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Eric Kelley Photography

Charlottesville , VA
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Charlottesville, VA 22903 US (map)

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434-466-4563

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Eric was named one of the Top Photographers in the country by Martha Stewart Weddings and a “Rising Star” by Rangefinder Magazine in 2013. His work can be seen in publications all over... Read more
Eric was named one of the Top Photographers in the country by Martha Stewart Weddings and a “Rising Star” by Rangefinder Magazine in 2013. His work can be seen in publications all over the world including: Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot National Magazine, Southern Weddings Magazine, Weddings Unveiled Magazine, Southern Living Weddings, Magnolia Rouge, Once Wed, Style Me Pretty… and many more.

He received his BA from the prestigious University of Virginia in Fine Art, and he has photographed over 300 weddings and events worldwide - including Bali, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, California, Chicago, New York, Washington.. and many more with some of the most renowned creative partners in the industry. He feels grateful to have the opportunity to meet such amazing people along this journey of life.

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My passion is using the lens to tell a story – your story. From the peachy evening glow of Santa Barbara to the twinkling panoramic wonder of Bali, a wedding is one of life’s enduring beauties and capturing those first smiles of delight, a subtle glance beneath your veil, the best man’s humorously orated toast – is what makes my job the best.

I travel all over the world to photograph weddings or events. Meeting the energy of a new place with my camera in hand is one of the most energizing parts of my job, and I love my clients. You will regularly find me during down time, propped up with a tripod, capturing the bustling cityscape of New York; the magical blues and crisp, fresh whites of Greece; the emerald grandeur of the mountains in Aspen, or snapping shots of the cigar roller in mexico or the gentleman with the tweed vest whose grandmother opened that favorite patisserie in Paris. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional
What photography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.7/5.0
Eric was wonderful for both our engagement session and our wedding. He is easy going and always calm. However, for being one of the top photographers in the country, I have to say I was a bit disappointed when we received our wedding pictures. They weren't anything special, and for the price we paid him I expected a lot more. I am a little heartbroken to even admit, but he wasn't worth all the money we spent on him.
Eric was wonderful for both our engagement session and our wedding. He is easy going and always calm. However, for being Read more...
Eric was wonderful for both our engagement session and our wedding. He is easy going and always calm. However, for being one of the top photographers in the country, I have to say I was a bit disappointed when we received our wedding pictures. They weren't anything special, and for the price we paid him I expected a lot more. I am a little heartbroken to even admit, but he wasn't worth all the money we spent on him. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Eric was so much fun to work with!! He made the day stress less and was very calm. He captured so many unforgettable moments. I was very happy with the finished product. I gave him 4 1/2 stars for value as I wished the package came with some small parent albums.
Eric was so much fun to work with!! He made the day stress less and was very calm. He captured so many unforgettable Read more...
Eric was so much fun to work with!! He made the day stress less and was very calm. He captured so many unforgettable moments. I was very happy with the finished product. I gave him 4 1/2 stars for value as I wished the package came with some small parent albums. Read less
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Phoebe
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Eric made our wedding. He began early, took charge, and was so sweet and supportive the entire day. I can honestly say the day wouldn't have been as wonderful without him, and on top of that, his work is gorgeous! Hands down THE best photographer out there! Boom him while you can!
Eric made our wedding. He began early, took charge, and was so sweet and supportive the entire day. I can honestly say the Read more...
Eric made our wedding. He began early, took charge, and was so sweet and supportive the entire day. I can honestly say the day wouldn't have been as wonderful without him, and on top of that, his work is gorgeous! Hands down THE best photographer out there! Boom him while you can! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Best photographer in Charlottesville, by far. Eric is so talented, and so fun to work with. We used him for our engagement session and wedding. He made the experience so great, and we never had any awkward moments trying to get some good candid shots. We haven't gotten our photos bad from our wedding yet, but Im sure they'll be gorgeous. We would recommend him to anyone!
Best photographer in Charlottesville, by far. Eric is so talented, and so fun to work with. We used him for our engagement Read more...
Best photographer in Charlottesville, by far. Eric is so talented, and so fun to work with. We used him for our engagement session and wedding. He made the experience so great, and we never had any awkward moments trying to get some good candid shots. We haven't gotten our photos bad from our wedding yet, but Im sure they'll be gorgeous. We would recommend him to anyone! Read less
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Ona
Wedding:
11/3/2012
4.8/5.0
My husband and I were married this past November in Washington, D.C. and I can't even begin to tell you how incredible it was to work with Eric. First of all, I am going to say that the only reason I gave him 4 stars in the responsiveness category is because honestly, he truly is busy and there were times where it would be a couple of days before I hear back from him...but then again, that was with all of our vendors and we truly had the wedding of our dreams. So now that I have gotten that out of the way - back to Eric.

Eric truly is a professional - he knows what he is doing behind the camera and makes you feel so comfortable while hundreds of pictures are being taken. I was afraid my husband would get annoyed but nope, Eric completely bonded with him and set him at ease.

I highly recommend having your engagement pictures taken with Eric as they are not only stunning, but it also gives you a great opportunity before the wedding to get to know him better.

We hired Eric to cover our rehearsal dinner and the full day of our wedding. When I say he arrived to the bridal suite by 8am and didn't leave the ballroom until midnight I am not exaggerating. He is an incredibly hard worker! He took so many amazing images that I know both my husband and I and our families will cherish for years to come. We have heard nothing but great things from those who attended and I know that many of them are looking forward to ordering images.

So the bottom line - yes, it may take a couple days in correspondence, but the wait is well worth his finished product! I'd highly recommend him to any of my friends and we hope to be able to hire him again down the road when we start our little family.
My husband and I were married this past November in Washington, D.C. and I can't even begin to tell you how incredible it Read more...
My husband and I were married this past November in Washington, D.C. and I can't even begin to tell you how incredible it was to work with Eric. First of all, I am going to say that the only reason I gave him 4 stars in the responsiveness category is because honestly, he truly is busy and there were times where it would be a couple of days before I hear back from him...but then again, that was with all of our vendors and we truly had the wedding of our dreams. So now that I have gotten that out of the way - back to Eric.

Eric truly is a professional - he knows what he is doing behind the camera and makes you feel so comfortable while hundreds of pictures are being taken. I was afraid my husband would get annoyed but nope, Eric completely bonded with him and set him at ease.

I highly recommend having your engagement pictures taken with Eric as they are not only stunning, but it also gives you a great opportunity before the wedding to get to know him better.

We hired Eric to cover our rehearsal dinner and the full day of our wedding. When I say he arrived to the bridal suite by 8am and didn't leave the ballroom until midnight I am not exaggerating. He is an incredibly hard worker! He took so many amazing images that I know both my husband and I and our families will cherish for years to come. We have heard nothing but great things from those who attended and I know that many of them are looking forward to ordering images.

So the bottom line - yes, it may take a couple days in correspondence, but the wait is well worth his finished product! I'd highly recommend him to any of my friends and we hope to be able to hire him again down the road when we start our little family. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot express in words how thrilled my husband and I are with our wedding photos! Eric was incredibly easy to work with and went out of his way to help build a photography package that suited our needs and desires. Eric is a very talented photographer and his product is in high demand, so it can be tough to get in touch with him at a moment's notice, but he always got back to us within 24 hours, if not sooner. If you haven't spent a lot of time in front of the camera, I highly recommend an engagement session; our day of the wedding photos were better because of the time we'd spent together before the ceremony. He went above and beyond his duties, in fact, he checked on us throughout the day and evening of our wedding, and even fixed my hair at one point during the reception....priceless! Choose Eric--he will exceed your expectations!
I cannot express in words how thrilled my husband and I are with our wedding photos! Eric was incredibly easy to work with Read more...
I cannot express in words how thrilled my husband and I are with our wedding photos! Eric was incredibly easy to work with and went out of his way to help build a photography package that suited our needs and desires. Eric is a very talented photographer and his product is in high demand, so it can be tough to get in touch with him at a moment's notice, but he always got back to us within 24 hours, if not sooner. If you haven't spent a lot of time in front of the camera, I highly recommend an engagement session; our day of the wedding photos were better because of the time we'd spent together before the ceremony. He went above and beyond his duties, in fact, he checked on us throughout the day and evening of our wedding, and even fixed my hair at one point during the reception....priceless! Choose Eric--he will exceed your expectations! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/4/2011
4.6/5.0
Charlottesville has no shortage of fantastic wedding photographers, so when my now husband and I started our wedding vendor search, we were completely overwhelmed at the sheer number of choices and talent. We found Eric while reading an article about engaged couples in one of Charlottesville’s wedding planning magazines and we were immediately struck by not only how beautifully Eric captured the couple (completely natural, as if he had secretly photographed a private moment), but also as his amazing use of light. We quickly visited Eric’s website and poured over his portfolio; at that point, it was very clear to us that Eric had to photograph our wedding!

We planned our wedding from Boston, so we weren’t able to actually meet Eric until a few weeks before our wedding when we went down to Charlottesville for an engagement shoot. We felt at ease with Eric right away and found that he made what can be a bit awkward - kissing and cuddling in public while getting your photo snapped - totally comfortable.

We were super impressed with Eric at our engagement shoot, but we became totally floored a couple of weeks later when we met again on our wedding day! Eric was simply amazing. Of course we were totally wrapped up in the day and our emotions, but even then it was easy for my husband and I to take note of this artistic genius (yes, I mean it - genius!) at work. We carved out a lot of time in the day for photos of just us both before the ceremony and after, so we would just be walking or chatting and Eric would suddenly stop us and say “Do that again!” or “Wait! Don’t move!”, and then he would shoot away. It became a joke because he would always claim to be done shooting us and then request “Just one more!” photo. But of course we can’t complain because we are left with some truly breathtaking photos from our wedding day! We had so much fun with Eric and could not happily endorse him more. We'll cherish the photos from our wedding day forever.
Charlottesville has no shortage of fantastic wedding photographers, so when my now husband and I started our wedding Read more...
Charlottesville has no shortage of fantastic wedding photographers, so when my now husband and I started our wedding vendor search, we were completely overwhelmed at the sheer number of choices and talent. We found Eric while reading an article about engaged couples in one of Charlottesville’s wedding planning magazines and we were immediately struck by not only how beautifully Eric captured the couple (completely natural, as if he had secretly photographed a private moment), but also as his amazing use of light. We quickly visited Eric’s website and poured over his portfolio; at that point, it was very clear to us that Eric had to photograph our wedding!

We planned our wedding from Boston, so we weren’t able to actually meet Eric until a few weeks before our wedding when we went down to Charlottesville for an engagement shoot. We felt at ease with Eric right away and found that he made what can be a bit awkward - kissing and cuddling in public while getting your photo snapped - totally comfortable.

We were super impressed with Eric at our engagement shoot, but we became totally floored a couple of weeks later when we met again on our wedding day! Eric was simply amazing. Of course we were totally wrapped up in the day and our emotions, but even then it was easy for my husband and I to take note of this artistic genius (yes, I mean it - genius!) at work. We carved out a lot of time in the day for photos of just us both before the ceremony and after, so we would just be walking or chatting and Eric would suddenly stop us and say “Do that again!” or “Wait! Don’t move!”, and then he would shoot away. It became a joke because he would always claim to be done shooting us and then request “Just one more!” photo. But of course we can’t complain because we are left with some truly breathtaking photos from our wedding day! We had so much fun with Eric and could not happily endorse him more. We'll cherish the photos from our wedding day forever. Read less
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Elise
Wedding:
4/9/2011
5.0/5.0
I have the most beautiful photographs from our daughter's wedding. Eric did a wonderful job! It was a hot day and very high winds, and he never complained and had a smile on his face, which helped us all relax. He is both a true professional and a talented artist - what a great combination for such an important day.
I have the most beautiful photographs from our daughter's wedding. Eric did a wonderful job! It was a hot day and very Read more...
I have the most beautiful photographs from our daughter's wedding. Eric did a wonderful job! It was a hot day and very high winds, and he never complained and had a smile on his face, which helped us all relax. He is both a true professional and a talented artist - what a great combination for such an important day. Read less
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Emma
Wedding:
4/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Eric Kelley is an incredibly talented, easy to work with, and fun photographer. He is very good at setting up the perfect, unique poses in a venue as well as capturing the special spontaneous moments. His calming attitude makes photo sessions very at-ease and fun!
We were so happy we had Eric Kelley as our photographer at the wedding and once we received the photos were amazed. The pictures are breathtaking! Every time we look at them it pulls us back to that special day.
Eric Kelley puts so much time and energy into his work and it shows. Our favorite vendor!
Eric Kelley is an incredibly talented, easy to work with, and fun photographer. He is very good at setting up the perfect, Read more...
Eric Kelley is an incredibly talented, easy to work with, and fun photographer. He is very good at setting up the perfect, unique poses in a venue as well as capturing the special spontaneous moments. His calming attitude makes photo sessions very at-ease and fun!
We were so happy we had Eric Kelley as our photographer at the wedding and once we received the photos were amazed. The pictures are breathtaking! Every time we look at them it pulls us back to that special day.
Eric Kelley puts so much time and energy into his work and it shows. Our favorite vendor! Read less
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Patricia Park
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
I cannot come up with the words to describe how great Eric and Lora were! Despite the facts that the pictures came out absolutely amazing (everyone has been asking for their name!), they were so friendly and professional. Without even coordinating with them very many times, they were always exactly where they needed to be and 10 steps ahead of me. One of the greatest aspects for me (the bride) was that anytime they needed anything, they figured it out themselves or asked my wedding party for help to eliminate any extra stress on me. Also, they seemed to fade into the background and multiple people commented on how comfortable they made them feel even though they had just met. Having 2 photographers made the photo sessions short especially on the day of the wedding, and they were very resourceful with making your pictures unique by taking advantage of the lighting and other unique aspects of your venue/ location. I would highly recommend Eric and Lora for whatever your photography needs are. They fully captured the most important day of my life, and their professionalism fully exceeded my expectations.
I cannot come up with the words to describe how great Eric and Lora were! Despite the facts that the pictures came out Read more...
I cannot come up with the words to describe how great Eric and Lora were! Despite the facts that the pictures came out absolutely amazing (everyone has been asking for their name!), they were so friendly and professional. Without even coordinating with them very many times, they were always exactly where they needed to be and 10 steps ahead of me. One of the greatest aspects for me (the bride) was that anytime they needed anything, they figured it out themselves or asked my wedding party for help to eliminate any extra stress on me. Also, they seemed to fade into the background and multiple people commented on how comfortable they made them feel even though they had just met. Having 2 photographers made the photo sessions short especially on the day of the wedding, and they were very resourceful with making your pictures unique by taking advantage of the lighting and other unique aspects of your venue/ location. I would highly recommend Eric and Lora for whatever your photography needs are. They fully captured the most important day of my life, and their professionalism fully exceeded my expectations. Read less
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