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Lilia Photography

San Francisco , CA
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San Francisco, CA 94103 US (map)

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415-519-3779

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ABOUT US

Our style is candid, real, and vivid.
We document compelling emotional moments and craft gorgeous portraits for you. Starting with your engagement session, we take the time to get... Read more
Our style is candid, real, and vivid.
We document compelling emotional moments and craft gorgeous portraits for you. Starting with your engagement session, we take the time to get to know you as a couple, and want you to feel relaxed and comfortable with us. We want to capture your authentic personalities and relationships. Our clients are independent with their own sense of style. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital
How many photographers do you work with?
2
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
All professional Canon equipment
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Contact us for details.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, contact us for details.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
4-6 weeks
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Such an amazing experience! She made us feel so comfortable and we are in love with the photos. I would highly recommend using Lilia for any wedding photo needs.
Such an amazing experience! She made us feel so comfortable and we are in love with the photos. I would highly recommend Read more...
Such an amazing experience! She made us feel so comfortable and we are in love with the photos. I would highly recommend using Lilia for any wedding photo needs. Read less
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Alexandra
Wedding:
8/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Lilia was great right from the very beginning. She is super responsive to emails and provides all the right information without being pushy. We had a destination wedding to San Francisco City Hall from Canada and Lilia made it very easy to work out all the details from afar. I met with her in her loft before booking her and she was so warm and welcoming! Closer to our wedding date we had a 45 minute Skype date where she just got to know us a little better (because we couldn't do engagement photos or anything), I felt more like we were old friends than anything professional. Her website was the easiest out of all the vendors that I worked with to work out contracts and payment details. We also came up with a list of formal photos together to make sure we didn't miss anything.
On the day of Lilia was so nice. She was able to get our families to look good without coming off as controlling (it was like herding cats! and I've seen other wedding photographers snap at people before). She helped us pick other shooting locations (because we're not from around SF) and even drove us to and from them. By the end of the day my Hubby was tired and cranky but she still managed to make us look super good! She even dropped my veil off at the restaurant afterwards. Also, as every wedding runs late, and we got stuck in traffic we accidentally went way over the 3 hours... she didn't mind at all and said that she'd rather make sure we got great photos than follow a strict timeline! Oh, and she had water and granola bars for us!! DH was definitely happy about that!
The night of the wedding she emailed me 60 edited photos, then had the rest done exactly 3 weeks after our wedding date! She made a slideshow that we could show our families, as well as an online album space where anyone could download photos from. We then received our DVD with all out photos wrapped beautifully in a leather case.
All of my Mom's work friends said the photos looked like they came out of a magazine!
Lilia was great right from the very beginning. She is super responsive to emails and provides all the right information Read more...
Lilia was great right from the very beginning. She is super responsive to emails and provides all the right information without being pushy. We had a destination wedding to San Francisco City Hall from Canada and Lilia made it very easy to work out all the details from afar. I met with her in her loft before booking her and she was so warm and welcoming! Closer to our wedding date we had a 45 minute Skype date where she just got to know us a little better (because we couldn't do engagement photos or anything), I felt more like we were old friends than anything professional. Her website was the easiest out of all the vendors that I worked with to work out contracts and payment details. We also came up with a list of formal photos together to make sure we didn't miss anything.
On the day of Lilia was so nice. She was able to get our families to look good without coming off as controlling (it was like herding cats! and I've seen other wedding photographers snap at people before). She helped us pick other shooting locations (because we're not from around SF) and even drove us to and from them. By the end of the day my Hubby was tired and cranky but she still managed to make us look super good! She even dropped my veil off at the restaurant afterwards. Also, as every wedding runs late, and we got stuck in traffic we accidentally went way over the 3 hours... she didn't mind at all and said that she'd rather make sure we got great photos than follow a strict timeline! Oh, and she had water and granola bars for us!! DH was definitely happy about that!
The night of the wedding she emailed me 60 edited photos, then had the rest done exactly 3 weeks after our wedding date! She made a slideshow that we could show our families, as well as an online album space where anyone could download photos from. We then received our DVD with all out photos wrapped beautifully in a leather case.
All of my Mom's work friends said the photos looked like they came out of a magazine! Read less
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Angie
Wedding:
5/7/2013
5.0/5.0
I planned my wedding at City Hall in San Francisco via the Internet from Georgia. The best decision that I made while planning was choosing Lilia Photography. Lilia was quick to respond with all communication. Lilia arrived early on the day of the ceremony and was a delight to work with. She put my husband and I at ease throughout the whole afternoon. We were thrilled with the photos. Everyone that has seen them can't believe what a wonderful job that she did. If you are planning a wedding, you will be thrilled if you choose Lilia. Her photos speak for themselves, but her demeanor and professionalism are an added bonus. I would highly recommend using Lilia.
I planned my wedding at City Hall in San Francisco via the Internet from Georgia. The best decision that I made while Read more...
I planned my wedding at City Hall in San Francisco via the Internet from Georgia. The best decision that I made while planning was choosing Lilia Photography. Lilia was quick to respond with all communication. Lilia arrived early on the day of the ceremony and was a delight to work with. She put my husband and I at ease throughout the whole afternoon. We were thrilled with the photos. Everyone that has seen them can't believe what a wonderful job that she did. If you are planning a wedding, you will be thrilled if you choose Lilia. Her photos speak for themselves, but her demeanor and professionalism are an added bonus. I would highly recommend using Lilia. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
10/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Lilia was a blast to work with. We felt so comfortable and laid back thru the day. We laughed and had fun with our session and even worked through a few unforeseen obstacles. She does great work and went out of her to be sure we were completely happy with our pictures. I did the larger package and very glad I did.
Lilia was a blast to work with. We felt so comfortable and laid back thru the day. We laughed and had fun with our session Read more...
Lilia was a blast to work with. We felt so comfortable and laid back thru the day. We laughed and had fun with our session and even worked through a few unforeseen obstacles. She does great work and went out of her to be sure we were completely happy with our pictures. I did the larger package and very glad I did. Read less
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Kerry
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Lilia is THE BEST! Lilia and her husband Ray photographed my wedding in Berkeley in October 2010, and shot an engagement session for my husband and me in the Mission in May 2010.

Lilia and Ray's shots are both beautiful and personal. They're really evocative of the tone and spirit of my wedding, which we planned as a non-traditional event. Lilia and Ray did a great job of capturing all the important and traditional events and details throughout the wedding (e.g., dressing, flowers, portraits, service, toasts, first dance, cake cutting). But more importantly, they really show the perspective of time and place -- there's a point of view to most of the shots from the reception that really place the viewer in the thick of the action. This was extremely important to us when choosing a photographer, and Lilia really delivered!

But, almost as important as the product in our experience with Lilia was the interaction. Lilia really made us feel like she understood our needs and struck a nice balance of giving us what we asked for and guiding us towards the best possible way to execute. She was by far the most organized, attentive, and responsive vendor we hired during the long wedding-planning saga, and she always made us feel like she not only had the time for us, but that she actually enjoyed working with us! Lilia is super nice, warm, and enthusiastic, which are all important traits for a photographer. However, she's also smart, thoughtful, and thorough, which are characteristics that are hard to find in any person, no less a wedding vendor.

To be absolutely honest, there wasn't a single moment during our entire interaction with Lilia when we even had the shade of doubt or regret -- she constantly built our trust and delivered with confidence. We have had so many people tell us how beautiful, unique, and artistic both our wedding and engagement photos are. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Lilia to any friend looking for top-notch event photography with a distinct point of view.
Lilia is THE BEST! Lilia and her husband Ray photographed my wedding in Berkeley in October 2010, and shot an engagement Read more...
Lilia is THE BEST! Lilia and her husband Ray photographed my wedding in Berkeley in October 2010, and shot an engagement session for my husband and me in the Mission in May 2010.

Lilia and Ray's shots are both beautiful and personal. They're really evocative of the tone and spirit of my wedding, which we planned as a non-traditional event. Lilia and Ray did a great job of capturing all the important and traditional events and details throughout the wedding (e.g., dressing, flowers, portraits, service, toasts, first dance, cake cutting). But more importantly, they really show the perspective of time and place -- there's a point of view to most of the shots from the reception that really place the viewer in the thick of the action. This was extremely important to us when choosing a photographer, and Lilia really delivered!

But, almost as important as the product in our experience with Lilia was the interaction. Lilia really made us feel like she understood our needs and struck a nice balance of giving us what we asked for and guiding us towards the best possible way to execute. She was by far the most organized, attentive, and responsive vendor we hired during the long wedding-planning saga, and she always made us feel like she not only had the time for us, but that she actually enjoyed working with us! Lilia is super nice, warm, and enthusiastic, which are all important traits for a photographer. However, she's also smart, thoughtful, and thorough, which are characteristics that are hard to find in any person, no less a wedding vendor.

To be absolutely honest, there wasn't a single moment during our entire interaction with Lilia when we even had the shade of doubt or regret -- she constantly built our trust and delivered with confidence. We have had so many people tell us how beautiful, unique, and artistic both our wedding and engagement photos are. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Lilia to any friend looking for top-notch event photography with a distinct point of view. Read less
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topahilo
Wedding:
8/8/2008
4.7/5.0
I'm a designer and love photography myself, so trying to find a great photographer for an important event like my wedding was tough. I came across two problems: 1. the best photographers were too darn expensive, and 2. the inexpensive ones didn't have the greatest photos, well to me they didn't. UNTIL I randomly found Lilia Photograpy on one of those bridal list links. First & foremost, it's all about presentation and after looking through her website I knew I had to give her a call. I figured, if I was a professional photographer, I would definitely create my website just as she did (design concept, fonts, colors, etc.). There was an instant liking I took with her style, and especially her price! My husband and I met with her for the first time at her office/home and knew just by meeting her and talking with her AND by the look in her home (similar decor taste to ours = unique/funky/dark/urban/awesome haha) we were sold on the spot. Lilia Photography is actually two people, an awesome married couple Lilia and Ray Ahner. They were like ghosts in black attire on the day of the wedding taking photos and not getting in the way. I've seen friends who've gotten married and had photographers that were very demanding and sometimes rude just to get a shot, but Lilia & Ray were real and just the opposite which is very important on your wedding day. Also, their shots were of course GREAT!! I wish there were more detailed shots of the ceremony and reception, but they definitely took many of the important ones very beautifully which is what matters the most. We would highly reccommend these two to take photos at your wedding. These guys rock!
I'm a designer and love photography myself, so trying to find a great photographer for an important event like my wedding Read more...
I'm a designer and love photography myself, so trying to find a great photographer for an important event like my wedding was tough. I came across two problems: 1. the best photographers were too darn expensive, and 2. the inexpensive ones didn't have the greatest photos, well to me they didn't. UNTIL I randomly found Lilia Photograpy on one of those bridal list links. First & foremost, it's all about presentation and after looking through her website I knew I had to give her a call. I figured, if I was a professional photographer, I would definitely create my website just as she did (design concept, fonts, colors, etc.). There was an instant liking I took with her style, and especially her price! My husband and I met with her for the first time at her office/home and knew just by meeting her and talking with her AND by the look in her home (similar decor taste to ours = unique/funky/dark/urban/awesome haha) we were sold on the spot. Lilia Photography is actually two people, an awesome married couple Lilia and Ray Ahner. They were like ghosts in black attire on the day of the wedding taking photos and not getting in the way. I've seen friends who've gotten married and had photographers that were very demanding and sometimes rude just to get a shot, but Lilia & Ray were real and just the opposite which is very important on your wedding day. Also, their shots were of course GREAT!! I wish there were more detailed shots of the ceremony and reception, but they definitely took many of the important ones very beautifully which is what matters the most. We would highly reccommend these two to take photos at your wedding. These guys rock! Read less
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Misono
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Lilia and her husband Ray took both our engagement photos and, more recently, our bridal portraits. (We would've had them shoot our wedding too, but we had it on the East Coast... although apparently they do destination weddings!) Their shoots are always fun, and Lilia somehow knows how to make you feel natural and comfortable in front of the camera. They listened to our ideas on what sort of feel we wanted in the shoot locations, and based on our conversations, they gave us some good suggestions of places to take the photos. They also genuinely tried to get to know their couples so that they could reflect their personality in the pictures, which I think really comes through. They worked magic with lighting, angles, and creative poses, and we were very pleased with the results. Both our engagement photos and bridal portraits came out gorgeous!!!

Lilia Photography is truly a dream to work with, and they come with our highest recommendation.
Lilia and her husband Ray took both our engagement photos and, more recently, our bridal portraits. (We would've had them Read more...
Lilia and her husband Ray took both our engagement photos and, more recently, our bridal portraits. (We would've had them shoot our wedding too, but we had it on the East Coast... although apparently they do destination weddings!) Their shoots are always fun, and Lilia somehow knows how to make you feel natural and comfortable in front of the camera. They listened to our ideas on what sort of feel we wanted in the shoot locations, and based on our conversations, they gave us some good suggestions of places to take the photos. They also genuinely tried to get to know their couples so that they could reflect their personality in the pictures, which I think really comes through. They worked magic with lighting, angles, and creative poses, and we were very pleased with the results. Both our engagement photos and bridal portraits came out gorgeous!!!

Lilia Photography is truly a dream to work with, and they come with our highest recommendation. Read less
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