Best Wedding Photography // 2016

By January 5, 2017Features, Weddings

In the name of love, I present to you my favorite wedding photos from 2016.  I really should say in a labor of love because it took a lot of time to take all these shots and also a lot of time to narrow them down!  I had about 450 shots that I thought were exceptionally blog worthy this year (though it could have easily been twice that!)  And I think I finally narrowed it down to about 180.  There were so many magical moments that I was fortunate enough to be a part of this year that I think this might be the hardest “best of” post I’ve ever done!  But it was all worth it and totally paid off because as of this writing I am proud to say that I have won Best of The Knot for 2017!


That marks three straight years of making the best of list, putting me in the top 2% of vendors on The Knot.  It’s been a lot of hard work but as much as I can claim credit, it’s really all my amazing couples, giving me wonderful reviews that really tipped me over the edge.  I’m not one to gloat so I won’t say much more other than when I set out to win this award I made it a goal to win it for at least three straight years in a row.  And now that I’ve done that I’m quitting the biz… juuuuust kidding!  In honesty, it feels more like when a famous restaurant gets their 3rd Michelin Star.  The hard work finally gets you to that elite status but now you have the pressure to not just maintain your work but to create beyond what’s been expected of you.  And when you face that moment you can either pack it all in or dig creatively deeper then you have ever dug before.  I choose to dig and whether you be a someone I’ve worked with before or someone I have yet the pleasure to meet, I hope you decide to join me for the excavation.

As always, enjoy the highlights, I would love to hear what your favorite shot might be in the comments (waaay) below!


Danto Photography is a Southern California-based wedding and portrait photography company. Principal photographer Joel Danto injects a storytelling sensibility into every wedding he shoots. He blends the raw emotion of photojournalism and the seductive aura of fashion photography to create images of romance and substance; a style he has dubbed “Modern Story Photojournalism”. Joel strives to achieve a natural aesthetic that lets the true beauty and enchantment of life speak for itself. His unique approach results in photography that is fresh yet instantly timeless, and differentiates him from the typical Los Angeles wedding photographer

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