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“I am super excited and feel very lucky to have met Bret Cole. In 2013, we managed to work together in San Francisco, Sonoma, and Tahoe! Not only is she a fabulous and sweet individual, but her work is fresh, pure and beautifully editorial.”

Mellissa Panico Map Events

“I’ve never seen a photographer give so much of herself on a shoot. Bret puts her heart and soul into her work. Her exquisite use of color, composition and emotional focus produces images that look like they’re stills from a European movie…Of course, she is talented and charming, but most importantly, she makes images that make you feel something. And that’s what it’s all about.”

Marcy Maloy photographer

“Bret and her assistant were fabulous to work with, immediately put my family and I at ease, she captured every moment without ever intruding or posing us. Your wedding goes by so fast, and as a bride, you are so busy, it’s hard to stop and remember every moment and detail. But looking through Bret’s pictures, I get to relive the day over and over. There is not a moment she missed. During our dinner, she was able to capture some incredible black and white candids of several of the guests and family members. Without even knowing any of the people, she was somehow able to capture their personalities and expressions so beautifully. It is truly something I will treasure. My wedding was incredibly beautiful, but somehow Bret made it even more so in her pictures through her lighting and angles. I cannot recommend Bret Cole Photography enough.”

Mariah & Chris Calistoga, CA

“Bret is absolutely amazing. From the moment we met her she made us feel like we had been friends for years and we were instantly comfortable around her (so important considering we aren’t terribly fold of taking photos!). She was so sweet and knew exactly the style of photographs we wished for. Also, on our big day she was so professional and simply wonderful to be around. Everything went without a hitch and we couldn’t be happier with our photos!! They are simply gorgeous and completely exceeded our expectations. We are so thankful we chose her to document the most important day in our lives. Our wedding photos mean the world to us and we’re thrilled we have ones we absolutely LOVE. I can not recommend her enough!!”

Benjamin & Lindsey South Lake Tahoe, CA

“Bret’s energy around children is gold! She has a way of photographing kids that makes them feel at ease.”

Jose Villa photographer

“ Oh my gosh….I LOVE THEM ALL!!!! They are just beautiful and perfect and I don’t even want to have to decide on which ones I will have printed and what not because I seriously have waaaay too many favorites. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! It means the world to us that you made us feel THAT special on our wedding day. You can tell you clearly love what you do and you’re so compassionate with your clients. It’s really fantastic.”

Carissa & Hunter Lake Tahoe, NV

“My husband and I eloped in Italy with no family in attendance so selecting a fantastic photographer was very important to us in order to capture the day to share with our families when we returned and also to have a fun person to spend the day with. We could not have picked a better person than Bret for the job. Our photos turned out amazing and we couldn’t be happier. Bret was super easy to work with and we really enjoyed our time with her in Italy. I highly recommend her to all my friends looking for a photographer.”

Katie & Eric Florence, Italy

” Bret is an incredibly talented film photographer. I fell in love with her work and was blessed to have her at our wedding. She was very flexible with all of the last minute changes and provided beautiful photos that will help us to treasure our wedding day forever. Thank you, Bret!”


Dina & Davede Napa, CA

“Bret Cole is fabulous and treated my clients with the utmost professionalism and care. I was pleased on every level of service. Thank you Bret for all you do to care for those who place their most precious day in your hands.”

Stephanie Beer Covenant Coordinating

“Thank you so much for the photos of the girls. I don’t know how you managed to get any good images of them given how temperamental they were, but you did. The photos are gorgeous. Thank you so many times over. It means so much to us. I will recommend you to everyone!”

Michelle & Jeff Santa Barbara, CA

“Bret was such a delight to work with. She completely captured the essence of our wedding. She made us feel comfortable and relaxed. She’s got a great spunk and a ton of personality. We highly recommend her.”

Sean & Courtney Carmel, CA