Atlanta Wedding Photography for Under $2000

Have you recently gotten engaged? And are looking for Certified Professional, Atlanta Wedding Photographers for under $2,000, then you are in the right place and I can help!

Your wedding day is yours to design, create, execute, enjoy, celebrate and keep the memories forever and all kept on budget! I have created wedding photography packages that are completely customizable to your needs - and budget.

If you are looking for a weekday or weekend photography and a nice collection of elegant, classic, emotion-filled wedding photos. You would like to print some of the photos to display in your home to remind you of the love your share and your big day. Plus the option to order wall art, prints and albums that fit your life-style and needs.

Hi, I'm Chris Cottrell, Certified Professional Wedding Photographer and owner of Cottrell Photographers in Kennesaw, Georgia Just north of Atlanta. I offer affordable wedding photography for Atlanta couples who love the photographic process. If you enjoy lookng at black and white as well as color, timeless, romantic, emotion filled photographs that are affordable and easy to get, read on.


Atlanta Wedding Photographers

I am a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Certified Professional Photographer delivering quality wedding photography and you can book me for under $2,000.

I can cover your all the things that are important to you. The ceremony, getting ready, rings, dress and shoes details and styled family and bridal party portraits are all included. Your first romantic photographs as Newly Weds, immediately after the ceremony and before the reception. All this and more is included in one of my under $2,000 collections.


Why you should hire Atlanta's Chris Cottrell, Certified Professional Wedding Photographer

Experience

Getting married is so exciting, such fun, and sometimes a little daunting. From looking for the perfect wedding venue, finding the wedding dress of your dreams and choosing your wedding day photographer, it's a lot to think about. With my relaxed, quiet, style you’ll forget I’m there quietly documenting the day as it unfolds. An experienced, PPA Certified Professional Photographer adn Atlanta Wedding Photographer, I can make you look and feel beautiful and make you both shine on your big day. I have a knack of capturing all the emotions of the day, tears, laughter, sighs, loving hugs and more forever.

A $500 retainer reserves me for your wedding day photography. I keep things organized, punctual and I'm always available to answer any questions you both might have.

About me

The thing I love most about wedding photography is being around lots of people, family members, close friends and loved ones. Being British and creative I bring a different perspective to my photography. I’ve been told my British sense of humor shows in the images, however I am very serious about my craft.

I love the creative outlet that photography gives me access to. I love working out and love to run and have completed the Boston Marathon four times. Some of my favorite things in the world are my wife, kids & family, our 2 rescue Pugs “Bodie & Spanky”, old tee shirts, jeans, cowboy boots, tea, coffee a decent IPA. I love movies, binge watching TV shows and looking at art, listening to all kinds of music and of course a good laugh with friends new and old! to name a few.

Timeless Photographs

All of my wedding collections include a custom designed, wedding album for you both and your future generations to enjoy forever.

Each photograph is a visual reminder of a precise moment in time on your Wedding Day, beautifully captured for you and your families to enjoy forever. My photographs are tack sharp, artistically composed, colored to perfection and will visually stand the test of time for you and your love ones. 

My heirloom quality wedding albums and prints are created by the leading photography trade labs using the finest materials available and designed for you to open and look at time after time for decades and decades to come.

How do I Book You?

I know I'm not the wedding photographer for everyone, however, if you love being with your family and close friends and treasure those moments. If you love creating lasting memories with quality photography at any wedding venue you like and you love the idea of having a stress-free wedding day - I may be the right photographer for you.

If you laugh a lot, are affectionate and love being together. If you love to look at prints and would rather hold large wedding album in your hands than look at it on a computer, then I'm the wedding photographer for you.

And of course you're super excited about finding an Atlanta Wedding Photographer for under $2,000 then I would love to talk with you to see if I can help make it happen! Click here to book a 15 minute FREE consultation


Wedding Photography Styles - Kennesaw Georgia

Wedding photographers styles are so different across the board! I've been told my style is creative or artistic. I think I offer a unique style for my couples in that I can quickly adjust their stance to create a more natural looking and stunning portrait. I love documenting the day as it unfolds, then recreating the wedding day in chronilogical order for wedding albums.

Wedding Photos

The accompanying images were shot at The Kennesaw Grande, Kennesaw, Georgia. I can see a lot of influence from one of the photographers I respect, Jerry Ghionis from Australia in some of my photography.

Getting Ready Shots

I love to create unique getting ready photos for my couples and I always take time to look around the room, window light and furnishing to get ideas to create something special. One of the photos here was shot at Little Gardens in Lawrenceville, near Atlanta in Georgia and reminds of Yervant's style.


Wedding Dress Details

This photo shot at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church is one of my favorites. I love the light, the bride interacting with the bridesmaids who are helping get the dress buttoned up.

New Wedding Venues

Super excited this first week of 2019 as I have weddings coming up this year in three wedding venues near me that I've never shot at before. Embassy Suites in Kennesaw, Georgia, Juliette Chapel in Dalonaga, Georgia and The Magnolia House, Powder Springs, Georgia

Have a great weekend, let me now if you have any questions - Chris

Getting into the Wedding dress - Bride and Bridesmaids, Atlanta Georgia

Getting into the Wedding dress - Bride and Bridesmaids, Atlanta Georgia

Grooms details, Kennesaw, Georgia

Grooms details, Kennesaw, Georgia

Bride getting makeup applied, Acworth, Georgia

Bride getting makeup applied, Acworth, Georgia

Bride and groom laugh at Wedding Photographer, Little Gardens, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Bride and groom laugh at Wedding Photographer, Little Gardens, Lawrenceville, Georgia

10 Questions to Ask your Prospective Wedding Photographer - Atlanta Georgia

Recently I was listening to a photography webinar that was specific to sales and customer service. While listening I started thinking about great questions for a Bride and Groom to ask a professional photographer they were considering. I came up with a really long list, I’ve narrowed it down to the ten below.

Are you available on my wedding date?

If no, don't waste anymore time! you have to keep looking for the right one. It reminds me of a somewhat related blog post I wrote earlier this year Three Important Things…

Will you, (the person you’re speaking with) be the photographer at my wedding?

Make sure that you talk with the photographer and connect with him or her, feel comfortable asking for what you want. Communication on your Wedding Day is very important. Look here for more info Atlanta Wedding Photography Additionally, you may want to make sure that all of your “special shots” are taken care of and not missed by a message not getting to the right person.


What camera system do you use? Do you have back up cameras in case of a malfunction?

You may want to make sure that your Wedding Day Photographer has professional grade cameras and lenses plus back ups. With the big names Nikon and Canon, there are other fantastic professional cameras being used, ask see samples of the work they have produced with their preferred system. Additionally, it’s might be a good idea to find out if they use a lighting system for evening or low light situations.


Are you a technical photographer or creative, what’s your style?

Ideally you need a photographer who is technically proficient and also creative - let’s be honest the great wedding photos are the ones that capture the emotions of the day and are exposed correctly, composed correctly and processed correctly. Documentary or Photo-journalistic styles may be your choice, or you may need a more traditional look. I like the idea of a combination of a more formal look for the family and documentary style as the day unfolds. It’s also important that your photographer has the ability to talk with you both, your family, wedding planner and other vendors during the day to ensure that every opportunity to capture great photos as the situations dictate are taken advantage of.


How many years have you been photographing weddings?

You may also ask about product and fashion abilities, as there will be rings, shoes, cufflinks, cakes, flowers, a Wedding Gown, Tuxedos etc. to be documented that have nothing to do with the people that will need to be photographed on the day.

Can I see samples of your wedding, engagement, portrait, and wedding day details photography?

Along with this question you should confirm that all of the images you are being shown were taken by the photographer you are speaking with. Look for a complete wedding day start to finish, also if you are having them take care of your Engagement Photo Session, check their engagement photography to avoid disappointment or misunderstanding.


Do you have liability and equipment insurance?

I know it’s rare, but things can go awry, All vendors should have insurance to cover the what ifs. Some venues require all vendors to have insurance coverage - check well before your wedding day.


Are you a member of a professional association?

It’s so important nowadays with technology spilling into the creative arena that your photographer keeps up with the ever changing technological improvement and uses them to creatively capture your day. In the USA the Professional Photographers of America based in Atlanta, GA are the oldest and largest association specific to photography in the world.


Can you stay longer if the reception runs later and how much would that cost?

Very important to establish this up front rather than on the day. Make sure that your contract clearly says what to expect if the wedding runs later that planned.


Do you have any type of certification or education in photography?

A certified professional photographer will have the ability and competence to shoot your wedding and produce great images without you having to worry how things may or may not turn out. Also, consider asking about post-wedding processing of images, does the photographer do it or is someone else responsible for that. Be clear about your expectations for the photography, on-line galleries, wedding albums and wall art etc. Always ask what’s included and what’s an additional cost.


The photos shown with this post are taken by myself at The Grande in Kennesaw, Little Gardens, Atlanta, Rock Springs Church, Atlanta and Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida. I hope you found this helpful. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have - Chris


Chris Cottrell, CPP (Certified Professional Photographer), British born Wedding and Portrait Photographer based Kennesaw, near Atlanta, Georgia USA. Available worldwide for near-to -home or destination weddings.


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Smiling Bride surrounded by Bridesmaids at Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida

Smiling Bride surrounded by Bridesmaids at Ponte Vedra Inn, Florida

Groom & Groomsman share a laugh at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta Georgia

Groom & Groomsman share a laugh at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta Georgia

Bride Getting ready photos at The Grande in Kennesaw, Georgia

Bride Getting ready photos at The Grande in Kennesaw, Georgia

Wedding rings photograph in rustic window at Little Gardens, Lawrenceville, Atlanta Georgia

Wedding rings photograph in rustic window at Little Gardens, Lawrenceville, Atlanta Georgia

5 Secrets to Selecting the Right Wedding Photographer

Are you recently engaged and starting to plan your wedding? Have you begun looking for the perfect close-to-home or destination wedding venue and wedding photographer? If yes, my post might help you with asking the right questions in selecting your ideal wedding day photographer.


Secret 1: Connecting

Speak with your prospective wedding photographer on the phone. On your wedding day you’ll both spend a lot of time with your photographer, so it’s really important that you connect and can work together. The phone is the perfect place to have that initial conversation. I offer a free Zoom/Skype consultation to discuss your needs and help you find the right level of photography coverage for your big day.


Secret 2: Style

The photographers style. Look at your prospective photographers wedding portfolio on his or her website. If you like the style ask a few questions about specific images. Questions like, the image with the tears on the brides cheek, how did you shoot that? The grooms boutonniere photo, at what time during the day was that shot? What style do you call this type of image? As a Certified Professional Photographer I will document your day as it naturally unfolds in. I have the skill and experience to adjust you, your bridal party and guests to get the most beautiful, natural looking images possible.


Secret 3: Portfolio

Ask to see a complete wedding day from a previous client. This is super easy to do with Skype or Zoom and you’ll be able to look at a complete day from start to finish and not just a select few of the images that are viewable on a website. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask if the photographer shot the image or if it’s from a second shooter or an assistant. I always share with my couples which images were from second shooters that made the final edits that way they know they are getting what we agreed to when they hired me.


Secret 4: Cameras

What camera system do you use and what’s your favorite lens? Is a great question. Nikon has been my choice of camera systems for many years and I have a selection of cameras. and always bring back up cameras and equipment to weddings. Lenses are super important as the lens directs the image/light to the sensor, which usually means, higher quality lenses produce a superior image.

I have a wide selection of Nikon & Sigma lenses. I always bring some of my specialty lenses from other manufacturers like Sigma (the Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art is one of my favourites).

You should consider the genres of photography on your wedding day. From fashion, with the dress and grooms tuxedo etc., products, using macro lenses for rings, cufflinks etc. and back to products with shoes and of course portraits. Each one looks better when we use the lens designed for that type of photo.


Secret 5: Certification

It doesn’t hurt to ask if the photographer has any type of certification or other supporting credentials. The peace of mind knowing that your photographer has the craft and technical expertise to photograph your big day is priceless. Photography, like a lot of industries, continues to change with technology. Photographers who invest time in learning and continuing education are valuable not only to clients but also to the industry at large. I am a Certified Professional Photographer, CPP and a member of PPA. Being a CPP means I adhere to a strict code of conduct and I am accountable to PPA at all times. I continue to learn new things every day to better serve my clients.


If your prospective photographer checks all the boxes, I’m pretty sure he or she can shoot at any wedding venues, any weather or challenging situations to produce awesome photography that will document your day to perfection.


I hope my post helps you with selecting the right photographer for you both on your wedding day. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

I shot the posted wedding photographs at The Grande in Kennesaw

Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. Although I haven't shot weddings there, some of the photos remind of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia and similar to Indigo Falls, Dallas Georgia

Bride and Groom on Rock Spring, Atlanta Church steps

Bride and Groom on Rock Spring, Atlanta Church steps

Smiling Groom getting boutonniere assistance

Smiling Groom getting boutonniere assistance

Happy Bride Twirling in the barn at The Grande In Kennesaw, Georgia

Happy Bride Twirling in the barn at The Grande In Kennesaw, Georgia

Excited, smiling Bride getting ready next a mirror

Excited, smiling Bride getting ready next a mirror

Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Buckhead, Georgia - Wedding Day First Looks

Rock Springs Presbyterian Church is a 150 year old stone built church in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. It was a warm, late spring day with early clouds giving way to brilliant sunshine that flooded into the building through the large antique windows as I began to document the bride, groom and rest of bridal party getting ready.

Wedding Venue

The church, surrounded by lush gardens and a super courtyard in the middle of the buildings which became an awesome location for Heeyoung and Daniel's "First Look". Rock Spring Presbyterian has lots of nice features that are tucked out of the way and serve as great photography spots.

Timing

With the ceremony time fast approaching, we had a narrow window to setup and shoot the first look. With Daniel and the groomsman facing the little gate in the corner near the fountain, I had Heeyoung and the bridesmaid quietly walk into the courtyard.

At just the right moment I told Daniel to "turn around and look at your beautiful bride". There were a few seconds of silence, then smiles and tears of happiness from both of them as they hugged and kissed each other.

The Bridal Party

I did notice the wedding party wiping the odd tear away too! As for me and my second shooter, well let's just say I always have a pack of tissues in my camera bag for first looks! I love First Looks and documenting the emotions around a special moments like these, I think are priceless.


The Weather

The weather was changing from clouds to sun faster than a British summer! which meant we were getting a little sheen coming off the bridal party's faces. I quickly grabbed some paper blotters for them and that did the trick and kept them all looking great. Being a PPA, Certified Professional Photography the changing light and challenging situations are never a problem.

Rock Spring has fun, traditional yet contemporary feel and I love photographing in wedding venues like Rock Spring Presbyterian Church.


Message me if you have any questions or would just like to chat about weddings and first looks. - Chris

Shy Bride at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Shy Bride at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Bride & Groom at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church

Bride & Groom at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church

Bridal Party Surprise at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks

Bridal Party Surprise at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church First Looks