State College  Wedding Photographers

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It's your day, your style! I offer wedding photography for State College, Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

We can meet at my downtown studio, or we can Zoom, email, or call. I can help with timelines, details and more. Your pictures will capture the moments of your wedding, and we'll get some amazing portraits to remember the day.

Wedding photography doesn't need to be complicated. I'll help to make the planning hassle-free. Let my experience from more than a hundred weddings put you at ease. There are no surprises or required purchases after your wedding, and my fees are straightforward and up-front.

You own full rights to your photos and receive all of the full digital files at no extra charge, inlcuding raw files. You can print or share your photos with no restrictions and no watermarks. Serious inquiries only, please. Booking now for Fall/Winter 2021 and all of 2022.

William Ames Photography has been voted "Best of State College" by the readers of State College Magazine since 2017, winning an unprecedented three years in a row. You're in good hands!

Happy Bride With Bridesmaids

My most recent work can always be found on my Facebook Page.

About me

Professional Photographers of America

I am member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), I maintain a downtown studio, and I'm a Platinum Member of Canon Professional Services. I've worked in a wide variety of genres over the last twenty years, including more than 100 weddings. Wedding photography combines a lot of different skills and experience. I can work in rain or snow, bad lighting or even when equipment fails. I'm prepared for anything, and I take my craft very seriously. My current activities are posted to my Facebook Page.

Nittany Lion Inn - State College wedding photography

I will do my absolute best on your wedding day. My work has been featured in books, television, magazines, album liner notes, billboards, newsprint and more. My fine art prints adorn the walls of hundreds of homes and offices.

“If there was a way to give more than five stars, I would. Bill was amazing and easy to work with, and the resulting photos are fantastic. He put us at our ease throughout all the posed photography, and his work reflects back all the joy and fun of the day!”
— Whitney 2018

State College Wedding Photo

What kinds of photos will I get?

Lots and lots of different photos! Literally, thousands of photos of all sorts. Close-ups, wide angles, fun, serious, architecture, landscape, details…you name it. I will focus on people as well as the entire scene. I'll capture everything I can. I also take requests.

Toftrees wedding

I have literally taken millions of photos in dozens of different styles. I tend to like warm, saturated colors, but I'm perfectly comfortable accommodating your tastes in processing, and I do process them myself—no outsourcing! I can work in 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.

Stop by my studio and look at different options!

WOW Bill is a wicked cool dude! Such a awesome person and very professional.
Bill is the person who will make you laugh and send you positive vibes.
He was our photographer for our wedding in July 2017 and the pictures came out AMAZING!”


Suggested Packages

Below are some packages for comparison, but no two weddings are alike. Feel free to customize my services to your needs. There are ways to economize, and there are ways to go all out. I can help you decide which method fits your budget best.

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, opinions on vendors, lighting, or color schemes...or anything else? I'm happy to share my experience and help you plan.

Serious inquiries only, please.

Flexible pricing $1800-$3250 - The Basics

  • flexible pricing, depending on your needs and venue - let me know your budget and we'll craft a plan
  • a good choice for "something different" or single venue weddings, off season, or whenever you want to customize
  • coverage of your ceremony and events at your reception
  • custom coverage, just portraits, or just the ceremony? no problem!
  • formal portraits at a location of your choice
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk in RAW format, everything, which is usually several thousand
  • no watermarks!
  • flexible number of photos processed for color, contrast and exposure, usually between 400-700.
  • you own the copyright

$3800 - Standard

  • about 10 hours or so of coverage, through the end of your reception
  • bridal party photos at one or two locations, for example, a church and a park for portraits
  • all digital files on a portable hard disk in RAW format, usually four to six thousand
  • no watermarks, no restrctions - print anywhere you like!
  • at least 400-700 photos processed for color, contrast and exposure
  • about 12 fully retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • you own the copyright
  • complimentary engagement session

$4800 - Campus Tour

  • best choice for Penn State themes
  • about 10 hours or so of coverage
  • complimentary engagement session
  • bridal party photos all around campus - 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 four to six thousand, in RAW format
  • at least 700 photos processed for color, contrast
  • up to 24 fully retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • image manipulation for up to five photos (removing people, trash cans, Photoshop "magic")
  • you own the copyright

Starting at $7000 - All Inclusive

  • no time limits, within reason
  • complimentary engagement session
  • 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 5000 in RAW format
  • time lapse video of select areas, when possible
  • no watermarks - print anywhere you like!
  • at least 1500 photos processed for color, contrast and exposure
  • up to 24 fully-retouched photos, suitable for enlargement
  • image manipulation for up to five photos (removing people, trash cans, Photoshop "magic")
  • you own the copyright
  • professional photo booth, with assistant, props...either open or traditional
  • printed album, usually 12x12, leather bound, but customized to your preferences

Name your own price - starting at $1000

  • 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 $900-$1100
  • 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!
  • Albums, prints, whatever you need
  • Referrals for videographers, pending availability

Penn State wedding portrait at Alumni Garden
Penn State Alumni Garden bridal portrait

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 "save the date" cards, 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's a bunch from a typical Penn State wedding.

Portfolio Galleries

Broken down by category

Getting Ready







Bouquets and Flowers

The Dress

Just for Fun

The Reception

Architecture and Venues

Looking for photos from a particular venue?

Beaver Stadium wedding photos

Bald Eagle Nature Inn photos

Robbins' Paradise Ranch Photos

Lily Manor Photos

Lake Raystown Resort wedding photos

Mountainview Country Club wedding photos

Mount Nittany Overlook Event Center photos

The Lodge at Tussey Mountain photos

Laurel Rock Farms wedding photos

Harmony Forge Inn wedding photos

Blairmont Club wedding photos

Brush Mountain Lodge wedding photos

Hyatt Place wedding photos

Brookemere Winery wedding photos

Toftrees wedding photos

General Potter Farm wedding photos

Fern Hill Weddings photos

The Barn at Madison wedding photos

Penn State wedding photos

Nittany Lion Inn wedding photos

Days Inn Penn State wedding photos

Centre Hills Country Club wedding photos

Atherton Hotel wedding photos

Carnegie Inn and Spa wedding photos

Nittany Lion wedding photo
Nittany Lion Shrine wedding portrait

Penn State wedding photo
Classic pose at the Nittany Lion

General Potter Farm wedding photo
General Potter Farm wedding portrait

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

Sunset wedding photo - State College, PA
Sunset Wedding Portrait

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 Inn wedding
Nittany Lion Inn

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

Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park
Bald Eagle Nature Inn - Howard, PA

Tussey Mountain Ski Resort
Tussey Mountain Ski Resort

Wedding dress hanging in window
Brookmere Winery

Wedding Reception at The Penn Stater
The Penn Stater

Wedding Reception at The Nittany Lion Inn

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

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
Toftrees Wedding photoWedding Portrait at Toftrees

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.


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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