jake and hailee repko

Cuckoo’s Nest West

We aim to tell a story with our cameras — your story — and take great pleasure bringing it to life. We obsess over the details and emotional moments and do it in a stress-free style that gives you the best possible images from your Wedding Day.


Meet Jake

Hi, I’m Jake. I like to break the rules. I’ve been called a lot of things, but I think “freethinker” is probably my favorite. I grew up in rural Southeastern Pennsylvania and spent many Winters dreaming of the West Coast, so it makes sense that I now call California home.

I come from a family of creatives who have showcased their work professionally (much better than me), through acting, modeling, writing, designing, photographing, etc. I don’t like clocks, but I love cameras – I think it’s because a camera is the only way I’ve discovered to stop time.

I grew up surrounded by weddings (my parents owned and operating a wedding catering business for 20+ years) and have always loved seeing the unique ways people celebrate their special day. In addition to photography and design, I love my daughter, surfing, baseball, being Vegan, Apple®, trail-running, dogs, triathlons, sunflower seeds, and my girls.

My passion for creating is enhanced by the people I surround myself with, our gorgeous backyard (the Coast!), and my beautiful other half – you will find out more about her if you keep reading…

Meet Hailee

Hello. I’m Hailee. I’m a California native, born and raised in Orange Country. I felt a strong gravitational pull to move after High School and San Francisco was the big little city calling my name.

I wound up at SFSU where I studied Journalism and Art History. It was a completely new world,  I was immediately taken with the unique, dynamic, and diverse setting – a place I could finally fully express my creativity, meet the most wonderful people, and eat a lot of amazing food!

After college, I took off to see the world, or parts of it anyway–roaming through Europe and Asia. When the money dwindled, it was time to come home and start saving for the next adventure.

Little did I know, the next chapter was already being written, when I met a boy from Pennsylvania named Jake, and now I’m on my biggest adventure yet. Meeting Jake, and becoming a mother has truly been the most incredible gift, and helped me discover my true passions in life.

Besides photography and design, I enjoy crafting, yoga, cooking and baking delicious vegan food, being a mother & watching our daughters grow up (way too quickly!), good conversation, living-room dance parties and Veuve. Who doesn’t love Veuve!?!


 Love Notes From Clients (Reviews)

We don’t like to brag, so we will let our past clients do it for us.

“Cuckoos Nest West are the best! Hailee and Jake have such a fun unique eye that captures the essence of their subjects. I couldn’t be happier with my pictures and experience with the two of them!!!” – Angela


[Cuckoo’s Nest West] captures the moments that would make anyone feel like they were there. They always get the emotional impact of certain candid moments… it’s about so much more than just posed shots and they shoot things with a level of emotional intelligence that few possess.” – Bryan

5 stars aren’t enough for this amazing couple. From the moment we met Jake & Hailee things fell into place. They loved our non traditional wedding vibe & executed our vision even better than I could’ve imagined! We loved them so much Hailee also took our newborn daughter’s photos. We can’t imagine ever using another photographer. Thanks again CNW!!” – Melanee