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 don't direct your and take posed portraits, far from it, but I truly believe that documenting your wedding is better than creating a fashion shoot. On the technical side, I know my equipment well, and I will capture the real day in real time. Take a look at my portfolio to see how this translates into pictures.

“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 photographer in the area. I can assure you that I will do my absolute best for you, and if that means running, climbing, stooping or working up a sweat, that's what I'll do. I will work hard to get the best possible photos of your wedding.

I am often asked about my artistic vision, which is difficult for me to answer, and maybe my portfolio demonstrates that better than I can relate to you in words. I do not believe that it is my job to interfere with your day or to impose myself on your pictures. I am a photojournalist at heart, and I want to photograph your wedding, not something other than that. Your photos will be flattering, but realistic; artistic, but not fake.

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. You should enjoy your day, and so I won't waste your time.

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. This makes your photos authentic, with genuine emotional content.

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 an actual 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. This includes close-ups and wide angles, with focus on people as well as the venue and landscape. Each scene presents a number of opportunities, and since it's all digital, I'll capture everything I can.

Something that sets me apart is that I will give you every photo, in RAW format, with no restrictions. This includes 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.

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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 sample sets from 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.


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, 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. 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, 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 locations of your choice ("locations" meaning different sites that would require a car or other transportation)
  • 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

$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
  • 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


  • 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.


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.

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

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
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.


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

Please note

Prices and availability subject to change. Standard contract required.

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