Nice to meet you! I’m Blake Weber, owner and primary photographer of Open Arms Photography.
My wife Kat and I started Open Arms Photography in 2013 when she finally convinced me to follow my passion in photography and put it to good use for others!
It all started for me back in high school, when I blacked-out the corners of my dad’s tiny tool shed with trash bags and duct tape to make my own darkroom for developing film. Even with the convenience of digital cameras today, I will always attribute my skill and discipline to the countless hours I spent perfecting my craft in a darkroom, one print at a time. I now have over 15 years of experience behind the lens since those early days.
We’re salt and pepper, right and left shoes, peanut butter and jelly. Kat has a degree in studio art and works behind the scenes to keep the business running smoothly, and adds that much needed ‘female’ perspective to choosing and editing photos. Lets be honest, I just couldn’t do this without her :)
We’re high school sweethearts, and had our own wonderful wedding almost eight years ago. We have two beautiful boys, Nolan, 2 years, and Carson, 2 months old. We’re passionate about love and family and its an honor to capture those precious moments for others!
We’re natives of Santa Cruz County, and feel so lucky to have this GORGEOUS area as a backdrop for photos. But we are available for weddings wherever your heart takes you!
We’d love to get to know you, and tell your story. Its all those little details that are important parts of what make you awesome!
We consider ourselves ‘lifestyle’ photographers. We’re less interested in placing your hands in the perfect posed position and more interested in just letting you be YOU! Lets create situations that make for great photography, and capture life as it happens naturally. We travel light on gear and stay quick on our feet, so we’re always ready to catch that unexpected giggle or joyful tear.
Our goal is for you to look at your wedding photos, whether its 10 years or 50 years from now, and remember what it felt like to be in that moment. So we keep our style casual and timeless. Just like life, maybe every photo isn’t a technically perfect, studio lit ‘masterpiece,’ but that beautiful moment happened for a reason and its an important part of your story.