State College  Wedding Photographers
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I'm an award-winning photographer who just moved to Vermillion, South Dakota from State College, Pennsylvania (the home of Penn State University to USD :-). Change is good! I've photographed well over 100 weddings, and I'm ready to share that experience with you.

It's your day, your style! I offer wedding photography for Vermillion, Yankton, Sioux Falls, Sioux City and beyond.

Let's meet up, 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 2023.

William Ames Photography has been voted "Best of State College" by the readers of State College Magazine every year from 2017 to 2022, an unprecedented five 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, 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!”


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.


No two weddings are alike. Rates start at $2000 and up, depending on your needs and budget. Feel free to think outside the box!

A typical package will include hundreds of photos processed for color and exposure, with thousands of digital negatives and full release of copyright. The photos are yours, with no restrictions. I like to include a complimentary engagement session, too, so we get to know each other before the big day.

Things like albums are really separate from the photos, since photographers don't do printing in the 21st century, but I can assist with the process from selecting the photos to the final printed album. There are lots of different options for different budgets, and I work with all the leading partners to get you what you're looking for.

Looking for a photo booth, video, or something different? Let's talk!

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.

Portfolio Galleries

Broken down by category

Getting Ready







Bouquets and Flowers

The Dress

Just for Fun

The Reception

Architecture and Venues

Photos from venues in Pennsylvania...let's add yours!

Beaver Stadium wedding photos

Bald Eagle Nature Inn photos

Robbins' Paradise Ranch 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 - Studio One
121 S Fraser St
State College, PA 16801

Please note

Prices and availability subject to change. Standard contract required.

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