{review} Hillier Photography

Hillier Photography shoots vivid and timeless images to capture your wedding day

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!As a wedding and family photographer, Brianna Hillier strives to put her clients at ease when in front of the camera. Serving the Kitchener/Waterloo areas, Hillier Photography has been in business for over 8 years, and Brianna has captured memories of over 120 weddings during that time. With her bubbly personality and attention to detail, Brianna always strives to give her clients the best pictures possible so they can cherish the memories of their special day.

About Hillier Photography…

Brianna got her first SLR camera after she graduated from high school and she immediately fell in love with photography. In 2008, she started the photography program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. While studying, she did several co-op with some amazing photographers including Lee Mann Photography, Pamela Wideman Photography and Robert Nowell Photography before graduating in 2010.

“Being able to second shoot with them was a dream,” admits Brianna. She then moved to Waterloo to put down her roots and establish her business, Hillier Photography. “I started to dabble in many aspects of photography, but weddings and families were my favourite,” she says. “I loved being able to capture such raw moments of pure happiness for my clients.”

Brianna is the main photographer and takes photos throughout the entire day. If a coordinator isn’t scheduling the wedding, Brianna herself ensures she keeps everything on track when she is there so the day runs smoothly. If a package with a second shooter is selected, Liz manages the photo booth, as well as capturing candid shots throughout the day and groom photos before the wedding.

“Our assistant Keith (also my partner) has been to almost all our weddings,” says Brianna. “He makes sure we stay on time and gets every photo on our list. It’s a lot of work to carry around so much gear to and from locations,” she says, describing Keith as the muscles of the team.

Hillier Photography’s services…

When Brianna meets with a client, they plan everything out, even for destination weddings.

“We make time lines for every thing – from photo list to family photos. We then send it to family members to make sure we didn’t miss anything,” she says. “We even send it to videographers, venue, officiant, catering so everyone is on the same page. This way other vendors can also make revisions so everyone has enough time to do outstanding work. It’s incredibly important for me to know that my couples are stress free and have fun planning their wedding.”

Brianna considers herself as a photographer to be the bride’s best friend.

“I’m always making sure you’re happy, look amazing and will never make you look awkward in front of the camera.”

Hillier Photography offers three main packages, but Brianna admits that every wedding is different and she often will offer custom packages to suit individual couples. There most popular package is their Sweet 8-Hour coverage, which includes one photographer.

Hillier Photography’s style…

“For me it comes down to the people. I’m a very bubbly and hardworking person and enjoy engaging with my clients,” says Brianna. “I love making them smile, laugh and to be carefree.” Brianna describes her style as fun, creative and natural. “I want my photos to look how the day was. Not to overly edited, but natural and real.”

Shannon Good tells us, “Zach and I agreed when we got engaged that anyone we hired going forward would not only have to be talented but would also have to have a personality that we loved and with which we could easily work. Brianna’s portfolio spoke for itself and we knew her style was exactly what we were looking for. It was, however, her professionalism, amazing personality, going above and beyond with helping to plan our day.”

When asked what she loves about her job, she admits it’s the moment after a session when her clients hug her and say how much fun they’ve had. And when her clients see their photo gallery and they message her saying how happy they are, it’s incredibly rewarding to Brianna.

“I think what it all comes down to is that I am able to capture incredibly raw moments for people that they will be able to cherish for ever. I have an amazing “photo family” as I call them that I have captured so many moments for them: their family photos, to engagement photos, to wedding photos and then on to family photos of their own.”

In fact, many of Brianna’s client admit they initially felt incredibly awkward in front of the camera, but they tell her afterwards that she made them feel good about themselves.

“We can all be super hard and insecure about how we look and for me to make someone feel gorgeous and handsome makes my heart want to explode.”

Rachel Beechey and Brianna went to Fanshawe College together so when Rachel was looking for a photographer, it was an easy decision to hire Hillier Photography.

“I really love Brianna’s style. Her images are beautiful, vivid and have a timeless look. A lot of people get caught up with trendy editing techniques but Brianna’s style focuses on the couple and not about make the photo look great with editing afterwards.”

Hillier Photography’s packages…

“We understand photography is a big investment as these are images you will cherish forever. We always recommend couples to do research on photographers and word of mouth is very important. But it’s still a big decision to know if your photographer is a good match on a personable level,” explains Brianna.

“Based on Brianna’s education and past experiences I found her prices to be on point,” admits Ashley Holman. “From the beginning of my search I knew I wanted someone who had the education background and didn’t just pick up a really nice camera and call themselves a photographer. She was also more than willing to adjust her packages and work with you which I know some will not.”

Packages include:

• 6 hour coverage
• one photographer
• $2400.00 (tax already included)

• 8 hour coverage
• one photographer
• $3050.00 (tax already included)

Everything you need
• 10 hour coverage
• two photographers
• photo booth
• $4000 (tax already included)

Also included in each package: custom USB and keepsake box, all images are, engagement session, and an online download gallery.

Brianna admits that some couples feel awkward in front of a professional camera. That’s why the engagement session is important and included in all of her packages.

“Engagement sessions are to teach our couples how to pose in flattering ways to make flawless images. It’s like a practise for the big day. We then sit down with our couples and ask them everything they love and don’t like about the images. This way we know exactly what you like!”

“Our custom engraved USB and Box are drop dead gorgeous,” says Brianna. Our couples get so excited when they receive them. Inside are some fine art prints of their wedding day. The box is engraved with their names and wedding date,” she says which makes a beautiful keepsake.

“From what I had read online and comparing to other photographers we had researched previously, her price range is on par with a lot of other vendors, especially those with the best reviews. Zach and I opted to go for the 8 hour coverage package and it was worth every single penny,” says Shannon.

Details, details, details…

  • The average bride spends between $2400 – $4000 including tax (ask Brianna about current specials and custom packages)
  • It’s best to book 1 year ahead to secure your wedding date
  • The finished product is ready within 4 months after your wedding day
  • There is a 50% deposit required to book Hillier Photography for your wedding day.

Contacting Hillier Photography

To learn more about Hillier Photography, contact Brianna Hillier directly by email using the form below. 🙂 You can also visit Hillier Photography online at www.hillierphotography.com.

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