WHAT TO EXPECT
THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH
Whenever possible, I like to meet with couples in person to answer any questions you might have and learn a little bit about you at the start of the process. A quick, no pressure phone conversation or in-person meeting over coffee gives us the chance to get to know one another and see if my services are a good fit. I get to know a little bit more about your wedding plans and what you hope to get out of your photography experience in order to suggest the right coverage and service options for you.
If you would like to reserve your date after our initial meeting, I’ll send you a project agreement with a timeline of the day, details about the services and products that you’ve selected, and a list of payment dates. If you have any special requests or “must have” shots you’d like captured at the wedding, there is a spot right on the form where you can list this information.
Once you’ve booked your wedding photography date by returning your signed project agreement and deposit, your date is officially reserved. I’ll check back in with you several months out from the wedding day to ask how the planning is going and whether you have any questions or need assistance with any details.
1 MONTH BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
If your venue is a place where I haven’t yet photographed or haven’t been in awhile, I’ll get in touch with your event coordinator at the venue to schedule a walk through. This lets me gather ideas for the best backdrops to use for your “formals” (bridal and family photos). If possible, I’ll try to visit close to the time of day when your wedding will take place in order to get a feel for the available light and how the space will look. That way, we’ll be prepared to create beautiful photos on the wedding day, while still remaining flexible to ideas for shots that naturally occur as the day progresses.
1-2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
Just a short time to go before the big day! About 2 weeks before your wedding, I will give you a call to go over all the final details, such as arrival and departure times, as well as all the times and locations. Sometimes schedules change during your planning process, so taking a few minutes to talk on the phone helps us make sure that we’re both on the same page and that I have the most up to date information to keep the timeline for your photos running as smoothly as possible. I’ll also give you a reminder if there is a final balance, which will be due within one week prior to the wedding.
YOUR WEDDING DAY
The big day is finally here! I’ll arrive a few minutes before our meeting time to set up any equipment at the venue and greet the event staff and officiant. If you’ve requested a second photographer, I’ll briefly review our coverage plan at this time. I’ll meet up with you for the “getting ready” photos and the “first look” if you would like to do this prior to the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, we’ll travel to any locations that you’ve requested for the formal bridal party and family photos. I’ll help you keep the schedule on track while keeping the mood fun and light so that your photo experience feels effortless.
After the formal groups shots and a few poses with just the two of you, I’ll capture your guests mingling during cocktail hour, as well as a few photos of the room setup and decor details. After the bridal party “grand march” entrance, speeches and the first dances, I’ll grab candid shots of you and your guests, including some great dance floor action!
Before leaving for the evening, I’ll make sure to check in with you in case there are any additional photos that you would like.
AFTER YOUR WEDDING DAY
Immediately after the wedding, I’ll download and backup your photos for safe keeping. The editing process takes between 1-2 weeks (sometimes a little bit longer at busy times of the year). As soon as your photos are ready, I’ll get in touch to schedule an in-person viewing and print planning session. This is when you’ll have a chance to view your photos for the first time, as well as when you will receive your files and instructions for accessing and downloading your online gallery and mobile app. I’ll also suggest a few ideas for displaying your artwork in your home, so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
If you are ordering an album, I’ll begin the design process at this time. As soon as your first draft is complete (typically within 2 weeks after the wedding), you’ll receive a digital proof, which you can approve or change images as desired until you’re ready to approve for ordering. Once ordered, albums typically take between 1-2 weeks for production and delivery.