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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11 Reviews for Lilia Photography
Recommended by 100% of couples
Justine · Married on 10/25/2019
Better than I ever dreamed
Wow. Lilia was just amazing to work with from start to end. The photos we received were beyond all expectations and a dream come true! I knew I wanted to hire her as her photos were exactly to my taste and she has so many years of experience photographing SF City Hall.Sent on 12/13/2019
Lilia is really great with setting up a phone appointment to chat and get to know you initially. She maintained great communication throughout my planning process and helped me plan a timeline. The day of, I felt like I knew her so well and we both felt completely relaxed with her. All the photos we took felt very natural and not awkward at all. I never felt rushed throughout the day, at all, but we did great with time. She was able to herd us all through City Hall and beat other groups to the prime locations! She was also so gracious in staying later than we arranged for since the ceremony ran late in order to get all the outdoor shots done.
Afterwards, she promised us some sneak peaks the next day (the next day!!!) but literally sent like 40 sneak peaks!! Amazing!! Lastly, she sent all the rest within the month! Within 3 week! She is just the best!
Do not hesitate to hire her! We loved working with her and we are so happy she is our sole witness on our wedding certificate! Also we're so flattered to be on her instagram!
Thanks so much for making our day extra perfect, Lilia!
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
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!