Strand Photo

Strand Photo is a boutique photography studio located in Manhattan Beach, CA. 

We specialize solely in Wedding and Portrait Photography. We serve clients all over the world but our focus is here in the South Bay and the Greater Los Angeles area. Our approach to wedding and portrait photography is a mixture of traditional, photo journalistic, and contemporary styles. We are visual storytellers and we strive to make each photograph - worthy of hanging on your wall. We see life as art and we capture it as it unfolds and present it in a unique and special way. We have worked with countless celebrities and have become the "goto" photographers for many of the residents of Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo Beach. To learn more about our services, please contact us.


Founder // Head Photographer

John D. Russell - South Bay "sorta-native" moved to Manhattan Beach in 1986. He attended Meadows Elementary, Manhattan Beach Intermediate (MBI), and Mira Costa High School. During High School John started on the first ever C.I.F. Championship football team at Mira Costa and his class only lost 5 games in 4 years! He's proud to have been on the team that started a legacy at the school and still has his C.I.F. ring to prove it! :D

John has been shooting professionally for over a decade and has photographed some of the biggest celebrities in the world. His connection to photography is powerful and we encourage you to read more about John's story here.

To book John for your wedding or portrait session, please click here.


Associate Photographers


Marisa Vitale

Alison Buck

Yohan Yoon