Documenting life's moments... Honoring the stories they tell

Bernadette and Rick created Narrative Images over 15 years ago after they met as photography students studying photojournalism and fine art photography. Based in San Diego, CA, Narrative Images has become the top documentary and photojournalistic style wedding photography studio. Let us tell your story.

We are photojournalists and documentary photographers at heart. At weddings we look for real, fun, unexpected, and heartfelt moments that make your wedding yours... Read more about our services, values and process

We believe your photos should be as honest and unique as you are... 




Real moments and natural emotions should tell your story.

Aesthetically Speaking - you should love just looking at your photos.

Visual Storytelling


Dear Rick & Bernadette

San diego wedding photographers

You guys are definitively going to be our go to photographers for life

 You really know how to capture the essence of who we are as a couple.

We’ve looked at them a thousand times and still find ourselves smiling because what you captured brings us back to that day. 

WE LOVE THE PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are obsessed, can't stop looking at them and smiling.  

Hands down - asking you two to be our photographers was THE best decision we made for the wedding. 

Weddings are a way to not only celebrate couples, but also family and friends. It has been an honor to play a role in crafting the way in which our clients and their families relive their wedding day. As wedding photographers we have developed a sense for when and how moments that hold stories come together. We understand that photography is not solely about technique, but also about waiting, observing, being present and grounded. These qualities are really the basis of photojournalism and documentary photography. As you see in these photos and our portfolio, sometimes the story reveals itself in the future and sometimes in a split second... sometimes in fun, happy, joyful, moments, and at other times unexpected, heartfelt, in between moments. Wedding photos along with being artistic, should document and reflect who we are...

Wedding Photojournalism

The Pendy Hotel, Gaslamp, along with the downtown San Diego street scenes, and restaurants were the perfect setting for a classy engagement session. For Ciara + Eugene, the light rain only added to their engagement shoot!

Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Engagement shoot

As San Diego Wedding Photographers, we have had the honor of working with many interesting, unique and wonderful couples. This year led us to photograph at so many great classic, rustic, and modern style wedding venues around San Diego and across the US. 

RECENT Wedding moments

We began their engagement shoot at the Grand Del Mar and eventually made our way to the coast for a sunset walk on the beach in Del Mar. We had a lot of fun with these guys and look forward to their wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum

Fairmont Grand Del Mar Engagement Session

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Narrative Images Photography is an award winning San Diego based photography studio led by professional photographers Richard Unis and Bernadette Johnston. We specialize in fine art wedding photojournalism and documentary wedding photography. Our portraiture and event photography style is natural, artistic and authentic. As a  San Diego based company, we are available for national and international travel. Narrative Images has been voted one of San Diego's top photography studios. It has been a privilege to photograph hundreds of weddings at so many great wedding venues in San Diego and Orange County.  Aside from shooting onsite in a candid, creative and also sometimes classic and traditional style we also offer a unique photo booth experience for our couples. 

Our background in photography is rooted in our academic study of documentary and photojournalism. This approach, along with our studio work has led us into product photography, corporate events such as conventions family portraits, newborn, lifestyle photography. Our studio provides wedding album design, online photo proofing, complete photo editing, and support throughout the planning process. We are more than happy to refer you to a list of our favorite wedding vendors as well as share some of the unique and interesting wedding ideas our clients have included at their ceremonies and receptions. Be sure to checkout our blog as well for the most recent shoots, tips, and advice on how to make the most of your wedding day. Read about wedding venues, gather ideas and inspiration.

Our style is natural, authentic, creative, candid, honest, and photojournalistic. In this sense our wedding photography is timeless and classic.

Our photos have been recognized and exhibited nationally. Bernadette also teaches photography classes for the Museum of Photographic Arts or MOPA. We have won awards for wedding photography from PDN, 10 News A-List, The knot, Wedding Wire, and are published in numerous magazines and a few books on photography including a guide for photographers on mastering the technical and creative aspects of engagement shoots. We are a 5 star reviewed wedding photography company on multiple sites.  

We photograph across San Diego, CA  and Southern California. Our portfolio is full of images taken in countless locations including local places such as La Jolla, Del Mar, Coronado, Mission Hills, North Park, South Park, University Heights, Downtown, Torrey Pines, Old Town, Little Italy, Poway, Carlsbad, La Mesa, Sunset Cliffs, and Balboa Park. As well as destinations such as the Bahamas, New York, New Jersey and as far as Istanbul Turkey. 

Narrative Images San Diego Wedding Photographer

Based in Beautiful San Diego CA... Shooting everywhere near and far. San Diego County, Del Mar, La Jolla, Downtown, Temecula. We also love to travel for destination weddings.

We would love to meet up for coffee or a drink sometime and learn some more about your wedding!