Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Reviews

I highly recommend hiring Ralph Deal as your wedding photographer! Our pictures turned out beautifully and we got all of the shots that we wanted. Ralph was such a great communicator leading up to the wedding. We had several meetings to discuss what we wanted for our wedding, which was extremely helpful. Ralph wanted to know every detail about us and the wedding day and was very thorough. I especially recommend Ralph because he made the day run so smoothly. Because my fiancée and I didn’t want to do a first look, we had a very tight amount of time to get our pictures taken in. Ralph was so good at directing us, our bridal party, and our families so he could quickly get the perfect shots. We spent the 2 hours between the mass ending and the reception starting getting all of the photos we wanted. Ralph was so efficient that we didn’t miss 1 minute of our cocktail hour! Ralph is not only a good photographer, but a nice and fun person to work with. I feel like we got to know Ralph and he got to know us. It was so nice working with someone who made us feel so comfortable. And like I said, our pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I’m so glad we had Ralph as our photographer to capture our day.

Grace & Ryan

Bride and groom looking at each other ull body shot

Ralph was the wedding photographer of our dreams!! From our first encounter via email, to our engagement session, planning our wedding day & timeline, to the wedding & our photo reveal, Ralph was so much fun to work with and is a true master at what he does. He was able to capture our day perfectly and created the exact mood for our photos we were hoping for. He also had a great team of assistants (Leah & Lauren) that helped on wedding day and they were as personable, fun and professional as Ralph! We will forever be thankful for our timeless wedding photos that captured every special moment of our wedding day. Will definitely be recommending to other friends and family. Thanks again to Ralph and his team!!!

Meghan & Eric

Ralph was absolutely incredible to work with and is extremely talented! If you're anything like me (and probably most brides) and get a bit anxious on important days (i.e. your wedding day), you NEED to hire Ralph! He has the most calming personality and is constantly reassuring you that everything will be great and has the talent to back it up. Perfect example - We hired Ralph after a successful engagement shoot in NY. Not only did he meet us in NYC, but when my husband and I went to the wrong location and were almost 30 minutes late, he stayed calm, cool, and collected and stayed longer than he had scheduled in order to ensure we got all of the great photos he wanted to take. I was so frazzled but he ensured me not to worry, calmed me down, and we ended up getting beautiful photos. That had me sold, and then he further proved himself leading up to and on our wedding day. He took the time to drive around the city with us ahead of our wedding to select different locations to shoot and we later prioritized such locations to ensure if we ran low on time, we had a plan. The day ran so smoothly and I never looked at the time once because I knew he had everything covered. I am so excited to create our album, but I know it will be difficult because we have so many incredible photos to choose from! THANK YOU Ralph and your entire staff for capturing the most perfect night of our lives!

Lauren & Cody

When we started planning our wedding, people consistently talked about the photographer. Either how great they are or more so the horror stories...After all, pictures are the only thing you have to show for that day after it is all done and over with. So needless to say we did a lot of research when choosing our photographer. I am very uneasy in front of the camera so we were looking for more candid photos and a photographer who made us comfortable. We met with Ralph and his easy going fun, yet professional, personality meshed perfect with ours. During the planning process, he was always quick to respond to e-mails and questions. We greatly appreciated the time he took with us before the wedding to go over his extensive questionnaire relative to what type of pictures were important to us and the timeline of the day. We had a DIY wedding on a family member's horse farm with a private ceremony and pig roast reception under a tent so the decor and details were important to us. We really wanted it to be casual and didn't have many of the traditional wedding formalities. Our wedding day was perfect! We had beautiful weather and the entire day was surreal! Ralph and his team were so great to work was like hanging out with friends which really helped me forget the camera was there! Anytime I was feeling awkward, Ralph gave me direction, where to put my hands, where to look, etc. We had quite the adventure through fields, high grasses, sticker bushes, etc. but it was well worth it as our pictures are absolutely beautiful! They are very picturesque but also capture the moment. It's amazing how he captured the love and casual atmosphere through the photos. Our pictures truly tell our wedding day story. We couldn't be happier with Ralph!

Lauren & Kevin

I can't say enough great things about Ralph and his team. We, like many, were impacted by the pandemic and had to reschedule quite a few times. From the day we hired Ralph, to the day of our wedding - we had nothing but an incredible experience. He was professional, polite, and most importantly - incredibly talented. The pictures have turned out amazing and he did a great job capturing my wife and I for our engagement photo's and wedding day.

Mary & Matt

bride and groom poses for the camera

The proof is in the beautiful photographs with Ralph Deal Photography! Just take a look at his stunning pictures and you’ll know booking Ralph is the right choice, but if you need further assurance, take my word for it. Ralph was our photographer, but he was so much more than that. His exceptional knowledge of the wedding day process made him a better wedding planner and strategist than we could have ever hoped for! He ensured every beat and minute was planned to perfection. He guided us through the day to make sure every moment and every picture was perfectly captured. Most importantly, Ralph was a welcome calming presence on what can be a hectic day; always assuring us we were doing great and the pictures looked wonderful. Ralph was amazing and patient with our giant families and wedding party when we needed to gather large group pictures. He works well with other vendors, the venue staff, and the videographer. Our images and wedding album are stunning and unique and we will cherish them forever. We will be using Ralph for family photos and any other events we need photographed for years to come!

Elizabeth & Robert

groom kissing bride on cheek at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

We chose Ralph Deal Photography after seeing the amazing photos he took at our friends’ wedding. From the first call we had with Ralph, he was so personable and excited to meet us.

Unfortunately, it kept raining on the day we scheduled for engagement pictures. Ralph kept telling us, “You can control the weather for your engagement pictures, but not your wedding day!” He was so helpful and accommodating in rescheduling our engagement pictures to make sure we had the perfect day and the perfect shots.

In addition to our engagement pictures, Ralph made the effort to get to know us prior to our wedding day. He met us at our venue to scope out the space to make sure we got our dream wedding photos. Ralph worked with our wedding planner to create a timeline so that everything we wanted was captured, and there would be no day of stresses.

Ralph and his team certainly captured our event absolutely perfectly. When the photos came, we couldn’t stop looking at them. We would highly recommend Ralph Deal and his team without any hesitation.

Lauren & Jeff

intimate moment between the bride and groom

We cannot say enough good things about Ralph Deal! I had met with a handful of photographers before a friend recommended Ralph to us. From the moment we met him, I could tell that he was the right person to capture such an important time for us. I was really looking for somebody who connected with my husband and me and we found that in Ralph. His approach to our wedding was for it to be as natural as possible, I barely noticed him during the party but was beyond thrilled with how our story came together. If you're looking for a photographer who will make you feel comfortable and at ease, look no further than Ralph. Not only does he take gorgeous photos, capturing the best moments of the best night of our lives, but you get to relive them from his studio with a great glass of wine!

Thank you Ralph, I will recommend you until the end of time!

Arielle & Mike

Ritz Carlton Philadelphia Wedding|romantic photo of bride and groom in hotel walkway

"We could not have hired a better photographer for our wedding than Ralph. We have countless photos that we can use in our home and are thrilled to look back on to remember our wedding day. The day moves so quickly but Ralph did an incredible job capturing the moments throughout the day so we can re-live the emotions, setting, and all the love that filled the occasion.

Ralph's process of getting to know my wife and I through the planning meetings and engagement session was more detailed and fun than expected. He wanted to get to know us. The level of effort that Ralph pours into his work mirrored the level of effort that we felt we were putting into the wedding day as a whole, which we were thrilled with.

The post-wedding meeting is a great experience as well as Ralph allowed us to walk back through the day and choose the layout for our wedding album in-person in a theater-like setting.

Working with Ralph to capture the irreplaceable moments on the most important day in our lives was the best choice we could have made!"

Keira & Dan

"I decided to hire Ralph for one of the most important days of my life because I saw the most beautiful pictures in Philadelphia Magazine he took of a couple and I knew from there that he had to be our wedding photographer. And when my husband and I met him we were 100% sure that he was going to be our wedding photographer. We left with the sense that he was going to be able to capture our day as we always pictured.
There are so many qualities that Ralph has that many other photographer that I came across lack and one of them is the excitement he has to get to know a couple, explain the process and make great suggestions for the big day!! I can't say enough positives things about Ralph and his team. They are so professional and really know what they are doing. He captured the most beautiful moments of our wedding day and we have now the most amazing pictures.
The day of our wedding we wanted to go around Philadelphia and take pictures since that's where we my husband and I first met and is meaningful to us. Ralph suggested a couple of great spots and now, we have so many gorgeous city images just like we visioned! He helped us to create that city wedding vibe just like we dreamed of and it was so much fun! Ralph and his team are so delightful, they were like part of the family.
I also did a boudoir session with him and what a great experience that was as well. He and his team are so professional, they made me feel so comfortable, beautiful and sexy and more important my husband loved the pictures! (it was his wedding gift from me!)
I'm so glad I found Ralph! He did such phenomenal work with our pictures, we had a difficult time choosing which photos to put in our wedding album because we loved all of them. For my husband and I Ralph is now a friend to us and we will be forever to grateful him!! He will be doing our maternity, family and another boudoir session soon.
Don't look anywhere else, Ralph is your photographer! He's literally the best of the best!!"

Vanessa & Andrew

Bride and groom kissing at sunset

"All of the pictures that Ralph took on our wedding day were amazing! It was hard to select just one favorite because Ralph captured all of the most beautiful moments of our day.
I love this particular photo so much, because it incorporates two of the most important elements of our day: our love for each other and love for the city of Philadelphia. I always dreamed of a winter wedding and having the city of Philadelphia captured in the background was so special for us. It's where Bobby and I spent a majority of our time together over the years, allowing our relationship to grow and flourish. Thank you Ralph for being a part of our amazing day and capturing our beautiful story!

Santina and Bobby

end of night shot with the newlywed couple in the middle of the street

Ralph and his team are EXCELLENT! Words cannot explain how happy I am with our wedding photos. I am literally crying writing this review as just even remembering the photos he took brings me back to our perfect wedding day. Our family and friends cannot stop talking about how amazing our photos are. After Ralph posted a few on Facebook, I had SO many friends/family/acquaintances ask about our photographer. Of course, we were more than happy to recommend Ralph! A huge thank you to Ralph and his team for capturing so wonderfully the best day of our lives!! If I could give Ralph 100 gold stars, I would!! 🙂

Caitlin and Mike

night shot of the groom and bride kissing

Ralph was the best photographer we could have possibly have imagined for our wedding. Ralph has an incredible eye, a deep sense of the range of human emotions, a talent for story telling, and the energy and instinct to realize all of his gifts amidst the chaos that often comes with all the moving parts of a wedding.  But what really sets Ralph apart from other photographers is his ability to set his clients immediately at ease and work with people of diverse backgrounds, interests, and tastes. Ralph was enthusiastic about understanding the wedding day aesthetic we were going for, and his photos totally captured the vision we had in our mind. He also made really useful suggestions to help us plan the day. He loves weddings and the process of getting to know a couple and really capturing the beauty and joy of their big day. And he goes above and beyond when he’s working – he gets down on the ground, has lightning-fast reflexes in reacting to unexpected moments, and doesn’t lose his cool in 100 degree Victorian ferneries! We were amazed at the images he captured from our wedding. Their composition, lighting, and style paired perfectly with the honesty of experience they express!

Alicia and Matt

wedding photographer captures the newly wed kissing on the ballroom

"We will forever be grateful to Ralph and his team for not only our beautiful wedding photos but also the memories they helped us create on our big day. You spend a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day so it’s important to have someone who takes stunning photos and is also fun to be around. Ralph kept us calm, made us laugh, and supported us through the whole day while capturing every important moment. By the end of the day Ralph and his team were part of the family (we didn’t want them to leave)!
After the wedding, we had so much fun creating our album with Ralph and reliving the day through our pictures.
We recommend Ralph and his team enough to anyone looking for a photographer!"

Catherine & Richard

"This photo is absolutely beautiful. Ralph picked out this spot and did such a great job with the framing and lighting. The use of the pillars, as well as the gates (which Ralph closed intentionally), to frame us really draws in the eye. We love how the back-lighting makes us stand out against the white background of the building and snowfall. This photo truly shows Ralph's ability to create the best possible composition from a picturesque background."

Allison & Ross

"This image perfectly captured the beauty of the day - the iconic boardwalk as a backdrop, a gorgeous sunset shining down on us, and our joy and bliss at becoming one!
Of all the stories of the day that can be told by Ralph’s pictures, this is the one we'd most want heard!"

Carlyn & Kwok

"I truly do not have a 'favorite' image from our wedding day…I love them all!!
But if I had to pick one, I will say that this image captured a moment I love in a very creative way! That’s what we loved about Ralph and his team…they told our wedding day story in a beautiful, creative way that is timeless!"

Kaley & Chirag

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