The Wedding Photography Process

Pre-Booking

First, clients find my work through a friend, vendor, or on the internet. Once you’ve viewed my website and like what you see, inquire with me through my contact page. If I am available for your wedding date, I will send over some pricing and wedding photography package options. After reviewing these options, it’s time to set up a video chat or coffee meetup. If you’re in New York City, we can also meet at my home office in the Lower East Side.

The Meeting

At our initial meeting, we will discuss the wedding vision and what is most important on the big day. I’ll find out what you’re looking for in a wedding photographer and explain my approach. This meeting is the first opportunity to get to know each other better and see if we make a good fit. It’s important to me that the couple feels like they have a friend on the other side of the camera.

I will be there for anything wedding related and hold your hand through each step. After all, I’ve photographed over 100 weddings, so I have some great insider tips and tricks! My ultimate goal is to deliver photos that my clients will cherish for a lifetime.

Generally, we discuss the timeline of the wedding day built around the ceremony time. It’s crucial to figure out how many hours of photography coverage you’ll need. After we’ve determined what the client is looking for and how many hours they need, we go through the kind of wedding albums I offer. My biggest question is, “How do you want to preserve and view your wedding memories?”

Once we’ve covered all of these factors, I build a customized package that fits your wedding needs. If the dates work and you’re ready to book, I send the pricing package and contract. To lock in your date, I require a $1000 retainer and a signed contract. I’m usually booked out a year in advance.

Post-Booking

After we’ve met, discussed the plan for the big day, and the client books, there will be periodic emails as the couple continues to plan. My clients are welcome to reach out via email or book a “Catch up meeting” if they have any questions during the planning stages. If you’ve decided to book an engagement session, we take the engagement photos anywhere from 3-9 months before the wedding date.

The engagement session is important because it gives clients a chance to be in front of the camera before the wedding. This is going to make your wedding day experience feel extra smooth, seamless, and comfortable. Not only that, but we get to create something special together. You’re going to be married for a lifetime, but you’ll only be engaged for a short time!

We will sync up again 30 days before the wedding day to go over the expectations and any areas of concern. If you are working with a wedding planner, I will schedule a call with the planner. If you don’t have an event coordinator but are interested in hiring one, I have a great black book of vendors I recommend!

Wedding Day

My team and I bring all the positive energy, enthusiasm, and document the best day of our couple’s lives! My goal is to capture authentic moments as they unfold in front of me. I strive to get up close and personal, but not be obtrusive. It’s also essential that I am directing my couples in a way that feels natural to them, not what is “trending” for wedding photos at the time. I am continually searching for all types of emotions on your wedding day.

Post Wedding

I deliver a few high-resolution sneak peeks a week after the wedding so that you can get excited! You will then receive the final wedding photos 60-90 days after the wedding (depending on the season). Included is a full online gallery with a private link to share your wedding photos with friends and family, a “photographer’s favorites” gallery, and a slideshow. I always suggest you view the slideshow first, with a bottle of champagne. Make it a date night!

Now is when we get to dig into how you want to have your wedding images displayed and remembered. It’s important to remember that wedding photographs increase in value over the years. After the flowers wilted, the food is eaten, and the party is over, the photographs and memories are all you have left! An album is the best way to view your pictures. I offer both Fine Art Heirloom wedding albums and hardcover coffee table albums.

These books are amazing to look back at on anniversaries, show your children when they are older, or when there’s a change in the family dynamic. Not to mention, no one knows if USBs will be around in the next 50 years! A tangible wedding book with all of your favorite images from your wedding day will bring you joy on even the cloudiest days.

I hope my photographs allow my clients to relive the memories from the day they celebrated with all their loved ones and treasure them for a lifetime.

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