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Opened Shutter Photography is an Award Winning Photography Company two years in a row.

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"All the photos he takes are breathtaking."

I love the pictures Ken takes. Every photoshoot i've had with him have always been a success, he can be serious to get things done but he also makes the photoshoots fun, enjoyable and memorable. After every shoot, i always come home all excited waiting for teasers. All the photos he takes are breathtaking. This company is definitely my favorite, i get jealous when my friends or family ask for the company's info but they definitely deserve it. Id give 10 stars if i could.

~Angelina D.

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LinkedIn Recommendations LogoLinkedIn Recommendations Logo "He is a true artist and master of his work."

I had a great experience working with Kenneth. He is a true artist and master of his work. Very high quality photos-worth every penny. I would absolutely without hesitation recommend Kenneth. 

~Liya A. (Intern Department of Management at United Nations)

LinkedIn Recommendations LogoLinkedIn Recommendations Logo "I can't say enough good things about him!"

The best photographer you can find. Let me just start with that. I honestly can't speak highly enough of Ken and his work. He is an incredibly talented photographer who does magic in his shoots. He is also something of a child whisperer, so your energetic 5 yr old is going to cooperate and take gorgeous pictures. Ken is creative and really takes the time to get a sense of who his clients are to provide the best outcome. I can't say enough good things about him! I will always recommend him if someone is looking for an excellent photographer. You won't be disappointed.

~Janette M. (Resident Operations Manager at Mynd Property Management)

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"Kenneth was one of the early ProFinders to reach out to me. He quickly responded to the questions I had and was able to schedule me last minute at my request. It was the first time I had a professional profile shot done and he was very cordial helping me to shake nerves for more natural shots. He was very supportive and waited until I was satisfied with the shots before discussing next steps.

Overall the process took less than 5 days from initial outreach to getting the final edited images. If you need to improve your profile, Kenneth is highly recommended!"

~Chris Y. (Greenlight Manager at Uber)

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LinkedIn Recommendations LogoLinkedIn Recommendations Logo "I strongly recommend him..."

Kenneth is a fantastic person to work with. He is a skilled photographer and knows exactly what takes to make great photos at various settings. I strongly recommend him to your photography needs.

~James X. (Senior Manager, Product Marketing)

yelp2yelp2 "Your quality of photography captured the memories that was deeply cherished by all who attended."

To define the word AWESOME would be describing Kenneth Embalsado from Opened Shutter! He captured all the candid moments "from start to finish" of my daughter's surprise 23rd birthday party yesterday! His professionalism was outstanding! 

Kenneth "Opened Shutter" now has a lifetime customer in me using his service for other future events! I will recommend him to all!

Thank you Kenneth! From our very first conversation when I told you my ideas for the event...and all the steps in between...until the final day of such a joyous occasion. You captured the vision I had in my head on film in your photography!

Your quality of photography captured the memories that was deeply cherished by all who attended. Thanks for such quality service! You're the bomb!!!

Looking forward to working with you again in the near future. My 50th birthday is coming up! I'll be in touch!

-Kim Y. 

"His ideas and poses are amazing and he truly made every photo perfect..." 

"Opened Shutter Photography is one of the best photography companies ever! My husband and I got married 3 years ago and Kenneth (the owner of Opened Shutter) did an outstanding job on our photos. His ideas and poses are amazing and he truly made EVERY photo perfect...there was no photo we didn't like. Kenneth's creative mind is what EVERYONE needs when it comes to taking photos of any kind. If you're looking for a reliable, reasonable and outstanding photographer, Kenneth is your guy!"

~Lana J.

LinkedIn Recommendations LogoLinkedIn Recommendations Logo "Ken and his team have done a wonderful job in providing us memorable photos and videos..."

I have used Opened Shutter Photography for several occasions over the past years. Ken and his team have done a wonderful job in providing us memorable photos and videos of our events. Ranging from individual sessions, family photos, prom and my daughter's quinceanera. Ken is professional, knowledgeable and provides excellent customer service! There are always so many great photos and in different angles, it is difficult to just pick a few! I highly recommend Opened Shutter Photography as you will be very pleased with the results! 


~Nancy S. (Executive Business Partner/Assistant to CEO at ZL Technologies)

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Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122 "...he did so well with the kids and gave us the freedom to take some of the shots we wanted..." 
 

"We had a wonderful experience with this company. We had family pictures taken outdoors at Stanford. It was great. I was hesitant to do family photos as we have 4 kids 7 and under, so thought it would just be too hard and stressful. But he did so well with the kids and gave us the freedom to take some of the shots we wanted as well as the ideas he had. Pictures turned out great and the kids had so much fun. Pictures were done within the week and the price was very reasonable. We already have another session booked with them."
 

~Lee-Anne R.

 


 

Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122 "He was able to make our family comfortable , happy and relaxed that it reflects on our photos."

Our daughter's first birthday was coming up, and we were looking for a photographer who would capture this special, once-in-a-lifetime moment. With all the chaos I left selecting the photographer to last minute and just chose Opened Shutter out of a whim thinking It would either be a hit or miss. I'm so glad it was a super hit. Kenneth is a great photographer who is warm, patient and accommodating. He was professional, pleasant and easy to work with. Not only did he arrive on time, he also picked a nice location in a park close to our home gave some good guidance and made us feel comfortable. 

He was able to make our family comfortable , happy and relaxed that it reflects on our photos. Though i still feel i was not completely prepared for a photo-shoot, we all enjoyed the experience and were very pleased with the results. His turnaround time is also so quick, and the number of photos is always manageable and really beautiful. I have and will be happy to recommended him to others.

We really hope to have Kenneth capture more moments in the near future.

-Saaji S.


 

yelp2yelp2 "I've had my fair share of awkward photo shoots with conversations that only involved what the next pose would be.  But with Ken, it was like I was hiking with one of my friends..."
 

I couldn't have picked a better photographer to work with for my graduation portraits at Coyote Hills! Ken demonstrates exceptional professionalism, but what really sets this experience apart from others is how natural it was working with him. I've had my fair share of awkward photo shoots with conversations that only involved what the next pose would be. But with Ken, it was like I was hiking with one of my friends who happened to take a bunch of really really awesome candids. Asides from my wedding photographer, Ken has been the only person to capture moments of who I am versus what I look like (if that makes any sense). But it didn't stop there. He even designed my grad announcements! One stop shop! Ken's services are simply amazing. He goes above and beyond his comfort zone and pays ridiculous attention to the client's expectations and details (thank you hee hee). And as cliche as that sounds, there's no other way to describe what he does and how he does it.

Photos are more than just pictures of people, places, and things. They're documents of milestones; memories you want yourself and others to remember forever. And if you're looking for someone to capture the essence of any life event, big or small, Ken is the man for you! With him, you get the best of both worlds: professionalism and passion.
 

-Ky N.
 

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Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122 "It's often difficult to be natural and relaxed when you don't know the person taking photos of you, but Kenneth made it easy!"

This was my first time I worked with Kenneth and I have to say my family and I enjoyed the experience. He was very accommodating with location and time - especially since we needed someone to take our family / save the date portrait in 2 days. 

He is super friendly and easy to work with, and we were super comfortable with him during the shoot. It's often difficult to be natural and relaxed when you don't know the person taking photos of you, but Kenneth made it easy! 

We received the photos a couple days after the shoot. Kenneth even gave us a couple sneak peaks while he was editing. The photos turned out great.

Thanks again Kenneth!

-Jeanny D.

   

 
Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122 "By far the best experiences having him conduct my photoshoot after one of my fitness competitions."

If you're looking for a photographer who is very professional, makes you feel comfortable the whole time, and will give you great quality pics then Kenneth is the photographer you're looking for!  By far one of my best experiences having him conduct my photoshoot after one of my fitness competitions.  My wife and I are already planning two other shoots with him in the near future!

Do yourself a favor and make an appointment for all your upcoming events!
 

-Russ G.


 
yelp2yelp2 "...He was very patient and made us and my 2 year old really comfortable."
 

We had a great experience working with ken . My little one wasn't cooperative for the photo session but He was very patient and made us and my 2 year old really comfortable . I highly recommend him . 

Looking forward to work with him again.

 

-Rans R.


 

yelp2yelp2 "He always provides a fresh new look surprising me with his work."
 

Photographer, photographers, and more photographers! They are everywhere with pricing tables in huge ranges from high to low. But when you hire a photographer most importantly you worry about image quality, turn around time, and reliability. 

With that being said I am glad I have found Kenneth because he offers many talents and abilities with his photography at an affordable price without ever missing the quality. Kenneth has worked for me many times in the pasted, with lots more to come in the future. He has shot my live fashion events, fitness models, boudoir couples shoot, and even my wedding! Kenneth has changed his theme for every single shoot with the design and style of the shoot never being the same. He always provides a fresh new look surprising me with his work.
 

Don't go through countless numbers of photographers like I did, make the right choice first and hire a real professional.

-Tyler W.

Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122 "...was able to take my idea and turn it into reality, he is great with kids and made the shoot fun and painless."

I couldn't be more happy with Opened Shutter Photography. Kenneth was able to meet me for a photo shoot, edit and return the finals to me with very short notice. Kenneth was able to take my idea and turn it into reality, he is great with kids and made the shoot fun and painless. I will definitely be recommending Opened Shutter Photography to friends, family and colleges.

-Jason D.

yelp2yelp2 "I will definitely recommend Kenneth to all my family & friends."

I hired Kenneth for my son's 3rd birthday & his shots were awesome. He was very professional. I was hesitant about getting a photographer because of the cost but he made it very reasonable. The quality of the shots made made it all worth it because my son will have all these great memories captured forever. I will definitely recommend Kenneth to all my family & friends.

-Charity B.

 

 

yelp2yelp2 "Love his work, he has captured many special moments..."

Kenneth has been a great photographer!! Love his work he has captured many special moments in me and my family's life. Between engagement photos, family photos & fitness shoots.... There's many more to come! :) so excited to share that with such an amazing photographer.

-Megan N.

Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122 "We are so pleased we chose Opened Shutter as our photographer."

We were so pleased we chose Opened Shutter as our photographer. Kenneth is a pro in this area. The pictures were really in outstanding quality. They all looked professionally crafted. Not only Kenneth quoted us a very reasonable price, but also the work he did was great. He is very efficient in capturing perfectly every moment. He works cheerfully and fun to work with. Did not encounter any problem throughout the whole time. We are so happy we found him. Thanks to thumbtack.

-Arnel B.


 

Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122 "...immediately left an impression on our guests with his level of professionalism and preparedness."

My wife and I contracted Kenneth from Opened Shutter to shoot video and pics of our gender reveal party. He immediately left an impression on our guest with his level of professionalism and preparedness. He was on time and ready to shoot when guests started showing up. The quality of the pictures are amazing because of the great cameras he uses. And having access to our pictures and videos on his secured website makes it easy for us to share them with people. At least five of our guest asked what type of events he shoots based on seeing what he did for us. And the pricing was reasonable for a the work that was done. We will mostly likely be hiring him for our baby shower pictures.

-Robert W.

Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122Thumbtack_Logo_5-stars-300x122 "We couldn't believe he got our photos done in the same day!"

Kenneth did an absolutely outstanding outdoor photo shoot for my family in Half Moon Bay. He was very accommodating with the time and location we wanted. The photos were shot on the beach and he really chose creative angles to bring out the best of us including 2 kiddos. We couldn't believe he got our photos done in the same day! We love his work which conveyed a warm gentle tone. He was able to capture the emotion of the subject so well that his pictures can instantly tell stories for generations to come.

-Melanie W.

"making something out of nothing is just what he did."

This company is amazing. I had Ken do my sons first birthday and baptism photos on the day of his party and let me tell you, making something out of nothing is just what he did. No back drop, no problem. He mad it work. Lighting wasn't the best but he made it work. HE MAKES EVERYTHING WORK. Very very professional. I would recommend this company to anyone and everyone. I will use them again.

-Roldan M.