our honest thoughts.
We’re honored and humbled that you’re interested in having us document what will be one of the greatest days life has to offer. Matt and I loved getting married and we (I) wish we could have another wedding.
There is a lot of information to follow. Allow us tell you everything you want to know upfront instead of having to wait for an e-mail, call us, meet with us and then e-mail us ten more times before we tell you our pricing.
One of our primary values as business people is to be efficient, low bullshit and most importantly, treat others how we would want to be treated. Allow us to be real with you up front and know that we'll ask the same of you.
You wouldn’t hire a metal band to play a polka dance just because they’re cheaper.
Photographers are artists, not robots. If after browsing various websites you only see prices and not style and quality, then you shouldn’t hire anyone to shoot your wedding. Just have a family member do it for free and use the money to buy yourself a couch.
Photos are the most important thing you pay for.
Yes, we’re photographers with an intrinsic appreciation for heirloom photography, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust us on this. All the other wedding day stuff is fun, but literally none of it will be there the next day. The people fly home, the maids clean up, you don’t get to keep your own really expensive leftovers, the flowers are in a dumpster, and the wedding dress will look lovely in your closet. The only part that lasts is your photos. And those will remain until the zombie apocalypse burns down the cloud (at which point you’ll use your dress as a sail).
This means that you can let go of the idea of not being photogenic. Relax at the thought of hating to be photographed. This experience is not like your senior photos. It’s easy, fun and special.
When we are documenting your wedding we have a thorough understanding of what kind of images matter and what kind of images are excessive. We’ve learned about the importance of listening to our couples along with asking a lot of questions to assure we know what is of value to each unique pair. We listen, advise and together develop the perfect approach towards documenting images that tell your story and become a lifelong heirloom.
If you’re like most, you’ve not been married before and don’t really know what to ask in regards to wedding photography. We imagine you have a lot of questions and think you should.
PRICING AND PACKAGES
"Okay, enough already where is the pricing?" -You
Pricing begins at $4500. All packages include the following:
- Digital images
- Editing and processing of digital images
- An album
- A portrait session
- Two photographers
- A personal website, jump drive
- Other little surprises along the way
Can we go below our base package? On a rare occasion, like if it's two weeks before your wedding or if you're getting married on a Tuesday in our backyard. Otherwise we really believe in the value of everything we offer and think that things like albums and portrait sessions are more of a must than a luxury. If you want luxury, we offer it but our base packages start simply and include quality necessities.
Why so much? If you are just beginning your shopping and are shocked by the price-point you will see we are a little more than some, a lot more than many and quite a bit less than a hand full of other wedding photographers. We've been photographing weddings for ten years. We believe this style of photography we've developed is very valuable and only accept a select amount of weddings each year so that we can give our hearts to each couple that books us. We could charge less if your wedding was one in a million to us but it's not.
We also include really great things in each collection that we think any photography lover needs like albums and portraits sessions.
Are you off? OKAY cool - let us send you with a parting gift in thanks for spending some of your time with us.
STILL HERE? We've got more we want you to know about. Keep reading.
how we work.
The experience is causal. We are calm, mellow people and effortlessly blend into every scene. We talk, walk, and within no time you’ll forget you are being photographed. Overall, during the wedding day we shift between being seasoned directors and flies on the wall. As the stories of your day unfold, we jump in when needed and shoot quietly.
How many photos do you give us?
It’s generally around 100 an hour, which is a lot. Many photographers debate about this – thinking that you may overwhelm the couple if you give them too many photos. I’ve found that I don’t know which photo will be most special to each couple. Because of that, I tend to give more than average. We edit out images that are duplicates, unflattering or mysteriously give you a double chin. Otherwise, we believe the more story-telling the better.
Do you edit the photos? Yes, every photo is taken in a RAW format. From there, we compress the image and edit it so that the photo is at its best quality for you to print and share. We consider our approach towards editing a significant step in completing your wedding story.
Will you give us the RAW files? Trust me, you don’t want the RAW files. It’s like buying your favorite designers fabric, pattern and sewing machine. Finishing the photos is all part of the art.
What about black and white or color photos? This part is called “artistic rendering.” Sometimes the photo works best in color, sometimes black and white, sometimes both. We’ve got an eye for the finished product and will give you a variety of edits based upon each image. Every photo is a piece of art to us, from the initial capture to the final edit.
What if I have a break-out? Do you edit this? We do our best to make sure the images look their best without making you look fake. As long as the edit doesn’t require excessive time spent outside of our normal editing time, we will include it. If you desire additional editing, we can provide a quote.
Who will you be talking with ?
That will be Jackie. No passing the phone along to several people. Your first email is with Jackie and she’ll sign the card in your final package.
Family Photos and Portraits
Even if you were to tell us that you wanted no photos of you smiling at the camera, we would make you take a few. If not for you, for your parents or your grandparents. It’s all part of the wedding story and it will complete your coverage. We think family photos are important. Our first priority is to get a great family photo, our second is to make the experience as efficient and pain free as possible. We pride ourselves in great, yet short and sweet family photos.
Still feeling like you hate the ideal of formal photos? If it’s a fit for you, we can also get creative with these (see above).
Albums and Art Pieces? Let us do the legwork for you.
These photos are too valuable to not have them be preserved in the highest quality. Put your wedding photos in albums and make it the crown jewel of your coffee table. Hang your photos on the wall as personal, custom art-work. Every collection comes with an album and we think it’s so important we do the work at cost.
Do we get two photographers? Indeed. You will have the pleasure of meeting my husband, business partner and second photographer Matt. He will literally climb a tree to get the most unique angle. Our approach towards photographing weddings makes Matt’s position very important. He not only interprets for me when I’m in an artistic zone, he’ll be watching what I’m photographing and covering something completely different. Whether that is shooting from a different perspective or photographing in another room. You’ll get two unique sets of images.
What are your thoughts on engagement photos?
I think, at the least, they are an opportunity for us to get to know each other better. When we step into the wedding day you’ve practiced, we know the flow. I know what you like and we are comfortable with each other. Aside from that, I think engagement photos are unique heirlooms. We are adamant about making your engagement photos very personal and individualized. It’s an opportunity to really get a set of images that show who you are.
Do you do walkthroughs prior to the wedding?
Walkthroughs are generally not necessary. We make photos by first finding good light, then good emotion. Background and setting just happen to be the place where those things happen.
How long does it take to get the photos back?
We will have your wedding photos in your hands four to six weeks after your wedding. Engagement photos take two to four weeks.
When should we book you?
We book a select amount of weddings each year and often reserve dates for couples over a year in advance. If you are confident that we are the photographers for you, we recommend booking as soon as possible.
In all honesty, what do you want us to know
This style of photography, wedding photojournalism, artistic photography whatever you want to call it is unique and not for every couple. We believe in it and it’s imperative that the couple’s who book us do too.