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


5 Fantastic Wedding Venues Near me in Northwest Georgia

I've been lucky enough to photograph many weddings and engagements in Kennesaw, Marietta and Cartersville and the surrounding area. I thought I would list some of my favorites and some of the wedding venues near me that I really respect and would love to shoot at.

The Grande in Kennesaw

The Grande is a beautiful Victorian-style house that stands on 2.5 acres of mature, landscaped grounds. The beautiful, romantic gardens and wedding ceremony areas are perfect! Inside the large victorian-style house are fabulous rooms for receptions that are spaceous and well appointed.

With a large, comfortable bridal suite and a fantastic "man cave' for the groom and groomsman, this all inclusive Grande is hard to beat.

The Dream Room

The Dream Room in Cartersville is ideally located close to town and major highways. The dreamy, romantic ambiance is intoxicating! Fabulously decorated to order and spaceous, The Dream Room has soem of the msot flexible options availalble for the modern bride.

The Bridal Suite is so cute and was recently enlarged so it's even cuter! The Grooms area is perfect for the guys to enjoy the game or watch movies while getting ready for the big day.

Baya and Brea, the owners will make your wedding dreams come true with some of the best values in wedding venues in the area.

The Magnolia House

I am looking forward to shooting my first wedding at The Magnolia House in Powder Springs Georgia this summer.

The house is over one hundred and twenty years old and is absolutely stunning. The lovely rooms are decorated to perfection and offer couples many options to create the perfect day.

The beautiful, immaculately maintained gardens provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding day portraits. I understand that the management team at The Magnolia House.

Stonewall Manor

Stonewall Manor in Cartersville is a grand, elegant Victorian era manor house. I love the architecture here and look forward to shooting my first wedding there in 2019 soon.

Stonewall Manor works in conjunction with Flavorful Events catering to bring you an elegant, worry-free wedding day experience.

The architecture and surrounding gardens create an ambiance that is hard to describe. The photo opportunities abound here to make and document your wedding day to perfection!

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

Located in the shadow of the mountain, The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain offer a unique yet timeless experience. Set on four beautiful acres the team works with their couples to create a one of a kind, memorable wedding day.

Working in conjunction with Parsley's Catering The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain offers fresh, locally sourced and organic cuisine.

Message me with any questions you may have about wedding venues near me or far away!

Chris Cottrell, CPP

Certified Wedding Photographer



Wedding Venue

Wedding Venue

Wedding Venue Steps and roses

Wedding Venue Steps and roses

Bride and Groom Through Victorian-style Doorway

Bride and Groom Through Victorian-style Doorway

Being an Atlanta Wedding Photographer, there are lots of places I would love to photography weddings. One of my recent discoveries is the Whitlock Inn, just off Marietta Square, The Whitlock Inn is a Victorian era grand house and gardens, the internal and external architecture are perfection. The gardens are stunning and would be the absolute memory makers for any Bride and Groom. My meetings with the event planners have been so pleasant and they are super accommodating. As soon as I have photos I will update this post.

Kasha & Xavier's Engagement Photo Session, Marietta Square Georgia

I met Kashaa nd Xavier on a Sunday morning in Marietta Square for their Engagement Photo Session. Marietta Square is a great location for pre-wedding photography. It's also one of the best wedding venues in Georgia and my couple looked amazing on such a gray, foggy, drizzly day - it reminded me of England!

Low Light Challenge

I had to be mindful of where I positioned them not only to stay dry but also in being able to what little light was available. By carefully adjusting their positions I was able to create many stunning portraits for them.

The Photo Session

Kasha asked me if the bad weather would affect the photo session "only to the extent that it provides a creative opportunity!" I replied.

With light rain and fog, we started out by the municipal buildings worked our way across to the park in the Square.

Marietta Square

Marietta Square, which is really close to The Marietta Hilton and the Gone With the Wind Museum is a nice mix of old and new buildings. On quiet Sunday mornings the park offers so many unique backgrounds that are idea for Pre-wedding photography.

Creative Photography

I always look at the challenges, particularly with weather, as an opportunity to create something special for my clients. Having the right equipment and experience to photograph on difficult weather conditions is critical to success.

Wedding Venues in Marietta

A couple of great venues nearby that I haven't, but would love to shoot a wedding at. The Whitlock Inn, Marlow House and The Top Floor. If you are looking to hold your celebration around Marietta Square or The Marietta Hilton, please let me know - I would love to help you with the photography for the day.


Happy at Marietta Square Photo Session

Happy at Marietta Square Photo Session

Beautiful rainy day portrait of Kasha & Xavier

Beautiful rainy day portrait of Kasha & Xavier

All Smiles on Marietta Square!

All Smiles on Marietta Square!

Liveliest Wedding Entertainment in Chattanooga Tennessee

Bluff View Art District

Bluff View Art District, with outstanding views of the Chattanooga River makes it one of the most unique Chattanooga wedding venues. This close-to-home or destination wedding venue has a fairytale feel to it's indoor and outdoor wedding event spaces. The in-house catering is fabulous with the outstanding Bluff View Bakery and Rembrandts Coffee Shop just steps away.


With Class Wedding Entertainment

DJ Mark of With Class LLC really knows how to ge the reception hopping with guests dancing all night long!! Mark jumps right in and dances with them.

His awesome, easy-going personality really shines through as he shows the wedding guests dance steps.


Wedding Photography at the Reception

I love to create wedding reception photos that really take the viewer back to the dance floor and all the fun. I will often get on the dance floor with camera in hand and shoot from the guests perspective, often surrounded by dancers and in this case dancing right next to Mark the DJ!!


Chattanooga Wedding Venues

As of writing this I haven't photographed wedding at Tennessee RiverPlace, The Venue Chattanooga or Stratton Hall and a few others. Let me know if you have any questions - Chris

Wedding reception DJ With Class

Wedding reception DJ With Class

Wedding reception at Bluff View Art District with dancing guests

Wedding reception at Bluff View Art District with dancing guests

Wedding reception DJ With Class

Wedding reception DJ With Class

Wedding reception DJ With Class

Wedding reception DJ With Class

Wedding reception at Bluff View Art District with dancing guests

Wedding reception at Bluff View Art District with dancing guests

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

MARIETTA SQUARE GEORGIA - ROBYN & CHRIS' ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRPAHY SESSION

I met Robyn and Chris around 10 O'clock in the morning a few weekends ago in Marietta. The weather was absolutely perfect with just a very slight chill to the morning air. The plan was to start in the park and wander around chatting and see where the engagement photo session took us.

The Park in the Square
The park in the middle of the square was as charming as ever with flags everywhere. We shot by the fountain and with the stars and stripes as a backdrop.

Then we headed off to the side streets and alleys around Marietta Square which is a stones throw from the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta. I am always looking for interesting backgrounds like painted brick, old doorways, windows, colorful murals to create unique photos of my clients. With a bright sunny morning on hand we were on the lookout for beautiful light bouncing off walls and pavements to create stunning portraits for Robyn and Chris.


Gone with the Wind

During our session we found a great location with awesome light adjacent to The gone With the Wind Museum and we we able to capture some awesome images and later create some fantastic pieces of wall art and prints from our session.


I'm very excited for their 2019 wedding and I'm in hopes they'll choose a venue in the vicinity of Marietta Square for their wedding celebration and wedding day photography.

Message me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation. - Chris

Marietta Engagement Photography

Marietta Engagement Photography

Happy Couple Marietta Square Engagement Photos

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

10 Questions to Ask your Prospective Wedding Photographer

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