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Hi, I’m Julio. I’m a wedding photographer from San Diego, California.

I’ve got to capture weddings in the most unique venues of my city, from beaches to ballrooms, and vineyards to fairways. During my career I’ve had the honor of working with remarkable, impressionable couples as well as top wedding professionals

Today, I capture moments throughout the United States and around the world. With my passion for photography fueling me, I live to create vivid, beautiful images that tell stories of the people living within them. I use my home-based, world-cultured creativity to create breathtaking galleries of organic moments during once-in-a-lifetime occasions

Being able to give this gift truly inspires and motivates me to continue honing my art, and to continue capturing the perfect scene in each passing moment.

Photographing a couple is about telling a story; and in order to tell the story, you must know the people.

Interacting with unique, marvelous people is a true highlight of my career. I listen diligently and work with clients to ensure all their wants, expectations, and concerns are fully accounted for. I witness and capture natural, intimate moments between people and locations, enhancing the entirety of their surroundings.

I am used to adjusting to new events, climate, people, and locations—regardless of location. I speak Portugese and Spanish along with English, and am able to communicate well throughout global destination venues. I am honored to share intimate moments with exemplary individuals, couples, and families. I am humbled to be able to witness unrequited love, joy, and celebration of weddings.

I mostly use natural light for my portraits; I enjoy the feel. My development is natural, without overly developed digital filters.

Unlike photographing sports, where creating the perfect image can depend on many different scenarios, weddings provide extensive opportunities to perfectly capture a once-in-a lifetime memory. My most popular pieces are often my Portraits. Sometimes intimidating due to their intimacy, taking a more unobtrusive approach while maintaining close attention to detail allows me to connect without compromising comfort. I’m always humbled to share the moments that last a lifetime.

As a wedding photographer, my technique fuses Photo-Journalistic and Modern Portrait types of photography. Documenting the action without much direction. Combining organic expressions and natural settings to produce artistic reflections of living moments. I work to capture the essence of the experience without interrupting it. Navigating crowds unassumingly, scouting for genuine emotion then interacting just enough to bring it into focus.

In 2012, I fulfilled a long time dream.  Two of my close friends and I drove from southern California to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I kept a journal on our four-month road trip as we passed through 14 countries, survived amazing adventures and took some of the most inspiring pictures of my life. My photography has taken me places I thought I would only dream of going.  It’s taught me to observe and learn; to appreciate the beauty of our world’s unique places, all while experiencing different cultures and new languages. I’m eternally grateful for the love and support of my family and friends, the opportunities my profession provides and the amazing people I work with.

I love capturing organic interactions on the wedding day.

My biggest wish during my work is for the client to have a great experience. I strive to deliver an unforgettable moment that can be kept forever—both in pictures and in memory. I work closely with each client to ensure their experience is fantastic, and exceeds their expectations.

Originally from Brazil, I come from a family of creative minds and beautiful souls.  My father and grandfather are renowned photographers and architects; and my mother an avid art collector.  As a child I would spend hours looking at their work, dreaming of being a photographer. When I was 15 years old my mother handed down my father’s cameras to me.  With his Polaroid and 35mm Leicas, I was able to learn the fundamentals of photography and focus on acquiring technical knowledge before I took on the digital world.  Even though most of my equipment today is digital, I still like to shoot 35mm and develop my own film.

In 2002, I moved to San Diego to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer.  Along with my vintage cameras, I brought a deep desire to create something different. After I started college, I developed a passion for sports and water photography.  From spending hours practicing in the water to attending countless workshops at the renowned Brooks Institute, I worked diligently to gain knowledge and experience. Cultivating my own unique approach to surf photography, I found success in my passion; seeing my work published in some of the most iconic surf magazines in the world.

While working in the photo department at a surf magazine, I stumbled into an opportunity to shoot wedding photography in San Diego. One of the people I worked with at the magazine was a wedding photographer, and he needed an assistant. I wanted to learn something new so I gave it a shot, and it was amazing!  Photographing weddings felt so fluid and natural, and I enjoyed it so immensely, that I quickly started shooting them more and more.  Working with seasoned industry professionals, I eagerly absorbed everything I could about becoming a Wedding photographer. Mastering the fundamentals, experimenting with techniques and refining my style until I was ready to start my own business. In the spring of 2006, I created Fonyat Wedding Photographer and have been fortunate to achieve success doing what I enjoy.

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Client Testimonials

Most of us hope that our work speaks for itself and often have difficulty with self-promotion, even when it’s simply stating personal facts for our business.  To relieve this stress, I find it helpful to honestly relay what the people I’ve worked have to say.  I’m eternally grateful to do what I love for a living and truly humbled to receive the praise of my clients.

Photo Booth

A unique photo booth that’s entertaining and interactive for everyone, the open-air design is a perfect fit for your wedding day! It’s a great alternative during the dancing portion of the night that everyone can enjoy; and the high quality photos are lifetime moments of your special day.

Destination Weddings

I’ve traveled and photographed personally and professionally all over the world.  Being multi-lingual, a seasoned traveler and an experienced wedding photographer offers security and piece of mind to my destination wedding clients that whatever minor travel issues occur, the photography will be there on their special day.

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1767 Blackbird Cir, Carlsbad, CA 92011 | 858-688-2299 | fonyat@fonyatweddings.com