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Charlotte, NC has so many phenomenal wedding photographers that it’s hard to know where to start. The good news is, you can start your search here. With some serious research, we have gone through and found 5 of the most talented and affordable wedding photographers in Queen City.
Real and organic. Slightly bohemian and never too saturated.
Caitlin Elkins is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Charlotte. She’s all about making her clients comfortable, so she can capture and magnify the beauty of the moment.
“I do not pose my clients. I give them an action and let them make it ‘them.’ My clients have become some of my closest friends. Coffee dates, walks, and even camping have been how I spend time with my brides. My goal as your photographer would be to become a dear friend throughout the engagement season and even after the wedding day.”
What she looks for in her clients:
“I love brides that wear their hair down, just like they look in everyday life.”
All Caitlin’s wedding packages include an engagement session: “I like to have the couple in front of my camera before the wedding day so we can get comfortable with one another.”
Playful and moody. Authentic.
Jake and Liv are a wedding photography couple based in Charlotte. They believe the best images are the ones that truly reflect each individual love story.
“For us, it’s all about capturing love in its raw form, whether that be squinty-eyed belly laughs or tears shed in the arms of your beloved. Our photography is unique in that we aren’t afraid to break out of the box and do unconventional things. We aren’t about traditional posing and seek every opportunity to create something new.”
What they look for in their clients:
“We look for couples who are just as free-spirited and daring as us, and who are willing to trust us to do our thing.”
Most of their wedding packages include an engagement session: “It typically makes our clients feel more free to be themselves, instead of awkward because strangers are taking photos of them making out.”
Timeless and radiant. Thoughtful.
Amanda is a wedding and life event photographer based right outside of Winston-Salem. She’s grateful for all the sweetest things in life, and it shows through her work.
“My main goal is always to make my images timeless. In five, twenty or fifty years, I hope generations can look back at images of their parents and grandparents and still think how beautiful they are. I love a good trend as much as the next person, but a trend is just that — something that will go out of date in a few years.”
What makes her work stand out:
“I shoot with film as well as digital. There is a beauty to film that lends itself to being timeless and allows me to creatively capture moments. I try to photograph every detail in a unique way so that the end result is like a piece of art they can proudly hang on the walls of their home.”
Amanda loves to travel: “I get so inspired shooting at a new place! Wherever your heart takes you, I will be there as well to document it.”
Moody, romantic, and refined.
Aly is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Charlotte. Along with photography, she loves yoga, wine, and naps, and is constantly transforming her playful energy into stunning photographs.
What makes her work stand out:
“I am in the group of photographers that call ourselves ‘moody.’ I know that sounds scary! That just means I edit with more contrast and shadows than other photographers. I like to see the lace detailing on dresses rather than a bright white light ;)”
Aly is a rare trained professional. She graduated from SCAD with a degree in Photography.
Colorful, fun, and emotional.
Rob and Kristen are a wedding photography couple based in Charlotte. Their love for love itself, and for one another, shows through in their work.
“We try to capture the way a wedding day feels rather than excessively glamorizing it or making it look like something it wasn’t. We’re all about capturing the real moments. Those are the things that make weddings truly unique.”
How they go above and beyond:
“We care a lot about making people feel included and try to make sure each guest is represented in at least one photo.”
Rob and Kristen offer short films to their clients, as an alternative to a traditional wedding film: “They are priced much lower than a full wedding film and are a great way to highlight the special moments of the day!”