What to expect
At this point you may be asking yourself, “he proposed, now what?”. This is the time to start looking for your photographer. Since knowing what to expect out of the photography process can be confusing, especially if this is your first time working with a professional, we have outlined a common timeline for our wedding clients.
Step 1: Client Consultation
So, you have browsed our website and felt a connection with who we are. You are excited to meet us and see what magic we can create for you and your fiance. Now, it comes time for the client consultation. This is where you will get the opportunity to ask us any questions you’d like, sketch out a “wedding plan” for your big day, and see if we are a good fit.
Step 2: Booking
After talking it over with your fiance, you have decided to book us. Congratulations! You are in good hands. Selecting a photographer early in the wedding process will save you a lot of time and stress later. During the booking process we will accept your deposit and reserve your wedding date. This will guarantee that no other client is booked for that day.
Step 3: Planning Meeting
The planning meeting is what makes us different than other photographers. We have noticed that only about 25% of the brides we work with have a wedding planner. Typically, the mother of the bride or a close friend will be responsible for creating a wedding timeline and managing the day. However, we can assist with that as well. We will help you put together a wedding timeline that allows for plenty of photography time and time with your guests. During the planning meeting we will also come up with a “shot list” that will guide us through the wedding day and give us a better idea of the type of images you want captured.
Step 4: Engagement Session
Nearly every couple decides to have an engagement session. There are two main reasons for this:
1. These photos are typically used for “Save the Date” invitations.
2. We create a custom guest book for your friends and family to sign the day of the wedding. The guest book is filled with your engagement session images and is one of the best keepsakes from your wedding.
Typically, the engagement session is done about 5-9 months before the wedding. We will pick 1-2 different locations to use and shoot for about an hour. You will be able to change outfits as many times as you would like. Many couples have one casual outfit and a more polished look for their second location. The engagement session is a great opportunity to get you comfortable around the camera and see how we work.
Step 4: Bridal Session
In the early stages of planning, many brides are unsure of whether or not they will have a bridal session. In fact, many haven’t thought about it quite yet. Bridal sessions give you the opportunity to do a trial run for hair and makeup and see how it photographs before the big day. Additionally, this session is all about capturing the bride’s beauty. We will take detailed and feminine images during the shoot that you wouldn’t normally get during the wedding day.
Step 6: Pre-Wedding Meeting
About two weeks prior to your wedding, we will have another meeting via email, skype, or in-person to discuss the final details of your day. This is when we will review the “shot list” (a list of pictures you would like us to make a priority), the wedding plan or timeline we put together, and any other little detail we may have missed.
Step 7: The Wedding Day
The day is finally here! You are excited and nervous all at once. We will spend the first part of the day shooting details and working with you and your bridesmaids. Then we will move on to the guys. Your first look or ceremony will follow, with the reception typically being the last part of the day. Each wedding is different and unique so it may not follow this flow exactly. However, your wedding is guaranteed to be one of the happiest days of your life. So, just sit back and enjoy it. Hold on to every moment, and relax knowing that we are there capturing every beautiful detail.