It is a privilege to see the universe through the lens of Cheriefoto's camera. The photographs are works of high art with an unexpecteddly rich perspective. In trying to pinpoint what makes the work so magical, I realize it is in the judgment and the imaginative use of staging elements, transforming a moment to an elevated level of glory. ~ Joan Dangerfield, Bel Air
I have done boudior photos with numerous photographers but Cherie turned me into a center fold and my husband's fantasy girl. ( He uses one of MY photos as his screen saver on his iphone). It was by pure luck that I found Cherie when I googled boudoir photos. She was the best "google" find I have EVER had. Most boudoir experiences i have had were quick and not very creative. Cherie and her husband Hedley made me feel extremely comfortable and sexy. They had amazing sets, lighting and were both taking pictures at the same time with numerous cameras. I felt like a super model! I had such a wonderful time with them that I thought if I have a few good photos it would be an added bonus. Their work was so amazing I was able to create a "museum quality" portfolio of photos for my husband's birthday. Cherie creatively assisted me to present my husband with a very elegant black portfolio of sexy photos with "Happy Birthday, Baby. Your Fantasy Girl" engraved IN FRENCH on the first photo. I was so proud of the present that I presented to my husband on his birthday which we celebrated at Chateau Eze in the south of France.I not only consider Cherie one of the most amazing photographers I have ever worked with but I also consider she and Hedley as friends. I will be using Cheriefoto at two family events this summer and I am so excited for the amazing photos we will get to share as a family. ~Yvette Poole, LCheriyve, Gardena, CA
Boudoir Cafe .... ! So special, magnificent and unforgettable experience I had that day being with Cherie and Hedley! They made me feel so gorgeous, beautiful and unique .. that I never felt before! I had a feeling that all my childish dreams became true that day .. they revealed an actress and model in me, they found my inner woman, so feminine, sensual and stunning and reflected her in those beautiful shoots that I have now! I admire your talent...! Thank you so much for your warmness and that lovely and joyful atmosphere that you created for me! I enjoyed every moment, each idea and all those emotions that we were sharing while shooting me! This day will always be one of the brightest memories of my life!
~ Marianna, Moscow, Russia
"None of our friends could candidly recommend their wedding photographer and we became worried that we would not find someone we respected and trusted. Fortunately, our paths crossed with Cherie's. Her artistic talent is surpassed only by her professionalism and kindness. Cherie was an absolute blessing. "Fabiana and Bryan Holman" Besides Cherie’'s stellar eye for creative, unique photos, her charismatic, easy going personality makes you feel completely at ease. She truly listens to your concerns and whatever your occasion, she’ll capture the laugh, the smile, and the look." ~Karen Kline, Denver, CO
I can never get over that we have a house full of professional prints, Helmut Newton, Cartier Bresson etc. but the pictures everyone praises and adores are the ones Cherie took of my daughter and I when she was an infant. They are not only beautiful, artistic, intimate but communicate our love for each other that is only a rare photographer can catch in an instant. I can’t wait for her to shoot all of our four children in the same light.
~ Sherre Hirsch is a Conservative Rabbi, author of "We Plan, God Laughs" and frequent spirituality expert on television, Los Angeles
From the day we walked into your studio we knew you were a very special person with an extraordinarily rare talent, but we never imagined just how incredible the end result would be. I don’t know how you did it, but you nailed every important moment and made them look BETTER than what we remember. Your calm, sparkling energy did wonders for my nerves and for the attitudes of our family and friends who do not normally like to be photographed – and it shows. The bottom line is that we are more proud of our wedding photographs than we are of any other element that went towards creating our wedding. We look forward to sending other engaged couples your way and are very excited to hire you for all the other “most important experiences” of our lives. ~ Sincerely, Katie and Peter McNally, Los Angeles
Dear Cherie, THANK YOU for being apart of our wedding day. You and your team were wonderful, both warm and at the same time totally professional and your pictures are spectacular! I knew from Dina and Shane's experiences with you, to have high expectations of the work, but you surpassed even my expectations. Thanks again. ~Bridget Morris & Joe Hauler, Los Angeles.
"Thank you so much for the photos you have forwarded. They are fabulous! I sent them to my mom in Moscow and she said " Pictures are MAGNIFICENT, you look like a model".Now, this is the most compliment I have heard from my parents in 31 years of my life combined! Thank you Cherie, for making these incredible memories and making them say those wonderful words to me. ~ Luda Kane, Los Angeles
"I had met with a few photographers and all the pictures were so contrived and felt like they were all the same. The last thing we wanted for our wedding is for it to resemble or feel like every other wedding . It was pure chance that we bumped into Cherie and as soon as I saw her book and realized that every wedding she shoots takes on a completely unique look. Whether editorial or portrait she captured our day. Her and her team were completely invisible throughout the day, yet everyone seemed to remember and adore her. She is officially the one person that we would call over and over for all of our special events. She really is one of the most talented and cool photographers we have ever met!" ~Laura Niemi, Los Angeles
"We had heard of Cherie through some friends and once we saw their photos we knew we had to have her photograph our family. She exceeded our expectations with amazing pictures that have become conversation pieces in our home. Cherie is a wonderfully fun person to work with an exceptionally creative force that thinks outside the box in a way that captures the essence of the situation. She is our photographer-for-life!" ~ Rhonda & Mark McCary, Houston, TX
I am a huge fan of your work." ~ Jessica Latimer Features Editor, Grace Ormonde • Wedding Style Magazine
After you have had the amazing experience of working with Cherie and Hedley you can't work with anyone else...ever. No one has ever made me feel more like a sex pot than this incredible woman! From the moment you walk in the door you are treated like a queen and made to feel invincible. Working with them was an absolute dream come true! If you are looking to boost your self esteem, shoot your dream boudoir photos or just have the very best time of your life, run, don't walk, preferably with a bottle of champagne and high heels, to the Boudoir Cafe and make your dream a reality. Cherie and Hedley's phenomenal artistry is matched only by their beautiful spirits and phenomenal senses of humor. The way she sees you through her lens will take your breath away. His lighting and techniques are insane! They are a deliciously fun and completely professional team eager to bring to life your wildest visions. I can't recommend the Boudoir Cafe enough-words simply can't do them justice; you must experience their unparalleled work for yourself! I'm already planning my next shoot!!
~ Kaya, America's Got Talent, World renowned Bellydancer, Denver, CO
"My heart was racing in the anticipation of this romantic day of love... and in walks Cherie with her necklace of cameras, her calm and that creative glint in her eye... here to capture for us the essence of our vision, our love and all the magical moments that otherwise would be only memory... Cherie floated about the night and weeks later when I saw the pictures I realized how thoroughly, how artfully and how exquisitely she had captured the swirling energy of our Wedding...She is truly an artist and truly sees the people she shoots... I am forever grateful for such beautiful artistry and for the time she took in connecting with us... Thank you Cherie!" ~ Lesa Hardy & David Bergeaud, Los Angeles
Thank you for the great pictures. It is not easy to make us look good. You did it. ~ Robert H. RobertsManaging partner Sullivan, Workman and Dee, LLP
To anyone who is considering hiring Cherie Steinberg Cote` for your photographic needs, I would say, “Don’t wait, book it!” My wife and I have been lucky enough to reap the rewards of Cherie's amazing work and creative eye, more than once. In each job, she brought her incredibly like-able personality and professional work ethic to the task at hand. I cannot state enough the in-numerous compliments we receive when our friends and family view the pictures that Cherie has created with her considerable talents. If you are looking for a photographer that will take it to the next level and give you a product that will exceed your dreams, you need look no further than Cherie. We will never look to anyone else again. We are clients for life! ~Lesley & Andrew Temple
"AMAZING, phenomenal, FUN" are just some of the adjectives I'll use in this review to describe our experience with Cherie, Hedley and the rest of team Cheriefoto!
Cherie, Hedley, et al. shot our engagement shoot in the streets of Downtown LA this past April and subsequent wedding at the chic and beautiful SLS Beverly Hills Hotel this past July!
My fiancee and I decided on doing something "funky" and unique with our engagement shoot. So collaboratively, we shot near L.A.'s Arts District where there are a wealth of beautiful, mural-like graffiti walls throughout the neighborhood. It made for an inexhaustible amount of cool, hip and "natural" backdrops that allowed for fun and creative poses! We also managed to squeeze in some indoor studio time at the famous Jesus Wall nearby (which we highly recommend and has a very reasonable hourly rate) to "change it up" with some sexy, playful and romantic setups. Suffice it to say, we laughed and played so much--especially when Cherie and Hedley would jump into some of the shots with us--that the most difficult thing for us to do would be selecting photos for printing. We posted some on our social networking sites for friends and family and the responses we were got were tremendous! On to our wedding. ~Philip Rodriguez Actor-24Hours, Justice League, Day of Our Lives, Los Angeles
We were soo excited to be having our wedding ceremony and reception at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel for various reasons. Not only did it fit our personality but talk about a plethora of great rooms and decor to shoot with! The hotel was designed by famed hotelier and artist, Philippe Starck. The interior design throughout the hotel has elements of chic, "retro-Euro" backdrops, furniture and wall art...with a variety of monkeys being a central image throughout the decor and "look" of the hotel. It is a photographers dream studio! The hotel was kind enough to give us almost complete "carte blanche" to shoot throughout The Bazaar and other outstanding places throughout the building. It made for some visually stunning art-house caliber photos. We even had our "first look" reveal photographed in such a unique and beautiful way, it was magical!
The wedding ceremony and subsequent reception were all the more fantastic! Cherie and Hedley managed to capture so many great, candid and profound moments of our wedding experience. It is what makes them, in my opinion, so refreshing!
If you want your standard, blasé, run-of-the-mill, "pose-y" wedding photos, go elsewhere. But if you want a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience, with hands-on, editorial style wedding and engagement photos...do yourself a favor and go with Cheriefoto!
I have been a Rabbi for 29 years and have pretty much lost count of the weddings at which I've officiated...I'm guessing it's 650+...you and your crew were consummate professionals. Thanks for a great experience in working with all of you. ~Rabbi Scott Sperling, Director, Union For Reform Judaism Mid-Atlantic Council
I had a very tough time convincing our attorneys that it was time to spruce up their corporate headshots for our marketing campaign. My promise was that it would be done professionally and be “quick and easy”. Little did I know that they would even have fun along the way. Thanks to your expertise and relaxed approach, we ended up with a high quality portfolio of great and unique professional portraits of our attorneys. You exceeded our expectations and produced not only high-quality headshots, but also captured the personality of each individual attorney.Now we have our own corporate photographers! Thanks again. ~ Alma Karic - Marketing Manager at Sullivan, Workman & Dee, LLP
Dear Cherie: Thank you, Cherie, for photographing our wedding. You captured the energy, emotions and details of our wedding. I know shooting an Indian wedding with the various Hindu traditions, the large extended families, the colors, the high energy and the dancing can be challenging. You not only pulled it off, but did so with unsurpassed style and professionalism. No important detail or ceremony missed your lens - even though we had not walked you through before the wedding. You also were able to capture the true emotions on our faces as well as the faces of friends and family. We were honored to have you as a photographer and through this process we have come to consider you as a friend. Thank you so much for your stunning work. We will cherish the photographs forever. ~Love, Simon and Sonali Joshi