If the location sets the tone, the right photographer commemorates it—long after you've kissed the groom, danced 'til dawn, hugged every last guest, and made your grand exit. Here are a dozen Houston wedding photographers who can tell the story of your big day in a distinct way.
Kelli Elizabeth (Above)
If it's soft and dreamy you want, then owner Kelli Durham Oster is the photographer for you. She uses film and shoots digitally, both outdoors in natural light and indoors with strobe lighting. Trained at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, her aesthetic is reminiscent of California favorites Elizabeth Messina and Jose Villa, who she assisted during a west coast wedding. A newlywed herself, Oster offers limited "monthly minis"—portrait sessions for a discounted price of $100. A portion of the proceeds goes to a different non-profit each month.
Schwab's work has a timeless quality that's real, yet clean and effortless—not overly styled. The in-demand photographer also offers Smilebooth as a unique photo "booth" experience without the actual booth.
Weddings by Alefiya Akbarally
A world-traveling, traditional documentary-style shooter originally from Sri Lanka, Akbarally has won awards for her ability to capture perfect moments in time—in rich, saturated colors. She also does fashion and editorial photography and has more than eight years of experience photographing weddings worldwide.
To Live. To Love. Photography
Raised in a small town not far from the city, owner (and newlywed) Ashley Font loves spending time in nature, which shines through in her lush images. "My style of photography is much like how I grew up: creative, unique, and unpolished," she says. Her studio is based in Rosenberg, about 30 miles outside of Houston.
Hip, edgy, fun—these words describe the high-energy Shuttlesworth and his work. Recently he's taking fewer wedding assignments to focus on portraits. Think unique editorial-esque engagement sessions and artfully composed bridals as a result of his creativity and ability to put his subjects at ease.
Jonathan Ivy Photography
There's a sweet dynamic duo behind Jonathan Ivy Photography. Samantha and Jonathan Foster do beautiful wedding work, offering the benefit of both a male and female perspective and the wisdom of a married couple.
A Texas-based fine art, wedding and portrait photographer since 2008, Barker specializes in destination weddings from Marfa to Paris and hosts workshops for other wedding professionals. Her signature "light-filled images" have earned her editorial coverage and awards.
The Houston-based, destination-wedding photographer (and married mom of boys) infuses her ethereal images with light and positive energy. Her clever concept of undone, day-after-the-big-day shoots gives couples a chance to loosen up and be themselves in front of the camera, wearing their formal clothes, but without the pressure of a wedding timetable.
D Jones Photography
He has more than 20 years of experience, and is skillful at getting the classic shots—and capturing the stolen moments unobtrusively. Jones has an easygoing demeanor, and his photos are crisp, rich, and mood-evoking. He's on the preferred vendor list of several top venues in town and has exhibited at the International Loan Collection.
A University of Houston film production graduate with a clean, modern-classic aesthetic, Bennett is a published photographer who has been in the wedding business for seven years. He has an assistant who will snap details and candid shots throughout the day. Bonus: Bennett provides every image on DVD in addition to an album of your faves.
A boutique photography studio with offices in Houston and Miami, Joe Cogliandro describes his dramatic images as "artistic storytelling." He travels the globe for commissions and has photographed many South Asian weddings. His team also offers boudoir sessions.
Wedding experts book Burlton as the photographer for their own nuptials because she has an innate ability to capture the magic of the day. The native Houstonian is a professional fine art photographer who specializes in wedding and portrait photography. She has shown her work in galleries and museums, from Houston to Spain and Austria, and has appeared in multiple books and magazines.