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Will Kerner Photography

Charlottesville , VA
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1620 E. Market St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902 US (map)

PHONE

434-242-4177

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ABOUT US

At the age of 10 my father gave me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie. One of the photographs I made with it, of father holding my brother’s hand as they board a ship, is one I treasure to... Read more
At the age of 10 my father gave me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie. One of the photographs I made with it, of father holding my brother’s hand as they board a ship, is one I treasure to this day.

I earned a B.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1980 and subsequently traveled widely and exhibited my photographic work in galleries.

In 1990 I photographed a wedding for the first time. Two years later I had begun to build a practice in earnest. From the beginning I determined that my approach would incorporate elements of my travel photography, namely quiet observation, thus allowing the photograph to reveal itself.

Coinciding with the beginning of my wedding photography career something else very exciting happened in the 1990: the birth of Live Arts, a vital community theater which has grown in a remarkable way since its inception. As co-founder, Executive Director and Production Manager during the first decade I gained invaluable experience not only as a photographer (I am still the principal photographer for the Live Arts archive), but also in working with people.
In the last decade my photographic work has taken on another dimension as I have worked with Operation Smile and the Building Goodness Foundation, two humanitarian aid groups, as mission photographer. The experiences I’ve had on these trips -- to Honduras, Kenya, Vietnam, Paraguay, Brazil, Haiti and Guatemala -- have enriched me as a person and as a photojournalist.

In 2005 I co-founded and acted as Producer for LOOK3 The Festival of the Photograph, an international photography Festival based in Charlottesville. Working with this group has been an exciting challenge. The first annual Festival took place in Charlottesville in June 2007. It was a huge success on which we are building for the future.
Someone once told me that the most important skill for a photographer to possess is the ability to improvise. This is one of the most valuable skills I’ve learned from my years as a photographer, working in the theater, and now with the Festival. It is a skill I utilize on every shoot. I love what I do because every day is different, every shoot holds new challenges. Read less
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Kori
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Trying to plan a wedding from out of town is difficult. Interviewing the vendors over the phone - and booking them without ever meeting them is even harder! We booked Will after looking at his photos online, and were so glad we did! When we met him about 3 months before the wedding, he set aside some time for us to ask any questions, look over some more of his beautiful work, and tell him what we wanted. He was very easy to work with and responsive to questions via email. On the wedding day, he showed up on time, and was very professional.

My photos are stunning. I couldn't have asked for more beautiful images. Will sent us a sneak peak of 20 or so photos on our honeymoon - and if that was all we had I would have been happy. But there were hundreds of gorgeous images perfectly capturing the day. We even enlarged one of his black and white photos of the barn/mountains to put above our fireplace. Again, he did a fantastic job and I highly recommend him!
Trying to plan a wedding from out of town is difficult. Interviewing the vendors over the phone - and booking them without Read more...
Trying to plan a wedding from out of town is difficult. Interviewing the vendors over the phone - and booking them without ever meeting them is even harder! We booked Will after looking at his photos online, and were so glad we did! When we met him about 3 months before the wedding, he set aside some time for us to ask any questions, look over some more of his beautiful work, and tell him what we wanted. He was very easy to work with and responsive to questions via email. On the wedding day, he showed up on time, and was very professional.

My photos are stunning. I couldn't have asked for more beautiful images. Will sent us a sneak peak of 20 or so photos on our honeymoon - and if that was all we had I would have been happy. But there were hundreds of gorgeous images perfectly capturing the day. We even enlarged one of his black and white photos of the barn/mountains to put above our fireplace. Again, he did a fantastic job and I highly recommend him! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Will did an amazing job capturing our wedding. My husband hates being photographed and actually felt very comfortable with Will. We did engagement photos which were phenomenal and our wedding album is amazing! He was flexible and able to meet with us when we were in town (we live in NYC and got married in Charlottesville). He also photographed our rehearsal dinner!

We highly recommend Will Kerner photography!
Will did an amazing job capturing our wedding. My husband hates being photographed and actually felt very comfortable with Read more...
Will did an amazing job capturing our wedding. My husband hates being photographed and actually felt very comfortable with Will. We did engagement photos which were phenomenal and our wedding album is amazing! He was flexible and able to meet with us when we were in town (we live in NYC and got married in Charlottesville). He also photographed our rehearsal dinner!

We highly recommend Will Kerner photography! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow, our photos from Will are amazing. Will communicated with us really well, as we were living in NYC while planning for our wedding at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville. Our engagement photos were incredible and used for our family's Christmas Cards. We were able to use one for our Save the Dates as well. Will took wonderful photos at our wedding and we barely noticed him being there. He made us feel at ease and comfortable. We cannot wait to create our album and have these photos for the rest of our lives. Thank you Will!
Wow, our photos from Will are amazing. Will communicated with us really well, as we were living in NYC while planning for Read more...
Wow, our photos from Will are amazing. Will communicated with us really well, as we were living in NYC while planning for our wedding at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville. Our engagement photos were incredible and used for our family's Christmas Cards. We were able to use one for our Save the Dates as well. Will took wonderful photos at our wedding and we barely noticed him being there. He made us feel at ease and comfortable. We cannot wait to create our album and have these photos for the rest of our lives. Thank you Will! Read less
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meagan
Wedding:
9/20/2013
4.9/5.0
We were extremely happy with Will, our pictures our absolutely beautiful! He was very helpful during the entire process. The albums he created are so pretty, he really captured the day. I loved how my bridal portraits turned out as well, we took the pictures on the UVA campus, they turned out great. I would highly recommend him.

Meagan
Arlington, VA
We were extremely happy with Will, our pictures our absolutely beautiful! He was very helpful during the entire process. Read more...
We were extremely happy with Will, our pictures our absolutely beautiful! He was very helpful during the entire process. The albums he created are so pretty, he really captured the day. I loved how my bridal portraits turned out as well, we took the pictures on the UVA campus, they turned out great. I would highly recommend him.

Meagan
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Carrie
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Will is an amazing photographer and he also photographed my sister's wedding in C'ville in 2004. He is very professional and works with you in every way possible. He is a very passionate photographer and captures every moment that you want for you wedding day. He also did my bridal portraits, which turned out perfect. I highly recommend him and also recommend getting an album. We just received ours and it is phenomenal! Huge thumbs up to Will for documenting our beautiful wedding!
Will is an amazing photographer and he also photographed my sister's wedding in C'ville in 2004. He is very professional Read more...
Will is an amazing photographer and he also photographed my sister's wedding in C'ville in 2004. He is very professional and works with you in every way possible. He is a very passionate photographer and captures every moment that you want for you wedding day. He also did my bridal portraits, which turned out perfect. I highly recommend him and also recommend getting an album. We just received ours and it is phenomenal! Huge thumbs up to Will for documenting our beautiful wedding! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Will is best in class!

If you want a photographer who has many years of experience, is flexible and open to ideas, and has a great personality, then Will is your man.

Prior to making the decision to hire Will, we met with various photographers and were overwhelmed with the number of packages and options as it was not easy to truly compare packages from one photographer to the next.

Upon our first meeting with Will, all of our concerns about value and quality quickly faded. Will's personality, portfolio of work, and his genuine passion for what he does impressed us enough that we didn't even think twice about hiring him.
(*Will's pricing is competitive with the market and we would classify him as one of the best)

Will's second shooter, Brianna, is also really great and made for a more comfortable photo session since Brianna took all the photos of me and my Bridesmaids getting ready and Will shot all the photos of the guys prepping.

Will also agreed to do a beta video for us as we did not want the typical music video for our wedding memories! We wanted a fun unedited video capturing our family and friends with their voices (and not one song) similar to the videos both of our families captured during beach vacations over the years.

Will and Brianna were also very accommodating and we never felt rushed. Will seemed to keep me calm and relaxed when our planner seemed to be off point and this was extremely helpful.

Will & Brianna were both truly a pleasure to work with and we had so much fun working with them on our wedding day.

When you look to hire a photographer, personality and fit are probably the most important qualities! The energy comes through in all of your photos so a photographer who makes the day fun is essential! Will captured our day and the result is a portfolio of beautiful, natural and radiant photos that will provide us with wonderful memories for many years to come!
Will is best in class!

If you want a photographer who has many years of experience, is flexible and open to Read more...
Will is best in class!

If you want a photographer who has many years of experience, is flexible and open to ideas, and has a great personality, then Will is your man.

Prior to making the decision to hire Will, we met with various photographers and were overwhelmed with the number of packages and options as it was not easy to truly compare packages from one photographer to the next.

Upon our first meeting with Will, all of our concerns about value and quality quickly faded. Will's personality, portfolio of work, and his genuine passion for what he does impressed us enough that we didn't even think twice about hiring him.
(*Will's pricing is competitive with the market and we would classify him as one of the best)

Will's second shooter, Brianna, is also really great and made for a more comfortable photo session since Brianna took all the photos of me and my Bridesmaids getting ready and Will shot all the photos of the guys prepping.

Will also agreed to do a beta video for us as we did not want the typical music video for our wedding memories! We wanted a fun unedited video capturing our family and friends with their voices (and not one song) similar to the videos both of our families captured during beach vacations over the years.

Will and Brianna were also very accommodating and we never felt rushed. Will seemed to keep me calm and relaxed when our planner seemed to be off point and this was extremely helpful.

Will & Brianna were both truly a pleasure to work with and we had so much fun working with them on our wedding day.

When you look to hire a photographer, personality and fit are probably the most important qualities! The energy comes through in all of your photos so a photographer who makes the day fun is essential! Will captured our day and the result is a portfolio of beautiful, natural and radiant photos that will provide us with wonderful memories for many years to come! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Will did an excellent job at our wedding! We gave him a shot list and he covered every one of the shots we asked for and then some. His ideas for fun shots are just wonderful and our pictures turned out amazingly well.

He brought along an assistant as well, which allowed us to capture both formal and candid shots. The two of them worked extremely well together and gave us a variety of styles of images.

With Christmas quickly approaching, we asked for a few images and a quick turn around so that we could create a Christmas card - so as soon as we arrived back from our honeymoon, we had a series of preliminary images to use for a Christmas Card, our Thank You Notes, and photos for Christmas gifts.

Less than a month later, we have all of our images available on SmugMug for download or purchase and we have a CD on its way of the images to print at our own leisure.

When interviewing photographers, so many had restrictions on how you could print images and what files you would have access to, but Will has given us nearly 500 images, all fully retouched and beautiful, so that we can print and create albums from the vendor of our choosing.

Will has a great amount of experience outside of wedding photography, which gives him a broader style. We witnessed two other photoshoots in progress on our wedding day, but our shots were so much more lively and fun thanks to Will!

We planned our entire wedding within 2 months and Will did not shy away from our rapid deadline. He worked in our budget, and was even able to stay a little longer than we initially planned.

We would HIGHLY recommend Will to anyone looking to capture fun shots in the Charlottesville area. His knowledge of the area is extensive and he knows JUST the right spots around UVA for perfect photos.
Will did an excellent job at our wedding! We gave him a shot list and he covered every one of the shots we asked for and Read more...
Will did an excellent job at our wedding! We gave him a shot list and he covered every one of the shots we asked for and then some. His ideas for fun shots are just wonderful and our pictures turned out amazingly well.

He brought along an assistant as well, which allowed us to capture both formal and candid shots. The two of them worked extremely well together and gave us a variety of styles of images.

With Christmas quickly approaching, we asked for a few images and a quick turn around so that we could create a Christmas card - so as soon as we arrived back from our honeymoon, we had a series of preliminary images to use for a Christmas Card, our Thank You Notes, and photos for Christmas gifts.

Less than a month later, we have all of our images available on SmugMug for download or purchase and we have a CD on its way of the images to print at our own leisure.

When interviewing photographers, so many had restrictions on how you could print images and what files you would have access to, but Will has given us nearly 500 images, all fully retouched and beautiful, so that we can print and create albums from the vendor of our choosing.

Will has a great amount of experience outside of wedding photography, which gives him a broader style. We witnessed two other photoshoots in progress on our wedding day, but our shots were so much more lively and fun thanks to Will!

We planned our entire wedding within 2 months and Will did not shy away from our rapid deadline. He worked in our budget, and was even able to stay a little longer than we initially planned.

We would HIGHLY recommend Will to anyone looking to capture fun shots in the Charlottesville area. His knowledge of the area is extensive and he knows JUST the right spots around UVA for perfect photos. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Will was wonderful! He knows exactly where and how to place you to get the most beautiful shots. I would definitely recommend him for anyone looking for beautiful photos of their special day.
Will was wonderful! He knows exactly where and how to place you to get the most beautiful shots. I would definitely Read more...
Will was wonderful! He knows exactly where and how to place you to get the most beautiful shots. I would definitely recommend him for anyone looking for beautiful photos of their special day. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Will Kerner is the absolute best out there for his pricing. His price are extremely reasonable and he is a joy to work with. He's reliable, flexible and keeps his cool. Not to mention the photographs were gorgeous. He's a genius with the camera. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking for great quality at a reasonable price.
Will Kerner is the absolute best out there for his pricing. His price are extremely reasonable and he is a joy to work Read more...
Will Kerner is the absolute best out there for his pricing. His price are extremely reasonable and he is a joy to work with. He's reliable, flexible and keeps his cool. Not to mention the photographs were gorgeous. He's a genius with the camera. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking for great quality at a reasonable price. Read less
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Tom and Joan
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
We truly enjoyed our experience working with Will. He is professional, kind, responsive and works to capture the details. It was important to us that we had a photographer that knew how to incorporate beautiful landscapes and environment into our wedding day pictures. Will has a true talent for this type of photography and his artistry is apparent is all his work.
We truly enjoyed our experience working with Will. He is professional, kind, responsive and works to capture the details. Read more...
We truly enjoyed our experience working with Will. He is professional, kind, responsive and works to capture the details. It was important to us that we had a photographer that knew how to incorporate beautiful landscapes and environment into our wedding day pictures. Will has a true talent for this type of photography and his artistry is apparent is all his work. Read less
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