Frequently Asked Questions
For any Saturday weddings during peak wedding season (May – October and often during the winter holidays) I recommend securing your date at least 9-12 months in advance.
What is required to secure our wedding date with you?
An initial non-refundable retainer fee of $500 is required, along with a written and signed agreement officially reserving exclusivity for the date(s) you are requesting.
Are you willing to travel beyond Michigan?
Of course. I service all of Michigan and I am always willing to travel beyond boarders to capture your special life events. (travel fees may apply).
Do you use an assistant/second shooter?
Yes, my husband is my assistant and second shooter. By having someone on-hand to help with the many little details, it makes for a much smoother day and frees me to focus on what you hired me to do — capture your precious memories!
How long after our event can we expect to see our photos? Although I try to get a sneak peek up within a few days, It usually takes me a good 8-12 weeks to gather and edit your entire wedding photography collection. There is A LOT of work and care that takes place behind the scenes from the time I click the shutter to when your beautifully edited, organized and enhanced collection of images is ready to view. Believe me, I tend to be just as excited for you to see your photos as you are!
Will we have the copyrights to our photos and will we receive a disk of images with printing rights of our wedding day? And will those images be watermarked?
I have recently moved to using online galleries with download pages rather than sending out DVD’s of your images. (However you may purchase a CD or DVD for an additional charge) This allows me to get your images to you much faster and it also serves as a great way for you to share your photos via the web. My gallery page is password protected and it works on both your home computer and mobile devices. From this site you have the ability to download high-resolution files without my watermark and you can chose to print your photos at the professional printing location of your choice, however I highly recommend having your images printed at a professional photo printing studio rather than just some run-of-the-mill one hour photo lab. After all, why pay for great wedding photos just to devalue them by having them printed at a lab that is not correctly color collaborated for your images?
What is a Bridal Session?
This is a 1-2 hour portrait session showcasing the bride in her full wedding day attire before or after the wedding day. I’m a huge believer in shooting bridal sessions; not only is it one of the few times that a woman gets all primped and polished to feel like a queen for the day, but it’s also a great trial run for the wedding day look including your hair, makeup and dress. These sessions also tend to be pretty creative since they’re typically either before or after the wedding day. Most bride-to-bes typically book their trial runs for both make-up and hair on the day of their bridal session to save on costs. Typically trial runs for hair and makeup come at a discount price.
These sessions should take place at last 4-6 weeks before your
wedding day, especially if you’re considering displaying any of the images at your reception. Please contact me if you have any questions about booking a bridal session.
What is a “Day After Session”?
A “Day After” session is a 1-2 hour photo session that takes place a few days after the wedding or after the honeymoon. You and your then hubby would get back into your gown and suit and have a relaxing and stress free photo session at the location of your choice.
What is really nice about this session is that you don’t have to worry about keeping your guests waiting and we have to ability to really get creative with the two of you. Plus you don’t have to worry about getting your wedding clothes dirty or wrinkled in the process. Another major advantage to this kind of after wedding photo session is that the pictures can be taken anywhere, in any setting, and at any time of day, leaving the creativity up to us.
If I choose a package that comes with a wedding photo book, how many pages does it come standard with? Can I add pages if I would like too?
30 pages come standard, however you are able to add up to 20 extra pages if you wish at an additional charge.
How Does the Wedding Book Design Process work?
Once you have had a chance to review your digital proofs and create selections of your favorite images, I will create a custom layout that best tells the story of your day. You will then receive a soft copy (digital layout) to review. Once you and your husband have had a chance to go through it together and make note of any changes you have we will move on to production (you are allowed up to 2 rounds of changes to your layout). Once we reach a mutual agreement on the final layout, print and bind production and delivery takes approximately 3 weeks.
The photo books are 8.5×12 in size with a hard canvas like fabric cover. The fabric comes in a few colors options and you are also welcome to upgrade to a leather or custom designed cover with one of your images for an additional charge.
How much time should I block out for formal wedding photos on my wedding day?
I always recommend 1.5-3 hours, but at the very minimum 1 hour, including at the very least 30 minutes with just the bride and groom. However if you’re looking for creative photos at 1-2 locations consider opting for more time or booking a “day-after” session. Remember, after your wedding has passed, your photos will be the main visual that helps you share your love story for many years to come.
When planning a winter wedding, when is the best time frame to block out for formal photos?
Winter weddings are complicated because there are far less day-light hours then our long summer days. Typically the best time to shoot outdoor photos is the last 2 hours before sunset. This is usually from 3:30-5:30 in the winter, and from 7:00-9:00 in the summer months.
If I book a DJ for my wedding rather than a band, will his flashing lights effect my reception photos?
YES. These moving colorful lights may add color to your dance floor, but they also make you and your guests look polka dotted in your photographs. If you plan to book a DJ for your wedding, please consider asking him to turn his moving lights/disco ball off during your reception.