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When I first opened up Elicia Bryan’s portfolio, I think my mouth let out a little squeak. I can’t always quantify what makes stunning wedding photography, but man do I know it when I see it. And Atlanta wedding photographer Elicia Bryan Photography is stunning wedding photography. Elicia’s style is moody and romantic and everything I love about photography right now, but approached in a way that still feels honest. But what makes Elicia Bryan Photography extra special isn’t just her style. It’s that she’s one of you too. And she’s using her own experience as half of a wedding-planning couple to make herself into the kind of photographer that you want to work with, just for the sake of having her around. But enough talk. Let’s take a minute to soak in a few images:
Whew. Did you catch all that? Do you need to go back again to look? Because I would understand if you did. They are THAT good. In fact, when I first started writing this post, I had a really hard time choosing which photos to feature. Not because Elicia’s images aren’t great on their own, but because Elicia’s talent for storytelling becomes so obvious when you see all her images together. Particularly her detail shots. The wedding industry has become so convoluted with staged detail photos, that we’re losing a lot of the storytelling that gets told in living details (like that dress buttoning shot above, OMG), and it’s a rare thing to find a photographer who can make a detail from your day have as much emotion as a portrait or candid shot. Which, of course, is exactly what Elicia Bryan Photography is all about:
When it comes down to it, the most important thing is that I’m making images that matter to real people. I’m interested in capturing genuine and honest moments that tell the story of how the day actually felt (instead of photos of how it’s “supposed to” feel according to the wedding industry). My heart beats faster for images filled so full with love that you can literally feel it when you see them. I don’t believe in cheesy posing and I love setting a stage for people to feel comfortable and natural with each other in front of the camera. Every wedding is a new/amazing/unique story to tell. I feel so honored when I’m given the HUGE opportunity to be the one to tell it.
Now let’s talk a little about why you want Elicia Bryan Photography at your wedding. (Because believe it or not, it’s not just for the photos. Though to be clear, they WOULD be enough. And I haven’t even gotten into how amazing her engagement and lifestyle photos are either. Yowza.) Elicia originally found APW while planning her own wedding (turned elopement). So girlfriend gets what you guys are up against. She told me:
During the first part of our engagement when we were just starting to plan our wedding, I remember thinking, “WHY is there so much to planning this, and why are these vendor policies so complicated? Can’t I just buy a pretty dress and marry the man I love in a place that will be beautiful in photos?” (I guess that’s the photographer in me) …So we are running away to Iceland this August (with two photographer friends, of course!) and we couldn’t be happier with our decision. That’s not to say that eloping is for everyone. (Far from it!) But planning my own wedding has really seeped into my business in the best possible way. Because of those first few months of planning our wedding and remembering how complicated and stressful it was at times, I now understand how my couples are likely feeling when they reach out to me. Because of that, I feel that it’s my job to simplify the whole photography portion of the process as much as possible. I really want my couples to feel well taken care of and like they are being treated fairly every step of the way.
Elicia’s pricing begins at $4200, which and includes nine hours of coverage and hi-resolution images. And you can easily add an engagement session to that for $600. She says, “As an engaged person myself, I understand how hard planning a wedding can be. I want to make things less stressful for my couples by keeping things as simple as possible. My pricing is straightforward and I strive to keep the entire process as easy as possible leading up to the wedding day.”
So there you have it. All the reasons in the world to hire Elicia Bryan Photography for your wedding. Not that you need them.