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Absolutely! I try to keep it as simple as possible so that you can focus on the fun part.
Here's how it works with a new client couple. Hypothetically speaking, let's say that happy couple is you.
Once you contact me, the first thing I do is send out a quick thanks-so-much-it's-great-to-digitally-meet-you! email that will also confirm that your requested date is available. I will include a link to a brief questionnaire that will help ensure that we are a “good fit” for each other. This is a very important part of the process, believe it or not! As you know, the choices and decisions of wedding planning can become a little overwhelming; this is a moment for us to stop and get to know each other.
Once the questionnaire has been completed, you'll receive a link that details package options, pricing, and optional add-ons. At this point, we've done a little digital "dating", and it's time for us to formally meet.
If all goes well and we decide that this is a perfect match, all booking is done digitally for your convenience. Once the agreement has been arranged, a percentage retainer is exchanged upon signing. Don't worry about the rest until two weeks prior to the big day.
The Engagement Session:
If you've decided an engagement session is right for you, we'll discuss possible locations and when the best time to have them done. This varies based on your desired outcome of your photos, but I'm very open to shooting at any location your imagination can come up with! We'll even go over the best wardrobe choices for you.
We'll get together again about two to three weeks before the wedding and review all the formal shots on your wish list, as well as the names and relationships of your party and a wedding day play-by-play.
After the meeting, I create a time line for your review, complete with a detailed shot list for your to review. Either before the wedding day or early on the day of the wedding, I do a location scout to come up with a plan for photos. For the getting ready part of the day, I will stay with the bride, and my second shooter stays with the groom. We meet up right before the ceremony (or the first look, if you have one).
The album creation is an interactive process. You'll have access to the photos online where you'll select your favorites and must-haves. Once you have chosen the photos for the album, I post an album design within 10 days for you to review. The gallery enables you to click on anything in the album and write any changes or requests. You have two rounds of edits for the album. Once you have approved it, it gets sent off to the lab to be printed and bound, and you will have it in your hands within 6-8 weeks.
This whole wedding thing is getting really complicated and I'm getting a headache! Can you explain the process to us?