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About Juan

When Juan was 12 he received a compact film camera as a birthday gift from his father. At that time, he used his camera in a playful way, snapping anything that would come in front of him.

After several years he decided to take his love for photography to another level and attended film school where he studied Cinematography. Juan became a professional Cameraman and Director of Photography in Buenos Aires, his city in Argentina. 

Pinnel Photography was created to put the 15 years of knowledge and experience that Juan had behind the camera in service of couples. Juan feels that this is a way in which he can support one of the things we all need the most: love.

If you would like to see more of Juan's commercial and personal work, please check out his other website www.juanpinnel.com



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Hi! We’re Juan and Talia Pinnel, a husband and wife photography team based out of Santa Barbara, California. We are explorers of life, on a journey together, sharing our love and creativity with everyone we meet. 

We met while living at a meditation retreat center in Northern California in 2011. Since then we’ve been inseparable and have been immersing ourselves in countless adventures around the world, always with a camera in hand.

We’re inspired by pristine, natural landscapes and places with a sense of magic and soul. We enjoy hiking, swimming in the ocean, meditating, laughing with friends, cooking delicious food, and watching old movies, especially French New Wave and independent films.

Photographing weddings gives us the chance to witness love in one of its purest expressions. Creating images that inspire and serve as a reminder of humanity’s capacity to love is one of the most valuable ways that we can contribute to our community.

Read what our clients have to say about working with us on The Knot.



Photograph by Steven Leyva


About Talia

One day while in college, inspired by the colors and textures of New York City, Talia picked up a camera and started taking photos of everything around her…people, smiling dogs, flowers, trees in central park, clouds, striking architecture.

Throughout her many travels and now with Pinnel Photography, she continues to use the camera as a way to capture the richness and fullness of life, in particular the essence of a person or a place. She is inspired by moments that communicate sweetness, warmth, honesty and wildness.

In addition to her skills as a photographer, Talia is an expert organizer and helps coordinate behind the scenes to keep Pinnel Photography running.  She is especially good at connecting with brides and helping them perfect their creative vision and timing for their wedding day. In her free time, Talia studies meditation.