State College  Wedding Photographers
State College wedding photography

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

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 at my studio, by phone or email. Serious inquiries only, please. There is a $50 fee for meeting in person, which is applied toward your service fee when you book.

Overnight travel and destination weddings welcome, 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.

I believe that the emotional content of a photograph is directly related to how real it is. That's photojournalism. In my opinion, photojournalism mixed with traditional portraiture is the best method to capture your wedding, because it allows you to enjoy your day.

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

Yes, we'll have plenty of posed portraits as you can see below, and we'll have 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 will do my best to get the best possible photos of your wedding.

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. If you need to see more, I have a really huge gallery online from a few dozen weddings here.

What's it like to work with me?

I'm a craftsman, and I take pride in my work, but different moments call for different techniques. In general, I'm high-energy for weddings. I'm a little quirky, with a wry sense of humor. That's the creative side. On the technical side, I want to get the best shot, and I'm competitive. I do not agonize over compositions, preferring to work as a true photojournalist. I work fast and get a wide variety of images. There will be times when I'm your wedding sherpa, pinning boutenirs onto the groom or leading you away from an awkward recieving line. In brief, I am the hardest working wedding photographer in the area, and I will do my level best to get the best, possible photos of your wedding.

During the ceremony, I am discrete. I will not intrude on intimate moments unless you specifically ask me to. I'll work hard not to miss anything, using two to three cameras. I'll use telephotos to get close-ups from a good distance. You may not even notice that I'm there during the ceremony but I'll get all the shots.

Unlike the rest of the day, the portrait session is where I need to be in charge. We have about 30 minutes to take six hours worth of photos. I won't waste your time, and we'll move quickly. I'll tell jokes, I'll bark like a dog...whatever gets you to forget that there's a camera there. On the creative side, I'll suggest settings, backdrops and poses, taking cues from your style and personality. This is where we have fun and make great photos.

Did I mention that I work fast? I do. You are not a model and I am not a fashion photographer. Let's get the portraits done as quickly as we can so you can get back to your wedding. I'm experienced enough that I know how to get the best photos in the shortest amount of time. This also means that you'll get more photos than you will with other photographers. Instead of two or three poses, we'll have fifteen. Instead of one great shot, you'll have 20. Experience matters!

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What is photojournalism?

Photojournalism is the art of telling stories through photos. A photojournalist documents the day and brings you back to it. My photos are designed to trigger memories. That's what I do. Your photos will be authentic, with genuine emotional content. I see other photographers in the area claiming to be photojournalists, when their key selling point is their "creative vision". These two things are opposites. I will find the real beauty in your day and photograph it. I won't impose my "creative vision" onto you.

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

What kinds of photos will I get?

Lots and lots of different photos! Literally, thousands of photos of all sorts. Close-ups and wide angles, focus on people as well as the venue and landscape. I'll capture everything I can.

Something I do a bit differently than most photographers is that I will give you every photo, in RAW format, with no restrictions. You own the copyright. You can even DIY the processing if you like. You don't just get a DVD or a thumb drive with just my personal favorites…you get an actual hard drive with about 150-200GB of data, usually 3000-5000 images, and that's a lot.

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I have literally taken millions of photos in dozens of different styles. I tend to like warm, saturated colors, but I'm perfectly comfortable with the faded "no yellow in this world" look which is popular right now, but also 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. Your photos will be consistent with my body of work as displayed in my portfolio.

For purposes of comparison, I shoot a mix of photojournalism and contemporary portraiture. Check my Facebook page for my most recent weddings and other activities. Here is a really big gallery of wedding photos from the past few years, broken down by categories. It's one thing to show you my "greatest hits" albums, so to see what a complete wedding looks like, here are samples from a Nittany Lion Inn wedding and a wedding on the family farm.


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 $2850, 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, or you can work with one of my partners for museum-quality mounting, matting and framing. You own the copyright, so it's your choice. 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. Your requests are also important to me, so I try to accomodate any reasonable request.

Suggested Packages

Below are some packages for comparison, but no two weddings are alike, so you are always free to customize my services to your needs. I will note that the rate is not based upon the number of hours, since I can only photograph one wedding per day.

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.

What separates most of the packages below is the number of fully retouched photos and processed photos. For the difference between the two, check this page.

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

You're not buying a bag of oranges here. The packages below are just suggestions that give you an idea of what combination of services merits which rate. If you have a specific budget in mind, tell me. If you want specific things that you don't see here, ask me. You want an album? We'll get you an album. You want aerial drones? We'll get the drones. Please don't think that these packages are in any way definitive.

$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, starting with "the dress", but not including hair and makeup
  • 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 venues, for example, a church and a park for portraits
  • 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 12 fully retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • you own the copyright

$2450 - Campus Tour

  • best 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 as time permits. For Arboretum photos, contact me.
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk - everything I shoot, usually more than 3000 in RAW format
  • you choose up to 200 photos to process for color, contrast
  • up to 12 fully retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • you own the copyright

$2850 - Standard Plus

  • no time limits
  • engagement session included
  • 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, or I will select my favorites
  • 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, about $800-$1000
  • Budget booth - Advice on creating your own DIY photo booth, with photo equipment available
  • 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.

Portfolio Galleries

Broken down by category

Getting Ready

Details

Candids

Portraits

Vignettes

Rings

Just for Fun

The Reception

Venues

Penn State wedding photo
Classic pose at the Nittany Lion

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

State College Bride
State College Bride, with bouquet at Toftrees

Days Inn Penn State wedding reception
Wedding Reception at Days Inn, Penn State

General Potter Farm wedding
Wedding at General Potter's Farm

General Potter Farm wedding reception
Wedding Reception 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
Toftrees 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 some samples from some Penn State wedding portrait sessions, 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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