We’ve already helped you book your dream wedding venue in Columbia. When planning your nuptials, the next step is selecting who will capture your special day for yourself + your beloved, your Facebook albums + Instagram posts and your posterity – your wedding photographer. Trust me – do this ASAP. Photographers can book out over a year in advance.
It’s the person who creates the photos of your bridesmaids helping you with your veil; your first look at your bride-to-be before the ceremony; your Aunt Margie attempting to do the floss on the dance floor… This is the person in charge of your wedding memories.
Some advice I’ve gotten as a newly-engaged bride-to-be in the throes of wedding planning: Your wedding photographer is the vendor with whom you’ll spend the most face-to-face time on your big day. Make sure you clique with each other via a FaceTime or phone call before booking.
Columbia has many professional wedding photographers at a range of price points. Each studio + photographer has its own unique look + feel, so we want to help you find your perfect fit.
Ablaze Photography | Instagram: 📸 @ablazegram | Cost: 💰$1,800-$4,200 | This husband + wife duo accept ~15 weddings a year – so you better book them quickly if you fall in love with their romantic + timeless style. Photographers Corey + Ashley Potter were middle-school sweethearts turned husband-and-wife – I’m not crying. You’re crying.
Ablaze Photography | Photo by @ablazegram
Alexis Schwallier Photography | 📸 @aschwallierphotography | 💰$2,600+ | Schwallier works with clients to perfect a wedding timeline/shot list to ensure that every moment important to you is captured. She’ll even go over your Pinterest board with you.
Alexis Schwallier Photography | Photo by @aschwallierphotography
Among the Pines Photography | 📸@amongthepinesphotography | 💰$2,700+ | This new studio on the block opened this year; made up of two independently-established photographers, Forrest Clonts + David Childers – and it already has a five-star reputation for magical-looking photos.
Among the Pines Photography | Photo by @amongthepinesphotography
Beulah Photography | Photo by @beulahphotography
Charlie Mather Photography | Photo by @charliematherphotography
Clark Berry Photography | 📸 @clarkberryphotography | 💰$2,900+ | All packages include two main photographers, and they promise to keep family/group shots ~20 minutes or less. Read: no grumpy flower girl + ring bearer.
Clark Berry Photography | Photo by @clarkberryphotography
Courtney Wise Photography | 📸 @courtneywisephotography | 💰$3,200+ | Wedding packages include an engagement session, USB with photos + print release. It would be wise to consider this photographer’s light, airy style.
Courtney Wise Photography | Photo by @courtneywisephotography
Holly Graciano Photography | Photo by @hollygraciano
Jessica Hunt Photography | Photo by @jhuntphotos
Jessica Roberts | 📸@jessicarobertsphoto | 💰$3,000+ with an associate photographer price for lower budgets | Roberts prides herself on her ability to make clients feel comfortable + bathed in love. 🛀 Just so you know, she requested that emoji.
Jessica Roberts Photography | Photo by @jessicaroberstphoto
Joshua Aaron Photography | 📸@joshuaaaronphoto | 💰wedding coverage $3,500, bridal portrait sessions $500 | Husband + wife photography team – which was voted The State’s Best Photographer 2017. Who captures love better than a couple in love themselves? Check out their adorable Meet Us page (featuring a pint-sized assistant) here.
Joshua Aaron Photography | Photo by @joshuaaaronphoto
Karly Richardson Photography | 📸@karly.richardson | 💰$3,600+ | Richardson photographs on film – which we think is really cool in a world of digital. She offers discounts on future sessions to any couple whose wedding she photographed. Read: discounted baby photos.
Karly Richardson Photography | Photo by @karly.richardson
Landon Jacob Productions | 📸 @landonjacob | 💰contact for prices | This Nashville-raised couple has experience shooting weddings all over S.C., including Columbia, Charleston + Hilton Head. We can’t stop scrolling through their stunning portfolio.
Landon Jacobs Photography | Photo by @landonjacob
Lola Dee Photography | Photo by @loladeephoto
Melissa Brewer Photography | 📸 @melissabrewerphoto | 💰$2,400+ | All wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session. Brewer believes in getting to know a couple before the wedding so that she can capture their special day exactly as they want it.
Melissa Brewer Photography | Photo by @melissabrewerphoto
Nina Bashaw Photography | Photo by @ninabashaw
Palmetto Duo Photography | 📸 @palmettoduo | 💰single-photographer packages $1,900+, duo-photographer packages $2,800+ | Both photographers on this team – Katie Hart + Dave Gilbert – have their own unique style, giving your photos variety. You might have even caught some of their work gracing the covers of Columbia Bride or Carolina Bride.
Palmetto Duo Photography | Photo by @palmettoduo
Stephanie Rae Photography | 📸 @stephanieraesc | 💰$1,500+ | Each wedding package includes a complimentary engagement session. Rae also works as a clinical counselor here in Columbia. Side hustle strong.
Stephanie Rae Photography | Photo by @stephanieraesc
Studio Two One Two | 📸 @studiotwoonetwo | 💰$2,295+ | Patty Hallman was inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame – which features only 2% of wedding vendors – and her studio was given Wedding Wire’s “Couple’s Choice Award” for 2017 + 2018.
Studio Two One Two | Photo by @studiotwoonetwo
Tiffany Ellis Photography | Photo by @tiffanyellisphoto
Wedding planning is stressful, but choosing the right vendors for you is the key to a relaxed and happy day. When it comes to wedding photographers, one size definitely does not fit all. Hopefully, our list will help you find your photographer match as perfect as these couples.
What other local wedding photogs should we have on our radar? As always, let us know your own favorites in the comments.
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