Kristy & Patrick
Location: St. Peter & Paul Church and the Bubble Lounge, San Francisco
Lilia and her husband Ray are completely amazing. Our wedding was in May, and we were planning from Reno. The first time I met Lilia was in her apartment, where she had me review some of her booklets and watch a slideshow of her work. I was blown away. We didn’t meet again until two days before the wedding, when we discussed my haphazard timeline and chatted a bit.
She and Ray arrived on time, ready to go. They encouraged me to keep to the timeline I had arranged, but never were pushy or rude or even anything less than completely nice. They had thought of things that I hadn’t (e.g., bringing money with me for the cab ride over to the church), and were fun to be around. Their photographic style is very clean, with a photojournalism appeal to it–reception and wedding pictures are not posed (except for the portraits), and their work truly represents amazing photographers who use the computer only to make slight adjustments–not like many photographers who were computer geeks first and picked up a camera to make some extra money.
The photos are amazing. Lilia delivered them exactly when she said she would, with no prodding or reminders. She was willing to get down in the dirt and take photos to get the right ones–very into what she’s doing yet relaxed and friendly at the same time. My husband’s godmother (also a photographer) said quote, “However much you paid for them is worth it. They make my photos look like an amateur.”
I really can’t say enough about them, but their ratings on Yelp speak more than I ever could. I appreciated having a reliable vendor who was accommodating and friendly, who did their job amazingly, and made my day (at least as far as the photos were concerned) go off without a hitch.
Kerry & Ryan
Location: Berkeley City Club, Berkeley
Lilia is THE BEST! Lilia and her husband Ray photographed my wedding in Berkeley in October 2010, and shot an engagement session for my wife and me in the Mission in July 2010.
I guess I should start with the photos, since that’s really what we’re after when it comes to a photographer. Lilia and Ray’s shots are both beautiful and personal. They’re really evocative of the tone and spirit of my wedding, which we planned as a non-traditional event. The amazing thing is, not only do the photos look great and capture the emotion of the event perfectly, they show moments of our special day that my wife and I were so caught up to not even notice as they were happening. Lilia and Ray did a great job of capturing all the important and traditional events and details throughout the wedding (e.g., dressing, flowers, portraits, service, toasts, first dance, cake cutting). But more importantly, they really show the perspective of time and place — there’s a point of view to most of the shots from the reception that really place the viewer in the thick of the action. This was extremely important to us when choosing a photographer, and Lilia really delivered!
But, almost as important as the product in our experience with Lilia was the interaction. Lilia really made us feel like she understood our needs and struck a nice balance of giving us what we asked for and guiding us towards the best possible way to execute. She was by far the most organized, attentive, and responsive vendor we hired during the long wedding-planning saga, and she always made us feel like she not only had the time for us, but that she actually enjoyed working with us and, if anything, would spend more time with us if we would let her! Lilia is super nice, warm, and enthusiastic, which are all important traits for a photographer. However, she’s also smart, thoughtful, and thorough, which are characteristics that are hard to find in any person, no less a wedding vendor.
To be absolutely honest, there wasn’t a single moment during our entire interaction with Lilia when we even had the shade of doubt or regret — she constantly built our trust and delivered with confidence. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Lilia to any friend looking for top-notch event photography with a distinct point of view.
Stephanie & David
Location: Cliffhouse, San Francisco
Beyond wonderful! We found Lilia through their amazing photos of a friend’s wedding… they truly caught the humor, sensuality, and spark of who they are, together. We didn’t even interview other photographers. Our engagement photos were beautiful, candid, and exactly what we wanted. Lilia and Ray were awesome! They felt like a totally natural extension of our guests, and helped us feel comfortable in front of the camera. They even DROVE us from the ceremony to the reception! What service!
Veronica & Sergio
Location: St. Boniface Church, San Francisco
My husband and I decided to have a destination wedding in San Francisco and we came across Lilia’s website and thought we’d check them out. Lilia and her husband Ray were so accommodating and we felt an instant connection! Since they are San Francisco natives, they found great spots for us to take pictures and words cannot describe how amazing our photos came out. Lilia and Ray have such a distinct eye and captured some amazing moments!! I’m am so glad to have found Lilia Photography! Thanks to them, we have pictures that will forever help us cherish those wonderful memories. I would recommend them to anyone I know.
Joyce & James
Location: Castlewood, Pleasanton
We couldn’t be happier with hiring Ray and Lilia. They captured our day beautifully and were so fun to work with. The pictures turned out perfectly! Not too overdone, just natural and completely our style. We couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out-talk about blessing in disguise. They are great!
Nicole & Peter
Location: Private Estate in Novato
Our experience with Lilia Photography was superb. They delivered professional photographs — capturing the essence of the moment during our engagement photo shoot and throughout our wedding. They brought creative ideas and tailored shots to capture our personal style. They also solicited our ideas about special shots to ensure they met our expectations. At the last minute due to rain, our wedding moved from outdoors to indoors. They demonstrated calm flexibility during this key transition and did not miss a beat. Their work result was truly spectacular. We highly recommend using Lilia Photography for your special moments.
Julie & Lou
Location: Brix, Napa
Lilia and Ray were dream photographers! My photos are gorgeous, and every time I look at them I am reminded of our perfect wedding day! Lilia put together a beautiful slideshow (for instant gratification) to share with all of our family and friends and then designed the most beautiful album for us to have forever! Their team comes highly recommended by us!
Ashley & Chris
Location: Viansa Winery, Sonoma
I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful pictures you have given us! You were able to produce pictures that I will want to look at for the rest of my life. Only someone with great talent could do that. They are also more fun and exciting than other wedding photos I have seen.
Ginevra & Alex
Lilia and Ray were amazing photographers, and I can’t imagine our wedding without them.They understood exactly how our unique wedding could be made even more special with their understanding of how the “personality” of the event would flow. They even came up with — and made sure to discuss with us – some brilliant photo-friendly touches. Their creativity gave us some of the best photographs of the night. They spent the time with us to get to know what we wanted, which was really important to us. The day of the event, though, I hardly knew they were there, and they got some of the most amazing images. Our very favorite parts of the day were captured perfectly, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”
Misono & Dan
Location: San Francisco
Lilia and Ray took our engagement photos and, more recently, our “We Did” session. Their shoots are always fun, and Lilia somehow knows how to make you feel natural and comfortable in front of the camera. They listened to our ideas on what sort of feel we wanted in the shoot locations, and based on our conversations, they gave us some good suggestions of places to take the photos. They also genuinely tried to get to know their couples so that they could reflect their personality in the pictures, which I think really comes through. They worked magic with lighting, angles, and creative poses, and we were very pleased with the results. Lilia Photography is truly a dream to work with, and they come with our highest recommendation.