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Portrait Photography - Central Coast of CA - Swanson Family - Studio 101 West


Studio 101 West - Atascadero, CA - Interior and Exterior of Studio 101 WestIf you couldn't tell by our work, we love photography and we love people. We love meeting new people and getting to know them. If we don't make some kind of connection with you during or before a photo shoot we haven't completely done our job. Fortunately, Dennis has been doing this for so long that getting people to relax and be themselves in front of the camera is second nature to him.

Studio 101 West serves many types of clientèle from fun and energetic high school seniors to business executives, to families with wiggly kids. We've built our business around them and wouldn't want it any other way. When we aren't shooting people (with the camera, that is) Dennis enjoys shooting architecture and photography for businesses, and works hard to keep us current in new trends and technology. We are a dynamic studio with clients all over the nation, but proudly serve our local community here on the Central Coast of California.

Family owned and operated since 1988, we're raising two wonderful kids and have maintained a healthy marriage to boot. Based in San Luis Obispo County, California, we travel world-wide as well as nationally, however we are so in love with the central coast and relish the fact that we don't need to go far for a photographic adventure.

Our business is about people and making them look and feel their best. When you choose Studio 101 West as your portrait photographer, you'll not only get beautiful portraits, but you'll contribute back to our local community which we are highly involved in.

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