Professional, experienced wedding photography for State College, Central Pennsylvania and beyond.
Together, we'll get some amazing shots of your special day!
“Thanks again, and great job!
you never took a minute off
and these photos prove it.”
Experience matters, especially at weddings. I've spent countless hours honing my skills, learning from experts, photographing portraits, landscapes, architecture, low-light and much more…wedding photography brings all of these things together. It really is the most challenging niche in photography, and the most rewarding.
My rates are up-front and customizable to your needs, so there are no surprises, no charges after your wedding, and no "print credits". You own the rights to your photos and receive all of the full digital files at no extra charge, so you can print or share your photos as you like. Consultations are always free, either in person, by phone or through email.
Travel within 2-3 hours of State College and destination weddings are available.
I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America, and I am passionate about photography. I've been a working professional for more than 20 years, with more than a million photos in my portfolio.
In terms of philosophy. I believe that the emotional content of a photograph is directly related to how real it is. In other words, photojournalism. This is not to say that I simply take what comes out of the camera, far from it. There's a big difference between how the camera captures a scene and how your eye perceives it, and I bridge that gap. I know my equipment well, and I will capture the real day in real time.
Yes, we'll have plenty of posed portraits, and a lot of fun during the portrait sessions, but the most dynamic and memorable photographs are the ones I take in the moment, and I'm very good at that!
I am often asked if I am an artist, and while there is certainly an artistic aspect to photography, I do consider myself to be a craftsman, and I take my craft very seriously. I'll find small gestures and special moments, fleeting expressions that elevate a photo into something more than a snapshot. I will include the landscape, the architecture and document the day so you can return to it again and again. In the post-process, I'll crop, dodge, burn and retouch each image you select from proofs to make sure that they capture the moment.
References are available, but a picture is worth a thousand words! At the bottom of this page are a few samples from my portfolio, or I can bring some along when we meet.
Discretion is the key to great wedding photography, and I will not intrude on your ceremony or force poses or make awkward directions during critical moments. I'll capture the genuine emotions of the day. I'll keep it real. During the portrait session, I'll suggest settings, backdrops and poses, taking cues from your direction. I'm very good at coaxing smiles in a relaxed, comfortable session.
I work fast!
Experience matters. Portrait sessions after your ceremony keep your guests waiting. You'll be hungry and waiting for the party to start. The wedding party will be bored. I realize that, so I work fast. I don't need a tripod for most locations, and I keep each of my lenses on a different camera body so I don't need to switch them out. I know what I'm looking for and I know when I have it. It is not unusual to photograph your wedding party in four or five locations plus a private couples-only session in about an hour...and without compromising quality.
What is photojournalism?
Photojournalism is the art of telling stories through photos. A photojournalist captures the day, as opposed to taking static, formal, portraits or imposing an unrealistic vision on the subjects, like a fashion photographer. This makes your photos real. In my opinion, some of the best photos are captured when nobody is looking at the camera.
So what does photojournalism look like? Here's a gallery from a wedding at the Nittany Lion Inn as an example.
After the Wedding - RAW Processing
One of the biggest differences between a professional and an amateur photographer is the post-process. I always shoot using "RAW" format, which allows much more flexibility in processing. It makes a big difference.
I process all of your photos, personally. I do not outsource this highly important step. Click here for more information about how I process your photos.
The typical rate for a complete wedding is between $1600 and $2500, depending on your needs.
All of the images and digital negatives are yours to keep—you own the copyright.
There are no hidden fees, no printing fees, and consultations are always free.
There are no "print credits" because you won't need any. You can have your photos printed yourself, or you can work with one of our partners for museum-quality mounting, matting and framing. I partner with a number of providers to get you exactly what you need.
Since I only use the highest quality lenses, your photos can typically be enlarged quite a bit, up to 40x60 inches in most cases. 8x10 prints will always be razor sharp, with excellent color and contrast.
A typical day will include photos of preparations, details, the ceremony, a formal portrait session and candid photography at your reception. This will include a wide variety of artistic shots, action and candid photos from a number of perspectives. Your requests are also important to me.
Rates are negotiable and customizable to your needs. Below are some popular options:
$1600 - The Basics
$2250 - Standard
$2500 - Standard Plus
$5800 - All Inclusive
Name your own price
$3000 - Music and Photos Combo
- Full-Service Photo Booth - photo booth, props, a knowledgable assistant and full processing
- Budget booth - We'll help consult on your DIY setup
- Second professional photographer—Rates vary, typically about $500.
- Video slideshows, albums, prints, aerial drone coverage and more...
• You will have all of the digital files, with no copyright restrictions and no watermarks. If you prefer to purchase prints, they are available at a discounted rate through my online store.
• All photos are taken in RAW format, so they can be converted to black and white, with extended darkroom capabilities for lighting, contrast and color.
• I use only the best L series and prime lenses, with several backup cameras.
• I personally process all of your photos. I do not outsource color processing or retouching.
• Backups of all your files are maintained, so your photos will be safe.
• Discrete, non-intrusive coverage of ceremony and intimate moments.
Custom Options area always available to tailor our services to your needs. Extras include a second photographer, multiple locations, albums, engagement sessions, and more. Portraits and engagement sessions on location or on campus are a specialty. Engagement sessions are just $200 when booked with your wedding photography.
Talk to me about a la carte or off-season pricing.
You can have your photos printed by one of our trusted partners or by a processor of your choosing, with no additional markup. Luxurious, hand-crafted wedding albums are available from Leather Craftsmen. There are a wide variety of option in albums, ranging from $250 to $5000, so you can personalize your album to match your own tastes and budget.
Send me an email (preferred) to discuss your needs.
Have some old family photos that you'd like to restore and display? Photo restoration services will make those old photos look like new!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or would like to meet and discuss your needs.
Below are just a few samples from my portfolio...I'll bring many more along when we meet, or check out the links at the bottom of this page.
Nittany Lion Inn
Nittany Lion Shrine, Penn State
The Penn Stater
If you're planning a Penn State wedding, here are samples from a typical Penn State wedding , a few Penn State arboretum weddings, and a Nittany Lion Inn wedding ...and if you're a really big Penn State fan? Here is a gallery of Beaver Stadium wedding photos.
I use state of the art digital cameras with some of the best lenses money can buy. Click here for details on my equipment.
PO Box 845
State College, PA 16804
William Ames Photography
210 W Hamilton Ave #113
State College, PA 16801
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