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RAFAEL P.
San Marcos, CA
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5.0
12 Years of experience

I am a goofy father and husband, I have two beautiful kids that I spoil all the time.

My passion for images, stills and motion, are something that make moments be eternal. It tells your story and can remind you of a moment in past that brings joy and emotions.

I am also a surfer, commercial cinematographer and director. I love dogs and the outdoors. Everywhere I go, I bring my camera, because you never know when you will find the next great picture.

A fun fact about me

I got my first camera at age of 4 and I shot upside down.

Equipment & Languages

Languages Spoken:

English and Portuguese

Camera:

Canon EOS R, CANON EOS R5

Lenses:

CANON 70-200MM, SIGMA ART 50MM, SIGMA ART 24-105MM, CANON RF 35MM, CANON 100MM MACRO, CANON 100-400MM, SIGMA ART 18-35MM.

I am good with…

Children

Capturing Emotions

Capturing Atmosphere

Breaking the Ice

Story Telling

Candid Moments

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Children

41 photos

Reviews

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5.0

Reviews from other sites

  • Sarah E.

    From the knot

    Wow! I am absolutely stunned by the beauty and emotion and perfection that Rafael and his team captured! We are a very laid back couple and so the focus was on the people and having fun at the wedding - he somehow managed to capture that while also capturing a beauty that I didn't even realize was there! Everything was true and amazing. He represented people perfectly with background music and shots, and even though everyone did look good on the day, they look AMAZING on film! He managed to get incredible dancing shots without anyone looking funny, and I just can't believe how wonderful everything it. This was THE BEST decision we made about our wedding and I am SO happy we did it. a 5-minute Highlight Video and 20-minute Feature Film is all I ever need (we also got the full first dance and full toasts for memories). I watch it all the time and love that when people come over I can have them watch my entire wedding in under 30 minutes! He didn't miss any moment, and I am just so incredibly happy to have had this perfect day captured in such a perfect way <3 THANK YOU!!

  • Knottie

    From the knot

    Rafael Pires is an amazing videographer! The highlight reel for my wedding was recently released and I feel like I am watching a trailer to a movie! Rafael masterfully pieced together the most memorable parts of my wedding and created something very beautiful. My wife (Crane) and I knew we would be so fortunate if Rafael had an opening to shoot for our wedding day. We were lucky that he WAS available to be our videographer! We were so impressed by his body of work, which stood out from much of everything else we've seen from other videographers in San Diego. Every highlight reel that Rafael has created is unique to that couple, whereas most other videographers would try to save time and effort by following a set formula (for instance, their highlight reels would look and feel the same regardless of who is getting married!). Rafael would take that time and effort to carefully plan out each sequence, and made sure we got something special. He even visited the hotel that we stayed for our wedding - days in advance - to survey the area and find the best spots to shoot! Rafael is a true artist and knows his way behind the camera. And as an artist myself, it is easy to see that he cares a great deal about his work. I find myself watching my wedding highlight reel multiple times a day! I am grateful to have Rafael as part of my wedding and I highly recommend him!

  • Anissa H.

    From the knot

    My wedding planner recommended Raphael Pires to me, and I am so happy that she did! Raphael and his entire team are so professional and good at what they do. Everyone made us feel so comfortable. After a while I did not even know they were there! I was amazed at the quality of the video, and the moments they were able to capture. You can tell that he takes pride in his talent and has a passion for making wedding videos. Not only is our video amazing, it is also unique and personalized. Definitely get a wedding video and definitely hire Raphael Pires; you will not be disappointed!

  • Julie M.

    From the knot

    My husband and I hired Rafael to produce our Grand Entrance video. We wanted something fun and different, and Rafael certainly achieved that with the video. The video was one of, if not, the highlight of our reception!!! Rafael collaborated with us at every stage of the process and he was so understanding and took our vision and turned it into something extraordinary. We never get tired of watching the video!!! You can't go wrong with Rafael :)

  • Lydia M.

    From the knot

    Rafael and his helper Chris captured our wedding beautifully! They were constantly filming making sure they got every important part of our special day. They did all of this without being in the way or really drawing attention to themselves. We could not be happier with our trailer and long movie. They make everyone cry and perfectly capture the emotion and joy of the day!

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