RW Bagley Photography

17 Reviews

Photography is the only language that can be understood around the world. It's this communicative power that made me fall in love with telling stories through photos. I'm Ron, and I want to help you convey your story. I am a Virginia based wedding and portrait photographer who understands what it takes to produce the stunning results that you expect. I believe that an artist cannot capture an emotion on film that they've never felt. From my love affair with my beautiful wife, to the indescribable joy of fatherhood, I have been blessed to feel it all. With a true passion for my work, and a touch of southern charm, I approach your special day as an unfolding story. I don't simply take pictures, I capture the emotion of the moment.


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James 06/23/20
Wedding Date: 03/20/2020 Venue: King Family Vineyards

Great photographer, easy going, and a great guy

My wife and I chose to work with Ron for our engagement shoot in 2019 and on our wedding day in 2020. We first met Ron on the day of our engagement shoot and he explained his style of photography. While there would undoubtedly many posed pictures, he explained that we should expect to have just as many pictures of us “in the moment,” as he feels it captures the more authentic side of a couple.

We did our engagement photo shoot at Forest Hill Park in Richmond. Since my wife and I had never been to the park, we were lucky that Ron had quite a bit of experience in the park, and knew where some of the most beautiful locations were. All three of us walked the park for about a good hour and a half, getting phenomenal photos from numerous locations.

On our wedding day, Ron was ready for game day. He got there early and found the spots that he thought would make for the most memorable wedding day photos. By himself, he was able to capture the moments of the guys and girls getting ready and get a perfect backdrop of the mountainside. During our short ceremony, Ron was capturing our most precious moment from every angle and made sure we were able to see the joy our families had for us. He caught many “in the moment” pictures and the precious family pictures that we will remember forever.

Throughout our entire time working together, Ron was super responsive to texts and emails, and was very willing to accommodate some split-second wedding day changes. I would undoubtedly recommend Ron for any photography needs, as I’m sure the way he treated and worked with us, is reflective of how he is with all of his clients. He made the stresses of wedding planning easier and we cannot thank him enough.

Mary Beth 03/17/20
Wedding Date: 09/28/2019 Venue: The Ospreys at Belmont Bay

Last Minute Call

Ron, you were awesome at Matt and Vic’s wedding. From the last minute call to come do this wedding, to the super early commute, to fitting in with our crew. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are truly a master at your craft.

Kierstan 03/04/20
Wedding Date: 10/19/2019 Venue: The Venue at Flat Rock

Photographer review

From day one Ron was such an amazing photographer to work with! Throughout the whole wedding planning process he was available to answer any questions and meet us and to view the venue ahead of time. I appreciated him getting to know us before the wedding day and asking what our vision was for our wedding photos. On our wedding day he was so helpful and worked with our other vendors to make sure everything went smoothly. He captured every precious moment of our wedding day as well as all of the fun memories during the reception. I highly recommend Ron if you're looking for a skilled photographer with an amazing and trustworthy personality!

Morgan 03/03/20
Wedding Date: 06/15/2019 Venue: Rivercrest Farms

Highly Recommend

Yesterday Ron made our experience awesome. It was super windy and he worked with it anyways. I’m sure the pictures are going to look awesome. We can't wait to have him at our wedding!

Christine 03/03/20
Wedding Date: 05/18/2019 Venue: St. John's United church of Christ

Great Experience A++++++

Ron did a great job! Pictures were stunning!

Tracy 03/03/20
Wedding Date: 04/27/2019 Venue: Mariner's Museum


Ron was amazing!!!!!!!!

Sharelle 03/03/20
Wedding Date: 05/19/2019 Venue: The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

That Guy!

Ron was amazing. This being our first professional photoshoot together the thought was stressful but Ron made us comfortable and was okay with our team of besties to help with our nerves. He just allowed us to be us and the pictures I have seen thus far are freaking gorgeous.

Bianca 03/03/20
Wedding Date: 11/09/2019 Venue: The Venue @ Orchard View

10 Stars!!!!!

Ron deserves 10 stars in my book. He was awesome, so helpful and wonderful! It was a pleasure to have him at the wedding! Ron made our day amazing!!!!!!

Ariel 03/03/20
Wedding Date: 11/24/2019 Venue: Union Train Station

Cannot Say Enough!

Ron was absolutely amazing at our wedding! As a plus size bride, I felt like he took the most flattering and beautiful pictures of me that I’ve ever had in my life. My husband and I felt like we were models in a photo shoot, and every picture he took of us was absolutely stunning and fun. He has a way with the crowd, and he took beautiful candid pictures of us all night. He worked great with kids and with everybody in our party. My husband has a brother who has autism, and is very hard to photograph but Ron worked with them so well and got some amazing pictures of him and my husband together. I absolutely loved working with Ron. We had great conversations and he was very sweet, organized, and professional. I cannot wait to see our pictures! He made the night wonderful and memorable.

Denise 03/03/20
Wedding Date: 04/14/2018 Venue: Rassawek Vineyards

Very Patient!

Ron was awesome!

Jillian 03/03/20
Wedding Date: 11/03/2018 Venue: Nauticus Half Moon Cruise


Ron was amazing! He checked on us before the session to confirm everything was all set and he really made it a point to make our vision for these pictures come to life. He made sure we understood the process in between taking the engagement pictures and the wedding. We were more than comfortable during the session. We mesh so well with Ron and are so excited to have him photograph our wedding. It was a match made in heaven!

Jakela 12/28/19
Wedding Date: 05/04/2019 Venue: Golden Leaf Commons

Extremely Dissatisfied

What started off as a great vendor-client relationship, turned into months of distress for my husband and I.

We hired Raleigh (Ron) Bagley back in September of 2018 for our wedding on May 4, 2019. Ron was then operating under the business name of Transcendent Photography. We paid for photography services, as well as a videographer whom Ron claimed worked for him. On our wedding day, there was no videographer present. After the wedding, we questioned Ron about the absence of his videographer. He explained that “the size of the venue dictated that he handle it himself” instead of using a videographer, and that he had remote cameras set up around the venue to capture our ceremony. Basically, Ron took it upon himself to dismiss his videographer without our consent. He then promised to refund us for the videographer and to provide us with his remote camera videos. However, he gave us the runaround for months. After many excuses and countless attempts to receive payment, we sued Ron for the return of funds. Finally, on September 5, 2019, we received the refund for the videographer, but still had no videos. We then sued Ron again for the remote camera videos he promised. As expected, he came up with more excuses, and even claimed that the videos had become corrupted. As of December 9, 2019, he still had not provided us with our videos, which resulted in him paying us monetary value for the videos per the court’s order. Throughout the process, he exemplified a blatant level of disrespect of our time, trust, and grace. Although we do not have a wedding video to look back on, we still have many years to create more memories.

Brides, please do your research before settling with any vendors! You deserve the absolute best on your wedding day and the most perfect honeymoon phase after :)

Chelsea 06/04/19
Wedding Date: 05/17/2019 Venue: The Hemingway House

Wonderful to Work With!

Ron is such a talented photographer and I was thrilled with my wedding photos! Leading up to the wedding, communication was a breeze and he was always very responsive. On the Day-Of he offered tons of guidance but was also very willing to go with the flow! I would highly recommend him to anyone!

Tracy 05/28/19
Wedding Date: 04/27/2019 Venue: Mariners Museum


Can't say enough great things about Ron. He was professional and personable. He captured some of the most beautiful moments of our special day. If you are looking for a photographer who captures the moments that make you remember the feelings of your wedding he's your man. He is a discreet photographer who is never in your face or invading your space. He observes and then enters "the scene" when necessary. He was attentive when he needed to be but also allowed us and our guests to enjoy the day. Overall a great experience.

Shak 05/13/19
Wedding Date: 03/30/2019 Venue: The Brownstone

Excellent Service

Ron was there every step of the way! He was available and really came through for us on our wedding day. He allowed me to be creative all while putting his special touch on our photos!

Shane 04/23/19
Wedding Date: 02/09/2019 Venue: N/A


Had the wedding this February and Ron was great. Professional and discreet. He captured the moments we all wanted to see while keeping the event flowing. It was a pleasure doing business with him and I would recommend Ron to anyone needing a photographer.

Rachel 04/23/19
Wedding Date: 11/10/2018 Venue: Amber Grove

Highly Recommend!

We used our photographer Ron for our wedding day. He was extremely sweet for both our engagement photos and our wedding day photos. He got amazing shots of us throughout the day and night. I would highly recommend him always.

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