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By carefully aligning our philosophies, skills and techniques, Real Exposure Photographers are committed to offering outstanding service, unique and artistic perspectives, unobtrusiveness, and comfort. We aim to deliver you a cohesive, compelling visual story to document your wedding day.

We offer clients extraordinary wedding photography services through a combination of creative talents, a wealth of professional experiences and most importantly - our dedication to providing personalized service.

Karen Nepacena | Co-Founder

Karen grew up in the Bay Area where she began expressing her artistic side, dancing ballet with various companies around the United States. She retired from dance to earn her BS in Business Administration / Minor in Photography at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She studied fashion and photography in Florence, Italy, which led to the launch of Real Exposure Photography and Nepacena Handbags.


John Shum | Co-Founder

John earned a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and also attended the New England School of Photography. He served commercial and wedding photography clients in the New England for over a decade before moving to San Francisco to continue a career in photography and Web design.


Omar Pahati | Principal

A Bay Area native, OJ has contributed his passion for both still photography and motion picture to the studio for over 5 years with Real Exposure. He obtained a BS in Film from USC and is actively involved in the local San Francisco arts scene as a musician, dancer, and videographer.

Andria Lo | Principal

Andria received her art degree from UC Berkeley and has worked with the team for over 5 years leveraging a multi-faceted array of talents in Web design and photography. She freelances in the Bay Area and holds local staff photographer positions, including Hyphen Magazine, a leading Asian American magazine that covers arts, culture and politics. View her gallery.

Stephen Chow | Associate

Our newest member of our studio, Stephen brought our post-production to life with his digital workflow expertise, and also brings his photographic talents to the field, blending with our style of unobtrusiveness and candid portraiture. He is also a Bay Area native and studied photography at Diablo Valley College

Ania Witkowska | Associate

Ania is a San Francisco-based commercial photographer who brings a keen eye for detail, leveraging her passion for food and travel photography to produce unique wedding photojournalism. A native of Poland, she has landed in the Bay Area, camera in hand, to continue her journey through artistic photographic expression. See her personal works.


Our Equipment

The technology in photography changes rapidly, and to ensure the best photographic quality is achieved, we constantly upgrade equipment. More recently, we've been using the professional line of Canon & Nikon digital SLR's, Canon and Zeiss lenses, and Adobe workflow and editing solutions.