What To Expect
There's more to every wedding than just the day of the event itself. It requires a lot of planning both on your end and mine in order for everything to go smoothly.
Once the day has arrived, you should do only one thing—enjoy it! From the time I start to the time I pack up at the end of the night, I'm not only your photographer, but also your time manager, and if need be, someone who can help calm your nerves. I've also become an unlikely authority on boutineers, pocket squares, flowers, and wedding dresses. Who knew.
The following is a brief timeline on what to expect from our initial meeting to your wedding day.
If possible, I love to have a face to face meeting with people who are interested in hiring me. It can be over coffee, drinks, lunch—where ever you feel the most comfortable and relaxed. This meeting is a great time for you to get a feeling of my personality, and ask me any questions you may have about wedding photography. It's always informal, and no decision needs to be made at the end of this meeting.
locking in your date
If, after we meet you decide you'd like to proceed with me as your photographer, I'll send you over a contract via email, which can be signed and made official online. No need for printing and signing.
When signing the contract, I ask for a 25% security deposit to secure the date. This can be in the form of a check, credit card, cashier's check, cash, Cash app, or whatever is easiest for you.
If you've chosen to do an engagement session, now is when we'll begin working together on planning the shoot. Schedule permitting, I like to book a main shooting date, and a weather make-up date just in case. I'm very flexible in working with your schedule, however, given the opportunity I like to shoot these in the last two hours before sunset, when the light is at its best.
The setting can be urban, country, a mix of both, in a park, during the winter, summer, spring—the benefit of this session, unlike the wedding day, is that it can be very flexible. If you need help coming up with ideas for the setting, don't worry. I have plenty of those to spare.
final details meeting
Once we are about 2-3 weeks from your event, I like to meet with you again to go over the final details of the day. This can be done face to face, over email, FaceTime, phone, whatever is most convenient for you. Some of the primary things I need to know at this meeting are:
- start time/location
- any addresses of shooting locations
- confirm # of people in bridal party
- final guest count
- idea of reception events timeline (e.g. intros>first dance>cake cutting>toasts>dinner>parent dances>open floor)
- any unique things you are doing during the reception (sparkler send off, paper lanterns, etc.)
- photo itinerary - where we are going for pictures between the ceremony end and the reception start
- confirm reception end time
I'm very detail oriented, and work really hard behind the scenes to make the photography portion of the day be the least stressful and smoothest part. That starts with good planning.
We made it! On wedding day I like to show up to the location about 15 minutes before my scheduled start time. Even if it's just me sitting in my car waiting, I want to make sure I'm there, ready to go, with time to spare. I like to be sure all photos on wedding day are done in a quick and efficient manner. If there are any bridal portraits/group shots that can be done before the ceremony, I'm happy to do so.
Every wedding is unique to you, and the beginning and middle of the day are no exception. Scheduling this part of the day takes place during our final details meeting.
Once the reception starts, I hand you off to the emcee, and continue on taking photos. I'll work with the DJ, or band, in making sure I'm where I need to be and when.
At the end of the night, I go home, download the images, back them up, and begin the processing.
While you're out enjoying your honeymoon, or just relaxing after a long wedding weekend, I'm processing your photos. You can always check my Instagram or Facebook page during the day of and any time after the wedding for sneak peeks.
Two to three weeks after the wedding, you'll receive an email from me with a link to view your photos. All photos can be downloaded, and are print ready. If you need a handful of images sooner for things like thank you cards, feel free to let me know and I'll make it happen.