Softouch Photography

Testimonials

Photography

I had sooooo much fun with Bonnie!  She made the unnerving prospect of a “photo shoot” easy!! Thank you Bonnie for your patience, expertise and great care in making me look and feel beautiful!!! We all need that sometimes!!!”

JoAnna, Ventura, CA

 

“Bonnie was our first family experience with portrait photography. She has incredible talent and experience, providing us with exactly what we wanted. She also did a brilliant job with our daughter’s college graduation announcement, as well as the framing of two special mola’s from Panama. Bonnie is one of those “one-in-a-million”, both as a professional and a person. She is our photographer of choice for life!”

Beryl
Alameda, CA

 

We are thrilled with our photography and the way that the beautiful framing turned out.  The pictures are lovely.  I found a great spot for ours in our entrance hall right by the front door.  It’s very noticeable. I know Fran is going to love her style, too.  I think it’s just perfect for her.  Thank you very much; the whole experience has been delightful.  It’s just been a pleasure.  We’re very, very, very happy with the results!  So thanks, Bonnie, for a great job!

Jane & Bob
San Jose, CA

 

Bonnie is one of those talented photographers that is not only technically good, she has a warm, sweet personality that makes you relax in front of her camera.  We enjoyed our photo session with her and will definitely use her services in the future.

Kathy & Mark
Fremont, CA

 

Bonnie is just a delight to pose for!  I was never self-conscious or uncomfortable. I was able to relax and just be myself.  I know that Bonnie was mindful of finding the best me and she did it with a wonderful smile! Thank you!

Laura
San Mateo, CA

 

[Re: Ordination Ceremony for Rev. Roberts]  Bonnie is a top-notch photographer.  She knows how to get the pictures you want with that sensitive and creative eye of hers!  She did a wonderful job from beginning to final product.

Rev. Louann Roberts
San Jose, CA

 

Bonnie’s easy-going manner really helped make our family portrait perfect! She’s easy to work with and fun, too!  She made my not very beautiful backyard look beautiful!

Kathy & Chris
Fremont, CA

 

We were very pleased with Bonnie’s photos.  The photos definitely captured the fun and excitement our parent’s anniversary party!

Vernon & Doris
Sunnyvale, CA

 

I had so much fun last night and I love the mini album! I have already showed it off to three friends at work and it is not even 8am!  Thank you so much for all your hard work and creative ideas.  I sure do have some beautiful memories captured in gorgeous photos.

Val & Bill
Fremont CA

 

Dear Photographer Extraordinaire – Thank you and your assistant for strengthening our memories of that day with your talents and energy (!!) in capturing the best moments!

With love, your satisfied customer, Betty Carol

Lincoln, C

 

Using Softouch was the best decision our family made in selecting a family photographer.  The service was great, fast, and professional.

Reuben & Sharon
Milpitas, CA

 

“Just wanted to thank you for your generosity with your time with me this afternoon.

While I’m not normally a photogenic person, I was amazed at how many shots you took which I actually liked.  Instead of searching for that one picture of myself that I could tolerate, I ended up having to make a choice of which ones to let go of. Your advice about which colors to wear helped a lot.   Thanks so much for making me so beautiful.”

Lynne Marie
San Jose, CA

 

“Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  The photos of UnderAge are great. Thank you so much! It opened my day with a bright smile.  The rest of the day has to shine!

Your photos are awe inspiring. You have been honing your craft and it shows. Mazel Tov on all your awards!”

Audrey
Sunnyvale, CA

 

“Yeah, Bonnie!  The print was absolutely stunning.  How do you do it?!!  Way to go, girl.”

Kay
Auburn, CA

 

“Bonnie….. I love the picture! You have such a talent for capturing live uncensored action.”

Caroline
Santa Cruz, CA

 

“Thanks! It’s the best picture I’ve ever had ….”

Leslie
Fremont, CA

 

“We are so pleased with the timely and excellent work Softouch Video & Photography did for us this year. It was wonderful not to have to make repeated trips to get my Christmas cards printed as I had to do last year. We were so glad to do business with Bonnie at Softouch!”

Jane & Tim
Milpitas, CA

 

“Bonnie is wonderful to work with; she makes it [photo session] fun. Her work is great!”

Dianne
San Jose, CA

 

“Bonnie did all the photography work for Bay Area Showcase Chorus for many, many years. Always excellent results!”

Xiaolin
San Jose, CA

 

“Bonnie makes having your picture taken fun! Her professional manner and sense of humor would put anyone at ease. Her extreme attention to detail allows one to let go, knowing that Bonnie will fix, straighten, and adjust in a quick, caring manner to achieve the best results. Not only was she a pleasure to work with, but our pictures came out fabulous! I would hire Bonnie for any of my photographic needs! She’s super!”

Laura
Highlands Ranch, CO

 

“It has been my pleasure to know Bonnie for over 10 years. Her photography and editing skills produce exceptionally beautiful and entertaining videos. In addition Bonnie has a “Photographers eye”. She knows how to frame a shot that will utilize natural and artificial light to capture the moment. Her work is exceptional and of the highest quality. I would recommend her for both photo and video projects.”

Kay & Tom
Auburn, CA

 

“Bonnie is very creative with her photography work. She is able to capture the mood of the subject beautifully! I’ve seen lots of her work and would highly recommend her for either still portraits or videography. She is extremely talented!”

Gayle
Mountain View, CA

 

“Bonnie is one of the most creative people I know. Her photography expertise is complimented by her “people skills” and the end product of her work is always stronger because she takes the time to get to know her clients and really understand their passions and strenghths. Whether Bonnie is working with strangers or with close friends, everyone has a good time during her photo shoots and the end result is a natural and becoming pose that makes people smile.”

Pam
Fremont, CA

 

“Bonnie does high-quality work. On top of that, she’s delightful and easy to work with. A great combination!”

Sheri
Santa Clara, CA

 

“Besides being a great friend, we have hired Bonnie more than once to commemorate our children’s graduations. She took personal interest and provided many beautiful photographs that still grace our home. We would recommend Bonnie to anyone who is interested in thoughtful, creative results done with a personal touch.”

Craig & Peg
Menlo Park, CA

 

“Bonnie is top-notch in her field. We have used her talents numerous times for capturing formal family portraits, to less formal family photographs, to a fun video for our son’s college graduations. Have never met a photographer that spent as much time as Bonnie to understand what you want and to act on it. And her bubbly personality makes it all fun at the same time. I highly recommend her work.”

Ralph & Maureen
San Jose, CA

 

“Bonnie has studied her subject of photography as a means to add to her already practiced and natural talent in taking and preparing photos for presentation and display. Bonnie obtains natural expressions and works with available and added light on her subjects. She has access to a wide variety of ways to print and share her photographic groups and singles which turn out to be works of art. We will treasure for a lifetime the photo she took of our extended family at the time.”

Norm & Betty Carol
Auburn, CA

 

“It was such a pleasure getting photographed by Bonnie. She is very knowledgable about taking the best picture. She is also very friendly. I highly reccomend her professional services. Thank you!”

Carol
Oxnard, CA

 

“Bonnie provides a myriad of photography and video services. She is a talented photographer with a delightful personality.”

Ferne
Ventura, CA

 

“Bonnie Mercadante was awesome to work with.  I needed some professional headshots to use for social media and business purposes.  She is fun and creative, and the shots turned out great!  Thanks, Bonnie.  I look forward to working with you again in the future!”

Tina
Ventura, CA

 

“Bonnie’s slideshow is beautiful! She did an amazing job and I am sure that family will treasure it forever. [Viewed another client’s slideshow.] Having attempted to get some good shots myself, I have a huge appreciation for the skill and patience involved in taking baby pictures. If she was closer I’d book an appointment with her immediately!”

Missy and Brian
Sparta, NJ

 

Videography

[Re: Le Grande Dame Extraordinaire, Celebrating a 60th Birthday in Ireland] – That was beyond spectacular!!!  What a wonderful job you did, and what a tear-jerker that proved to be.  The integration of the voices and the music was superb, and the fly-in labels better than I imagined.

We played it multiple times, and for the party, I had a good projector and speaker system.  People were crying all over the room (we had 66).  It provided the grist for further discussion, needless to say.  I cannot thank you enough.  We will want some copies.  How about 20?  Thanks so much!!!

Chuck & Jenny
Las Vegas, NV

 

[Our client]: Thought you’d want to know that the DVD was big hit! There was not a dry eye in the house, and I got lots and lots of compliments about it.  My mom was very surprised and overwhelmed (in a good way!).  [Our client’s mom]: “A Japanese-American Destiny” you created for my 80th birthday took by breath away; I can’t thank you enough for a beautiful job you did in bringing together the past and the present; it touched the hearts of many of us including our guests and brought us to tears. Thanks again for a wonderful job!

Julie
Sunnyvale, CA
Julie’s mom, Faith
Jamaica Plain, MA

 

What a masterpiece!!!!!……so beautiful…I cried instantly when it started…and shared it with an old friend, she loved it too and doesn’t even know the players……You are so generous,  may you find another happy group that loves you and values you as much as we do.  Thank you, thank you.  We will see you at the next International Convention.  Mean while, wishing you luck and success wherever you go.

Jackie
San Jose, CA

 

The slideshow you put together for our friend’s memorial was such a nice tribute to her.  It was beautifully done; you really outdid yourself.

Linda
Redwood City, CA

 

“The video you made for our 50th Anniversary was the HIT of our party. Everyone told us how much they enjoyed it and many told us it brought tears to their eyes.

Bonnie, you truly worked with us to get the video as we wanted it. You not only pleased us, but you went several extra miles to make it more than we ever expected. You met the timeline every time; you kept our appointments very professional, all while putting us at ease. Thank you again for a very professional keepsake.

P.S. Love the portrait package you took of the two of us, as well as the family shot in Kathy’s back yard. Thanks so much.”

Loretta & Bill
Livermore, CA

 

“Great Bonnie, thanks, it is a wonderful video and great job, as usual.”

Joyce
San Jose, CA
“Once again, Bonnie, it was great…. you really did a fabulous job.”

Nancy
San Jose, CA

 

“…. all the work you did creating what I call the “master work”! And I do mean work. It must have taken a whole lot of perspiration and talent to have done this.  In my opinion, your video was certainly the highlight of the evening.  Just wonderful!”

Gerrie
Morgan Hill, CA

 

“Bonnie didn’t see her rousing standing ovation. Well we stood and roared! What a beautiful and thorough visual and audio history!!!”

Betty Carol
Lincoln, CA

 

“Bonnie did such a wonderful job on the video that it made me want to join [choral group] ….again!!!!….but it could be a great tool to show guests that we are much more than singers.”

Bonnie K.
Saratoga, CA
“Congratulations! You should win awards for your videography! I recently re-watched that video you made for me for the retirement dinner. I marveled all over again at the talent you have for such things!”

Pat
Saratoga, CA

 

“I was Communications Coordinator, a BOD position with a large non-profit organization. I asked Bonnie to produce a video presentation for a luncheon. She did an outstanding job, integrating excellent transitions and music in a short amount of time. I highly recommend her work.”

Suzanne
Walnut Creek, CA

 

Philanthropy

Courageous Kids, American Cancer Society

Thank you [and PPSCV] for volunteering for Courageous Kids Day 2005 at Paramount’s Great America. It was a memorable day for all! Your time and commitment were very much appreciated. The families love the photos.

Jan de Carion
Chair, Courageous Kids 2005
Special Olympics

Certificate of Appreciation
2005 Special Olympics Partner
Awarded to Ms. Bonnie Mercadante
For outstanding commitment to and generous support of Special Olympics athletes here and around the world. Partner since 1988.

Timothy P. Shriver
Chairman, President, and CEO
Special Olympics, Inc.
With Heartfelt Appreciation

 

Christian Children’s Fund salutes the generosity and compassionate support of Ms. Bonnie Mercadante as a Stewardship Patron in the
Friends of Children Society

Christian Children’s Fund
Richmond, VA
Thank you for photographing the 15th Annual Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Dinner. On behalf of the Military Affairs Committee and the Chamber Board of Directors, we would like to express our gratitude for the support you have provided the Oxnard Chamber by photographing this most important event. Without your support, the military appreciation dinner would not have been possible.

Sharen Strong
Director of Member Services
Oxnard Chamber of Commerce

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