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About Irina

Photography captured my heart at age 10 when my dad showed me the wonders of the darkroom.

my story:

I have been happily married to my soulmate for over 25 years, and I am a proud mother of three awesome sons. Of course, I cannot forget to mention my furry partner in crime, Archie, who is always ready for an adventure. My parakeet, Kiwi, is the loudest member of the household. If you hear her chirping in the background, don't worry, she just wants to join the conversation. Maui is my happy place. I mean, who wouldn't want to live in paradise? If I did not love San Diego so much, I would pack up my bags and move there in a heartbeat. Maybe someday I will, who knows! Champagne and sushi are two of my greatest loves. Maybe that's why I love shooting weddings so much - it's the perfect excuse to pop some bubbly and indulge in some raw fish. Photography has been my passion ever since my dad gave me my first film camera at the age of 10. I lived in Japan for 12 years and even performed on a stage there. Don't ask me to sing now though, it's not pretty! I'm always down for a road trip, especially if it involves fishing. There's just something about being out on the open water that's so freeing. Oh, and did I mention my love for hats? I have so many in my collection, and I want to wear them every day. And finally, a little secret between us - I cry at every wedding I shoot. Yes, every single one. I'm a total sap, and I can't help it. There's just something so beautiful about two people in love say "I do."

The Small Details

Looking for stunning wedding photos that will leave you in awe? Carlsbad Photo, founded in 2015, takes pride in exceptional services and attention to detail. Irina, our lead photographer, understands that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and she'll go above and beyond to make sure every moment is captured beautifully. We'll make every moment fun and engaging, so you can relax and enjoy your special day. Irina will work with you every step of the way to ensure your vision comes to life. Our team uses a mix of light, bright, and timeless styles to create a unique and gorgeous final product you'll treasure forever. If you want wedding photos that will truly capture the essence of your love story, contact us to book your wedding photography now!

Carlsbad wedding photographer Irina with Carlsbad Photo and her puppy Archie


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Words From Our Clients

Bride and groom on their wedding day captured by Carlsbad Photo at Escondido History Center

“Irina did our wedding photos and they turned out wonderfully! She did an amazing job capturing all of the moments we wanted plus some more. Irina was incredibly keen on the shadows and the way my dress lay so each picture was just right. There was no time for our portraits of just the two of us between the ceremony and reception, so she even pulled us away for only 15 min and got some perfect shots during the reception. She was also incredibly flexible when my hair salon ran late and was so nice she added zero stress to any crazy situation that came up. Thank you Irina for adding to special day!”

Colleen & Jonathan

Bride and groom on their wedding day at Fairmont Grand Del Mar captured by Carlsbad Photo

“Irina did my engagement and wedding photos and from the very beginning, I warned her that I never know how to pose or what to do with my hands. When you look at my albums, you’d never know. I immediately felt comfortable with her and she was so amazing at coaching me through the poses. Our wedding went so amazingly fast and Irina stole us several times for sunset and night pictures. She even got us super fast sneak peeks the very next day so we could send thank you cards almost immediately on the following day. In every single way possible, Irina repeatedly went above and beyond the call of duty. I can’t imagine having anyone else shoot my major life events.”

Anicia & Joseph

Newly wed couple facing each other by the fountain on their wedding day at Grand Tradition in Fallbrook captured by Carlsbad Photo

“Irina is an awesome and experienced photographer which is helpful when you have no idea what to expect on your wedding day. She works with you and your coordinator to make sure you get the shots you want. She even recommended some based on previous weddings she did at our venue. The planning process was straightforward and her rates were reasonable. On the day of the wedding she helped us get ready and reassured us that everything would be okay. She never stopped taking pictures and captured some wonderful moments throughout the night. We anxiously awaited our photos and they turned out better than we expected. She did a wonderful job capturing all the important memories. All of the pictures were gorgeous and she really made you feel special. We definitely recommend her to anyone getting married in the Carlsbad area!”

Christina & Nick

Bride and groom on the Carlsbad State beach on their wedding day captured by Carlsbad Photo

“Irina’s work is worth way more than 5 stars!! Me and my husband hired her for our engagement shoot and we loved her work so much we hired her for our elopement! Irina’s talent and passion for photography shines through in every image she captures. She has a natural ability to make her clients feel comfortable and at ease, which translates into stunning and authentic photos.She made the day so special, is reasonably priced and worked well with our busy schedules. I will definitely be hiring her for our future events!”

Brianna & Garrett

Real wedding couple at The Crossings Carlsbad captured by Carlsbad Photo

“Irina with Carlsbad Photo was incredible on our big day! Not only that but the whole process of working with her was just easy, which is so appreciated with all the other stresses involved in wedding planning. She came early, she stayed late, she did gorgeous sunset photos, and then she even brought lights to do night time photos too! She was so fast and efficient it was the best experience I could have asked for. She got really pretty poses and great angles too! I’m so glad I found her!! Thank you Irina!”

Hailey & Nathan

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