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State College  Wedding Photographers

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

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

Together, we'll get some amazing shots of your special day!

My rates are up-front and customizable to your needs, so there are no surprises, no charges after your wedding—and you're not forced to purchase prints.

You own the rights to your photos and receive all of the full digital files at no extra charge, so you can print or share your photos as you like. Consultations are always free, either in person, by phone or through email.

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

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.

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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.

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!

I am often asked if I am an artist, and while there is certainly an artistic aspect to photography, I do consider myself to be a craftsman, and I take my craft very seriously. 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 to make sure that they capture the moment.

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 I can bring some along when we meet.

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!

State College Wedding Photo

Portrait sessions 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 work fast. 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 captures the day, as opposed to taking static, formal, portraits or imposing an unrealistic vision on the subjects, like a fashion photographer. This makes your photos real. In my opinion, some of the best photos are captured when nobody is looking at the camera.

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

After the Wedding - 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 processing. It makes a big difference.

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 $1600 and $2500, depending on your needs.

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, up to 40x60 inches in most cases. 8x10 prints will always be razor sharp, with excellent color and contrast.

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.

Rates are negotiable and customizable to your needs. Below are some popular options:

Suggested Packages

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

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$1600 - The Basics

$2250 - Standard

$2500 - Standard Plus


$5800 - All Inclusive

$3000 - Music and Photos Combo

Name your own price


Custom options are always available to tailor 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.

Talk to me about a la carte or off-season pricing.

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. Don't see what you're looking for? Just ask! I have thousands more, inluding some additional links at the bottom of the page.

Nittany Lion Inn wedding
Nittany Lion Inn

lacing wedding dress

Lily Manor wedding photo
Lily Manor

Beaver Stadium wedding photo
Beaver Stadium

Beaver Stadium wedding photo Beaver Stadium wedding photo Beaver Stadium wedding photo
more beaver Stadium wedding photos

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

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
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
Nittany Lion Wedding Photo

For more photos, check out my check my Wedding Gallery or blog.

If you're planning a Penn State wedding, here are samples from a typical Penn State wedding , 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 Us

William Ames
PO Box 845
State College, PA 16804

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Prices and availability subject to change. Standard contract required.