~What is a First Look?~

I thought I’d discuss this a little bit for those of you who may be wondering what a first look is or for someone who just wants some more information regarding them:)

A first look is completed prior to the wedding ceremony. This gives the bride and groom a chance to see each other before the ceremony, and allows them some privacy in a serene, calm environment where true emotions are sure to unfold.

This is somewhat staged, where the groom would face away from the bride, and the bride would start to walk towards him. Once within reach, she would tap his shoulder or use her hand as a blindfold and he would turn around and see his beautiful bride for the first time.

All the while, your wedding photographer, will be freezing these moments in time for you. From a good distance away of course, and chances are, you won’t even know they are there!

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~What should I wear to my portrait session?~

There are a couple of things I always like to mention before the session so you can come prepared. The first is wardrobe, which always generates questions.

Let’s consider staying away from the cliché white shirt and blue jeans. Though it is a popular choice because it is easy, it does not tend to be the most flattering combination. In general, I always recommend against lighter colored tops, as they wash out your face. Darker colors always look best! The colors you choose do not matter as much as staying away from clashing patterns. No flannel, polka dot, Hawaiian shirt, argyle sweater combos. One of the things I have seen that works well is to bring a couple of clothing options. Layers are a great idea.

Another cool thing to do is to include items in your portrait session that are important to you or that you can have fun with. For example, if you have a motorcycle, bring it. If you have a Viking helmet, wear it. If you have a cute dog, bring it. If you have an ugly dog, leave it at home… haha, just kidding!

Our portrait sessions are full of fun! I capture you and your family in a candid way, with very minimal direction.

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~What To Expect When Hiring Me~

You have taken the necessary steps to book me to capture your wedding.

Now What???

Well, I have open email access daily, you may also reach me by phone or text and we can get together anytime you need. After we have booked your date, I will email you a receipt including any remaining payment(s) and their due date(s). I will also send you an email letting you know what to expect from me in the upcoming months before your big day, not limited to, emailing you a month prior to your wedding with a family and bridal party formal shot list and helpful tips for filling it out. I will also email you a week and a day before your wedding to double check all times and locations for accuracy,  and send some helpful tips to remember the day of your wedding to help it go smoother like remembering to eat and how to hold your flowers

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~Our Booking Process~

This usually starts with a questionnaire to see what services and options you are interested in for your big day. Once we discuss all your options and you make your selections, I will send you a proposal.

Once you approve that, I will send over our agreement. Then an invoice that can easily be paid online or you can mail a check if you prefer.

For Weddings: $500 Retainer

For Portraits/Parties/Other: 50% of Total/Retainer

I will need both returned to book the date in my calendar exclusively for you!

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~How I photograph weddings~

Almost every wedding has one – a guest who loves taking pictures.  They can be a nightmare for both the couple getting married and the professional photographer hired to capture the day.    

One wedding I was shooting recently had one of these well-meaning guests who definitely did not understand the concept of wedding photojournalism.  He kept asking the couple to pose for shots, which not only interrupted my client’s enjoyment of their day, but it resulted in a bunch of stiff looking images without much life.   

When the bride and groom were about to cut the cake he looked at me and asked, “Do you want the bride to be on the left or right?” My response? “Just cut the cake.” The couple laughed and what resulted might have been the best shot of the day.  When things died down, the guest asked me why I wasn’t posing the couple, so I explained that I considered myself a wedding photojournalist. 

Really, what wedding photojournalists try to do is capture the events and emotions of the wedding day as they happen. Ideally, each image should tell a story and when shown together, the images should tell the story of the wedding from start to finish.  

It’s less formal, it doesn’t rely on posed shots, and it has grown in popularity because of its effective use of spontaneity to capture the true essence of the day. Wedding photojournalists have added appeal to many couples who are a bit camera shy and because they’re much less obtrusive, allowing couples to relax and enjoy the day without feeling like they’re models on a photo shoot. 

Despite an “organic” approach, traditional wedding shots are not forgotten in wedding photojournalism. My philosophy with “formal” wedding portraits is to make the portrait session quick and painless, although I’ve had some couples that want to spend a few hours posing for shots and I’m happy to do that as well.

It is important to be on the same page with your Wedding Photographer and have the same style so whoever you chose can get the images you’ve dreamed about, all the while having an amazing experience while getting them! 

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