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.
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!
I looked at several different options. I picked Carrie Wildes Photography not just for her beautiful work, but also her reviews were great, and I loved how she connected with me from the start. She texted me and proactively sent video examples of her work, and I knew she’d be fun and easy to work with versus some of the emails and processes of other options. Also, her packages and the fact that the cost goes toward gallery credit is amazing. We happened to see wedding pictures on her site of someone I knew from the Junior League of Tampa. When I reached out, she had glowing feedback and said she still uses Carrie and her team for family pictures. I loved the idea of someone we could have an ongoing and special relationship with. We had a blast doing our engagement session and sincerely loved having her there! It felt just as if she was a guest, and with a much smaller wedding than planned you really notice everyone there, and Carrie brought a great presence.
We looked for a professional wedding photographer who had experience taking photos at our wedding venue.
We chose Carrie Wildes Photography because they were a preferred vendor of The Tampa Club, and after meeting with Carrie we knew we had to book them! We were impressed with the responsive communication, Carrie’s personal approach, and the great reviews. She showed us examples of weddings they shot previously at The Tampa Club, which was so helpful. Carrie and Miriam were amazing to work with throughout the entire process.
I looked through lots of photos and wanted ones that looked real and not over-edited. Also, our venue has more theatrical lighting, so I made sure to ask if photographers had shot there before.
I chose Carrie Wildes Photography after our first conversation. Carrie has worked with the owners of NOVA for over 10 years, so she was very familiar. She was very sweet, and I just felt a connection with her! She had a ton of experience with our venue, which made me feel confident. Carrie was amazing because the cost of her packages goes towards artwork that we now how hanging in our home, which was incredible!
We wanted someone creative with a fun, easy-going personality that we could be comfortable with and who would capture intimate personal moments.
When we interviewed Carrie Wildes Photography, we knew right away she was the photographer we wanted. Carrie and her assistant Linda made us feel comfortable and kept us smiling, and our pictures both on the beach and at the hotel were beautiful!
Our photographer, Carrie, of Carrie Wildes Photography, is a dear family friend and a wonderful photographer. Through her many contacts in the Tampa wedding industry, she connected us with a number of excellent vendors.