The first step is to contact me! You can either fill out this quick form or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org! From there, I’ll share pricing information and more with you and then we’ll set up a time to chat so we can get to one another and learn more about the amazing day you’re planning. To officially book me for your wedding date, I require a signed contract by both you and your fiancé with a $1,000 retainer payment. Once I’ve received the non-refundable retainer payment and your signed contract, your wedding day is booked and on my calendar!
Typically, couples book with me between 9 and 18 months out from their wedding, however, some have booked only 3 months in advance if the date was available. There’s no hard and fast rule of when you need to book. This usually will depend on how far out the wedding date the couple has chosen is, where they’re at in the planning process and whether or not they’re looking for an engagement session in addition to wedding day coverage. The further out from the date, the more likely I am to be available but it’s never quite the same year to year. Saturday weddings tend to be the most popular and June through October is my busiest season, so for weddings within these dates, or if you’re planning a destination wedding, I recommend contacting me well in advance once you’ve selected a date. For smaller elopements or weekday weddings, availability will be more likely and may require less advance notice.
Once you’ve submitted the contact form, I will receive an email with your information and message and will get back to you within 24 – 48 hours with more information and an invitation to meet up or chat on the phone so we can get to know one another!
Full wedding day collections which include 8 hours of photography and more start at $2,800. However, the average EKP couple spends $3,800. You can download my wedding photography pricing guide for more information. Destination weddings receive custom pricing and elopements and micro weddings start at $1,600. If you’re planning to elope or a destination wedding (or just want to shoot of of state) be sure to check out my travel schedule to see if we can link up and save you travel fees!
If I’m booked on your wedding day when you reach out, let me know if you’re interested in having an associate photographer photograph your wedding! Weddings by associate start at $2,300. Another photographer on my team that I work with closely and have trained to give the same experience and shoot in the same style to my own, will photograph the big day under my brand! Then, everything else, like the editing and reveal is with me!
Yes! Absolutely. I LOVE to travel and small, intimate elopements, whether adventuring in the mountains or in your backyard, hold a special place in my heart. If you’re planning an elopement or destination wedding, ask me about my bucket list! If you’re getting married at a location on my bucket list, I have special pricing for you!
All full wedding day photography and collections include a pre-wedding consultation, unlimited photos and unlimited locations on the wedding day, 8 hours of continuous photography coverage, high-resolution edited digital images delivered via an online gallery, 24 hour sneak peaks after the wedding, a wall art consultation, print rights and support and love every step of the way from inquiry to album design! Beyond this, individual collections will vary as some include an additional photographer, engagement session, albums and/or prints. For more information and elopement and destination wedding pricing, please contact me directly at email@example.com or fill out this quick form.
Continuous coverage means unbroken photography time. While this is usually no problem for wedding days, if you’re planning a wedding with an extended break between the ceremony and reception that will not all be used for photos, please just talk to me and we will work out a plan that’s best for both of us.
All wedding collections, regardless of total package price, require a $1,000 non-refundable booking retainer for any weekend wedding date ($800 for weekday (M-Th.) weddings) to reserve your wedding date. At the time of booking, a service fee for the first 90 days of works rendered will also be due. Approximately 40% of the package price will be due 1 month prior to the wedding. The remaining balance will be split into 2 to 3 smaller installments based on works rendered in the months between booking and the final payment. All payments become non-refundable on the day they are due.
After I’ve confirmed that I’ve received your retainer payment and signed contract, if your package includes one, we’ll schedule your engagement session! You’ll hear from me with tips, tricks and advice before the shoot. After your engagement session, send out your save the dates, enjoy your venue walk-throughs, cake tastings, picking out linens and sending out invitations! As you plan your wedding, refer to the journal for insight into developing your timeline and other tips. 3 months before the wedding, I’ll invite you to schedule a coffee date (in-personal or virtual) so we can catch up and chat through the details of your day so far. This is the perfect time to review your package, make any changes or additions based on your plans, and begin developing your wedding day timeline, Then, about 6 weeks prior to the wedding, I’ll send you a pre-wedding questionnaire to fill out so I can have as much information about your plans as possible. Together, in person, over the phone or via email (whichever you prefer), we’ll review and finalize your wedding day timeline to be sure there’s enough time for all of the most important photos to be taken. Along the way however, if you need me, I’m always here to help! Then, you can expect to hear from me the final week before your big day to confirm details and send over some final reminders and information.
I typically work Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm and prefer to be contacted via email. I do my best to respond to your emails within 24 – 48 hours on weekdays. On weekends, especially during busy wedding season, it may take me a bit longer to get back to you. The final week before your wedding, I’ll be sure to share my cell phone number with you to have on your wedding day. Until then, email is the best way to contact me.
I hope you’re ready to have fun as I encourage lots of dancing, jokes (and occasionally some liquid courage) to get your party started! In the early parts of the day, consider me a bridesmaid with a camera, ready to hold your dress as you pee or pin on your boutonnieres. But when all eyes are on you, I take a step back and do my best to be practically invisible. I believe that being a wedding photographer is more than just taking pictures. You may feel like you have no idea what you’re supposed to be doing and that’s completely normal! (This is after all, most likely, the first time you’ll get married). I’ll help you button up your dress, tell you when you have a fly-away and make sure you’re having the best time while staying as close to on schedule as possible! And of course, I’ll be photographing every detail and emotional moment along the way. When it comes to your bride and groom photos, I don’t shoot with a list of set poses in mind. Instead, I’ll be giving you prompts and guiding you through a few series of movements that lead to natural and candid emotional magic. My goal is to be your friend first so that when the camera comes out, you feel completely comfortable being yourself (and even forget I’m there by the end of the evening).
Good question! I don’t count, I just shoot. Thanks to shooting digitally, there’s no limit to how much “film” I have and I carry an excessive number of extra memory cards and batteries. You can expect to receive between 80 and 100 photos per hour of coverage so for 8 hours of coverage, this typically results in a final gallery of 700-800 individual images. I shoot more than that, but I go through and remove test shots, duplicates and outtakes (ie: closed eyes).
My turnaround time for weddings is typically between 4 and 6 weeks (but don’t worry, you’ll get some sneak peaks within 24 hours of your wedding to share on social media). Once your gallery is ready, I’ll invite you, your fiancé, and anyone else you would like to be present, for an in-person (or virtual) photo reveal! Here, you’ll see a slideshow of the wedding day and your completed gallery! At this time, you’ll be able to select any prints and wall displays as well as start the album design process! Soon after, you’ll receive a link to the online gallery where you can download the digital files directly to your computer.
Of course! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me here and I will send over some links to full galleries!
Every photo I deliver to you is post processed using my true to life and timeless style of post-production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustments, clarity adjustments and other minor corrections. I do this to ensure that the photos of your day tell a visually cohesive story despite changes in environment which can alter skin tones, coloring, etc. I also edit certain images further for skin and blemish corrections or remove distracting objects from the environment. However, I’m not a fan of composites (or adding in backgrounds, sunsets, environments that weren’t actually there) so you won’t see any of that. I deliver many images in a black and white version as well! For more extensive retouching and blemish removal, please contact me, especially if you plan to print the photo! I’m more than happy to help you perfect the image. Depending on the request, a retouching fee may apply.
With your photos, you’ll receive the print rights to the images in your gallery. This means you have partial ownership of the photos and can reproduce them (ie: make print copies) as you’d like. All packages include a wall art consultation where I’ll work with you to create the best displays for your photos in your home. However, while I always encourage you to work with a reputable photo print lab, with the print rights, you may have the photos printed wherever you’d like to create prints, canvases, framed prints, etc. You may also share photos with friends and family and post photos to social media.
Unlimited photos means I don’t limit the number of photos I take nor the number of photos I deliver to you via the online gallery. After the wedding day, I remove any test shots, duplicates and outtakes (ie: closed eyes) and deliver the photos that best tell the story of your day to you. You can expect to receive between 80 and 100 photos per hour of coverage. For example, an 8 hour wedding day with 1 photographer typically results in a gallery of about 750 to 800 unique images. All images in the final gallery are edited and delivered as high resolution .jpg images.
All wedding packages include a total of 100 miles of complimentary travel from Detroit (48214) to the starting location and from the final venue. All travel between locations and venue during the contracted time is included in the package price. Travel above the complimentary 100 miles will incur a travel fee of $1 per mile. For out of state and destination weddings, please contact me at email@example.com as travel is priced on a case by case basis. Download my wedding photography pricing guide for more travel information.
The same way many jobs give employees pay raises with added experience, more time spent with the company, and to offset yearly inflation, I increase my package prices slowly over time as I gain more and more experience and the market changes. I typically increase prices after each wedding season, so if I photographed your friend’s wedding in 2017, by 2022, package prices will have changed. Pricing is also based on the hours of coverage and additional items included in the package such as a second shooter or an engagement session and vary with each wedding.
If you were hiring a mechanic to fix your car, would you provide them with a list of steps to take to fix your car? While I will ask you for lists of family members or “key players” and to let me know about any details in the decor or events that may be unique or sentimental, I won’t need a complete shot list. Family photos, detail shots and must-have timeless photos will all be covered. Because every wedding is different and tells its own story, a shot list can actually be restricting and may mean missing some of the natural and emotional moments that are special and unique to your day! The photos my couples love the most are the photos they could never have planned for; authentic moments that happened with no regard for the camera. And while I love Pinterest, I urge you to only use Pinterest for style and decor inspiration rather than to create a list of “must-have” images. Remember, your wedding is special and unique to YOU, so rather than try to recreate another couple’s wedding, the best photos happen when you live in the moment, don’t sweat the little things, enjoy your day and trust that I will be right by your side to document the beautiful authentic and emotional moments of your day.
I understand that things don’t always go exactly as planned and sometimes, your timeline may get out of line a bit and that’s okay! I’ve dedicated the whole day to your wedding and will never be running off to catch other plans, but I do charge for extended coverage to cover the additional costs associated with me and my team staying later. The additional photos and shooting time also increase the total time spent in post-production. I will give you a 30 minute heads up when my contracted time is coming to an end and if you would like to extend coverage, additional time will be charged at the rate specified in your contract in 15 minute increments. I ask that additional coverage fees please be paid before I leave the venue that night.
While there are benefits of having a second photographer at any size wedding, there are some situations in which a second photographer will be crucial to ensure proper coverage of your day. This includes (1.) weddings with over 150 guests; (2.) the bride and groom are getting ready in separate locations that are over 15 minutes apart; (3.) You have an extended wedding party and a very large family (60+); (4.) You’re not doing a first-look and have less than 1 hour between the end of the ceremony and your grand entrance to the reception. Click here to read more about 2nd photogaphers on the blog.
Yes! I work with many of the same 2nd shooters repeatedly and have personally vetted their work and professionalism. I work with 2nd photographers that shoot in similar styles and share similar philosophies about wedding photography as my own. I prepare them for each each wedding so they know all of your wedding day plans and details, just like I do, so they are as prepared as possible.