Testimonials

This place is great!  Marc is a talented, wonderful photographer with a knack for helping his customers feel comfortable in front of the camera!  I’ve been to This is It Photography twice in the past 6 months and both experiences were superb!  The first time was a gift for my 13yr old daughter…she’s a young, budding actress and wanted to see what it was like to take pictures with a professional photographer as she forms a portfolio.  As I “watched from the sidelines,” Marc’s easy going personality helped her to relax and have fun with the experience!  She had a blast at the session and her personality really came out in the pictures.  The second time I went was for me… I wanted some formal and informal shots to share with friends and family.  Marc, again, was very easy to work with and had a few cool ideas and props that made the session great.
Andre L. Hayward, CA


My husband and I just had a baby a month ago and wanted to get some family shots taken with our new baby, our near-two year old, and of course us parents, too. As you can imagine, it’s no small task to get 4 people looking at the camera and smiling all at the same time – especially when 2 of those 4 people are a either a toddler and a newborn! Marc and Phoebe were so patient with us and helpful. They really took their time and our pictures turned out FANTASTIC! The color contrasts and lighting, not to mention the poses – all of it was terrific.
Afton B. San Jose, CA

We’ve worked with Marc and Phoebe since, what we consider, the beginning of our lives together. They have done our engagement photos, wedding photos, post wedding photos and now our Maternity photos!. It’s like their new “Grow with Me” package came out at the perfect time. We planned to take some pictures at the studio and we didn’t really know what to expect since everything else we’ve done has been on location and to our surprise they came out perfect. But hands down, their niche is location shots. Even if we are just sitting or standing in the middle of a park’s lawn, the pictures come out great. I don’t think anyone could have captured our love story like they have. All of our friends and family love every single shot. They are officially our family’s photographers and I can’t wait till my little man gets here so we can continue with our photo sessions.
Yolanda San Jose, CA

i have nothing but great admiration for Marc’s ability as a photographer! I hired him to do a photoshoot for our family to commemorate our 10th wedding anniversary… Marc is very easy-going, accommodating, and humble. He made our photoshoot with so much ease, comfort and confidence. As a result, I’m still receiving numerous compliments from friends and families when they saw our photo slideshow!…he absolutely met my expectations and truly worth hiring for again.

LA G. Castro Valley, CA

The studio is very cute and artsy! I loved the one on one attention he gave us. We are so happy with the outcome of our in studio pictures and will plan to have Marc do another family photo session in the near future outdoors! woohoo 🙂 Thanks Again Marc See you Soon!

Nicole L. Gilroy, CA
… lots of backgrounds to choose from and overall, a very nice setting for our two young children (almost 4 and 2). like most kids their age, our kids weren’t the best subjects for a shoot — our daughter was miss fussasaurous and our little guy was a monkey who had trouble sticking around in one place. marc was sweet and so incredibly patient! ….he shot a nice range of family shots and several of the kids toghether and separately. it was a very nice mix of images and i’m excited to get them printed!
A.W. San Carlos, CA

I took my two teenage boys for a photo session.  I was so happy to see the fun creative ways they were shot.  Marc really captured their individual personalities – they were so comfortable to just be themselves.  These were not your boring everyday photos – and there were way too many good ones to choose from!  The touch ups were done perfectly. Thank you for a fun experience and really great photos to cherish!

Susan W. San Jose, CA

Aviles makes the environment and setting integral to wedding and portrait pictures, preferring natural, spontaneous shots… Even his posed portraits have a natural, unstudied feel.

Carolyn S. Santa Clara Weekly

Marc photographed my 15 month old a few days ago and all I can say is WOW! he was so patient and made it so fun for my son and us! He is an awesome photographer! He delivered our proofs 1 day later and they were FANTASTIC. I will never use anyone else!. THANK YOU MARC!
Rhonda A. San Jose, CA


We did two sessions with [Marc] one with me & my hubby and one with us & our 3-year old. Marc not only spent extra time with us but we got some AMAZING shots. My friends can’t stop gushing about them!! He’s was edgy with us and tender and kind with our little girl. Everyone with a toddler knows it’s not an easy task to coerce them to give some results!
D.W. San Francisco, CA

Our son had his one year old photo session last 2 months ago. It was not easy to take a picture of a baby who is all over the place. Marc did an excellent job. He was great with my son, and pictures turned out really great. No doubt, when my second baby turns one, we will definitely go back to This is It Photography for her first photo session.
Michelle K. South San Francisco, CA

Marc photographed my daughter for her graduation announcements. Our appointment was set for a studio shoot. I have had many experiences with professional photography and can assure you Marc is not only a great photographer but he also has all the applications you will need to select and retouch your perfect shot. Marc’s studio fee and print fee schedule are a steal…his flexibility and drive to satisfy his customer assure a positive experience. My daughter left his studio feeling like a Rock Star!!! Thank you so much Marc!!! See you in November 🙂

Starlette S. Los Gatos, CA

A Photography Studio based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, California, serving the great San Jose , Oakland, Napa, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area and destination weddings worldwide - we've done amazing destination weddings in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Orange County and Hawaii.