State College  Wedding Photographers
State College wedding photography

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Professional, experienced wedding photography for State College, Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Flexible rates to suit your needs and budget, starting at $1800.

You own the rights to your photos and receive all of the full digital files at no extra charge, inlcuding raw files, on a hard disc drive. You can print or share your photos with no restrictions and no watermarks. Consultations in person, by phone or email.

Overnight travel and destination weddings available, photojournalism a specialty.


About me

Professional Photographers of America

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. My work has been featured in books, magazines, music albums, billboards and more. My fine art prints adorn the walls of hundreds of homes and offices.

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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.

“Thanks again, and great job!
you never took a minute off
   and these photos prove it.”

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! You will get, literally, thousands of photos. It has been said that I'm the hardest-working wedding photogapher in the area. I can assure you that I will do the absolute best that I can for you, and if that means running, climbing, stooping or working up a sweat, that's what I'll do. I'm old enough to know what I'm doing, but young enough to get it done.

I am often asked about my artistic vision, which is difficult for me to answer. I do not believe that it is my job to interfere with your day or to impose myself on your pictures. I take my craft very seriously, and my goal is to get you the best possible photos on your special day.

A picture is worth a thousand words! At the bottom of this page are a few samples from my portfolio, and you can always find my latest work on my Facebook page.

During the ceremony, I will be discrete. I will not intrude on intimate moments. I'll capture the genuine emotions of the day and keep it real, but I won't miss anything, either. I've got the right equipment to let me take close-ups from a good distance. During the portrait session, I'll suggest settings, backdrops and poses, taking cues from your style.

State College Wedding Photo

I work fast, with state-or-the-art cameras, and I keep each of my lenses on a different camera body so I don't need to switch them out. I will not keep your guests waiting, and I won't bore you during the portrait session.

What is photojournalism?

Photojournalism is the art of telling stories through photos. A photojournalist documents the day and brings you back to it. This makes your photos authentic.

In my opinion, some of the best photos are captured when nobody is looking at the camera, and with the exception of the portrait session, I will not tend to interfere. Instead, I will be discrete, capturing the essence of emotion. There may be times when I might ask people to look at me, or to do something, but generally, there's enough genuine emotion to fill a gallery.

So what does photojournalism look like? Here's a gallery from anactual wedding at the Nittany Lion Inn as an example.

What kinds of photos will I get?

The short answer is lots and lots of different photos! You will literally get thousands of photos of all sorts.

I give you every photo, in RAW format. These include candids, details, wide-angles, close-ups, intimate moments, documentary-style coverage, bridal portraits and formal group photos. I move around a lot, and I get a lot of different looks at everything I see. You don't just get a DVD or a thumb drive my personal favorites…you get a real hard drive with about 150-180GB of data, and that's a lot.

wedding photos

I have literally taken millions of photos, so if you have a particular style in mind, we can work together to get the look you want. I tend to like warm, saturated colors, but I'm perfectly comfortable with black and white, high-key, low-contrast or muted tones. It's up to you, and if you prefer a particular style, we can make those adjustments in the post-process.

For purposes of comparison, I shoot a mix of photojournalism and contemporary portraiture. I've tried to include a lot of samples here, but feel free to contact me for examples of a whole wedding, or check my Facebook page for samples sets from my most recent weddings.


After the Wedding - Post-Processing

I always shoot using "RAW" format, which allows a wider latitude in post-processing. I will adjust the photos you select for proper exposure, contrast and color. I process all of your photos personally. For more information about how I process your photos, follow this link.

Rates

The typical rate for a complete wedding is between $1800 and $2650, depending on your needs. Rates are negotiable for off-season and other special circumstances.

All of the images and digital negatives are yours to keep—you own the copyright. There are no hidden fees, no printing fees.

You can print your photos yourself, i fyou like, or you can work with one of my partners for museum-quality mounting, matting and framing. You own the copyright. If you do purchase prints from one of my partners, it's at my own wholesale cost, for example, an 8x10 is about $2.50.

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.

Suggested Packages

Below are some packages with the most common requests. You are always free to customize my services to your needs

Please note: I always give you every picture I take. I will sort out truly unsuitable images, such as those that fired by accident, but I will give you all of the photos in RAW format as well as JPEG.

Need help with timelines, locations or anything else? I'm happy to share my experience and help you plan.

$1800 - The Basics

  • a good choice for "single venue" weddings, when the ceremony and reception are at the same location
  • coverage of your ceremony and reception
  • formal portraits at a location of your choice
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk in RAW format, usually several thousand
  • no watermarks!
  • up to 100 photos processed for color, contrast
  • you own the copyright

$2250 - Standard

  • up to 12 hours coverage
  • bridal party photos at one or two locations of your choice
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk in RAW format, usually several thousand
  • no watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • thousands of photos
  • you choose up to 200 photos to process for color, contrast
  • up to 24 fully retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • you own the copyright

$2450 - Campus Tour

  • great choice for Penn State themes
  • up to 12 hours of coverage
  • bridal party photos at the Lion Shrine, Old Main, Alumni Gardens, Landmark Sign (Beaver Stadium) or your choice. For Arboretum photos, contact me.
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk - everything I shoot, usually more than 3000 in RAW format
  • no watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • you choose up to 200 photos to process for color, contrast
  • up to 24 fully retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • you own the copyright

$2650 - Standard Plus

  • no time limits
  • coverage of rehearsal, getting ready, ceremony and reception
  • no limit on portrait locations, time permitting
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk - that's everything I shoot, usually more than 3000 in RAW format
  • time lapse video of select areas
  • no watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • thousands of photos
  • you choose up to 400 photos to process for color, contrast
  • up to 36 fully-retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • you own the copyright

Name your own price

  • Off-season or last minute? feel free to negotiate
  • Limited coverage or a whole day, it's up to you
  • All digital files on a portable hard disk
  • No watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • Custom processing or DIY
  • Custom craft a package based on your budget

Add-ons

  • Full-Service Photo Booth - photo booth, props, a knowledgable assistant and full processing
  • Budget booth - Advice on creating your own DIY photo booth
  • Second professional photographer—Rates vary, typically about $500-$1000.
  • Time-lapse video
  • Aerial photography or video with quadcopter (rates and availability vary)
  • Video slideshows, albums, prints and more…don't see it? Just ask!


Other services

Do you have old family photos that you'd like to restore and display? Photo restoration will make those old photos look like new! Likewise, if you have cell phone pictures or other "less than perfect" shots that you would like to optimize, I can make sure they look their best.

Do you need guidance in making photo displays for engagement sessions, slideshows or centerpieces? I can help. If you need printing of any kind, I can help you with wholesale pricing on posters, cards, table tents and other media.

Samples

Below are just a few samples from my portfolio. Don't see what you're looking for? Just ask! I have thousands more, including some additional links at the bottom of the page.

What can you realistically expect over the whole wedding? Here are about 85 photos from a typical Penn State Arboretum wedding.

Nittany Lion wedding photo
My Hero Zero, Toftrees Ballroom - "Call Me Baby"

State College Bride
State College Bride, with bouquet at Toftrees

General Potter Farm wedding
Wedding at General Potter's Farm

Wedding at C. Barton McCann Shool of Art
Wedding at C. Barton McCann Shool of Art

Nittany Lion wedding photo
Nittany Lion Wedding Photo

Click the photo above for more samples from this wedding

Nittany Lion Inn wedding
Nittany Lion Inn

lacing wedding dress

Lily Manor wedding photo
Lily Manor


"The Barn", Greensburg, PA

Bridesmaids Candid - State College, PA
Bridesmaids at "The Barn", Greensburg, PA

Groom Candid at
Groom Candid at "The Barn", Greensburg, PA

Wedding dress hanging in window
Brookmere Winery

Nittany Lion Wedding portrait
Nittany Lion Shrine, Penn State

Wedding Reception at The Penn Stater
The Penn Stater

Wedding Reception at The Nittany Lion Inn

Lily Manor wedding photos
Lily Manor

State College Days Inn Wedding reception
Days Inn, Penn State

Toftrees wedding photo State College
Toftrees Hotel and Resort

Penn State wedding portrait
Penn State, Eisenhower Chapel

Altoona Wedding reception photo
Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona

Zombie wedding photo
Riverside Park, Altoona - zombie walk!

Beaver Stadium wedding photos
Beaver Stadium, Penn State

C Barton McCann School of Art wedding photo
C. Barton McCann School of Art

State College bridal portrait Penn State wedding photo
Bridal portrait on staircase State College Presbyterian Church wedding with bubbles
Farm bride Penn State elms wedding photo
Penn State Wedding photo at Old Main Columns
Penn State Arboretum Bridal Portrait
Winter Wedding Portrait in Snow
General Potter farm wedding photos Penn State Eisenhower Chapel wedding photo
Penn State Alumni Garden wedding photo
portraits
wedding portrait, State College Penn State campus wedding
general potter farm wedding reception photo
Penn State candid wedding photo
Bridesmaids jumping in air
Wedding candid - ring closeup
Nittany Lion Wedding Photo


For more photos, check out my check my Facebook page, Wedding Gallery, full of samples from dozens of weddings.

If you're planning a Penn State wedding, here are samples from a Penn State wedding portrait session, 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.




Equipment

I use state of the art digital cameras with some of the best lenses money can buy. Click here for details on my equipment.

Contact me

William Ames
PO Box 845
State College, PA 16804
info@amesphotos.com

Please note

Prices and availability subject to change. Standard contract required.

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