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    GoodEye Photography + Design Here you'll find the latest and greatest professional photography work by Chris Schmauch, plus tons of pricing info and other helpful resources.

    Based in lovely Santa Cruz, California, I'm best known as one of the top Bay Area wedding and family portrait photographers, but I'm also an accomplished commercial photographer with a well-rounded portfolio of architectural interiors, food, lifestyle, homes, hotels, health, business, retail... well you get the point, I love it all!

    I've got a 2016-17 Availability / Schedule posted so you can see if I'm already booked for your date (always ask, just in case), and definitely check out my Services & Pricing page to see if I'm in your ballpark budget range.

    Visit often, feel free to contact me anytime for more info – call (831) 216-6210

Natural Bridges Engagement Photos - Morgan and Cliff

Morgan + Cliff (Engagement Photography) @ Natural Bridges Beach, Santa Cruz, California

Wow, there were so many keepers from this romantic and sexy engagement session, I had such a hard time picking myView full post »

Kianti's 10th Anniversary - Santa Cruz Event Photos

Kianti’s 10th Anniversary (Event Photography) @ Santa Cruz, California

Kianti’s just held their 10th anniversary, a commendable  achievement for any business, no less a restaurant! TheView full post »

Business Headshot Photos - West Cliff Drive - Santa Cruz - California

Daniel (Business Portrait Photography) @ West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Daniel is graduating from UCSC soon, and needed some professional head shots for his LinkedIn profile before headingView full post »

Cupertino - new home real estate photos

7082 Bollinger (Real Estate Photography) @ Cupertino, California

This is a gorgeous custom home built by a small family-owned builder in Cupertino. I could say more, but – pictures.View full post »

Henry Cowell Family Photos

Nabih, Vicki and Kids (Family Photography) @ Henry Cowell, Felton, California

If you want a really natural field / forest / creek setting, Henry Cowell in Felton is a great location. Just offView full post »

Perry House Wedding Photos - Lisa and Tony Album Design

Lisa + Tony (Wedding Album Design) @ The Perry House, Monterey, California

Lisa and Tony had a wonderful wedding, full of dancing, laughter, and of course a few tears. Perry House in Monterey isView full post »

Eagle Ridge Wedding Photos - Lisa and Corey

Lisa + Corey (Wedding Photography) @ Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Gilroy, California

Wow guys, what an amazing way to start off the wedding season. No rain, but some cool clouds – gorgeous bride andView full post »

Brazilian Room Wedding Photos

Crystal + Ben (Wedding Photography) @ The Brazilian Room, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California

Well it wasn’t quite the last day of the year, but darn close I’d say! On December 30th, 2013 I met up withView full post »

West Cliff Drive Family Photos

Sam H (Family Photography) @ West Cliff Drive & Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, California

Even grown-up families need a good family portrait from time to time. We snuck this shoot in after Christmas, butView full post »

Capitola Proposal photos on the beach

Capitola Surprise Proposal on the Beach

Steve contacted me, saying he was going to propose to his girlfriend on the beach and wanted me to capture it –so cool!View full post »

Capitola engagement photos on the beach

Lisa + Corey (Engagement Photography) @ Capitola, California

Sometimes a couple just clicks, and they don’t require a whole lot of interference on my part when it comes toView full post »

West Wind Barn Los Altos Hills Engagement Photos

Joan and Nathan (Engagement Photography) @ Westwind Barn, Los Altos Hills, California

It’s amazing how you can transition from the densely populated Peninsula / South Bay to the rolling hills in LosView full post »

Tapas Dishes - Editorial Food Photography - for South Bay Accent Magazine

Tapas Restaurants (Editorial Food Photography) for South Bay Accent Magazine

South Bay Accent Magazine contacted me because they were doing a story on the best Tapas restaurants in the South Bay;View full post »

Westin San Francisco Corporate Event Photos

2013 Holiday Party (Corporate Event Photography) @ Westin Hotel, San Francisco

The Westin in San Francisco hired me to photograph their annual Holiday Party / Employee Recognition ceremony at theirView full post »

Henry Cowell Engagement Photos - Stevie + Angelo

Stevie + Angelo (Engagement Photography) @ Henry Cowell

One of the great things about the Bay Area is our temperate weather; there are very few days I have to cancel, and canView full post »

Old Monterey Inn - Lover's Point - Elopement Photos - Nikki and Glenn

Nikki and Glenn (Elopement Photography) @ Old Monterey Inn / Lover’s Point, Monterey, California

Oh elopements, how I love thee – you are a quick and intimate ceremony and about two hours of mellow shooting with twoView full post »

Santa Clara Convention Center - Corporate Holiday Event Photography

Brion 2013 Holiday Party (Corporate Event Photography) @ Santa Clara Convention Center

These are a select few of the photos I took at Brion’s annual holiday party. This year it was held at the SantaView full post »


Stanford Dining – Cooking Candids

These are some behind-the-scenes kitchen candids of Stanford University chefs hard at work! Looking for an on-locationView full post »

Stanford Dining - Palo Alto Architecture Photos

Stanford Dining – New Building (Architectural Photography)

These are multiple exposure HDR photos I took of the interior area of Stanford’s newest dining hall. ManyView full post »

Stanford Dining - Palo Alto Food Photos

Stanford Dining (Food Photography) @ Palo Alto, California

I had the pleasure of taking some photos of the culinary creations of Stanford University’s fine chefs – allView full post »

Fort Point Engagement Photos - San Francisco - Carly and Josué

Carly + Josué (Engagement Photography) @ Fort Point & Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

It was cold and windy and late November when I met up with Carly and Josué for their engagement shoot at Fort Point inView full post »

Capitola Beach Engagement Photos

Molly + Jay (Engagement Photography) @ Capitola Beach

It was great to meet and get to know Molly and Jay a little during their engagement session at Capitola Beach. TheyView full post »

Kohl Mansion Wedding Photos - Danielle + Tony's Wedding Album

Danielle + Tony (Wedding Album Design) @ Kohl Mansion, Burlingame

The best thing about wedding album design is revisiting past weddings, and all the fun moments that happened that day.View full post »

Carmel Beach Engagement Photos

Evelyn + Lon (Engagement Photography) @ Stewart’s Cove, Carmel River State Beach

I’ve had quite a few couples recently that wanted to include their dogs in their engagement session – they are,View full post »