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Christina took pictures for my brother and his wife’s ‘semi-elopement’ to Oakland City Hall. She was wonderful to work with-even before I met her-as we chatted over email about their special day. She was so easy to communicate with and could not have been more flexible and unobtrusive. She was professional and on time for the city hall ceremony but still managed to make the pictures look like we were somewhere much more fancy that a clerk’s office. She was flexible with the space and utilized the short amount of time amazingly. While giving direction to guests and the couple, she was calm yet organized. She even took the bride and groom on a fun Lake Merritt photo shoot adventure. The best part was when she sent the pictures, which were more beautiful than we could have imagined. We highly recommend her!

-Tomiko S.


Christina is very passionate and nice photographer. She is really good at giving direction which is super important in photo shooting! We felt a bit nervous before seeing her cuz we didn’t really know how to make good postures. However, she’s great personality and professionalism make us get into the photo shooting quickly and felt relax working with her! She is good at using details to make the image more unique and live. We like the final session images very much and the photo video is so touching and wonderful. We will highly recommend you to choose Christina as your photographer to capture your big days or memorized moments. We are pretty sure you will enjoying the photoing shooting with her very much!!!

-Mingbo L.


From the moment I met Christina there was an instant connection. She is such a jewel and pleasure to work with. My husband and I interviewed a ton of photographers to shoot our engagement and wedding portraits and I must say that Christina is in a league of her own! We will be forever grateful for the amazing job she did for us. I will use her for EVERY special moment in my life. Every single person that has viewed our photos love the job that Christina did. I recommend that you use Nightingale, you will not be sorry! Christina is able to tell the story of your love or special event through her lens.

We are so happy with her service- on our wedding day, Christina even stepped in and served me and my husband Champagne due to non service of our event staff (that’s another story). She catered to our needs and made a somewhat hectic day very relaxing for us. She made us very comfortable in front of the camera, which came across in our photos.

Christina is the best! Look no further.

-Qiava H.


ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! That is all I can say. Christina is sweet, professional, and just a pleasure to work with. I am so happy and proud of our photos. Please don’t go with any other photographer, invest in Christina, because after the wedding is over, all you have are your pictures and memories. I am so happy we went with her! Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

-Joce C.


Christina has done it again! She is truly a gifted photo journalist. She did an amazing job on our families 1st real professional photo shoot years ago when our girls were little and most recently we did a Mother daughter photo shoot in her studio. We are so impressed with the emotion she captured that day. We laughed, we cried. It was quite the experience. She knew just how to pose us and get us to relax and just have fun!! We now have photos we will treasure forever! 3 generations of women in our family captured so beautifully on film. I whole heartedly recommend her for any event!!

-Natalie F.


I feel indebted to Christina. She is the most brilliant photographer. My husband and I chose her to do our wedding photography. We did an engagement session first, which helped us relax and learn how to be in front of a camera. Christina made us feel so at ease, and the photos from both the engagement and wedding sessions are AMAZING! I never expected that much beauty, and will forever be grateful to her as we are able to relive the days through these precious images.

Additionally, for those of you who have considered doing a boudoir shoot for your husband or wife to be. Of, if you just have the desire to get some photos done for self empowerment, Christina is once again the perfect choice. Who knew getting almost completely naked in front of a camera could be anything other than frightening. I had so much fun and felt so good after the session, and my husband LOVES his gift.

I can’t wait to get pregnant and have her do my pregnancy photos. 🙂

-Jessie H.


Our family has worked with Christina for the last year for family photos, photos of our toddlers, as well as professional head shots for myself. She was referred to us by our wedding photographer (who we love, but does not photograph families), and I am so thankful for the referral.

Overall, Christina was great with my twins who were photographed at 13 and 18 months. She knew how to get them from shy to smiling, and had we have some great photos of them. She has a good eye for the light, which is the key to making a good photo a great photo. I love both her color photos, as well as her black and white shots.

In sum, Christina is a very good photographer and is truely well rounded, meaning she can photograph many different age groups in many different settings. I highly recommend her.

-Micaela J.


We were so lucky to have Christina take our maternity photos and newborn photos. We were looking for the perspective of very talented, experienced person to capture these once in a lifetime moments. Christina has a photo journalistic style and a great eye for composition that tells a compelling story. Her photos will last a lifetime.

In addition, Christina keeps everyone happy and her energy is contagious! I highly recommend Nightingale Photography!

-Hai N.


I CAN’T STOP SMILING! My husband and I just got our photos today from our wedding just a few weeks ago and we are over the moon about how beautifully they turned out. Christina really captured the full essence, everything we noticed about the location, the landscape, the light, the mood, the chemistry between my husband and me. It was all we were hoping for and WAY more. We chose her because of her incredible talent and eye and we liked that her photos seemed to reach a deep, visceral level while remaining captivatingly beautiful. This was achieved in our photos, but we didn’t expect to relive the wedding day as much as we have looking through them.
Christina has a bright, genuine personality and was incredibly kind and generous in every interaction we had. Really, she is as good as it gets.

-M D.


Let me start off by saying I have OBSESSED with Christinas work for a few years now. When I finally set the date we knew she was a bit above our budget but I couldn’t book a photographer without at least asking if she was available. She was and I couldn’t be happier that we booked with her! For our engagement shoot she was very flexible and allowed us to change it to a family shoot since we have a daughter. The entire experience was awesome. We went to fisherman’s wharf and although there were tons of people it did not feel as awkward as I would have thought and our pictures turned out amazing. As for the wedding day, Christina made that a breeze. She was very professional and made everything look as perfect as it felt. The pictures were stunning. I am so glad we chose her to do our wedding. Not only does she take beautiful pictures, but she also does little things that make the entire experience even better. She took the time to send us thank you card, cookies, and the most beautiful slideshows. She even offered to run to walgreens for me if i needed anything! I can’t thank Christina enough for everything she did for us! I plan on using her as our go to photographer from now on!

-Sophia G.


I don’t even know where to begin! For my husband and I, we mutually agreed that photography was the one element we didn’t want to skimp on and wanted the best of the best. So, needless to say, choosing Christina was one of the best decisions we made during the entire wedding process. We met with several photographers before finding her and I was ready to say yes after our first phone call. It’s easy to check out someone’s portfolio to get a feel for their style, but the way they interact with you and their work ethic and responsiveness is just as important. Christina is not only an amazing artist but my husband and I felt 100% comfortable working with her. Her outgoing personality and willing to explore new places was just so fun – we had a fantastic time during our shoots and truly loved the results. If you’re on the fence about choosing a photographer, I promise you will not be disappointed with choosing Nightingale!

-Meghan S.


It’s hard to add anything about how wonderful Christina is that the other reviews haven’t already covered, but I will gush anyway! From start to finish, Christina is the best photographer you could ever dream of. We used her for our wedding in late July at Murrieta’s Well. On the day of, Christina’s personality really made us feel so relaxed and happy. We got compliments from many of our guests about how much they enjoyed being around Christina and how excited they were to see the pictures.

The most important part, the pictures themselves, are absolutely stunning. They are truly works of art. We could not have even imagined how fantastic they are. Looking at them, we can relive all the amazing moment of the wedding and all the fun we had. The pictures capture all the emotion of the day while also making us all look gorgeous. Looking through the pictures, we couldn’t “favorite” fewer than 200 because they’re all so stunning. THANK YOU, CHRISTINA!!!

Christina is worth every cent and so much more! Stop thinking; just book her before your wedding date gets taken by someone else! This was the best decision we made in our wedding planning. At the end of the day, you have only your memories and your pictures to take away from the wedding. Make sure the latter are amazing!

-Jessica S.


Christina has the best camera manner ever! We have a severely autistic son and I had serious doubts that we’d get a decent shot of the family before he had a melt down. It was an overcast day, my blouse had a tear and my son refused to take his hands from his ears, but somehow she managed not one, but several good shots of all of us and several great solos of him. Christina made us actually look good!

She also took the time to fix what was wrong with my camera. Truly a warm and open family photographer and a genuinely nice person.

-Crisanta D.


This review should have been written months ago!
Christina with Nightingale Photography shot both my Engagement session back in March 2014 and Wedding in May 2014.
The pictures she took are fabulous, which was no surprise – I feel that most professional photographers will do a good job.
What was so special about working with Christina is how comfortable she made us feel while shooting away. She has such a light, warm personality and brings the same out in her clients – at least she brought them out of my husband and I – and she captures these wonderful moments which is why I feel her work in particular is so wonderful.
Any future photography needs we may have, we will definitely reach out to work with Christina again!

-Tanvi A.


Christina is AMAZING!!! I wanted to do family pictures when my son turned one, and my husband reluctantly went along with it. When the time came for the session, Christina made it so easy and fun. My son, being a normal one year old boy, wanted to move all over and do his own thing. My husband wanted to hurry up and finish taking pictures. Christina was incredibly tolerant and accommodating, and the results were amazing – beautiful, real pictures that perfectly capture our life in SF. Even my husband admitted it was totally worthwhile and was so glad we did it!

We absolutely love our pictures, and will absolutely hire Christina again for another session with our family!

-Nikki B.


As a mom to two delightful and adorable children, I know how important it is to capture those fleeting moments of childhood. Trusting someone to do that for me is always challenging, but Christina has a gift that makes it truly an honor to be in front of her camera. By the time I get my family dressed and ready for a photo session I’m exhausted and resigned to the idea that any pictures of myself are going to be disposable. When Christina arrives the anxiety of getting everything just right falls to the wayside, she has this uncanny ability to help her clients relax and just be themselves. Capturing every nuance of love, happiness and joyful expression possible, her photos are gorgeous! I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my memories.

-Jennifer Z.


I don’t even know where to begin! For my husband and I, we mutually agreed that photography was the one element we didn’t want to skimp on and wanted the best of the best. So, needless to say, choosing Christina was one of the best decisions we made during the entire wedding process. We met with several photographers before finding her and I was ready to say yes after our first phone call. It’s easy to check out someone’s portfolio to get a feel for their style, but the way they interact with you and their work ethic and responsiveness is just as important. Christina is not only an amazing artist but my husband and I felt 100% comfortable working with her. Her outgoing personality and willing to explore new places was just so fun – we had a fantastic time during our shoots and truly loved the results. If you’re on the fence about choosing a photographer, I promise you will not be disappointed with choosing Nightingale!

-Meghan S.


I had the pleasure of working with Christina in boudoir session. I was one of those people who went from “I would never do that” to “I think I would like to try that.” What started out as an anniversary present for my husband quickly turned into the best gift I could have given myself. The experience was so special. I felt totally pampered and gorgeous. Christina made me feel at ease and beautiful. We laughed so much and never took ourselves too seriously. My husband of course loved the book I presented him on our 12th anniversary, but I have the wonderful memories and that is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Every woman should do this for themselves.

-JoAnna M.


I could have written the review below. I came across Christina when we found our venue, Old St. Hillary’s Church in Tiburon. Her photos were linked and I just LOVED her work! She is an amazing photographer with a wonderful eye and a great creative sensibility. She captured the beauty of the day, the location and made me feel like I have never looked prettier than on my wedding day!!! I have seen a lot of photographer’s work and she is unique and special and really brought out the best of everything we worked so hard to capture that day!!!

I would absolutely without reservation recommend Christina to photograph you for any occasion. It truly was one of the highlights of our wedding and we will treasure our photos and album forever.

-Laura C.


From the moment we decided we wanted Christina to photograph our wedding (which wasn’t a tough decision!), she was wonderful. Easy to communicate with, incredibly friendly and warm, and clearly passionate about her work. To top it all off, she is extremely talented. We received our photos yesterday, and are absolutely in love with them. We’ve already looked through them countless times, and are in awe of how she captured some of the most important moments of our lives. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with Christina – she is fabulous!

-Alaina F.


Every time I look at my wedding photos and videos, I cry. I cry because I remember and feel how happy, exciting, and perfect my day was. I cry because I know when I see these photos/videos, those feelings will come back every single time. This is what my husband and I were truly hoping to take away most from our special day…and Christina and Richard gave us that precious gift.

Communication was easy and stress free; very organized and detailed as well as personable service. Besides being extremely professional and uber-talented, Christina and Richard were so fun to be around. I’m not used to taking tons of pictures of myself and being the center of attention, but I felt so at ease with these two. It felt like hanging out with friends! They are very genuine people and passionate about what they do. I felt like we were given the very best.

Its hard to find words to express our deepest gratitude so I guess THANK YOU will have to do. Yelpers, you will not be disappointed with this dynamic duo! BOOK THEM!

-Danica C.


I cannot speak highly enough about Christina and her work! When I initially came across Nightingale, I was immediately in love with the artistic & timeless photos presented on its website! And I know I just had to have Nightingale for my wedding! Christina shot my wedding last March at Wente in Northern California… and she did an AMAZING job! The pictures were not only breathtaking, but when you look at them you feel the moment! The laughter, the tears, and the “remember whens”… now that is talent! I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received about my wedding photos. I hear things like “wow …looks like something out of a magazine” and “I wasn’t even there, but I feel what was happening!”

I also want to commend Christina on her personality as well. From the beginning to end, she is warm, informative, and quickly responds. She is very upbeat and puts any anxiety of the “big day” at ease. In fact, on the day of, she was like having another bridesmaid because she was so attentive and caring while conducting her work.

Highly recommend using Nightingale and will use again!!! You can also check out her blog for her recent work.

-Candice K.


We heard about Christina from a friend of ours who wanted to book her but was getting married in Kansas. We loved her style of photos and saw her great reviews so we booked her for our engagement shoot and wedding. At the engagement shoot, her enthusiasm and energy made us both feel at ease. She had some great spots picked out at Golden Gate Park to take our pictures and even let us include our two dogs. On the wedding day, she was prompt and immediately got to work. She was able to take all the pictures without being disruptive and let us fully enjoy all the moments of the day. Our couple and group photos were done quickly and efficiently so we had plenty of time to enjoy the reception. She captured all of the special moments from the day and we are so happy with the results. Our friends actually just booked her for themselves after seeing her work!

-Carol V.


Christina has taken my picture twice now- once just me and the second time with my family. The pictures she takes are absolutely beautiful. She has a very special skill at capturing peoples’ essence. She has a great eye so that the lighting is beautiful and flattering. She makes a simple location so creative and interesting. The pictures we have will be enjoyed for years to come. I would highly recommend Christina. Not only does she take the most beautiful pictures ever but she is a dream to work with. Fun, kind, and professional!

–kathy o.


I recently had a studio photo shoot with Christina Hernandez of Nightingale Photography. What a fabulous experience! In preparation for the shoot, I was pampered with a hair and make-up session by her make-up artist Kimberly. Not only is Kimberly extremely good at her job, she is also a wonderful person to spend time with- skillful, kind, funny, authentic to name a few! Then there is Christina who does her magic. She is relaxed, extremely creative, kind, funny, enthusiastic, and does this work with her soul. I’m almost 60 years old and have found as the years add up that I like the pictures of myself less and less. The photos Christina took are absolutely beautiful! My husband exclaimed as he looked at them “My goodness, I’ve married a 30 year old!” The whole experience was an inspiring celebration of life and a wonderful gift. I would highly recommend it to others!

-kathy o.


We did receive our engagement pictures today and we are speechless. In a positive way of course!!!!!

Love the pictures, we went through them at 5am this morning 🙂
We are so happy to have Christina as our wedding photographer!!
Love the slideshow by the way, such an awesome idea of you guys!!
Thank you again for making our session so special,

-Guenther M.


Christina is THE BEST. She knows how to make you feel comfortable while being photographed and guides you through every moment. Mu husband hired her to take artist pictures of us (we’re both musicians) and the whole shoot was so much fun because she is a delight to work with! The best part though is when you get your images back. WOW. She is an incredible artist. Hands down the best photographer I’ve ever worked with. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!



I need about 10 more stars for Christina! She did a phenomenal job capturing every moment of our wedding! We were a little nervous b/c our wedding was an Iranian/American wedding and we were having an Iranian ceremony and wanted the right moments to be captured at the ceremony, also just of everything to do with the culture etc., so we were considering hiring a persian photographer. I’m so glad we didn’t!

Christina went above and beyond and made our wedding look like a professional photo shoot for a wedding magazine! I stare at our pictures in amazement b/c the colors, the angles and the moments she captured were beautiful! I highly recommend Nightingale photography b/c they are extremely professional and knowledgeable in their field. Christina has an eye and certain style to taking photo’s in a certain way that not too many photographers can match. Just compare her photo blog to others and you can see what I mean. I also want to point out that we did a videography package as well and Richard was fabulous to work with! They have a positive attitude and tirelessly keep shooting everything.

Bottom line… they produce beautiful work with a wonderful attitude that makes you feel at ease and so proud to share your photos. They’re fun to work with and I can’t praise them enough! 🙂

-nasim n.


We found out about Nightingale Photography from a coworker that had her engagement photos done by Christina. Her artistic style was exactly what we were looking for. Christina was our photographer for both our engagement session and wedding day and we also hired Richard, her husband as our videographer for our wedding day. Together they make a dynamic duo! Can’t express enough how fortunate we were to have Christina and Richard capture the priceless moments of our BIG DAY! Nightingale Photography is simply AMAZING!

On the engagement photo session: we had a great time in the city. Christina made us so comfortable that both my husband and I got really into it. The pictures turned out great… and we received several compliments from friends and family. From that moment on, we knew that we picked the right person to capture our big day.

On the day of the wedding, Christina and Richard arrived earlier as expected to our resort, apparently they were scoping for scenery around the area where they can take shots for our groomsmen and bridesmaids sessions. Aside from our after wedding party pictures, couple pictures, I honestly lost track of Christina and Richard throughout the day. They were never in your face, in your way, or caused any inconvenience to us or anyone at the wedding. They were all professional and respectful of everyone’s personal space.

They did a great job capturing every aspect of the wedding to the point that my husband and I can pretty much relive our wedding day through the pictures and video. How many people can “truthfully” really say that. Both the pictures and video turned out awesome.

I would highly recommend Nightingale Photography for your professional photography and videography needs! THANK YOU CHRISTINA & RICHARD!!! 🙂

-Bianca B.


We absolutely LOVE Christina and her business Nightingale Photography and would recommend her to anyone without hesitation! She has been our photographer since 2009, capturing every important and most precious stage in our family’s journey. From our engagement, wedding, maternity, and son’s birth, six month and one year photos, she has given us timeless images that we cannot get enough of. She is extremely talented and creative, has a great eye, and gives clients the ability to add their own personality to every shoot, making your photos really reflect YOU! She finds the most amazing locations to shoot and is very versatile in her style, easily providing us with high fashion, captivating images with architectural backgrounds and down home, comfortable and relaxed images in a flower field or at the beach. On top of her talent and professionalism, she is super fun, energetic and an absolute joy to work with! We are so happy to have found her and feel like she has become a part of our family, having documented the most important times of our lives.

-Camille L.


Christina is a wonderful photographer. We hired her to take family photos this Thanksgiving. We had 15 people (15!) at the shoot and she made everyone feel at ease. And the photos turned out beautifully. The lighting she was able to capture was especially great. We took the photos outside at a park and several family members were also taking photos at the same time. When you see her photos next to our amateur shots of the same scenes you understand why it is worth it to hire a professional photographer at Christina’s level. Thank you Christina!

-Heather B.


I used Nightingale Photography for my wedding on 10/10/10. Christina is amazing. She brings a ton of photojournalism experience to her wedding shoots. She understands how to create a story in her images.

My husband and I had a great time working with Christina during our engagement shoot. Christina is passionate about her work and she brings that energy with her. You can’t help but smile when you’re around her.

She put us at ease during our big day. She’s also very efficient with her shots, she knows exactly what she needs to get. When we took family portraits it took less than an hour. We were also pretty quick with our bridal party photos.

I would highly recommend Nightingale Photography to any future bride and groom.

-Julie K.

We chose Nightingale Photography for our wedding in the Spring of 2010, and we’re so glad that we did! We wanted a true photojournalist to capture the emotions and excitement of the day, and Christina truly delivered.

We were extremely picky and knew that our photographer would be one of, if not THE, most important vendors of our wedding. Afterall, the party comes and goes, the centerpieces wilt, but the pictures last a lifetime. Having Christina as our photographer did not disappoint!

From the first time we met with Christina, we loved her energy and creativity. Our entire wedding party and all of our guests felt comfortable with her right away, and we were thankful for that. We asked Christina to capture all of the tiny details of the day, and she did so perfectly.

The leather album that came with our package is just beautiful.

Her pictures speak for themselves, and this review is another testimonial to the amazing professional and character that Christina is!

-Marcia L.

I’ve now worked with Christina twice for my professional headshots and photos and it’s been a blast! She has an amazing eye and gets so many good shots it’s hard to chose. As they say, image is everything and it’s more than worth the investment to have professional shots done! And if so, Christina is where to turn– hands down!

-K B.

I agree with Bretton V. 5 Stars does not even come close to what she deserves! She is an amazing person to work with! When you meet her the connection just clicks. As far as her work it speaks for itself…EPIC!

We were looking for a photojournalist to document our big day. I found her on the Wedding Photojournalist Association website. Once I visited her personal website ( I immediately fell in love with her work. I knew that my now wife would too. I HIGHLY recommend that you watch her video on her site. The video allows you to get to know her and what she’s all about. After watching the video NUMEROUS times we had to meet her. She is everything in the video and more!

We had a blast on our engagement session! My wife who generally doesn’t like being in front of the camera was totally comfortable with Christina. Christina takes away the awkwardness of being in front of a camera. We were laughing and smiling the whole time. She even got us to dance a little for the camera in the middle of a busy sidewalk.

Her and her crew did a tremendous job documenting our big day! I love how she can capture all the raw emotions that a wedding brings. There were times that you didn’t even know she was there. She’s that good!

Once we got our images we were totally blown away! She was able to cature it all! My wife and I laughed and cried. When we showed the photos to our family and friends they did the same. They all said “Who’s your photographer? She did such a good job!”

Christina is everything she says in her video and more. The experience that we had with her is something we’ll never forget. She is an awesome person and her work is nothing short of amazing! I HIGHLY recommend her for any of your photographic needs whether it be your wedding, engagement, family portrait, etc. She does them all!

Now go visit her website!

-Ron F.


Christina, we love you!!

We found Christina one week after the proposal at a Bridal Fair at the Ritz Carlton in SF. Her work and personality really drew us in. After we had our initial meeting, we honestly canceled all other photographer appointments and booked both our engagement session and wedding!!

My husband claims he’s not the most photogenic person in the world and isn’t entirely comfortable in front of the camera but when our engagement session came around, he had such an enjoyable time and the photos turned out great!! We loved them so so much and Christina just made us feel so natural that we were constantly smiling and laughing with her.

A few weeks before the wedding, we had a video chat appointment to go through all the final details. Meetings with Christina are always loads of fun and we eventually got the schedule mapped out for the big day.

So then on the wedding day, Christina and her assistant did a marvelous job. They had to deal with my huge family and their dozens of cameras which I know was a huge pain but they dealt with it like professionals. Thank you! Our favorite photo ended up being a bridal party shot that some say looks like a Vanity Fair cover =) It looked THAT bad***.

As for her work itself, look at her website and see for yourself. She’s EXTREMELY talented and just has an eye for beautiful shots and angles. Add her bubbly personality into the mix and she’s the perfect photographer. I would recommend her to all future brides and grooms!!!

-Margaret T.


After attending many a wedding, I knew I wanted a unique photographer for our big day. I was so sick of cheesy wedding photographers getting all up in everybody’s face only to wind up with run-of-the-mill, staged looking photos. However, I didn’t have any good recommendations for photographers so I started my search online. I came across Nightingale Photography’s website and immediately fell in love with Christina’s work. After meeting her with coffee to go over her services my fiance and I knew immediately that she was who we wanted to work with.

Christina has such a warm, friendly personality and she genuinely cares about making your wedding day memorable. You can tell she loves her job and she is fantastic at putting people at ease. All of her packages come with an engagement photo shoot before the big day. It’s such a great way to get to know Christina and get used to being in front of the camera.

Now, six months after our wedding we have a beautiful collection of photos from the big day that I truly treasure. You cannot go wrong with Christina. Just look through her photos, if that’s not proof enough, just wait till you meet her. You’ll fall in love!

-Arantxa A.


We highly recommend Nightingale Photography! Christina’s manner of conducting her business is professional and courteous, her personality is so fun and easy and her work is gorgeous.

I came across Christina’s work and was absolutely amazed! I don’t know the first thing about photography, but I simply loved the artistic edge to her images. Once I saw them, I knew she was exactly what we were looking for. I emailed Christina and she responded by email right away and we made arrangements to speak by phone the following day. She is such a sweet and pleasant person!

Christina answered all of our questions promptly and with such heartfelt enthusiasm. She even agreed to be our witness and truly made us feel like it was such an honor for her to do so. We both greatly dislike being in front of the camera (me especially and I don’t photograph well for this reason!), but she coached us along and had us laughing. Surprisingly, we had so much fun having our pictures taken.

Since the wedding was truly an elopement (complete secret), Christina offered to get us a couple of pictures early so we would have something to share with our loved ones as soon as we told them the news. We both really appreciated this and were blown away when we discovered she prepared 30 images for us! There was so much variety (like we wanted). The pictures are so vibrant – she captured a lot of emotion and there are several that feel like a piece of photographic art, not a picture of us! We already have several picked out that we absolutely adore, it really doesn’t matter how the rest turn out. Though we are excited to see them all!

On an unrelated note, Christina even gave us recommendations for our celebratory dinner later that night and her recommendation was the perfect end to our day. It is evident she loves weddings of all shapes and sizes. We highly recommend Christina and would love to work with her again.

-Sheila D.


I have a background in design and my partner, a background in film, so we’re both quite particular when it comes to the visual arts. We both knew we wanted someone who could work in different styles, from film noir to bohemian to modern to action. After perusing hundreds of photographer/photography websites for several months, we narrowed it down to three based on versality, style, cost, and overall package. After we spoke to Christina via video skype, we set up a meeting with her a month later in SF while we were there for business. That day, we knew right away she was the one.

For us, it was important that our photographer had the right personality, since whoever we chose as our photographer would be following us and our guests around on our wedding day. We didn’t want someone who would make us nor our guests feel uncomfortable. Luckily for us, Christina is charming, has an infectious smile, and loves her work (you can see the twinkle in her eye when she speaks about it).

From our initial contact with Christina in summer 2010 to our wedding day one year later, we honestly couldn’t be happier with our entire experience. Our engagement and wedding photos turned out amazing (you can see for yourself on her blog). We would recommend Christina without reservation to anyone who is looking for or needs a quality photographer for any life event. By the way, she’s also great with kids.

The best advice I got from a friend during my photographer search was: Don’t skimp on the photography.

-Consumer X.


There is a reason that Christina gets 5 stars. Her work is awesome. We did a family shoot that we bought at a school auction. Most family shoots are kinda staged and staid, but Christina suggested an urban theme. I had no idea what to expect. We ended up on the train tracks in an industrial part of Berkeley at 9am on a Sunday. There was broken glass and graffiti everywhere. Trains are whizzing by. It made for an amazing backdrop for the photos. We have so many good shots that it will be very difficult to select which one to use on our holiday card.
Christina really knows what she is doing, had some great input and is so pleasant to be around.

-Steve B.

Christina did a fantastic job with our 2/25/12 San Francisco wedding. She also did our engagement session and we loved those pics, too.

When we first started looking for photographers I found Christina from a picture she took on our venue’s website of another wedding. From there I visited her website and was sold. I love her style that is photojournalistic and modern but still somewhat classic at the same time. We got some incredible “different” kind of shots from our wedding but we also got all of the more classic family portraits we were hoping for.

i wrote down a list of shots I really wanted from the wedding and Christina delivered on all of them. She also did a great job maneuvering through my excited family with cameras and people standing in the way while we took pictures during the cocktail hour at our wedding. Last but not least her ENERGY was incredible. She is the most cheerful, upbeat person I think I have ever worked with. I would trust her with any important event in the future.

Thank you, Christina!

-Katie B.


Christina Hernandez of Nightingale Photography is nothing short of perfect. Meeting her at a Starbucks in San Francisco assured us that we had found the perfect person to shoot our wedding. I found her website and blog after hours of searching online and was immediately drawn to the music, the images, and the overall feel of her photos. As a person who sees pictures as art I really wanted to find someone who would capture the feel of the day, the love, the romance and the unique people we are without intruding. I feel like Christina is a friend for life rather than a random person I hired to perform a service.

My husband loathes having his photo taken and often makes unpleasant faces when a camera is pointed in his direction but Christina made him completely comfortable. He was able to relax, smile and commented on how nice it was to have her join us for our wedding and how he didn’t even notice her presence most of the time. Our friends and family loved meeting her and also commented on how professional she was.

Then came the photos. Christina posted a couple teaser photos on her blog less than 3 weeks after our wedding and they are mind blowing, stunning, perfect works of art! We are elated and so glad that we chose her to share our wedding day with us! We can’t wait to see more!

-Dara M.


ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS describes Christina. My husband and I really enjoy working with Christina. If you want a great photographer– she would be the one you should go with. She is creative, passionate and her heart really comes out through her pictures. You will spends days looking through your wedding and engagement pictures because they will be absolutely wonderful. That’s what my husband and I did. Thank you so much Christina. You are truly great at what you do. Can’t say that enough.

-Ngoc N.


Christina is AMAZING! I first met her when she photographed my brother’s engagement photos and wedding. Both albums were gorgeous! When I got engaged, I had the easiest decision choosing Christina. She is so personable, lively, organized, and efficient. Her prices are extremely reasonable, especially for the quality of her work. Now that we have our wedding photos, we are absolutely thrilled! I highly recommend Christina for your special occasion photos.
BTW- she is also talented in commercial shoots. I know b/c she did the new website photos for my husband’s company 🙂

-Laura K.


I always get a bit nervous when it comes to picture taking. I am extremely critical of myself and I am afraid of what the lens will capture. I talked with Christina a few months ago about setting a date for a family photo shoot and I said I will try to loose a few pounds to avoid documenting my less than desired weight. Christina immediately put me at ease and told me not to worry…

…My photo shoot was this week and within 20 minutes Christina snapped tons of pictures and took super flattering photos that my family will cherish for years. Christina is extremely warm, yet knows how to direct her subject(s) to obtain the best results.
I wholeheartedly recommend Christina of Nightingale Photography.

-Deidre J.


After years of consulting yelp for everything, I’m finally starting to give back! Christina inspired me to write my first review (ever) with our amazing engagement photos. I first chose Christinna as our wedding photographer because I felt her pictures best captured a balance of artistry and emotion. But after getting our own pictures back from her, I can REALLY see what an amazing talent she is! I had worried we would look awkward having all these pictures taken of us, but her warm personality makes it easy to feel yourself. Our engagement photos honestly make me more excited for the wedding!


Christina super professional, extremely nice, and produces FANTASTIC photos. She asks you all of the important day-of questions (who do you want in pictures/ specific shots/etc) before the wedding day which is huge. Most importantly, her work really is incredible and she is a joy to work with! Love, love love!!!

-Stacey C.

-Judy C.

Christina will hereby be my first choice for any photography work I’ll ever need in the future. We met at a work-related conference, where she took portraits for those of us in attendance. I detest getting my picture taken, and was happily shocked and taken aback when I saw the results. The portraits were beautiful and I received many compliments from friends and family. I was even told that they were so good I almost looked unrecognizable (hmmm, wonder what that says about me??).

-Ann V.


Christina is a AMAZING!! She is such a pleasure to work with – great personality, very easy going and so great with making all of us feel at ease. My kids were instantly comfortable with her and had the natural smiles going. She has an incredible eye and is pure magic! She took family photos for us and they turned out gorgeous. We have had so many complements from our family and friends. She was able to capture the fun and spontaneous moments together. I can’t recommend her highly enough – you will not be disappointed and these will be pictures you will treasure forever!!

-Stephanie M.


A very belated update to my original review. As a Christmas present for my in-laws, we booked Christina to come out to take pics of them with our two daughters. The resulting slide show and prints were such a hit, my parents and siblings wanted the same!

Round 2: Christina + 2 grandparents + 5 children/in-laws + 6 grandchildren. Results: great pics.

She has a great demeanor and makes the most serious of parents smile. My sisters and I were amazed, no shocked that she captured our parents laughing on film!!

She is flexible and accommodating and the results are incredible.

I would highly recommend her for ANY of your family’s needs–not just special occasions!

-Mrs P.


I don’t even know how to begin my review for Christina.
When my fiance and I got engaged, I immediately started looking for a photographer because I knew that I would be extremely picking in choosing the right person to capture my big day.
I found a gorgeous photo of a bride and groom dancing at the Flood Mansion, and traced the photo back to Christina.
I went to her website, and was amazed with her style. She has an innate ability to capture emotion, spirit and personality in every single photograph she takes. I immediately requested a meeting with her, and after 5 minutes I knew that I found the “one.”
We took our engagement shoot all around SF (Crissy Field, Russian Hill, the Art institute) and she made us (and our dog) feel so at ease in front of the camera. Since she’s a photojournalist, her photos have a candid feel to them, which made it easy to be ourselves.
I got the photos back, and was absolutely amazed. Every single one of my friends and family that saw our photos told me ” wow, your photographer has a great talent of capturing all of your personalities… even your dog!” Every photo had the most beautiful light, color, and energy, and captured our true personalities.
I feel so blessed that we found Christina. I cannot wait to see what she delivers at our wedding, and I highly recommend that you look into her, as well!

-megan s.


I first learned about Christina and Richard when I attended my friends wedding in 2011 and instantly fell in love with her AMAZING pictures! I had to have Nightingale do my wedding. I didn’t need to meet with Christina to discuss anything, my mind was made up. That’s how much of an impact her photos made on me. I got married in Napa this past November, and I have to say everything about my wedding was perfect ESPECIALLY our photos and our video. Christina and Richard exceeded our expectations, and when it came to the photos and video – our expectations were high! From the minute I met Christina and Richard, I felt like I already knew them. They were SO extremely friendly, comfortable to be around, fun to work with, and throughout the ceremony and reception I didn’t even notice them there..which is proof of an AWESOME photographer. They didn’t spend time telling us to do this or do that, they simply captured our moments in the most perfect way. They gave me such a precious gift to keep forever, and every time I look at our photos or watch our video, I am completely taken back to that day, those moments, and it’s exactly why I wanted such talented people capturing our Wedding. Working with Christina was such a smooth and seamless process, it couldn’t have been a more pleasant experience for us. I want to go back and do it all over again! Nightingale is amazing, Christina and Richard are amazing, and I couldn’t be more happy or thankful for everything!

-Mallory M.

I remember meeting Christina and falling in love with her work at the first bridal fair I went to in the beginning stages of my wedding planning. Her photographs have a unique style that fit perfectly with what my fiancé and I were looking for (we did not want the boring/typical formal/stiff shots). She seemed too good to be true and I left with her card thinking there is no way we could afford such an amazing photographer. As my search continued for the perfect photographer, without much luck, I decided to just go ahead and give her a call. She ended up driving all the way down to meet with us at a local cafe with more examples of her work. We were hooked! Not only is she an amazing artist- Christina is a fun, warm hearted, flexible, and understanding person. She makes you want to smile, and in her line of work, this is good! She worked with us to create the perfect package to fit our needs (and wasn’t too expensive or overpriced at all).

We ended up taking our engagement photos at the boardwalk and had a blast! Besides a bunch of great pictures we were further validated in knowing we made a great choice in choosing Christina to capture our wedding day. We really clicked with her and knew we would work well with her and that she would do a fantastic job in capturing such a special day for us.

We were right!!! She captured everything we wanted and more! Our pictures are BEAUTIFUL! There are so many, and so many perfect ones, that I still haven’t finalized my choices for our book (our wedding was over 6 months ago)! Thankfully she has been very understanding and patient with us! She has been so helpful, professional, and kind through this whole process. We can’t wait to work again with her in the future…the way she captures children is priceless!

-Julianna C.

The minute we hired Christina to do our engagement pictures I knew we would be very impressed with our wedding pictures. From the initial meeting Christina’s enthusiasm for photography and talent for capturing the special moments sealed the deal. She is authentic, warm, and an extremely talented artist. She has a way of making you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, which results in her ability to capture moments that were natural and real. On the day of the wedding she was patient and calm throughout the wedding even through some stressful moments. We feel lucky that we had the opportunity to work with her and we highly recommend Nightingale Photography for any of your special events.

To Christina and her wonderful assistant: Thank you for capturing our wedding day in a more gorgeous way than we ever thought possible!
We can’t wait for another excuse to work with you again. (maybe kids?) 🙂

-Sandy V.

Christina is a real artist! We hired her to photograph our wedding and could not have been more pleased with the lovely, creative, evocative images she made. She made us look amazing! I would hire her again in an instant.

-Jen M.

This was not the first time I’ve posed for business portraits, but it’s never been as easy, and I’ve never loved the end results (meaning I’d really like to keep & use them personally, not just for work!) as much as those Christina did. Christina took solo business portraits of me during a workshop (I totally lucked out!), and she also created a photo documentary of the whole workshop in action.

The individual photo shoot was really fun and casual and quick and easy – almost no time to feel self-conscious. Christina is terrific at putting you at ease. And the results — amazing. I know Christina has a fantastic eye because she captured me in different (& better!) ways than I’ve seen myself before. I saw this also as I viewed some of my workshop members’ portraits – each person’s grace & beauty was so authentically captured, it was pure pleasure to see.

The photo documentary of the workshop was also beautifully done – a tale in pictures of what we had experienced as a group. Christina really caught the essence of our group dynamic through her photo story and “told” our story in a very poignant and special way.

-yumiko y.
After hours spent poring over scores of online photography portfolios in search of a wedding photographer, I came across Christina’s site. I was immediately struck by her artistry and gifted “photographer’s eye.” We were equally impressed by her warmth and friendliness when we met her in person; we hired her on the spot. I am rather uncomfortable in front of the camera, but by the end of our engagement photo session, I was completely at ease (a fact that definitely came through in the photos). As a result, on the day of our wedding, I hardly noticed Christina’s presence, even in the most intimate of moments, like when my husband and I saw one another for the first time. Throughout our wedding day, Christina maintained a perfect balance of professionalism and warmth. We have received endless compliments on the beauty and artfulness of our wedding-day photos. Our wedding album is breathtaking and of fine quality; our parents love their smaller versions of our album.

We found Christina’s prices extremely reasonable and recommend her highly. In fact, my sister-in-law has hired Christina to shoot her Spring 2010 wedding. We look forward to working with Christina in the future for baby and family photos.

-CandJ K.


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