Barbara Alessandra has the ability to capture the beauty and tenderness of those very real, very important moments. Trained at Brooks Institute of Photography and hailing from a long line of international image makers—her grandfather was a pioneer in aerial and documentary photography in Peru— Barbara’s technical mastery of her craft is outshone only by her ability to forge trusting relationships with her clients, allowing them to be their best and most beautiful selves in front of her lens.
Barbara’s work can be seen in various publications, including the national bridal magazine The Knot, and popular lifestyle websitesGrace Ormonde and Style Me Pretty. Her images have graced the covers of glossies including Coastal Woman Magazine and Wedding Celebrations, and she has been named “one of the industry’s best photographers,” by Design Aglow, an internationally recognized resource to the trade.
Barbara lives in Ventura with her husband Ramon, and their two children, Sofia and Tiago. When she’s not in the studio or on location, she can be found sitting down to tea parties and building fairy kingdoms in the yard.
We used Barbara for our wedding at the Montecito Country Club and she was fabulous! She made sure to meet with us ahead of time and put together a list of all of the “must have” photos so that on the day of we didn’t have to do any thinking. She was creative and not too cheesy with her ideas for group & couple photos. She also maintained a calm, yet authoritative attitude throughout the whole day, reassuring me that she had everything covered! We were so pleased with our photos and have received countless compliments on how beautiful they are! – Marissa M.
Barbara is an amazing photographer!!! Very professional, captures her photos beautifully, and is so fun to work with! My husband and I first saw her work when she did our friends’ wedding 3 years ago and I just fell in love with the slideshows! Barbara has a profound way of capturing her subjects so intimately and with such detail that you see the relationship between the couple revealed naturally. My husband and I were getting married in the SF area and so I was not sure if Barbara would be able to travel. Not only was Barbara very accomodating and did come up to San Francisco; she also met with me and my husband in person a few months before the big day to get to know us and go over details. How many busy photographers will do that? I was very impressed with her and like others have said, I felt very relaxed and comfortable around her during the shoots. My husband can be pretty camera shy and even HE was relaxed and felt comfortable during the sessions! Barbara gave us and the bridal party great direction and everyone felt relaxed and not rushed. Having Barbara as our wedding photographer made everything flow well, I did not get stressed out and our wedding day was memorable because of it! My husband and I would not hesitate to work with her again, Barbara comes highly recommended!! – Google Review
I first met Barbara more than 2.5 years ago, my husband and I chose Barbara as our wedding photographer. We loved her style and her price for the quality couldn’t be beat. We were super happy with our engagement pictures and ecstatic when she gave us our wedding pictures and slide show. For our wedding she shot in both film and digital and really caught the romance of the day as well as the joy of our family and friends. Barbara is amazing and comes into her element when she is behind the camera and made us feel so comfortable. Barbara is extremely talented photographer, and a great person. I can’t wait to see these newest pictures and know that I will someday work with her again 🙂 – Kelly B.
Barbara is an amazing and versatile photographer! Every experience I’ve had with her has been great. She’s relaxed, but focused and professional. I first went to her for a boudoir photo session, then hired her for engagement photos. She is now photographing our wedding. I will always recommend her! – Kristine D.
I can’t stop crying! Or stop watching the slideshow! The pictures are so beautiful! You do your profession proud. You are such an artist! I will be even more excited to see the rest of the photographs. I loved the engagement photos, so I knew that you would do a great job on the wedding photos. I would say you have out done yourself, but I know you have much more to show the world!!
Thanks so much for bring a special touch to the whole event!!!
Mother of the Bride
Wow! I don’t even know what to say. Greg and I were both moved to tears watching it [Slideshow of images]. You are truly an amazing artist! You have exceeded our expectations of having photographs with “soul” to them. I can hardly wait to see the rest of the images and to be able to display them in our new house. I feel like I want to show off our wedding photos to anyone who will look at them. Thanks again for your hard work! – Greg and Kari Kimbrough
Barbara was exceptional in so many areas! I’ll start with her personally. Barbara is a total professional, but also has a wonderful and beautiful human side to her. I honestly can call her my friend after working with her for such a brief time. She tries to get to know the couple she’s photographing and her concern for you as a person shows in her work. I also liked that she paid attention to the types of photos my husband and I enjoyed prior to our event. She took time to ask and made sure to balance our photojournalistic love with a few posed shots (though even those looked amazing–like just out of a magazine!). Barbara also took pictures of the little things that you might not realize matter until after the event: the cooks in the kitchen meticulously preparing our meals, artsy shots of our centerpieces among peoples’ purses and jackets, and most of the guests who attended. But these types of photos were never at the expense of us–with the use of her assistant photographer, there was always a camera around us for reaction shots or poignant candids. There really is no way she could have captured more perfect photos of our event. Sincerely, -Melanie Carmona
My husband and I found Barbara to be a Godsend! She went above-and-beyond in her preparation and implementation of our wishes. She is very easy to get along with and has great vision. Her energy helped her be almost everywhere to capture those once in a lifetime shots. She is a great listener and easily recognized our needs. We have recommended her to many people and have no hesitation recommending her to you. -Adrienne and Martin
We hired Barbara Alessandra to photograph our wedding in SB – she is so great! As I am a professional photographer myself (we live out of town), finding someone in SB with really high quality and creative work was really important to me. In addition, her prices are reasonable and she has an incredibly warm and friendly personality…she has been a joy to work with thus far. And from the quality of her pictures, I predict that she is one of those photographers that in 5 years who will be really well known and cost a fortune! -Kerry Rodgers
Barbara is the most amazing wedding photographer there is. She is extremely talented and her ability to “capture the moment” is unmatched. After my wedding, there are so many awesome pictures to choose from that it took me months to narrow down my favorites [for the album]. If you hire Barbara for your wedding photography, you definitely can enjoy the big day worry-free that your moments are being framed perfectly. -April Schneider