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Choosing a photographer for your wedding should be comfortable, not complicated. If you like what you see in my samples, we should discuss your plans and find a package that suits your needs. My typical rates are between $1600 and $3000. Still some dates open for 2014!
I'll include a broad mix of photos, including intimate candids, formal portraits, wide-angles, close-ups, special moments, the venue, landscape, architecture and all the details you've spent months planning. You will get the complete story of your day in high-quality images. I've taken more than a million photos over my career, and I'll work hard to be in the right place at the right time.
"Thanks again and great job...you never took a minute off, and these photos prove it."
Rates are up-front, with no surprises. With most packages, you own the copyright and receive all of the full digital files at no extra charge. You can print or share your photos as you like. Hourly rates, off-season discounts, DIY and portrait-only options are available.
I will travel within 3-4 hours of State College and destination weddings are welcome.
I am passionate about photography!
My portfolio spans an array of subjects, including landscapes, architecture, people, places and much more. I have sold thousands of fine art prints, and my work has been featured in books, magazines, and in hundreds of homes and offices. As the leading Penn State campus photographer, you may have already seen my work. I will bring all of this experience to your wedding.
I take my craft very seriously, and I believe that shows in my portfolio. I'll be in the right place at the right time to get the shot. I'll find small gestures and intimate moments, fleeting expressions that elevate a photo into something more than a snapshot. I'll also get the overal picture, the fun and everything I see at your wedding. I'll include the landscape, the architecture and document the day so you can return to it again and again. In the post-process, I'll personally crop, dodge, burn and retouch the images you select from proofs.
I personally hand-process each retouched portrait, with close attention to detail—you deserve nothing less.
I can talk a lot about my methods, but a picture is worth a thousand words! At the bottom of this page are a few samples from my portfolio, or you can visit my Wedding Gallery for more.
As a former Adobe trainer, I am expert in the post-process, airbrushing and digital negative development. My photos never look "processed" or fake. I have almost 20 years of experience with Photoshop and digital imaging, and I fully embrace the medium.
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.
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 don't waste your time. 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.
While I do enjoy a good portrait session, I'm a photojournlist at heart.
Photojournalism is the art of telling stories through photos. A photojournalist documents the day. He does not impose an artistic vision like a fashion photographer. This keeps your photos real, and that's important, because the photos will take you back to the moment—the real moment—and trigger memories. Staged photos may be clever, but they don't have true emotional content. There's enough emotion, excitement and passion at a wedding without having to fake it. This is not to say we won't have fun, and if you want to do a zombie walk or run away from a T Rex, I'll be happy to take the pictures.
A photojournalist allows you to enjoy your day, while capturing and documenting the true events of your wedding. If you like the type of photo you see at the top of this page, that's photojournalism. I didn't ask Kelly to pose, and I didn't setup the scene. I did see something special, so I moved in for a better composition and grabbed the shot.
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 the post-process.
For examples of RAW processing, I've assembled a digital darkroom page that shows before and after versions of a photo, stepping through the post-process and retouching of an image.
The digital negative is only the starting point. As Ansel Adams said, "The negative is comparable to the [orchestral] composer's score and the print to its performance."
As a former Adobe Trainer, I am highly skilled in the digital darkroom. I hand-process each retouched image that you select from proofs, carefully adjusting the lighting, color and exposure. I will do custom dodging, burning and pay close attention to detail. Click here for a post-process walk-through.
Once the wedding is over, our relationship continues. We'll go over the photos, choosing which to process and print. I'll demonstrate the post-process with samples, so you can see before-and-after.
The typical rate for a complete wedding is between $1800 and $3000, with flexible options and upgrades, discounts for last-minute or off-season weddings are available.
There are no hidden fees or "gotchas".
With most packages, all of the images and digital negatives are yours to keep—you own the copyright.
Photos can be enlarged to 16x20 or more, with excellent color and contrast. Need a 30x40 inch canvas to hang over your mantle? No problem.
A typical day will document your entire wedding, including 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.
I process all of your photos myself, and the differences between a proof and the final image can be striking…it's also very tedious work that requires expert skill, so this is where the major differences lie in the packages below. You'll see that they are all very similar, except for the number of fully retouched photos and the number of photos processed for color and exposure. For an explanation of the difference and what I do in the post-process, please read about The Digital Darkroom. This will help you to determine which package is right for you.
$1600 - Basic Coverage with Portraits
$2250 - Standard Plan
$2750 - Plus Plan
$5800 - Deluxe - all inclusive
Name your own price
$3700 - Music and Photos Combo
There are a wide range of options for wedding albums, limited only by your imagination.
I work with several vendors, but my favorite is Leather Craftsmen, and I like their 3500 Flush Series. It's what I think of when I consider a "wedding album". It's thick, leather bound with pages printed directly onto a flush-mount, lay-flat backing. These run about $2500-$3000, and I can show you samples before ordering.
If you're looking for something else, we'll work together to include your ideas and budget. Digital printing technology allows for some very nice albums at prices that might surprise you. For example, if you're comfortable with a template layout from the images you select, you can get an 8x12 album from MPixPro for as little as $350.
We'll work together on quotes before production, so you won't be caught off-guard.
Have some old family photos that you'd like to restore and display? Photo restoration services will make those old photos look like new!
Portraits and engagement sessions on location or on campus are a specialty. A two hour engagement session is just $200 when booked with your wedding photography.
Please email me at email@example.com if you would like more information or would like to meet and discuss your needs.
Below are just a few samples from my portfolio... or I'll bring some along when we meet.
Want more samples? Visit my wedding photo gallery, or click on the video, below.
I am sometimes asked about my specific equipment...
I am currently shooting with a Canon 5D Mark III and 7D (a Canon 40D for backup) with L series and prime lenses. This provides extremely sharp images for enlargements up to 100 inches. Most church ceremonies do not allow flash photography, and I have the right equipment to work with available light. While I prefer to work with natural light, there are occasions where flash is better, especially during the reception, where I use Canon 600EX-RT Seedlites or studio strobes, as appropriate. For receptions, I generally use off-camera flash as well. Post processing is accomplished using Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC. For data backups, I shoot two concurrent cards with my primary camera, and I use a ColorSpace UDMA to copy all of my cards over the course of the day, and I do not leave the reception until I have at least two copies of the data. The Canon 5D creates a real time backup, so even in the case of one memory card failing, there is a backup. I hand process all of your files personally, and do not outaource them to a 'photo farm'.
PO Box 845
State College, PA 16804
William Ames Photography
210 W Hamilton Ave #113
State College, PA 16801
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