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San Luis Obispo, CA

Mario Ruiz is an experienced freelance news photographer and journalist based in San Luis Obispo, California. A veteran of 10 years, Mario is available for assignment on the Central California coast, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.



I enjoy weddings for three reasons.

First, it's thrilling. The whole day is just one big adrenaline rush for me and my second shooter. It is non-stop all day long.

Second, it's challenging. There is no second chance. This is where my 10-years of news and journalism training comes in handy. The pressure is on. It's just like shooting sports or a fire -- you don't know what moment will happen next but you plan and anticipate and make sure you are there and ready when that moment does happen.

Third, it's fun to be a part of the special day. I'm following the bride and groom around, meeting everyone's family and friends, and just having fun. The cake is always good too :)