve Nisly Photography. Portraits of Kate by Ed Atrero.)

The above photo of Kate was shot on my 5d mark III with a 35mm f/1.4L lens. Photos below were taken with my trusty Nikon 8008s with a F/1.8D on Fuji Pro 400H film, processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

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We are an award winning San Diego Wedding Photographer duo specializing in artistic documentary wedding photography.
San Diego, CA
Phone: (760)-481-7632