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William Ames Wedding Photography - Serving State College, PA and beyond.

State College Wedding Photographers

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

My goal is to get some amazing shots of your special day in a photojournalistic style.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so please check out the samples from my portfolio below. If you like what you see, we should talk about your plans and what you expect in a wedding photographer.  “Thanks again and great job…
 you never took a minute off
 and these photos prove it.” 

I think it's important to note that I'm not just a wedding photographer. I've taken more than a million photographs, and my portfolio spans a wide range of subjects, including landscapes, architecture, people, places and much more. I have sold thousands of fine art prints. My Penn State and Gettysburg photos have been published in books, magazines and more. I will bring all of this together at your wedding.

My name is on my business, and I personally hand-process each portrait, with close attention to detail. You deserve nothing less. Scroll down for samples of my work.

Rates are all-inclusive, so there are no surprises. You own the copyright and receive all of the full digital files at no extra charge, so you can print or share your photos as you like. Pricing is up-front and affordable, and consultations are always free. Hourly rates, DIY and portrait-only options are available.

Travel within 2-3 hours of State College and destination weddings are available.

About Me

I am passionate about photography and have been a working professional for more than 20 years.

I take my craft very seriously. I'll be in the right place at the right time to get the shot. 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.

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 you can visit my Facebook page for more.

William Ames

As an Adobe trainer, I am expert in airbrushing and digital negative development. My photos never look "processed" or fake. Having started out with film, and then making an early transition to digital, I offer the best of both worlds.

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 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.

What is photojournalism?

Photojournalism is the art of telling stories through photos. A photojournalist documents the day, as opposed to taking formal, posed portraits or imposing an unrealistic vision (like a fashion shoot) on the subjects. I will be a traditionalist for the posed sessions, but a photojournalist for the rest of the day. If you like the type of photo you see at the top of this page, that's photojournalism.

For more information about my philosophy and experience, click here or send an email with your questions.

After the Wedding State College Wedding Photo - 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 the post-process.

Moreover, 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 $2000 and $3100, depending on options.

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.

Penn State wedding party

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. 8x10 or 16x20 prints will be razor sharp, with excellent color and contrast. Some images can be enlarged to 40x60, or can be cropped for a better composition.

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 us, and we listen.

$2000 - The Basics

  • up to 6 hours coverage
  • all formal portraits at a location of your choice
  • no watermarks!
  • up to 100 photos processed for color, contrast
  • no retouching, or priced a la carte
  • you own the copyright

$2750 - Standard

  • up to 10 hours coverage
  • all formal portraits at a location of your choice
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk
  • no watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • thousands of photos
  • up to 100 photos processed for color, contrast
  • up to 12 fully retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • you own the copyright

$3100 - Standard Plus

  • no time limits
  • multiple formal portrait locations (ideal for Penn State weddings!)
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk
  • no watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • thousands of photos
  • up to 200 photos processed for color, contrast
  • up to 36 fully-retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • you own the copyright

$5800 - Deluxe

  • no time limits
  • multiple portrait locations
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk
  • no watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • thousands of photos
  • up to 300 photos post-processed for color, contrast
  • up to 36 fully-retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • five enlarged prints (flexible options), a 3500 Series leather-bound album from Leather Craftsmen, and three soft-bound coffee table ablums
  • you own the copyright

Name your own price

  • off-season or last minute? feel free to negotiate
  • a whole day's coverage - no time limits
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk
  • no watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • a la carte pricing on darkroom services, or DIY
  • choose from a variety of album options

$3650 - Music and Photos Combo

  • DJ for your reception (subject to availability)
  • a whole day's coverage - no time limits on photos or DJ
  • all the features of the standard plan, plus a DJ
  • book together and save!



•  With most packages, 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.

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.

A la carte? My hourly rate for weddings is $150 per hour with a $1000 session fee.

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.

Other services

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 info@amesphotos.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... check my Wedding Gallery for more, or I'll bring some along when we meet.

Central PA wedding photo
Wedding dress hangingin window
Nittany Lion Wedding portrait
Wedding Reception at The Penn Stater
Lily Manor wedding photos
State College Days Inn Wedding reception
Toftrees wedding photography
Penn State wedding portrait
Altoona Wedding reception photo
Zombie wedding photo
Beaver Stadium wedding photos
C Barton McCann School of Art wedding photo
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
winter wedding photo Penn State Arboretum Bridal Portrait
fun picture frame wedding photo
Winter Wedding Portrait in Snow
General Potter farm wedding photos Penn State Eisenhower Chapel wedding photo
Penn State sunset wedding photo
Penn State Alumni Garden wedding photo
wedding portrait, State College Penn State campus wedding
Mararra's Mountain Lodge wedding photo general potter farm wedding reception photo
Penn State candid wedding photo
Toftrees wedding with uplighting
Bridesmaids jumping in air
Penn State wedding photo
Wedding candid - ring closeup
Penn State Eisenhower Chapel wedding

For more photos, check out my blog, including samples from a Penn State wedding and photos from a Penn State arboretum wedding.


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 Us

William Ames
PO Box 845
State College, PA 16804


William Ames Photography
210 W Hamilton Ave #113
State College, PA 16801

Please note

Prices and availability subject to change. Standard contract required.