california-based wedding and couples photographer


your personal hype girl
a cooking addict
and momma of two

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I promise to be your friend, your advice giver, pack mule, the one who makes having your photos taken fun and effortless! I don't want you to be worried about being perfect. I want your images to feel raw and authentic but most importantly I want it to showcase the undeniable love between you and your honey! I can guarantee that I will be cracking corny jokes along the way and that we will be laughing constantly during our time together.  I will go all out for you. I will always capture the REAL you. I can’t wait to learn more about what makes the two of you unique as a couple. I truly have the most rewarding job and I am so grateful that you put your trust in me.

Ever since I was little my mom would tell me that I had a creative side to me. It took me awhile to believe this but once I did and explored my creativity freely it lead me to photography! I graduated from Chico State with big plans to work full time in HR. Little did I know that's not what my passion would be.  After working 2 years in a 9-5 job my husband told me to take a leap of faith, quit and pursue photography full time.  I was scared to death but I finally did it and I never looked back! I now know I am supposed to be here doing this. Capturing your belly laughs, your bright smiles and all the details and moments of your life adventures together. Being a photographer isn't just about taking beautiful photos it's about being able to show emotion and tell a story through a simple image. And I am here to tell your story!

How did photography become my Thing?

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I quit my Business/HR job to pursue photography full time with ZERO photography experience. I know, I might be a little crazy but it got me here and I love it!

I am a great cook but a terrible baker. The oven is only used for pre-made cookie dough at our house!

My hubby and I have two of the most amazing, spunky little girls. they are our world! 

I love being outdoors. Rain or shine you can find me and my family enjoying nature.

Vacation in Thailand

No. 1

No. 2

Go to a music festival

No. 3

Travel through Europe

No. 4

Ride in a hot air balloon

No. 5

Eat at Michelin star restaurants 

On My Bucket List

"Gretchen is one of the good ones"

Actually she’s The best one. Truly professional but so personal at the same time. Time and time again i am impressed by her work & how BEAUTIFULLY she captures her subjects. She has done my engagement photos, wedding photos and maternity photos to date and i can’t wait to do a family shoot with her one day soon. Anyone looking for photos you’ll truly cherish and fall in love with, hire gretchen. You wont regret it. 

- Sarah Brady-Mead