What to Expect – Weddings

There are A LOT of photographers out there, all with different styles & personalities. Which is AWESOME because you can easily hire someone you will enjoy hanging out with on your big day. But how do you know if I will be a good fit for you?

If you want to know what to expect when working with me, Testimonials from past couples are best at explaining the experience, but here is a quick rundown on what to expect if you are looking for something more specific:

BEFORE

I find email can be impersonal and sometimes misunderstood so I prefer to meet or talk before signing a contract to make sure we are on the same page. I LOVE meeting at Panera and always arrive early to get drinks for myself and everyone I’m meeting with so everything is laid out and ready when you arrive.

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Time is precious so I don’t want anyone waiting on me!

When meeting isn’t possible, phone calls, Skype, or email works so you can easily plan from a distance (I planned my wedding out-of-state so I know how much harder it can be).

Finding the perfect photographer is a big decision and I want you to take your time so I don’t ask you to sign a contract when we meet (but you can ;). I give you all the paperwork and price lists, offer advice or referrals, and hold the date for you for a few days so you have time to talk it over with everyone involved with the decision that couldn’t make it to the meeting or call.

And I ask a lot of questions. To get to know you, your personalities, and get a sense of the photos you will love.

Usually we meet 3 times before the wedding – before you hire me, at the engagement session, and about a month before the big day. I help create a timeline (if you don’t have a coordinator), make notes on tricky family dynamics or special requests, and complete a portrait checklist to carry in my pocket on the wedding day. All to help you relax & enjoying the moment.

DURING

I dress in a dark suit, even in the heat of the summer. The groom can do it so I can too – and it never hurts to have extra pockets. Plus, I do a lot of kneeling in the grass or dirt, climbing on chairs, whatever it takes to get the best angle and black or grey helps me blend in and sneak around to catch some great moments!

It has been joked that I am a walking bridal emergency kit. I always have a mini sewing kit, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, and snacks. I always have 2 cameras on my shoulders with one in my trunk, lots of batteries, lenses, and backup equipment. I look like a stereotypical photojournalist but with a suit instead of a photo vest (which is why I often bring an intern along to help carry things 🙂

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Smile and the world smiles with you 🙂

Everything I do is to help your day be easy & fun so I smile a lot, joke a little (my husband is MUCH funnier), and tend to use more honey than vinegar to get everyone to cooperate during the portraits. I’m super flexible too so if things get off schedule I always have a Plan B and try to help everyone remain calm (and work extra fast during the portraits if needed to help us catch up)

AFTER

After the wedding, I edit thousands of photos down to the most flattering angles, natural smiles, unique moments, and great light. I edit out the ones with your eyes closed, leave in the funny ones, and all great moments of people being themselves & having fun. And then I open EVERY SINGLE PHOTO to retouch, crop, and generally make them better.

You end up with about 75 great photos per hour, or more if you have two photographers, about 3-4 weeks after the wedding and if you love Facebook or Instagram I will post a few on there within days of the wedding so you can get a sneak peak. I work with a lot of military and others that need to keep a lower profile so just ask and I can keep your photos private too.

Check out the FAQ page for more details or Contact Us today to experience the photojournalism difference for yourself!