Our specialty is creating artful, and compelling images with a modern, photojournalistic approach. We believe that each couple is made of up priceless moments that deserve to be preserved both as images themselves and in beautiful custom-designed albums and wall art that connect you to future generations. We have a very diverse client base in both religion and background which I is so important to me and I am so proud of. We are based in Tampa, FL, and have photographed weddings all over the US, Caribbean, and all the way to Portugal. We love all types of light sources, natural, off-camera flash, and LED light, which makes us prepared for any time of day or night, location, and weather.
What We Offer:
We photograph weddings, engagement sessions, events, and portraits. Many of our couples become lifelong clients as they have a family or have special events they want captured over the years, which we absolutely love! We also offer gorgeous custom designed albums, canvas, metal, and acrylic wall art, save the dates, and print.
Our Wedding Style Is:
I call our style “timeless photojournalism”. It’s all about capturing your personality and interaction but also giving direction on movement to what looks best and making it fun and comfortable so we can capture the essence of you. Almost all of our couples tell me they aren’t comfortable being photographed or have never had professional photos taken so I say we also specialize in photographing people who don’t like being photographed but want amazing photos! Our goal is to be as unobtrusive as possible and to capture all the fun moments, details, people, and emotions so that when you put them together it’s your unique story.
Our Personality Is:
We are both fun and dedicated to creating the most amazing images for our couples. Our goal is to capture all the things you saw plus the things you didn’t get to see as well. In terms of the actual photography part of your day we are going to help direct you each step of the way so that you can soak in your day as much as possible!
What Inspired Us to Start Our Business is:
Carrie Wildes Photography was born out of my love for weddings and travel. I actually have my Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, which took me to the corporate world where I had the opportunity to travel the world and see so many different people and cultures. I fell in love with photojournalism and capturing the beauty and essence of people. That’s when I also decided to get off the corporate ladder and build one of my own and it’s been, and continues to be the most amazing ride.
We Love Being a Part of the Wedding Industry Because:
We love weddings because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event where all of your closest friends and family come together in one place to celebrate the beginning of your marriage. All of those people and moments are literally priceless and become more valuable each day after the wedding. That’s why we call our pricing an “investment” because it is truly the only part of your wedding that increases over time. It’s such an important responsibility to preserve your wedding story so that your kids and grandkids can re-live it someday and we love it!
What Makes Our Business Stand Out From Other Vendors Is:
I think it’s the relationships that we build with our clients and what they say about us that sets us apart. My favorite comment one of our brides said to me was that aside from the photography, I was more like a maid of honor and best friend on the day of the wedding! We also love referring and working alongside many other amazing wedding pros here in the Tampa Bay Area.
One Thing Most Couples Would Be Surprised to Know About Us Is:
I am actually probably the most calm in what normal people would think is a super stressful situation like a wedding. When I’m photographing a wedding I am totally zoned in literally block out everything else.
One of Our Non-Wedding Passions Is:
My biggest passion in life is helping families overcome the obstacles to become foster and adoptive parents. I am a foster and adoptive parent and co founded the Promise Love Foundation where we help families raise money for their adoptions as well as get them started on their journey.
Everyone’s wedding is unique in terms of the number of guests, details, and timeframe and we offer something completely unique with our pricing. To us, the most important thing you can have after the wedding is a professional, tangible memory to have on your coffee table or walk by on your wall. The entire amount you spend on your wedding photography with us is used as an artwork credit for after the wedding. We do what we call a Guided Art Experience after the wedding where you choose all your favorite moments and then get to choose your album, wall art etc. Our full collections with 2 photographers, an engagement session, an online gallery, digital files, and professional editing full collections start at $3,990. We also have an option for intimate weddings that range from $600-$2,490. You can spend just the initial amount you had paid for your collection and get beautiful artwork or you could spend way more than that and we walk you through the whole process.
In 2009, 2010, and 2012 we had the privilege of working with both the WeTv and MTV networks on Tampa weddings that were cast in reality wedding shows. Carrie is a Certified Professional Photographer and also Craftsmen as well as instructor with Professional Photographers of America. We are also members of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Special Offer for Marry Me Tampa Bay Readers:
For our Marry Me Tampa Bay readers we offer a $250 artwork bonus that you can spend on any of our artwork options from your engagement session or wedding.
Meet Carrie Wildes
In life so far, becoming a parent has changed my thinking and priorities the most. Having adopted our 2 sweet girls as babies literally is such an amazing story I almost still can’t believe it’s true. My husband David and I got married July 3rd, 2005 and we work so hard and live our life in a way that we have no limits to what we want to experience or accomplish. I love doing the little things in life with my family, traveling, running, and fashion even though I’m a nerdy engineer at heart. My happy place is on our boat out on the water, we try and get out there as much as we possible can.
Featured Wedding Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography Art & Design Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:
Marry Me Tampa Bay curates the below reviews from real couples whom we've personally interviewed. As Tampa Bay's most trusted wedding planning resource, these reviews are 100% accurate and aren't created by fake accounts.
I wanted to work with a photographer who was real and precise at capturing the perfect moment. I wanted a photographer who was true to the moment without any major picture editing.
Photos can be overwhelming but I felt like Carrie Wildes Photography and her team let me be without missing out on the important photo moments. I never felt like I was rushed or stressed. I felt like the photos just flowed with the day. Carries is a very talented and the absolute sweetest!
As a wedding planner, it was very easy for me to choose my vendors as I have worked with most of them for years. I tell my brides that they need to meet their photographers in person to make sure they like being around them. If they are not comfortable with them, their pictures will show that on their wedding day.
Carrie Wildes and I have known each other for 15 years; I knew she would do a spectacular job. With the venue we chose, we wanted lots of photos outside of the gorgeous landscape. Carrie is the expert, and she delivered exactly what we wanted.
We wanted a photographer who would tell the story of our day with natural, true-to-life photos. Carrie Wildes Photography delivered a beautiful photo journal of our day. We couldn't be happier with the content and quality of the photos. Carrie has established herself as a premier Tampa Bay Area photographer, and we wanted the best. She and her team were fantastic!
We wanted someone who listened to our needs and desires. We did not fit into a cookbook recipe for wedding photography. After having an initial phone conversation, we liked Carrie Wildes Photography a lot. Carrie seemed to understand us. We also like the unique options for the products that she offered. She did an amazing job and the pictures are beautiful.
We wanted bright and sharp pictures and did not want a rustic or edited feel to the photos.
As soon as we told our wedding planner what we wanted in a photographer, she told us about Carrie Wildes Photography. I looked her up and fell in love with her pictures. We loved working with Carrie!
When we were selecting a wedding photographer, the quality of past wedding pictures and communication with the photographer were the most important qualities. Carrie, the owner of Carrie Wildes Photography, was warm and passionate about covering our wedding. Her pictures were beautiful with much thought put into every shot!