Throughout the time before and after your wedding, I’m here to answer questions, give feedback, listen, give advice, or just hang out!
If you ever have any questions, need help with anything (photography related or not), or just need a friend, I'm here!
The best way to reach me is by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) because I'm usually super busy with work, managing my family/household, on the road, in the woods, hugging trees, or riding my horse. But I check my emails frequently and will respond asap!
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Every couple has a love story. Let me tell yours. Your wedding is a unique reflection of you as a couple. It’s a accumulation of events that have led up to this one beautiful, crazy, amazing day when the two of you be united as one. No two wedding stories are the same, and that’s why I don’t want to recreate the traditional wedding photos for you. I want your photos to be yours.
That’s why it’s important for me to get to know you, your personalities, your hopes and dreams. Getting to know you enables me to tell your story authentically and create amazing images that reflect the real you. You’ll be able to look back on your photos and feel the same feelings, re-live the moments, and remember how awesome your day really was. Your wedding day will be filled with extraordinary moments- intimate, surprising, and joyous. Captured creatively, those moments will shine through as timeless memories.
The more we talk and hang out together, the more we’ll get to know each other beyond just a “work relationship”. The better we get to know each other, the more trust is built and the more you’ll let me into your story. This will allow me to capture images that reveal the intimate and authentic expressions of the love and commitment you share. Unguarded. Natural. Emotional. The images you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
I’d like to get together with you both, in-person, sometime soon! If we can’t physically meet, we can do a video call. I’ll be in touch soon to get that set up. :) During the upcoming time before your big day, I’ll be in touch to make sure we’re always on the same page. And I love to connect, so if you want to grab a coffee or hang out for a quick video chat, hit me up! As I said before, the more time we hang out together, the better your photos will be. :)
You’ll receive an invoice for your wedding photography balance. Please be sure to pay it by the due date. I’ll get in touch to schedule your engagement session, if we’re doing one (I hope so!)
6 Weeks Before Your Wedding:
I’ll check in with you about your planning and timeline.
5 Weeks Before Your Wedding:
I’ll send the Wedding Worksheet- an online questionnaire that you’ll fill out for me so that I can create your custom photography timeline and have all the necessary info I need to do the best job I can.
5-7 Days Before Your Wedding:
I’ll send you your custom wedding day photography timeline.
Your Wedding Day:
I’ll use your timeline as a blueprint, and follow the day as it unfolds, capturing it for all time.
1-5 Days After Your Wedding:
Sneak peek images are posted to Facebook for you & your friends and family to view.
Up to 6 Weeks After Your Wedding:
Your wedding photos are finished, uploaded to your personal online gallery, and delivered. After Your Gallery is Delivered: I’ll be in touch to make sure everything is going great, and finalize any album or print orders.
After Your Gallery is Delivered:
I’ll be in touch to make sure everything is going great, and finalize any album or print orders.
Instead of a traditional engagement photo session (which is typically full of cheesy poses, copied poses, and redundant smiles) I do Connection Sessions. I’ll be your guide as we explore our surroundings and have a great time! I'll direct you through the session, and you'll focus more on each other instead of me. This isn’t anything like your typical portrait session, so come with an open mind and just trust me!
I typically start engagement sessions about a 90 minutes before sunset, during the week. This is to take advantage of the best light- right before, during, and right after sunset.
Connection Sessions are a great way for us to get to know each other better before your wedding day. You’ll get to “practice” and become more comfortable with my camera, and I’ll have the chance to see how you both are together- your energy, the way you interact, etc. They're also a memorable experience that will bring you closer together as a couple.
I know your wedding photography is really important to you, and you want me to be able to do the best job I can. The biggest part of that is making sure I have enough time. For the most part, I’ll be documenting the events of your wedding day as they unfold naturally, in a mostly hands-off way. But some parts of the day will require enough time for me to create the best photos for you. Mainly: group portraits and the photos of just the two of you.
My biggest concern is the time I have with just you two, because this is what I do best and (I'm sure) part of the reason why you love my work. In order for me to be able to create amazing images with you, I need enough time.
To ensure a smooth flow, and enough time for portraits, a custom timeline will help things go as smoothly as possible. The online wedding worksheet I send 5 weeks before your wedding will give me all the info I need to create your custom photography timeline.
Use this guide when planning out your timeline to ensure we have enough time for everything, and reach out if you have any questions along the way!
GETTING READY PHOTOS
1.5 to 2.0 hours. This is where your wedding story begins. I’ll capture the scene, the anticipation, and the details of the time before your ceremony. Plan for some additional time for photos if you’ll be at a salon.
20 minutes. If you choose to do a First Look, consider doing all the formal group portraits right after. It’s easier and quicker than doing them after the ceremony, and then you’ll have more time to enjoy your guests.
THE WEDDING CEREMONY
20 minutes to 1.5 hours. The length of your ceremony may vary widely. Afterward, allow time for congratulations and time to gather yourselves. Give about 10-15 minutes of downtime afterwards to breathe, grab a drink of water, receive hugs, and start gathering people. If you’re doing a receiving live, add 20-30 minutes.
FORMAL FAMILY PORTRAITS
15 minutes. Family formals are limited to immediate family, just to get those really nice portraits of you and your closest loved ones that you’ll want to frame later on. There are 6 groupings- the two of you with each set of parents, each set of parents + siblings, and each set of parents + siblings + grandparents. If you have a step-family and need a formal portrait with them, we’ll add on one or two more groupings (add 3 minutes for each). And if you want any other family or group photos, I’ll be happy to grab them later on at the reception!
10 minutes. Timing can vary, but typically I keep these portraits simple, natural, and quick. I do 6 (or 7) of these photos. I’ll start by doing a formal photo of the entire wedding party, and then a casual one. Then a couple group shots of each side, and lastly, if you have any flower girls or ring bearers, a portrait of just the two of you with them.
30 minutes to 1.5 hours. This is when I get amazing images of just the two of you, on the happiest day of your lives. The more time I have with you for these photos, the better and more creative they will be. If we’re traveling to another location for these, remember to factor in the time it takes to get there and back. If it’s possible, I’ll try to grab you around sunset for a few photos outside in that magic light.
2.0 to 6.0 hours. The wedding party makes a grand entrance, guests sit down for speeches, dinner is served, cake is cut, and then dances begin (not necessarily in that order!). After all the planned reception events take place then the dance floor opens and people can let their hair down.
Remember: Your wedding day is unique, and planning ahead ensures you don’t miss a minute of this special time in your lives.
It's important to get your photographs off of your computer and into your life! There's something about holding a photo in your hands. It connects you physically to the feelings of a time and place that an image on a screen can’t replace. That’s why printing your images is so important. It is a real, tangible link to your wedding day.
Digital files definitely have their place. But beautifully a crafted fine art album is a permanent heirloom you will enjoy, share and pass down — a meaningful connection to your wedding day that becomes more cherished each year.
ABOUT MY WEDDING ALBUMS
Each wedding album is carefully designed by me, and features a simple, storytelling approach. Family and group portraits aren’t usually included, because these are perfect for printing separately to frame or give a gifts. The albums themselves are handcrafted by some of the best artisans in the world. They feature beautiful materials and museum quality inks and papers. They will last generations!
You'll have the chance to preview and approve your album design before it’s ordered, and can make changes if you’d like.