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Russ Hickman Photography is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Owner and lead photographer Russ has been photographing weddings in the area since 1998. Combining raw emotion with storytelling, he creates beautiful imagery to recount your unique story. With a creative and photojournalistic style, his photos evoke powerful emotion, allowing couples to re-live their special day. The finished wedding album acts as a timeless keepsake that can be shared with generations to come.

Services Offered
Russ Hickman Photography offers an array of services to couples on their special day. Some services include additional hours, a second photographer, a one-event-per-day policy, engagement sessions, destination weddings, and multiple location sessions. Russ can also display your wedding photos in various formats such as albums, canvases, digital files, flush mounts, and matted prints.

  • LGBTQ+-owned

Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for your wedding photography services?


Which of the following are included in the starting price?

Multi. Locations
One Event / Day
Digital Files

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?


Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

2nd Shooter
High-Res Images
Multi. Locations
One Event / Day
Digital Files

What primary photographic style do you identify with?


What photography services do you offer?

Additional Hours
Boudoir Shoot
Destination / Travel
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
One Event / Day
Second Shooter
Wedding Portraits

What photography items do you offer?

Digital Files
Flush Mount
Matted Prints
Save the Date
Thank You Cards
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Reviews of Russ Hickman Photography

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Anna O. Sent on 07/26/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Hiring Russ was the best decision we made

Look no further - you have found your wedding photographer in Russ. It's hard to know even where to start with him. He's a superstar, a magic-maker, a coordinator, an instant friend, and perhaps a generational talent.

Yes, the photos he took of us were perfect. Yes, he captured the joy we felt in a way that felt raw and real. Yes, he took engagement photos of us in 95-degree weather and did it with a smile on his face. But I'm not recommending Russ for any of those reasons. I'm recommending Russ because he is the person that you want running the show on the most important day of your life. Russ brings joy to the process. He was never too serious, never moody, never negative.

And there were plenty of reasons to be. Just as we started portraits the day of the wedding, it began downpouring. I'm not talking like a little bit of rain. I'm talking total, torrential, 100-year flood level rain and loud cracks of thunder. Russ ran through the rain with us, and changed our entire portrait plan at the last minute. He captured us and our group at City Hall and you literally cannot tell that it's raining. He laid down in puddles to shoot us. He used the wind to make a perfect portrait with my cathedral veil flowing. His assistant dove into our trolley to catch my veil from falling in a puddle. And Russ never let any sort of stress show. It was amazing.

And importantly, Russ made us and our family feel so supported. He used just the right amount of push to get everyone to listen on the day of. And he worked with some complicated family dynamics that he never once made us feel were anything less than normal.

If you are looking for pictures that are joyful and bright, you have found your person. If you're looking for photos that feel just like you remember the moment, you have found your person. If you're looking for fair prices and an incredible value, you have found your person. And if you're looking to spend a day with the kindest, most genuine vendor in Philadelphia, you have found your person. Stop looking.
Anna M. Sent on 03/11/2024
5 out of 5 rating

How can you say, Amazing on all Levels!!

I am modest and have an 'a type' personality. Weddings are chaotic. Russ from the start was able to handle the chaos and family dynamics extremely well. He attempted every shot and the ones he took were so stunning. I am in awe of his ability to share it with brides and grooms! Hope everyone has a great wedding and finds their perfect memories, as we did with Russ's photos.
Ross W. Sent on 11/22/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mr. Flexible!

Wow, Russ couldn't have done a better job knocking out family portraits and doing it ahead of schedule! Russ is excellent at pivoting as needed while still capturing stunning photos. We've only seen a few proofs, but they captured the day artfully. He takes initiative to find photogenic spots but takes your ideas in stride! Russ was easy to work with and made us smile during stressful moments. Thanks so much!
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