Lilia Ahner is a San Francisco wedding photographer with a fine art approach. She loves working with creative couples with an independent sense of personal style. Lilia blends fine art photography with editorial flair to capture authentic moments and create beautiful, romantic portraits. She loves to travel, and is available for weddings in Sonoma, Napa, San Francisco, Carmel, the Bay Area and beyond. She supports marriage equality for everyone.
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Recommended by 99% of couples
Eoin · Married on 09/18/2017
The best photographer/witness/guide we could have hoped for!
My wife Michelle and I were married in San Francisco in September 2017, and Lilia was our wedding photographer.Sent on 07/10/2019
In truth she was more than that -- she also provided advice from months in advance of the ceremony, checking in on us regularly via e-mail and Skype to make sure that everything was going according to plan and offering help and assistance wherever she could. As we were travelling a long way (from Ireland), her kindness was invaluable to us.
She worked very closely with us to get a feel for what we wanted from our photos in every conceivable way, from lighting to settings to poses. This was just one outstanding example of her professionalism -- taking the time beforehand to truly understand what we wanted saved a lot of time on the day and virtually guaranteed that the pictures would turn out the way we wanted (which they did, and then some).
On the day of the ceremony, Lilia was already at San Francisco City Hall when we arrived. She truly is a lovely, warm person, and she immediately put us at ease. From the moment we met her she became a part of the happiest day of our life in a way that never once felt intrusive. She served as our witness, but was also on hand to guide us through the various steps that we needed to take before the ceremony.
Not only does Lilia know City Hall like the back of her hand, she knows the best places to go at certain times and when specific locations are likely to be busiest. She took a number of shots before, during and after the ceremony, and was very proactive in reminding any tourists in the vicinity that there was a wedding taking place. As a result, we ended up with very few (if any) random strangers in the background of our photos, which would have surely been the case otherwise.
I haven't mentioned it yet, but the quality of the photos Lilia took was stunning. Go on her website (liliaphoto.com) and look at her portfolio for yourself. Our pictures were of an identical quality to anything you see there. She provided us with over 400 of these high quality photos, taken in City Hall and other locations around the city (that you can choose from in advance), and was very efficient in producing them, sending us a selection of about 20 a couple of days after the ceremony and then the rest within a couple of weeks after that.
In closing, we cannot recommend Lilia highly enough. For the service she provided, her price was also very reasonable. The only regret Michelle and I have is that we forgot to get a picture with her in all the excitement, we would certainly have liked to do that as she was such a big part of our day. If you're getting married in the Bay Area and need a photographer, you absolutely will not regret hiring Lilia.
Jennifer · Married on 04/27/2015
Lilia was amazing on our special SF City Hall wedding day .. She made us feel so comfortable and we were able to be ourselves, which really shows in our pictures we just received. She is very quick to respond to emails and she was also very flexible with a last minute time change we had for the wedding. Thank you so much Lilia for capturing our special moment and for giving us pictures we will treasure for a lifetime!Sent on 05/30/2015
Lindsey · Married on 07/30/2014
Lilia is an amazing photographer, need I say more? Oh, okay then...Sent on 01/18/2015
We eloped from England to San Francisco City Hall and our wedding would not have been the same without Lilia. That's a fact.
Lilia helped us with information on our venue, she took amazing photographs, she was our only guest, and she even shared wedding cake with us.
She turned our photos around quickly so that we could take them home with us, rather than post them, which was really thoughtful. I cannot recommend her enough.
Lila went above and beyond being a photographer and made two awkward people really enjoy their time in front of the camera - our faces were hurting from smiling and laughing so much on the day.
If you're looking for a highly professional photographer who will not make you pose like a stiff and will capture looks you didn't know you had, then Lilia's your gal. Enjoy!
We've done weddings and photo shoots with Lilia and all our experiences have always been great. Lilia is a professional at her craft and her photos are beautifully executed. Our clients are always thrilled to get personalized and high quality photos that will give them pleasure for a lifetime.
Lilia and Ray were the dynamic duo for a wedding we provided flowers for at the De Young Museum. The photos were amazing. Not only did Lilia and Ray capture all the important moments, all the small details were documented. And as it turned out, this particular wedding was featured on San Francisco Wedding Magazine and Style Me Pretty--so, their editors also agreed that the photos were phenomenal!
Lilia is an amazing photgrapher with a unique vision that sets her work a part from many of the other photographers in the area. I have worked with her on many weddings and she has a positive, upbeat personality that makes her clients feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend her!