Ben and Courtney Nielsen
Your story matters. Let's tell it.
We met in college in 2013 and got married in 2017. Ben grew up in northern Mexico (so tacos are always welcome) and studied Broadcast Journalism. Courtney grew up all over California and got her degree in Communications and Photography/ Videography.
In case you hadn't read at some other point on our website, we love stories. We love reading them, watching them, listening to them and telling them.
Santa Cruz, California is home base for us. It's where we mountain bike, onewheel, hike, chill at the beach, watch Survivor every night, try to live as waste free as possible and run Sand and Stone Media.
We started Sand and Stone Media because we're storytellers and we know that the best photos and videos are the ones that tell your story. We named it Sand and Stone because Courtney's a beach bum and Ben's a mountain guy.
We know that some of the most important elements of our culture are the stories we share, and we're here to help you share yours. We're always open to meet in person, call, video chat or message if you have any questions or just want to get to know us. We like to think we're laid back and easy going so no pressure though.
We're stoked that you're considering us for whatever idea or shoot you have in mind!
Feel free to contact us!
"I can not speak highly enough of Sand and Stone Media. Their style has so much depth and quality to it. I hired them to do some photos of me for my business and I couldn't be happier with the way they captured who I really am. Ben and Courtney are creative, affirming and made me feel so comfortable in a situation that is often uncomfortable. Courtney and Ben will make you feel secure and cared for in your photo experience and you will receive photos that are unforgettable."
"Courtney and Ben are amazing photographers, videographers, and artists, but most importantly, people.
We had the honor of having them as our wedding media specialists back in August 2018 in Hawaii. We had an engagement shoot to warm us up and to get to know each other’s personalities and felt so comfortable with them on our day - like they were lifelong friends we had been waiting to meet again! They captured our spirits and gave us photos and videos better than we could have ever dreamed of!
If you get the opportunity to have these beautiful souls capture any of your moments - take it! You will be forever grateful you did. We cannot wait until the next time we get to see them and work with them! Thank you both again for everything!"
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