Hi there! Congratulations on your engagement and thank you so much for stopping by. :) I'm Cornelia and I'm an international wedding and portrait photographer with a love for people, fun, and of course cake. I'm currently based in Tampa, Florida, but travel all over the country and world to capture my clients' special moments. I've been doing wedding photography for 9 years now and I still absolultely love every single wedding day I get to capture. Being able to be part of someone's big day and capturing all of the love, emotions, and happy moments is very special to me.
While photographing, I approach things in a light-hearted and fun way, so that everyone can feel comfortable in front of the camera. Because let's be honest, being photographed can be extremely awkward and is not something that most people are used to. And I truely believe someone who is happy and relaxed will look their best in photos. My goal is to ensure that you get to enjoy your wedding day to the fullest and receive beautiful images that you can treasure for a lifetime as they allow you to relive every magical moment of your wedding day over and over again.
I offer a variety of services to help ensure your wedding day is exactly what you wished for and more:
27 Reviews for Cornelia Zaiss Photography
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Amanda T. · Married on 01/18/2020
Simply The Best
We could not thank Cornelia enough for the incredible work she did for our wedding. She is simply an amazing photographer and businesswoman! First of all, her photography skills are just impeccable. She has that “eye” for capturing truly incredible photos. She is also vocal about how to get the pictures that are so Instagram worthy. She is incredibly helpful in coaching couples on what to do to get those money shots! Her editing style is beautiful as well. All of the images that she produces are fairytale-esque, dreamy, and romantic. Photography really matters to me and if you look at her work she is consistent in her quality, every single photo is a work of art. After looking at SO many photographers her pictures stuck out to me because of this, you simply will not find and unpolished photo by her.
She is wonderful on the business side of things as well! Her website is user friendly, getting in contact with her is easy, and when it comes to planning she has thought of everything. During the holiday season, she even sent a WONDERFUL care package including a ring cleaning pen (SO Thoughtful!) and an AMAZING magazine she created filled with helpful wedding planning tips and info (It’s seriously so helpful, I’m currently sharing it my friends that are getting married!)
As we were planning, Cornelia was so helpful. She created and collaborated with our DJ and videographer to make the perfect timeline. She even contacted my florist to make sure that there were flowers available in our get-ready room for invitation suite pictures!
During the day when the site organizer fell short, she went above and beyond to keep things moving and our timeline on track.
We hired Cornelia because of her obvious photography talent but we got so much more than a fantastic photographer. Her friendliness, professionalism, and overall wedding-planning and coordination knowledge are what sets her above the rest.
Sent on 03/26/2020
Cornelia Zaiss Photography's reply:I have no idea what to say. I'm seriously speechless!! Thank you so so much for your kind words. This seriously means the world and you definitely made my week!! I absolutely loved being part of your wedding day and capturing all of the special moments. It was so much fun and you two looked absolutely amazing and so happy!! I wish you a lifetime of happiness and laughter and lots of great adventures together!
Megan B. · Getting married on 05/07/2021
Must must MUST book Cornelia!!!
Words cannot express how amazing Cornelia is and how highly we recommend her!!!! My husband and I are from Chicago and we got married down in Sarasota in Florida in February. I knew absolutely nothing about Florida wedding vendors and stumbled upon Cornelia's Instagram page and immediately loved her overall look. After talking to her and seeing more of her work, I was sold. I booked her before any other vendor because I knew I just had to have her. Throughout the whole wedding process, Cornelia was so friendly and kind. She would respond immediately and I never felt like I was bugging her. She helped answer any question I had, even if it didn't pertain to photos. She was so on-top of the details leading up to our big day, so when our wedding day came, I had 0 worries that she would photograph what we wanted. I also quickly realized Cornelia is very well-known and respected throughout Sarasota/Tampa area as literally every other vendor I booked not only knew her but all had wonderful things to say about her, with multiple vendors saying she was “the best”.
Our wedding day and wedding pictures proved to be everything I wanted it to be with Cornelia! She knew all the shots to take and posed us in a way that made us look flattering and natural, and still beautiful! My husband is not a big fan of taking photos, so I was worried we would look awkward or too staged, and that was most definitely not the case. Not only were the pictures beautiful, but she was so kind and easy to be around, while also being super professional and efficient! I am absolutely obsessed with every single photo. She captured everything and our pictures turned out truly dreamy - I can't stop looking at them and our friends can't stop raving about them! Another wonderful thing about Cornelia and her services was the quick delivery both of our wedding sneak peeks (3 days after the wedding) and then our full gallery (less than a month from our wedding). My only regret was not flying down to Florida before the wedding to do an engagement session - I wish we could have more photos from her!! Everyone said that photos are the only thing you can take with you when the wedding over, so pick the best photographer, regardless of price. Cornelia truly is THE best and worth every penny (I did find her to be very affordable though especially considering the quality of what you get in return). If your date is available with her, you absolutely need to book it immediately!!!!!Sent on 03/24/2021
Cornelia Zaiss Photography's reply:Megan, this is the best review ever!!! Thank you so so much for your kind words. I'm so happy and honored I got to be part of your wedding day and capture all of the festivities. Thank you for letting us be part of this special day and all the best to you and Christopher in your married life! :)
Katrina A. · Married on 02/20/2021
We planned our wedding in about 3 months. I had been "stalking" Cornelia's Instagram for months before we even planned anything, and as soon as we nailed down a date, I reached out to her in the off chance that she was available on our date for this year. SHE WAS! From the beginning of this whole process, Cornelia was so punctual with all her responses. I think she answered any and all questions I had within a day at most, usually it was just a few hours. Our initial consultation was at a coffee shop, where we talked for hours! Not only was she so helpful and informative, but she was also so easy to talk to! We had our complimentary engagement session and she made us feel so at ease. My husband usually gives me 1-2 pictures at most, and Cornelia was able to get him to take pictures for an hour with no complaints! A true miracle worker. On our wedding day, Cornelia was prompt and professional. She was natural during the ceremony- you couldn't even tell she was there! Again, she got my husband to take so many pictures after. She takes beautiful, well thought out photographs. She is wonderful to work with. I really ended up writing a whole essay, but she is just such a pleasure to work with, I highly recommend using her services if you are in need of a photographer!!Sent on 11/16/2020
Cornelia Zaiss Photography's reply:You seriously made my day, Katrina! I'm so happy I got to be part of your wedding day and capture all of the fun and festivities. Thank you for trusting me with your photos. It was so much fun spending the day with you all! :)