In case you’ve never heard us say this before, practical and pretty are not mutually exclusive. And our newest APW photographer, San Francisco Bay Area’s Grier Cooper Photography, is the dreamiest example of that yet. For starters she was a real-deal professional ballet dancer (as in San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, for all you fellow former dancers and fangirls out there), which informs her fairytale romantic style as well as her work ethic (because we all know ballet dancers work hard AF). As Grier told us:
My images evoke the romance of ballet; they are elegant, natural, and timeless. I approach my photography with the same level of dedication and hard work… I do everything within my power to create stunning images my clients will treasure for decades, while offering the highest level of service. I’m still a perfectionist at heart!
And even though Grier Cooper Photography’s super chic website might make you think, “Wait a sec, is she a ballrooms-and-vineyards only kind of photographer?” And, “Can I even afford her?” The answers are most assuredly “Nope” and “Yep”.
Grier’s portfolio is filled with all kinds of Bay Area couples having all kinds of Bay Area weddings. (Though she has a soft spot in her heart for all things vintage, including the Bay Area’s plethora of historic venues, and has a whole host of them helpfully rounded up on her site: San Francisco City Hall, Berkeley City Club, the Julia Morgan Ballroom, Cameron Stanford House, The General’s Residence at Fort Mason, and the Palace of Fine Arts.)
And Grier Cooper Photography’s rates for one of the most expensive cities on earth are pretty damn good—especially when you consider that Grier has twenty years of experience as a photographer, which outside of weddings includes work in fashion and stills for a number of Hollywood productions. (Like Hemingway & Gellhorn, where she photographed Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, and I mean, if Grier is fabulous enough for Nicole Kidman, then—well you know the rest.)
Grier Cooper Photography offers four collections which range from $2,500 to $4,950. Collection One includes 6 hours of photography and an online gallery for viewing your images, Collection Four includes 10 hours of photography, a 30-page 12″ x 12″ archival fine art album, and 20″ x 24″ wall art, with lots of options in between—and the option to customize your package with any combination of elements you prefer. Grier also offers special discounted rates for midweek ceremonies and elopements!
Grier firmly believes that great photos come out of a great relationship between photographer and subject, so all her packages include a complimentary engagement session. You’ll get to know each other, get comfortable in front of her camera, and get some great photos for save-the-dates, your wedding website, Instagram, you know. and all the fun stuff.
And judging by her happy clients, I think she’s onto something there:
Thank you so much for making our day so wonderful. Taking pictures with you was a piece of cake, and this is coming from two people who really don’t like having their picture taken. We can’t thank you enough… our photos are fantastic and we LOVE them. It’s so wonderful to know an amazing artist who will hopefully help us document all our (future) important occasions.
Our photos are just like what I’ve dreamt of since I was a young girl…simply amazing!! You made me look so pretty; we look like royalty. Thank you so very much for a stunning job-they are beyond my imagination. I’m so glad we chose you.
So if you want photos that are downright dreamy, and a photographer who gets your romantic side and your practical one, then get to getting to Grier’s website, where you’ll find more of her beautiful work and blog posts with handy insider photography tips; follow her on IG; and then get in touch!
The first 5 couples who book with Grier Cooper Photography will receive a free 8″ x 8″ engagement album, so your wedding guestbook is done! click here to get in touch.