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Wedding planning involves many major decisions and can be a very busy time. My goal is for you to have as much information as possible so that you feel good about your decision, even if that means going with another photographer who is a better fit for you.
Please let me know if you have any questions that aren’t covered below, or in the section on What to Expect!
I'll confirm that I'm available for your date and answer any questions you have. And I’d love to grab coffee or ice cream and hear more about how you met and what you’re planning for your wedding!
If you decide to book me, I'll send you an invoice for 50% of the amount to hold your wedding date, and the full amount for engagements to hold that date. The remainder of the wedding is due 1 week before the wedding, and I will send you another invoice.
After that, I’ll be in touch about the wedding and ceremony schedule, a shot list of additional photos, including anything unique about your ceremony. (For example, one couple let me know that they wanted photos of their father’s stained glass artwork on display at the wedding, and another couple wanted all of their family photos taken with both the bride and groom’s families together.)
You will receive approximately 80 edited photos from each hour of wedding photography. So for an 8 hour wedding, that’s about 640 photos. For a 4 hour wedding, that’s about 320 photos.
For engagement sessions, you will receive approximately 50 edited photos. (It’s more photos/hour for weddings because there’s more people and more activities happening.)
I do! But I recommend that if you’d like photos of just the bride, that you allow time for that as part of the wedding day photography. If you schedule it on a separate day, you may need to pay for hair, makeup, and flowers twice. If you need bridal portraits before your wedding day, I’m happy to take them. Otherwise, let me know and we’ll put it on the schedule for your wedding day.
Bridal portraits are $400 for a 1-hour session, and I recommend bringing a friend to help carry your dress so it doesn’t get dirty.
Engagement photos are a good idea if you want to send out invitations and/or save the date with your photos on them, or perhaps you’d like to display those pictures at the wedding.
Engagements photos are also a great opportunity to become comfortable in front of the camera and with a photographer following you around, especially if you’re not used to having your picture taken. It allows us both an opportunity to work with each other before the wedding day when so much is going on, which is why I offer a discount to couples who book both an engagement session and wedding photography.
Many couples have said this to me, and I completely understand. I also used to avoid having my picture taken.
I’ll give you suggestions on where to stand and what to do. It helps if you both focus on each other. It may start out awkward, but it’s normal to need time to relax when there’s a camera in front of you. I’ll give you specific things to do and time to talk to each other, and we’ll make adjustments along the way.
My philosophy is to give less direction (except during family and wedding party photos) because couples tend to find their own poses. The two of you know how to be together, and after ten minutes or so, usually couples relax and forget about the camera. I’ll let you know if you need to move or make any changes.
I recommend mpix. They are a division of a professional printing lab, which means that color accuracy and print quality is higher than most consumer printing companies (Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Snapfish, etc.). If you order prints larger than 8x10, they arrive flat and in a box, which offers a lot of protection in shipping. They offer a variety of products and have great customer service. I am not affiliated with them, and I use a local professional printing company, but to my knowledge this is the best printing option for anyone who isn't a professional photographer (because you have to be a professional photographer to use most professional printing companies).
Not a problem! For weddings, the only posed pictures on the schedule are the wedding party and family photos. Whenever possible I’ll make sure you’re standing in a place with good lighting. We’ll also discuss if you would like photos of additional groups (friends from college, cousins, neighbors, etc.).
For engagement photos, I’ll direct you where to stand and give you something to do. Some couples pose easily together and some don’t, and that’s fine! Sometimes, especially at the beginning, some couples feel awkward being in front of the camera. I’ll give you a variety of things to do that don’t involve placing both hands on one knee and tilting your head to the side :) There will be time to warm up in front of the camera, and by the end you’ll be relaxed like you’ve been doing it for years.
How fun! I’ve photographed many weddings like that, and everyone has such a wonderful time. This kind of wedding works best where everything takes place in 1 location with a smaller number of guests.
I’ll still get hundreds great pictures, and I’ll check in with you before the wedding is over to go over any shots with friends or family that we might have missed.
That’s great too! Especially if it’s a larger wedding, a detailed schedule helps all of the wedding party, guests, and vendors know what to expect and where to be. I’ve done weddings that were timed down to the minute, and with all that extra planning beforehand, everything goes smoothly - especially if everything starts on time (and hair and makeup finishes on time).
I ask all brides for a copy of the wedding day and ceremony schedules (if you have them), and I will let you know if I have any concerns about whether there’s too much or not enough time allotted for each event.
If you have many different groups that you want pictures with (friends from childhood, high school, community groups, etc.), it’s helpful to notify them in advance that you’d like to get a picture with them because some guests may need to leave early.
If you have a tight schedule, you may consider hiring a wedding coordinator or asking a friend to help everyone remain on schedule. It’s a good idea to have someone watching the clock and keeping things moving if there’s a lot of people and you want to finish on time, or eat when the food is ready. You may also consider delegating keeping track of the schedule to someone in your wedding party.
Unfortunately this is a common issue, and I’m sorry. That can add a lot of stress to the entire wedding planning process.
Sometimes people come up to me and ask me to do something, or ask me to get the bride and groom to do something, and it’s helpful for me to know before the wedding if that’s someone whose help you want directing your wedding, or someone whose help you don’t want.
Your friends and family are welcome to take pictures! I do ask that they not move around the aisles or stand up in their seats (when the audience is seated) during the ceremony.
Be aware though that the bigger the camera (or iPad) that people have and the more pictures they take, the more those cameras will show up in photographs of the ceremony and reception.