I did not find photography, it found me. My name means "light" and so I was destined to be a photographer. There is nothing more fulfilling when I know I have captured the perfect image. It is a feeling that is very hard to describe.

 

My photography career began in Los Angeles in the corporate entertainment field where I covered events for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Los Angeles Philharmonic/Hollywood Bowl and USC (just to name a few).  After finding out I was pregnant with my child, Gaia, I decided to focus my photography on shooting weddings, maternity photography and families. I take what I do very personally and I have developed friendships with many of my brides and grooms. I have had the opportunity to not only shoot their weddings, but also capture their special moments in their lives such as their pregnancy photos, newborn images and their family portraits from year to year.

 

I love adventure (my motto is "fear is the mind killer) and have traveled to over thirty five countries photographing many diverse cultures and landscapes while learning a lot about the world and myself.  I have trekked the forests in Uganda in search of mountain gorillas. I have followed the nomads in Niger, sky dived in South Africa (where I was born), gone river rafting on the Nile, volunteered as a photographer in India and Ghana and lived in Costa Rica for 3 years where I was surrounded by nature!

I live in the Conejo Valley with my family that includes three dogs, a cat and our pot belly pig named Herman!

 

I am available to shoot weddings and events in  Los Angeles or anywhere else in this beautiful world!

About Me

"Ziva is simply the best. She is super professional and organized. We had some specific thoughts and ideas for pictures and she got them all. She took 780 pictures at our wedding, and everyone of them were awesome. She was so fast, that we were able to start enjoying them online during our honeymoon. The CD's arrived less than 2 weeks after our wedding and our family and friends love them. Make a great decision in your wedding planning process and hire Ziva.”

Jody

Los Angeles

Love Letters

“​Ziva did our engagement session, our wedding, and a wedding Marryoake! She is professional, flexible, and extremely helpful!! She used the lighting and environment to make stunning photos that we will cherish forever! Both of our families absolutely adored her and could not believe how painless she made the photo shoots feel! She is extremely budget friendly and the quality of her work is amazing! A huge thank you to Ziva for being such an integral part of our wedding day! We are so grateful to have found you and look forward to using your services in the future!!”

Alicia & Larry

Ventura, CA

“​Ziva was such a great photographer!!! She was extremely flexible when it rained on our wedding day and our helicopter ride from Long Beach to Catalina was delayed by two hours. She was willing to come back the next day or come with us that day and spend the night on Catalina Island. She was very professional and creative and so easy to work with! It definitely made our day so much better to have such a warm and wonderful person to work with.

Nora & Broderick

Colorado

Ziva Santop - ziva@zivasantop.com

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