{review} Alicia Riley Photography

Alicia Riley Photography

Alicia Riley offers a fresh, easy-going personality, fabulous candid photography & prices London and Kitchener brides love

Over the years, countless brides have made a point to tell The Ring how much they love Alicia Riley Photography, and it’s easy to see why. Alicia Riley has all the ingredients of our favourite local photographers. She’s fun, energetic, her past brides rave about her, and she shoots fabulous, creative, candid photos.

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!Alicia’s work is often featured in The Wedding Ring Magazine, her photo booth at The Ring’s K-W Wedding Expo was a complete smash, and she’s proven that she knows what brides want in a wedding photographer. So, from a natural and timeless shooting style and competitive prices to an ‘above and beyond’ mantra that includes an exceptional experience from start to finish, it’s obvious that Alicia is a much-loved choice for Southwestern Ontario brides (and beyond!). Here’s everything you need to know about Alicia Riley Photography…

Personally speaking

Armed with a camera in hand, Alicia was sixteen years old when she began assisting a Master of Photography with wedding photography and custom framing- all the while experimenting with her own SLR camera in her spare time. Her creative eye later lead to a career in graphic design- graduating with a diploma from Conestoga College and enjoying a successful career in the GTA.

Today, Alicia is definitely in-demand, shooting up to twenty-four weddings per year with over 125 weddings completed so far in her career. She is also careful not to book more than twenty-four weddings each year, in order to give her clients her undivided time and attention throughout the entire wedding process.

After so many weddings, Alicia says she couldn’t imagine doing anything else, “Photography is an art form that is constantly evolving. A camera is a tool to capture light that has endless possibilities. I love that I will never stop learning and there are so many other wonderful photographers and brides out there to motivate and inspire me to continually challenge myself.”

The Alicia Riley difference

Alicia describes her style as, “candid posing mixed with a quirky personality that makes you relax and feel completely comfortable.” Although Alicia has worked with all kinds of wedding themes, visions and budgets, she calls her couples ‘hard working professionals who spend their money on key things for their wedding’. “My brides are classy and classic, stylish and not afraid to be different, have great taste but don’t go overboard. Their focus at the reception is treating their guests with special touches and throwing a good party.”

“It felt like one of our friends was taking our pictures… With Alicia we knew that the pictures would be beautiful, natural, and artistic.”

For July 3rd, bride, Lauren Manser, having a photographer who she felt 100 percent comfortable with made a difference. Lauren told The Ring, “It felt like one of our friends was taking our pictures… With Alicia we knew that the pictures would be beautiful, natural, and artistic. Alicia is a skilled and talented photographer whose prices are incredibly reasonable… Truthfully, we would’ve paid twice as much for her service because the pictures were so good!”

On the wedding day itself, Alicia is certainly more than your photographer. “I have helped with everything from pinning boutineers, setting up isle floral arrangements, tying up corsets, pinning hair, I’m a councilor, time keeper, co-coordinator. My goal is to do everything under my power to make the entire day as stress free as possible. However, wedding day co-coordinators are worth their weight in gold (for both of us) and if budgets allow, please consider one!”

Liz and Chad Hallman were thrilled with their experiences working with Alicia, noting that Alicia went above and beyond to make their experience enjoyable, “Alicia was so much fun to work with! She was very laid back and always listened to what Chad and I wanted. She never pushed us along or pressured us into pictures we didn’t want. Alicia is so creative in her photography… more than I realized until we saw our final pictures! On a day that can be stressful, with time limitations, Alicia never acted like she felt pressure or that she was rushed… and all of this on a day where she was sick (which I only knew because I too was sick so we supported each other). Alicia went above and beyond our expectations and I cannot wait for her to capture more memorable moments in our lives!”

Alicia Riley Photography

Commissioning your wedding

Alicia offers three fresh and simple packages, allowing you to choose the options that work best suit you. Prices range from $2150 to $3750 and include some stellar free options. Not sure what to pick? Why not try great additions like an engagement session, second shooter, photo booth or custom thank you cards.

Packages start at six hours of coverage and go up to twelve. This helps you easily choose if you would like just the basics or a little bit of everything documented. If you have trouble deciding how much time you need, Alicia works with your schedule and ‘must have list’ to help maximize your time together.

Nadina & Joel Ayer say that getting good quality photography at reasonable pricing was a selling point for them when they hired Alicia for their December 18th (Sunday) wedding. “We got her most expensive bundle… It was a great choice for us… Not only are her services reasonable but she is also very flexible in terms of the product, start time, locations. We could also change those on the day of the wedding if needed.”

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Details, details, details

  • Alicia’s brides spend anywhere from $1700 to $3500 (plus tax)
  • A non-refundable retainer is required upon booking of one third of the package price. Once your deposit is received and contract signed, Alicia is yours for your wedding day!
  • For May to October weddings, it’s best to secure Alicia a year before your wedding. During the off season, she is usually available with a few weeks’ notice. It can never hurt to ask!
Alicia Riley of Alicia Riley Photography
Alicia Riley of Alicia Riley Photography

Contacting Alicia Riley Photography

Alicia Riley at Alicia Riley Photography can be reached by email directly using the form below :) You can also visit Alicia Riley Photography online at www.aliciariley.com.

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★★★★★
5 5 1
We can’t even express how lucky we feel that we found Alicia to be our photographer for our wedding. We wanted someone who understood us as a couple, who would go above and beyond to get the perfect shot, who was creative and adventurous, and who we could get along well with for an entire day. We chose Alicia for her creativity, fun personality, candid and natural-looking photos, as well as her passion for photography. This woman sure knows how to make a good impression, and she also lives up to everything she promises. Our engagement shoot was unreal. It was like a care-free afternoon hanging out and going for a hike with your friend. Alicia was not afraid to get adventurous when we asked her to rappel down a sketchy stone wall with a rope, and when she jumped into the water with her camera to get “the” shot with the waterfall in the background. Alicia made us feel so comfortable; she joked and laughed with us and she guided us to get a beautiful variety of photos. She expertly brought out the heart of our relationship from behind her camera, and each photo radiated real emotion. Fast forward to our wedding day, Alicia made us feel at ease by going through a very detailed shot list with us weeks in advance. She wanted to capture the photos that were important to us, and not leave any important details out. Alicia was amazing on our wedding day. She helped put the boutonnieres on the groomsmen, and kept them occupied until the ladies were ready to go. She scouted out the perfect location for our first look, and executed the moment perfectly and professionally. She was able to quickly come up with a game plan for shot locations on the farm, and navigated the afternoon with confidence. Alicia was my sidekick pre and post ceremony. She seemed to know what I needed. She made sure my dress was sitting properly in each photo, helped remove my veil, and even came up to me during dinner to fix my hair. Alicia was also very bold, and wasn’t afraid to take some risks to get the photos we wanted. We can’t say enough about Mrs. A. She is stellar, and won’t disappoint. Thank you, Alicia, for everything – but especially for coming along for the ride to capture one of the biggest days of our lives.

★★★★★
5 5 1
Alicia is the best. Not only is her work incredible, the way she supports her clients is out of this world. When my husband and I began our wedding planning, we knew exactly what we wanted when it came to a photographer. We wanted someone who was fun, unique and genuine. Alicia is all this and more. She has become a good friend and has photographed the most special moments in our life. She has been there for our engagement, wedding and most recently shot newborn pictures of our little man, Landon, who was born in April. She makes you feel so unbelievably comfortable and natural. We always recommend her to our family and friends and will continue to refer her forever. We love Alicia!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had Alicia do our family photos in the fall of 2014. Once we were engaged, there was zero question as to who we would ask to have as our wedding photographer. Alicia had to be the one! Alicia understood our vision of simplicity. Yes having a wedding is incredible, and beautiful and you want to make it wonderful, however in the end the most important thing to us was saying 'yes' to becoming husband and wife, and having it all captured in a candid way. The day of the girls were running a little late for the ceremony, so this meant the girls didn't get a chance to do off site photos... A little bit of rain, may have stopped our 'together' photos a little short... However, in the end the results are magical, fantastic, and captured 'us' perfectly. We consider Alicia a friend, not just our photographer. We will continue to use Alicia. We absolutely love her! Thank you for your amazing work! xo

★★★★★
5 5 1
Alicia did a phenomenal job photographing our August 2014 wedding. She captured the love and happiness that was shared between my now husband and I, our friends and our families, so perfectly. I cannot stop looking at our pictures! We will cherish them for years to come. Thank you so much Alicia. You've outdone yourself yet again.

★★★★★
5 5 1
Choosing a photographer is such an important, time consuming and difficult decision to make especially when it comes to your wedding. After an extensive search we finally found Alicia and am SO happy that we did. The fun we had during our engagement shoot and the quality of her photos completely solidified that Alicia would capture our day the way we had hoped. Her attention to detail, creative eye and spunky personality all come through in her photos. Book Alicia and let your search be over! Alicia will minimize your stress and maximize your fun! My husband and I felt completely comfortable with Alicia - sometimes oddly too comfortable! We always had a good laugh! From now on I will highly recommend Alicia to anyone that is in need of a photographer. Alicia, we can't thank you enough! We'll see you at our next photo shoot ;) Tracie and Mike

★★★★★
5 5 1
Just as when I met my husband I knew he was the one for me, when we met Alicia, we knew she was the Photographer for our Wedding!! She's creative, caring and a credit to her craft. We didn't even notice where she was for the ceremony and much of the reception, yet she captured amazing shots. In addition to taking pictures you'll be thrilled with, her editing abilities and attention to detail are also top notch. Our Wedding would not have been as special and memorable without Alicia. Deciding on a photographer for your Wedding is a really important decision since they are essentially catching moments of your day that you'll look back on for years to come. We can't say enough about Alicia and highly recommend her to anyone who wants a warm, friendly, talented, professional photographer as well as a product you'll love! Pam and Chris

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had Alicia do our wedding September 2013 and we could not have been more happy. Every photo she took had a quality to it that I have not seen in other friends wedding photography. We felt like we got our moneys worth and that she went the extra mile to make sure each photo had a story. She was great with our family/ friends and they all had great to things to say about her professionalism and personality that day. We are using her again for our pregnancy and eventually newborn/ family photos because we just love her. We talk often about life and I truly consider her a friend as well as a gifted photographer who loves what she does. I would recommend her to anyone who wants truly original photos that have a high artistic effect.

★★★★★
5 5 1
From the moment we hired Alicia for our engagement shoot, we knew she was a keeper! Her easy-going personality, professionalism and talent for photography make her not only a fabulous photographer to work with, but also a goldmine if you are looking for unique and quality photographs. Her artistic flare shines through in her work, as she has the ability to turn “ordinary” settings into works of art. Alicia was always prompt to respond in communicating prior to the big day, and was there to offer assistance and advice when needed. She truly went above and beyond her duties as a photographer. We knew that our wedding photographs would be the only real keepsakes we would have to remember the details of our big day, so hiring a photographer was one of the most important decisions we made …and we are SO happy and thankful to have found and decided on Alicia! She captured every special moment of our big day, and was a breathe of fresh air to work with. We will continue to refer Alicia to everyone we know, and we look forward to continue working with her!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Where do I even begin? You NEED Alicia to be your photographer. Yes, she is that amazing-tastic. Alicia shot our wedding photos and the pictures turned out amazing...I didn't even know my husband and I could look that good. Even with our day being very busy and hectic, Alicia was able to sneak in and get those great shots. She was very much like the fly on the wall, documenting every minute of the day. Alicia was very professional, yet laid back and fun at the same time. She was very helpful in ensuring the day ran smoothly and did everything I asked. Alicia was almost like my mini-wedding planner on the side...which was very much appreciated. Even my guests raved about how fantastic she was. My family and friends even mentioned they would consider hiring Alicia as their photographer when their wedding day would come along. If I could re-do my wedding all over again just to hire Alicia, I would :). I hope to work with her again in the future.

★★★★★
5 5 1
Initially I started looking into Alicia because her rates were reasonable and I didn’t feel she ‘gouged’ her clients. I got a good vibe from her website and an even better vibe when she responded to my email within 5 minutes! We met for lunch where she showed us her portfolio, and I really liked the artistic way she told stories through photographs. I also liked that she has a strong background in graphic design, which shines through in her work; she just has a natural keen ‘eye’ that I admire. Personality means a lot to me, and Alicia’s down-to-earth, eager, bubbly persona had me shaking her hand and giving a deposit before we even received our entrees! Our wedding day was not as hectic as I thought it would be! Well, pre-reception, anyway! Alicia was at our home ready to go before we even got back from getting our hair and makeup done! She took control where necessary (always keeping us on time!), and let us take the lead if we wanted special shots taken. Alicia was extremely mindful of what we wanted, and maintained a very clear line of communication with us from start to finish. Normally I hate being photographed, but Alicia took all the pressure off and made me feel like I was in the talented hands of an old friend. Many of my guests commented, “Wow, your photographer really worked for her money – she was EVERYWHERE,” which I understand now after seeing the amount of photos she took that day! She really was everywhere, capturing everything! Because we decided against a videographer, we had big expectations for our photos. We wanted them to tell our story from beginning to end and capture all the things we missed in between. Your wedding day goes by so fast and there is so much going on that you simply don’t have time to catch everything. Alicia did that for us - and then some! We were beyond impressed with the story our pictures tell. For instance, we decided to do a pre-ceremony reveal shoot. Looking at these pictures makes me feel all the excitement, nervousness, and love that I felt during that second I uncovered my now-husband’s eyes. I am so glad I can look at the pictures and remember all the feelings I had that day! After all is said and done, the pictures are all we have to remind us of the day we worked so hard to orchestrate. Crystal & Danny Abraham (Married September 22, 2012)

★★★★★
5 5 1
My fiance and I booked Alicia for our upcoming September 2013 wedding. She was incredibly accommodating in the consultation process, meeting us halfway between London and K-W on a weekday evening to fit our schedule. She traveled to Kitchener for our fall e-shoot, and produced incredibly romantic and beautiful photos. We were hesitant because neither of us considered ourselves incredibly photogenic, but her direction and creative vision gave us amazing memories that we'll cherish forever. Alicia was so prepared and came with tons of unique props and ideas that made the experience so much easier for us. I absolutely can't wait to work with her again for our wedding!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Alicia did a boudoir shoot for me as a gift for my fiancé ! It was so much fun, she made me feel comfortable and sexy ! The pictures turned out great ! Alicia is creative and really does have a gift! She had the pictures to me promptly, the quality was amazing and the price was very reasonable! I would highly recommend Alicia, you will not be disappointed.

★★★★★
5 5 1
My husband and I actually had Alicia Riley do our engagement photos and wedding photos. We loved her work so much that we even had her do another set of photos after the wedding. Her photography is absolutely wonderful - she has an eye for it. She captured every moment of our wedding. Not only was she at our wedding as our photographer, but she was also wonderful help. She helped us when we were getting ready from helping tie up my dress to helping the guys with their suspenders and ties. She is more than just a photographer. She is also very flexible and works with your wedding schedule and plans. She was sensitive to any needs of our guests and ensured that everyone was comfortable when she was taking pictures. She was very friendly and worked well with everyone from our wedding party to our officiant to our family. As part of our package that we purchased, she provided us with a set of edited photos and photo books. Her work on these were absolutely wonderful. She spends a lot of time and ensures every detail on the photo is perfect. And actually, recently, Alicia has gotten really busy so her response time and turn around time for pictures has gotten a fair bit longer. However, the wait time is not unreasonable from what I have heard from other photography companies. But, with all the time she takes, the edited pictures are absolutely perfect and beautiful! Overall, she is a wonderful person to work with and great to have as a wedding photographer! Her prices are reasonable. Her work is absolutely fantastic and would definitely recommend her for anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer.

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