“What is it like to work with you?”
When I chat with a prospective wedding couple, I can always rely on one question being asked: What is it like to work with you?
I get it! Choosing a wedding photographer is a commitment. Your wedding photographer will be part of your wedding experience and help you remember your big moments for YEARS to come! Making sure we’re a good fit together is very important to me. I take these ten steps with every couple when I have the honor of being their wedding photographer:
1. Let’s get to know each other
Although I count many of my previous couples as friends, we need to ease into it and get to know each other. This often looks like you stalking my Instagram and website, filling out the contact form, and I give you a phone call where we get to know each other more by chatting about what you’re looking for in a wedding photographer vs what I offer. I also share more about my wedding photography collections and answer any questions you may have. If you’d also like to meet in person or over video chat, I do my best to make it happen and have been “testing out” different ice cream spots up and down the front range for this reason. 🙂
2. Reserve your date
If you love what you see, and are ready to pick me as your wedding photographer, then we make it official! I will send you a contract to confirm your wedding date, contact information, photography collection choice, and an invoice, so you know when payments are due. I pride myself in open communication with my couples, so no one is left in the dark about expectations. Also, just so you know, a $1000 non-refundable deposit is due with the contract to reserve your date no matter which collection you choose.
3. We set you up for wedding planning success
Once we’re official, we celebrate! I believe your engagement is one of the most special times in your life, but often one of the most overlooked. After you book me as your wedding photographer, I’ll do my best to remind you to celebrate your engagement and take wedding planning one step at a time. Don’t’ worry. I’ll be there every step of the way! I’ll send you two questionnaires to fill out, asking questions about your relationship and asking you to share essential goals for your wedding. Using this information, I’ll help you make a perfect timeline for your wedding daydream, but more on this below!
4. Engagement Session
Before timelines and wedding goals are set, we take the time to appreciate your engagement! Engagement photos are some of my favorite photos to take because I like to treat the session like a walk down memory lane. We laugh about who made the first move, your first date, and I’ll ask you to share the moment you first knew your finance was “the one.” Before the session, I’ll share my detailed Engagement Guide with you to help you pick out the perfect outfit and location that reflects you as a couple. Don’t worry, the only requirement for engagement photos is that you are madly in love–check! About two weeks after your engagement session, I’ll email your photos to you via an online gallery where you can download the images and share with family and friends. We can also talk about ordering prints, save-the-dates, thank you notes, and a wedding guest sign-in book featuring your engagement photos at this time!
5. Timeline Help
No two weddings are the same. I like to work with each couple to make a personalized wedding timeline for your big day. We will start with a general outline, but fill it in with moments that are important to you. Is your ceremony and reception in two different locations? No problem, we’ll plan for that timing. How do you feel about a first look? We can talk through the pros and cons to figure out if it’s right for you. We will make sure there’s time for bridal party portraits, detail shots, family photos, and anything else you may want in your day. My biggest piece of timeline advice: include time for you to sneak away as a couple. Soak it all in time is a must!
6. Important Moments Shot List
To go along with the timeline, I ask each of my wedding couples to create a shot list. I like to know which moments you’re looking forward to the most. What are you most anticipating? Which moments will you want to be documented so you will remember this important day forever? We’ll start with a list of photos I usually take at weddings and add or subtract from it to make sure you don’t have to worry about pictures on your wedding day. Trust me, I’ll get the shot, and your day will be beautiful.
7. Wedding Day!
The day has finally arrived! You worked hard to set up your wedding day dream team, and now it’s time to celebrate! Your job on your wedding day is to live in the moment. We’ve worked together to create the best timeline and shot list for you, so all there is left to do is enjoy your day. I’ll be working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything is documented perfectly. This day isn’t about the photos–your day is about the love and commitment you’re sharing! Enjoy!
8. Photo Reveal Session
You’re not done with me yet! Rather than emailing you your wedding photos through the online gallery and distracting you while you’re at work, I invite my wedding couples into my home for an evening where we eat, drink and soak in your wedding day photos for the first time on a large screen! Photo Reveal Sessions are always planned for about four weeks from your wedding day, so you will know exactly when you’ll receive your images. After seeing the photos for the first time on a large screen, I’ll email you the online gallery link so you can relive moments, share with family and friends, and cherish your images forever. Did I mention there will be wine? Or margaritas!
9. Heirloom Album Design
Heirloom wedding albums are one of my favorite things! Have you ever looked through your grandmother’s wedding album? The black and white photos are beautiful, and it’s touching to see the love they shared years ago. However, if it’s anything like my grandmother’s wedding album, it’s taped together and falls apart every time you open it. The wedding albums I create for my couples are built to last and are intended to be handed down from generation to generation. Imagine your granddaughter sharing your wedding album at her wedding–swoon! Whether your wedding photography collection includes an album or not, I take the time to design one for you because I believe in the power of your wedding photos for years to come! My husband and I look through our album every anniversary, and I love how the memories come flooding back. Your album design will be shared with you at your Photo Reveal Session.
10. Let’s make your memories tangible!
Every wedding photography collection I offer includes all of your edited, high-resolution digital negatives (that’s code for your professionally edited digital wedding photos)! However, I also want to help you bring your photos to life! In addition to the heirloom albums, I also work with my wedding couples to create professional prints, framed gallery walls, and personalized thank you cards out of your wedding images. Keeping your photos on your computer is fine, but bringing them to life around your home will help bring a smile to your face for years to come. These items are all completely optional but very fun.
I can’t wait to help you celebrate this stage of life!