As a wedding sponsor and longtime reader of APW, I know that everybody who advertises on this site has their own strengths. Some sponsors are magnificent artists with an eye like nobody else. Others have the most amazing customer service skills. And some are just fun to be around. Usually we tend to have a little of each quality, with one particular place where we shine. But, every so often, an APW sponsor comes along who is just the full package. And the sponsor who has always exemplified that quality the most is Christina Richards Weddings in San Francisco. Her work is so stunning it speaks for itself, but she also might be hands down one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet; and on top of that, she’s a professional through and through.
Christina Richards Weddings has been a part of the APW community for so long that when I started my own photography business, I remember showing my partner Christina’s website and saying, “This is who we need to be like.” (HA. Tall order.) In the time that she’s been advertising with APW, Christina’s portfolio has basically gone from OMGAMAZING to ISTHISREALLIFE?! And without sounding like a complete fangirl, I think that’s because her work is just heads and tails above most of the industry. Christina’s photos have such a clear point of view (that’s the mark of an artist folks), and the airiness of her images makes it seem as though there is light actually coming out of the photos themselves. (Seriously, go look at her portfolio. It’s like a cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder.)
But the crazy part is, while Christina’s portfolio is indeed stunning, it’s never at the expense of her clients (because trust me, any photographer can make an amazing image if they take forty-five minutes out of your time to set it up. But it’s another kind of artist entirely who can do it unobtrusively and on the fly). But that’s exactly what Christina Richards Weddings does. She explained to me, “My photography is inspired by people, emotions, light, and color. I enjoy making photographs that feel natural and candid. I take advantage of whatever natural light is available and don’t use a flash very often. I feel that the mood and feeling of available light is more important than using a flash to get a perfect exposure. There is no shortage of portraits and details in my wedding photography, but I think the photos that resonate the most (especially after the passing of time) are the unscripted moments. I’m happiest when I can blend into the background of the day and photograph real moments that tell the unique story of each wedding.” In short, you get these amazing images and you get to enjoy your wedding uninterrupted. Rad.
But here’s the part that I really love about Christina Richards Weddings. You. Guys. Love. Her. Any time we post something with one of Christina’s photos in it, one or two of her past clients will immediately hit the comments section explaining how amazing Christina was, or how surprised they were that they hardly noticed her all night, or how she was a dream to work with. And we’re not even talking requested reviews here, just people wanting to take the time to explain their appreciation for Christina’s hard work. That’s love.
And Christina loves you guys right back. She told me, “I’ve been so lucky to work with many APW couples over the years. No two are alike but they tend to share a sense of the bigger picture and a sense of humor—I appreciate both equally. When I think back about my APW weddings (and even when I’m editing them on my computer) I can’t help but smile. I’m so grateful to be a part of this community.” And guys, there are so many amazing APW & Christina Richards Weddings collaborations on this site, it makes my heart swell.
At the end of the day, working with Christina Richards Weddings is just a no brainer. She takes amazing photos, she gets along with everyone, and she loves APW couples. In short, if you hire Christina, you won’t regret it. In fact, it may end up being one of the best hiring decision you could ever make. And for all that talent, Christina’s prices start at just $3,000 for six hours of coverage (and go up to $4,000 for complete coverage with an album, prints and the whole nine yards). Which is sort of remarkable for the Bay Area, given her experience and talent. (Plus, gotta love a wedding vendor who will put all of their package options online for you.)
So for those of you in planning mode, go check out Christina’s portfolio, peruse her jaw-dropping personal work, and then get in touch with her so that you can get to know her a little better (because if nothing else, talking to her will improve whatever kind of day you’re having). I mean it when I say you’ll be hard pressed to find someone sweeter and more talented than she is. And for those of you recently engaged who haven’t even started planning yet? Bookmark this post. Because you’re not going to see many like Christina Richards Weddings come your way again.