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Calgary Wedding Photographer

Established in 2007, Geoff is the leading wedding photography studio in Calgary and is proud to provide services in Calgary and the surrounding areas. Geoff Wilkings Photography specializes in couple photography, getting ready photos, wedding ceremonies, portraits, first look, and the wedding reception itself.

Calgary offers many stunning downtown wedding venues, and Calgary itself is surrounded by incredible scenery. Located on the foothills to the Canadian Rockies Calgary is a short hour and a half drive to Banff National Park. Geoff is a world-leading photographer and will make sure your wedding day is photographed with photos that mean the world to you.

Your Calgary Wedding

Planning a wedding in Calgary ceremony and reception involves many details to reserve and book. All brides receive a complete vendor list with established and reliable businesses in Calgary, Alberta. Finding the perfect Calgary florist for your bouquet or ceremony and receptions flower supplier to the best hair and makeup artist and the best wedding planner won’t be a problem for all Geoff’s bride and grooms.

Understanding what is important to bride and grooms, we designed a wedding guide containing over 100 pages of useful information allowing all bride and grooms to plan a luxury wedding day anywhere in Calgary or destination wedding venue.

Wedding photographs that mean everything to you from your Calgary wedding are celebrated as Wall Art or within a personally designed one-off Heirloom Album, allowing your story to be loved for generations. Knowing the importance of your wedding, Geoff would be thrilled to serve as your Calgary wedding photographer.

Calgary studio bell wedding engagement photographers photos

Wedding Photography in Calgary

Calgary is a top Canadian City that offers grand ballrooms to intimate venues. All of the best wedding venues in Calgary will allow for a very different and beautiful outcome of photographs, so it is wise to know the type of photos being candid or posed and unposed photos that you fell in love with before you book a wedding venue.

Wedding couples can choose from rooftops, a grand hotel, a restaurant downtown, or an outdoor wedding with Calgary’s gorgeous City Landscape in the background. Remember, if you love the bright and airy photography look, then you will want to go with a venue like the River Cafe rather than the famous Fairmont Palliser Hotel or Hotel Arts downtown. 

A bride and groom look at each other in the garden of Alloy Restaurent in Calgary

Ballrooms offer incredible emotion to a wedding day, and they can be lit beautifully with the need of one professional photographer. Flash photography is very important to know, and master and Geoff is proud to be the best in Calgary, so you enjoy your Calgary wedding venue to its fullest. A professional wedding planner is often hired to help light and guide your wedding venue.  If you are unsure about locations and you’re on the fence to host in Calgary or a top mountain wedding venue, go visit locations making sure you have covered all bases.

By understanding the average cost of a photographer, you will feel comfortable with your investment for your day with GW Photography. Professionally trained if your wedding is located on a ranch on the outskirts of the city’s Downtown, Geoff Wilkings Studio has you covered. You can learn more about Geoff and his family here.

A bride and groom spraying champagne

Elopement Photography in Calgary

Couples who live in the City of Calgary are proud of Alberta. The hearts of Calgarian are deeply rooted in the stunning landscape with the mountains in the background. Celebrating your elopement and love for your partner in Calgary would be a perfect day. 

For bride and grooms who would love to venture to The Canadian Rockies, the studio of Geoff Wilkings Photography would love to discuss heading out to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Banff, Canmore or head to a mountain top to say I do. Geoff can assist with these plans by contacting the studio today.

Bride and Groom inside hudson's bay building downtown Calgary


Engagement Photography in Calgary

Geoff offers just one level of photography service for your Calgary engagement photoshoot, which is outstanding imagery offering candid to posed editorial sessions. As your Calgary engagement photographer, finding the perfect engagement location in Alberta won’t be tricky. Geoff will learn what is essential to you, allowing for the ideal location for your engagement shoot. 

Offering standalone couple photography or portrait sessions, Geoff is proud to offer, and OKES Portraits experience for his clients. With OKES Portraits, you pay for only what you love. There are no engagement shoot packages, just stunning products for you to display forever. 

For engaged couple unsure if an engagements shoot worth it or couple have no idea what the point of an engagement shoot is, treat a Calgary engagement shoot separately to your wedding day. Your love for each other is celebrated with no timelines allowing for a relaxed photography session. 

The perfect time for an engagement couple shoot is either very early morning or about our two before sunset. Spring and Fall are so short that many Autumn engagement shoots are held within a very short time, so it is worth booking ahead. You can contact me today to secure your engagement shoot in your favorite location.

Elbow Falls Kananaskis Country Engagement Photos


Hiring a wedding photographer professional in Calgary

Securing the best Calgary wedding photographer is more than looking at a few pretty photos on a website. A wedding professional will offer beautiful albums and wall art, gift registry, offers knowledge to the city, have the correct license, and hold insurance to operate a Calgary business. With your professional Calgary photographer, you are sure to have a fantastic Calgary wedding. At Geoff Wilkings Photography, we would be happy to discuss everything from the bride and groom getting ready to the reception making sure your wedding day is captured the way you dreamt about.

A Rolls Royce Calgary wedding vintage vehicle with a bride and groom inside

The Climate in Calgary

Calgarians often joke around by saying Calgary Alberta offers two seasons being Winter and Summer. 

Calgary receives Chinook Winds that melt the snow during the winter months, and temperatures can climb above Celsius, bringing warmth and enjoyment to Calgary breaking colder snaps of freezing temperatures. 

In the summer months, rain typically falls in June and allows for July, August, and September to be the prime months for weddings. 

The type of climate in Calgary experiences a humid continental climate, warm summers and cold, dry winters with the average daily temperatures in Calgary from 17 deg cell’s in July to -7 Deg Celcusi in December.

The coldest months in Calgary is from mid-November until the beginning of March. The warmest months in Calgary are from the beginning of June to mid-August.


More About Calgary

Calgary offers a busy international Alberta City with many skyscrapers. Booming in size, Calgary is known for the oil sand industry; however, Calgary is still known more as “Cowtown.” Calgary’s stampede is held in early July of every year. “Cowtown” celebrates its massive rodeo and festival and farming exhibitions that are proudly showcased at the stampede. Daily races and rodeo shows people flock to Calgary from all around the world to party for the week-long celebration.

The Bow River flows through Calgary and travels East yet starts in the Canadian Rockies. It located just an hour’s drive from Canmore, many Calgary folk head to Kananaskis Country, Banff, and Lake Louise every weekend to hike and enjoy the mountains while working hard mid-week downtown Calgary.

The population of Calgary as of 2019 is 1.3 million people and is the larges Albertan city. Calgary is the third largest municipality in Canada after Montreal and Toronto. 

Between 1896 and 1914, many settlers from around the world arrived in hope and were offered free homestead land. A train track was placed throughout Alberta, and hotels were built to bring in funds to pay for the Canadian Pacific train tracks. The hotels were known as the Canadian Pacific Hotel, and one famously knows as the Banff Springs Hotel and The Palliser Hotel.

The economy in Calgary is driven by the oil sands, yet with the boom and bust industry, many companies have tried to diversify within its economy. Tourism is everything in the Canadian Rockies, and Calgary is often used as the base for many trips leaving for the Rocky Mountains.

FAQ


How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?

Most bride and grooms book their photographer one year our from their wedding date. However, is it wise to book your wedding photographer shortly after securing your wedding venue in Calgary or a top mountain wedding venue.


What is the average cost of a wedding photographer in Calgary?

The average cost of a wedding photographer in Calgary is between $2500 to $6000.


What questions should I ask a wedding photographer

How long have you been in business?
How long have you been photographing weddings?
Are you professionally trained?
How many weddings have you photographed?
Can we see a full online gallery or a wedding?
Do you retouch and edit your photographs?
Do you offer engagement sessions?
Can you please describe your photography style?
Do you offer albums, prints, and wall art?
How long will it take for us to view the wedding day photographs?
How long will it take for the delivery of our album?
Do you have insurance?
When do we receive a contract?
How much is your deposit?
Can we pay by Credit Card?
Do you have backup photography equipment?
Do you have my date available?


What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is someone who organizes and plans weddings as a career or profession. There are different types of offerings that wedding planners supply and knowing what service is right for you for your wedding day worth exploring.


What is the population of Calgary?

The population of Calgary in 2019 is 1.3 million people.


What is the climate like in Calgary?

The type of climate in Calgary experiences a humid continental climate, warm summers and cold, dry winters with the average daily temperatures in Calgary from 17 deg cell’s in July to -7 Deg Celcius in December.


What are the warmest and coldest months in Calgary?

The coldest months in Calgary is from mid-November until the beginning of March. The warmest months in Calgary are from the beginning of June to mid-August.


What do people do in Calgary for a living?

The oil sands provide the majority of wealth in Calgary; however, it is a boom and bust city, so wealth fluctuates. Over the years, tourism has grown considerably as many people treat Calgary as the first stop before they head to Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore, and Moraine Lake. Calgary Stampede brings in many tourists from around the world, providing many jobs for a short duration.


What is the Calgary Stampede?

The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival. It is held every July lasting tends days. The Calgary Stampede attracts over one million visitors per year and offers one of the world’s largest rodeos.


Where did Calgary get its name?

Calgary was named after Calgary on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, United Kingdom.


Is Calgary expensive to live in?

Calgary’s cost of living is high compared to smaller towns in Alberta; however, Calgary is comparable to other major Canadian Cities.


Do I need a second photographer for my wedding?

No, you do not require a second photographer for your wedding. When you fall in love with a particular look or feel from the photographer’s wedding or engagement gallery, you’re investing in this style. Do not fall into the trap of more is better; make sure that the photographs work you love is the photographer who is going to capture your wedding day.

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