Hi, I'm Virginia and I thank you for your interest in me and my work!

I have been photographing the world and telling the stories around me since I was given my first camera when I was 9. That started me on my journey of image-making and story-telling through the medium of light and film - a passion that has stayed with me and one that I've taken pride in developing and loved sharing. My professional career in photography was established in the realm of food where I photographed for various luxury food retailers and restaurants and had work published in both books and magazines.

Since relocating to California in 2013 I have continued my journey in photography, dabbling in large-format and tintype photography, and worked for Gap in their photography studios.

I bring my experience working as part of the fantastic team at Natalie Morgan Photography to shoot weddings in New Zealand across the Pacific to photograph weddings in my new home of California.

I am a photographic artist,and I love stories and the people who create them. Truly capturing your story is what I do, and I'm proud to create outstanding, timeless images that let you tell your story for years to come. 

Bringing together my love for crafting fine art photography and capturing those dynamic details & moments throughout the day, you start a new chapter in your life together with a complete package of fantastic images and amazing memories. 

Having you, my brides and grooms, feel comfortable and confident is key to me; and I understand that not all of you are used to being in front of the lens.  I will walk you through the shoots and direct you in order to compose certain shots, but I will also be where I know you want me; documenting those details like that little glance, the runaway tear, the excitement, the dancing.  

I'm excited to work with you, whether it be in the Bay Area, across the nation, or abroad. 

Wedding packages start at USD $5200 and include full day coverage / images delivered within 6 weeks / all images in both color and black & white / all images at screen-optimized resolution, printable at 4x6 size / a selective album or print box / and an online slideshow.  
These items are standard for every package, and details can be tailored upon request. 

I've heard from many couples that they don't understand the pricing structure around weddings. I understand that the price I list above can be confusing but please keep in mind that I provide a luxury experience and product and bring my years of professional photography, editing, and retouching experience to the table. I've broken down the anatomy of my wedding photography packages below, indicating conservatively how long each stage takes. Please take a look and feel free to ask me any questions! (All prices below are in USD)

Shooting / 12hrs / incl. travel time and pre-wedding preparation shots @ $150/hr: $1800
Post-production / 800 images uploaded, sorted, edited in color and black & white / 3.5 mins for each image (46 hours) @ $75/hr: $3450
Package product preparation / album and/or print box image preparation, online gallery, consulations, etc / 10 images edited with more detail and layout, at least 30 minutes per image (5 hours) @ $75/hr: $375
Total of above stages /  $5625
...with a little discount gives you my package rate of $5200.

As you can see, I'm not just there for your wedding day, but my care and effort continues well after to make sure your images are of the highest quality. Rest assured that you will receive plenty of luxury value, and I am always available from planning stages to well after your wedding anniversary to answer any questions you might have.

For more information around pricing, packages, and a la carte items, please get in touch and chat with me.

Always with a camera
In addition to my professional work, I embrace my ability to have a camera with me at all times through mobile photography - this has provided me with a versatile outlet for documenting my current surroundings, and I regularly post to Instagram and VSCO Grid so please feel free to take a peek at those channels, too.

I can't wait to hear from you, and look forward to working with you and creating beautiful, evocative images of you and your creations.
- Virginia.
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Virginia Raike
BAS | MArch (prof) Hons.
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