How Far In advance Should I Book My Wedding Photographer?

Good afternoon beautiful brides and handsome grooms! Happy Wedding Wednesday I am excited to bring this post to your screen! Today I wanted to give you an answer to a question I get a lot from newly engaged brides and grooms, and that question is "how far in advance should we book our photographer?". My answer to this would be as soon as you have a date! Most photographers start booking for the year that they are in and the following year. So with that being said, they are booked pretty far in advance so if you find a photographer you really like you should book a consult with them as soon as your date is chosen to make sure that you can have them for your big day. Finding a photographer that you love takes a little bit of time because there are so many styles that each photographer has. There is the light bright and airy which is my style, there is the dark and moody, and there are also photographers that shoot on film. Finding a style that you like is crucial because that will narrow down your search for photographers. 

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I hope that this post helped answer this question for you if you are newly engaged! If you have any questions durring the wedding planning processs that you would lik me to answer you can comment on this post or shoot me an email at divinecreationsbymaggie@gmail.com and I will answer them in my next blog post! I hope you have an amazing Wednesday and happy wedding planning!

Wedding Photos Cost How Much?!?

Good afternoon brides and grooms! Today I wanted to write a post breaking down both of my wedding packages to show you what you are investing in when you book me as your wedding photographer. Your wedding photos, in my opinion, are one of the top three things worth investing in for your big day! Your wedding day is all about you and your groom and you want to remember every second of your wedding day not only for you but so you can also show your children and grandchildren and pass those photos down in your family! I have been married for eight months now and I still look back and treasure every single photo from my wedding day! Now me telling you this might not show why you should invest in an awesome wedding photographer or why they are so expensive so let me break down my packages for you to show you what all goes into making your wedding photos beautiful.

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It is never just the hour and a half to two hours of session coverage when we take your photos. A lot of things go on behind the scenes to make every wedding that I do a success. Now with that being said let's look at my packages and all that goes into your wedding!

The Divine Wedding is my basic package for $700 plus tax and includes:

  • Price is $700 plus tax.

  • Up to thirteen hours of coverage.

  • Two-hour engagement session included.

  • No less than five hundred images.

  • A shareable and private online gallery with unlimited access.

  • Five 8X10 prints.

The Heirloom wedding is my deluxe package for $900 and includes:

  • Price is $900 plus tax.

  • Up to fifteen hours of coverage.

  • Three-hour engagement session included.

  • No less than five hundred images.

  • A shareable and private online gallery with unlimited access.

  • Five 8X10 prints.

  • One twenty page album with a leather or colored linen cover.

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Now that I have broken down what is included in my packages I want to tell you what you are paying for when you choose one of the three packages.

Session Coverage 13-20 hours:

So, of course, the coverage of which package you choose is included but what you may not know is that it takes me an hour to location scout to find the perfect place to take your engagement photos. This happens a few days before your engagement session and before I leave my office the day of your session I spend thirty minutes cleaning gear, wiping memory cards and packing my bag. On a wedding day, I arrive 30-45 minutes before you start getting ready to location scout for the portraits. So what most people don't realize is that you are booking me for an extra two to three hours than what is stated on the package information.

 

Editing 12-17 hours:

After a session, I am so excited so as soon as I get home I start culling through all of the photos to find the ones that will be delivered to you. This culling process takes me one to two hours each to complete for your engagement session and wedding day and after I have found all of the good photos I start the editing process. The editing process takes me anywhere from eight to ten hours for each session depending on how many photos I will be delivering. I take my time to make sure that every photo is edited to my light and airy style and if it was a cloudy day or skin tones don't look quite right I make sure to fix all of those problems to make sure that every photo comes out beautiful.

 

Consultation 30 Minutes - 1 hour:

I require that all of my brides and grooms sit down with me for a consultation to answer a questionnaire so I can get to know both of you better, learn more about your big day, go over the different package options, book your date, sign the contract and pay the $100 deposit (which is included in the package price). This takes anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour depending on how many questions you and your groom may have.

Here is a break down of what I make per hour using my Divine Wedding package.

This package is $700 so most people assume I am making $55 an hour and that is not the case. See the beak down below.

$700 - $20 (gas) - $20 (Engagement style guide) = $660

I added up all of the average hours from earlier and divided it by 180 to get how many hours goes into each session. 

Wedding: 15

Engagement Session: 4

Editing: 15

Consultation: 1

Hours: 35

660/35 = $18 an hour

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I wanted to end this post with saying that yes there is A LOT of hard work that goes into an engagement session and a wedding day but I wouldn't have it any other way! I enjoy every single part of this process and I am so blessed that I get to do this for my job! I hope that this post today helped you understand not just what goes into making your wedding the best day of your life but also what you get in return. When you invest in your wedding photos you are investing in memories that will last a lifetime and that can get passed down in your family. I hope you all have an amazing week and happy wedding planning!

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Bridal Portraits

I have been waiting for months to write a post about this topic! The bridal portraits are my ABSOLUTE favorite part of a wedding day! The bridal portraits are just for the bride and groom to have a special moment just the two of them on their hectic day of greeting family and friends. These photos are the ones that are the most treasured by the bride and groom because they are off on their own and can truly be themselves and share special moments together as husband and wife. 

I remember when I did my bridal portraits with my husband it was time that we could share and take a breath and really let it sink in that we were now husband and wife. It was a day that we had both been looking forward to for so long and it was finally happening and these moments were where we could fully take it in. Our wedding day was amazing but difficult nothing went the way we wanted. It started raining so we had to hold back our pictures and do them in not the best location, we also just had a lot of little things go wrong and it stressed me out. Now I wasn't a bridezilla but I did have a moment when I broke down in tears because I was so disappointed. Even though all that was happening when it came time to do our bridal portraits those special moments we shared in that time calmed me down and allowed me to enjoy the rest of the day.

In every wedding, there is always at least one thing that does not go according to plan and that can be very stressful for the bride and groom. Since this stress is inevitable the bridal portraits are a must! They give the couple time to just themselves to drink in each other and get their minds back on what that day is all about, and that is marrying the person of their dreams. 

My favorite moments during the bridal portraits are the unplaned ones! I don't like to pose my couples because it looks forced and not genuine. I love to direct my couples to stand a certain way and let them interact with each other whether it is laughing, gazing lovingly into each other's eyes, or just sharing a tender moment. Those are the photos that come out the most beautiful and end up being my couples favorite photos from their day! 

Now that I have shared all of that information it is now time to see with your own eyes what I am talking about! I am going to share with you my favorite bridal portraits from all of the weddings I have had the honor to capture! My brides and grooms are some of the best people I have ever met and I am so blessed that they chose me to capture the best daynof their lives.

Beautiful unposed moments during bridal portraits. Laughing, love filled eyes, so much fun.
The groom kissing his beautiful bride during bridal portraits. Sunflowers, roses, and paper flowers. Some of the most beautiful boquetes I have ever seen.
Beautiful bridal portraits with the groom kissing his bride on the forehead.
Bride and groom laughing during bridal portraits. Enjoying one another and having fun.
Groom walking with his bride helping her with her dress. Bride and groom dancing together.
Bride holding her groom. Some of the most stunning bridal portraits. They are genuine, and full of love
So much love in these bridal portraits. Groom holding his bride from behind. Bride holding her groom from behind.

Thank you so much for reading today's Wedding Wednesday post! I hope this helps give you some photo ideas for your bridal portraits and that you remember to take this time in on your wedding day and enjoy every second of it! I hope you have a blessed week and happy wedding planning!

It's All In The Details!

Your wedding day is a day that is fully thought through and planned from your dress to the smallest details of the reception. All of that work shouldn't go unnoticed or forgotten that is why the details are one of my favorite things to capture. On a wedding day, I love to capture every single beautiful detail! This includes the dress, shoes, rings, jewelry, cufflinks, tie, and flowers. In today's post, I am going to show you all of the detail shots that I have captured from all of my past weddings to give you an idea of what you need to make sure that your photographer captures on your wedding day.

First I am going to talk about the rings. You always want to make sure your photographer gets a shot of you and your groom's rings because not only are they beautiful photos that will go in your wedding album and make a beautiful Facebook cover photo or Instagram post but it's a way to show them off to friends and family and pass them down to future generations.

Beautiful shots of the ring on the bride's shoes, and in a rose from her bouquet.
Beautiful shots of the ring with the bride's shoes and veil, and inside of her husbands ring on beautiful hardwood.
Beautiful shots of the ring on the wedding invitation, and in the bride's bible.
Beautiful shots of the ring on the bride's shoes, and stacked with her wedding bands.
Beautiful shots of the ring on her Steve Martin shoes, and in the groom's bible.
2018-06-19_0014.jpgBeautiful shots of the engagement and wedding bands on the bride's sandals, and the groom's wedding band on his loafers.
Beautiful shots of the rings one in black and white, and one on a marble background.
Beautiful shots of the ring on the wedding invitation, and on the letter from the bride to the groom.

Along with your rings, you want to make sure your photographer captures photos of your other jewelry. Sometimes my brides buy special jewelry for their big day or their mother bought it for them or even their jewelry is a family heirloom. No matter where you got your jewelry it is still special to you so you want to get a beautiful photo of it to remember for the rest of your life.

Beautiful ruby ring, and Dimond necklace.
Beautiful gold flower shaped earrings.
Beautiful Dimond hair comb, pendant, bracelet and round earrings. Stunning Dimond chandelier earrings.
Dimond necklace as a gift from her groom and flower earnings on a wooden backdrop.

Now the groom doesn't have special jewelry usually for the photographer to capture but they do have cufflinks, shoes, and ties. Since the groom doesn't have much I always make sure to capture everything he has so you and him have the photos to look back and remember all of the special things he had.

Groom's cowboy hat and James Avery wedding band. Groom's black loafers, black and silver superman cuff links, and black wedding band.
Grooms shiney shoes with cufflinks that have the wedding date engraved on them.
Grooms slick black shoes with super hero cufflinks.

Now it is a stereotype that girls love shoes right? Well most of us do and we spend a lot of money finding the perfect pair of shoes for our special day. I wore cowboy boots at my wedding and I loved them so much! They were so fun and different and comfortable as well! The shoes that my brides have chosen are some of the most beautiful shoes I have ever seen! I love showing off my photos that I get of their shoes because they are stunning and what girl doesn't want a beautiful photo of her beautiful shoes?

Beautiful white lace heels, and teal lace toms.
Tan Steve Madden heels, and beautiful white pearl heels.
White glam heels, and sleek red bandage heels.
Glam heels.
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Next is your invitations! You may think that this isn't an important detail and isn't worth capturing but believe me, if you spent as much time as I did when I designed my invitations you will want to remember them! Your invitations are a beautiful part of your day because they share information about you and your groom and what the theme of your day is going to be.

Navy mason jar and twinkle light invitations, and white and gold sparkles invitation.
Navy and purple invitation, and pastel flower and antlers invitation.
Rustic teal invitations with vintage stamps pink and yellow roses and leaves.
Rustic teal invitations with vintage stamps, silver tray, lace, pink roses and leaves.
Rustic teal invitations with vintage stamps, silver tray, lace, pink and yellow roses and leaves.

The DRESS is my absolute favorite thing to photograph when it comes to details! Hanging the dresses on the beautifully detailed wall, or a colored wall just makes it pop so beautifully! You spent so much money on that dress so you need to gett as many pictures of it as you can! 

White lace sweet heart neckline and strapless dress, and a stunning custom made cream dress with lace plunging neckline, low back dress.
Beautiful strapless lace ball gown.
White lace sweet heart neckline and strapless dress, and a stunning custom made cream dress with lace plunging neckline, low back dress.

Lastly your bouquet! Your bouquet is one of the most detailed pieces of your day second to your dress. Your flowers radiate who you are and show what you love! They wont last forever so you want to make sure you get a photo of them so you can remember how beautiful they looked!

Pink and purple wild flowers, and pink roses.
Pink and yellow roses, sunflowers and babies breath.
Pink and purple roses and wild flowers with babies breath, and flowers made from book pages.

Thank you for making it all the way through this post and I hope this shows you the importance of the little details of your wedding day! I also hope this helps you as you are creating your shot list and figuring out what you want to be captured on your big day! Thank you for reading another Wedding Wednesday post and happy wedding planning!

Ways To Capture The Men So They Look Sharp!

Your Groom and his guys are harder to pose than you and your girls sometimes so today I wanted to show you some of my favorite groom and groomsmen pictures that I have captured to give you hope that your man will look amazing in your photos. Guys can be goofy and outgoing, shy and awkward, or very serious. Now if your man is goofy and outgoing these photos will be super easy because they will just have fun with them! But if your man is shy and awkward or serious there are ways that we can break them out of their shell and get some amazing photos out of them! In this post, I am going to show you photos that I have taken that are structured and posed, some that are fun and goofy, some that are more serious, and some of just the groom with each groomsman.

First I am going to tell you about the structured and posed that are happy and all smiles. These photos will be perfect for your man because no matter if he is goofy, shy, or serious he is he will be able to look good in these photos. These photos that will make your men look sharp and sophisticated in your wedding album. These photos will be the ones you have printed out and hung on your wall. These will also be the photos that you give as gifts to your groomsmen. Below I am going to show you examples of these type of photos from the many weddings I have done.

The next types of photos you want to get of the men are the funny, goofy and special ones if they are comfortable with these types of photos. If your man does not want these kinds of photos because he is not comfortable with them or doesn't like them that is totally fine we can skip these a go to some poses they are more comfortable with. If he pumped to do these kinds of photos these are the ones you will make your profile or cover photo. They are also the ones you will share at each other's weddings and make them as your phone backgrounds. I love all of the goofy photos of my husband and his groomsmen as well as the ones I have captured for other weddings.

Now If your man is a very serious kind of guy and doesn't like to do the goofy photos these kinds of photos are perfect for him and will look amazing in your wedding album! In these photos, I like to ask the guys to look into the camera and clench their jaws so their jawline is very defined. I also like to have them look off into the distance or look down while they fix their tie or cufflinks or pretend like he buttoning his shirt. These poses are less intimidating and are more comfertable for him and look amazing! 

Lastly, you want to make sure that you get a photo with each of your groomsmen with your man individually. These men are his closest friends and will stand by you two in your marriage for the rest of your lives so you want to make sure they feel loved by having a good non-cell phone quality photo with him. You will also treasure these because it will be a high-quality photo that you will treasure for years to come.

I hope these photos and advice help all of you as you are planning your shot list for your big day! I hope these examples will get your groom excited for his photos and that if he is a fun and goofy, shy and awkward, or serious guy that he will enjoy the experience with his guys on your big day! I can't wait to see all of the handsome grooms and groomsmen that I will be able to capture in 2018! I hope you have an amazing day and happy wedding planning!

 

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Fun And Beautiful Poses For You And Your Bridesmaids

When you get married you take time picking your closest friends to stand next to you on the biggest day of your life. Each of those girls means the world to you so you want as many pictures with them as you can because you love them, and your girls who doesn't want amazing pictures when you look drop dead gorgeous? You always want to do the traditional posed photos where everyone looks beautiful together but you also want photos that are going to make you laugh as you look back on them! Today I am going to show you some of the great bride and bridesmaid photos I have taken from all of my past weddings. I hope each of these will help you as you plan your shot list for your big day!

First I am going to tell you about the structured and posed that are happy and all smiles. These photos are beautiful and show off how beautiful you and your girls. These photos that will make you and your girls look beautiful and angelic in your wedding album. These photos will be the ones you have printed out and hung on your wall. These will also be the photos that you give as gifts to your bridesmaids. Below I am going to show you examples of these type of photos from the many weddings I have done.

The next types of photos you want to get of you and your girls are funny, goofy and special to you. These are the photos that you can have fun with and be crazy. If you are pumped to do these kinds of photos these are the ones that will make you laugh for years to come and the ones you will most likely make your profile or cover photo. They are also the ones you will share at each other's weddings and make them as your phone backgrounds. I love all of the goofy photos of me and my girls from my wedding day as well as the ones I have captured for other weddings.

Lastly, you want to make sure that you get a photo with each of your girls with your you individually. These girls are your closest friends and will stand by you two in your marriage for the rest of your lives so you want to make sure they feel loved by having a good non-cell phone quality photo with you because as girls there is nothing we love more than photos with our best friends. You will also treasure these because it will be a high-quality photo that you will treasure for years to come.

I hope these photos and advice help all of you as you are planning your shot list for your big day! I hope these examples will get you excited for your photos and that you will enjoy the experience with your girls on your big day! I can't wait to see all of the beautiful brides and bridesmaids that I will be able to capture in 2018! I hope you have an amazing day and happy wedding planning!

 

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How To Create Your Shot List

Good afternoon lovely brides and grooms! Today for Wedding Wednesday I want to help you with one of the hardest things you have to think of for your wedding day and that is your shot list! It is important that you and your photographer discuss in detail about your shot list before your wedding day to make sure that you get every shot that you want on your big day! Many of you might be thinking Maggie what is a shot list? Well, a shot list is a list of all of the photos you want to be captured on your day broken up into different categories. Bride and groom getting ready, details, ceremony, bride with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, groom with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the whole bridal party with the bride and groom, family formals, bridal portraits, reception and your exit. Each of the section has a very detailed description of each shot you want so that I can make sure that no photo gets missed.  

I am going to give you an example of the standard shot list that I use as a base for all of my brides. 

BRIDE/BRIDESMAIDS GETTING READY:

Getting Hair and Makeup done.

All the girls in their tank tops.

Bride admiring her dress.

Her putting on her dress with mom helping her into it.

Her mom putting on her vail.

Bridesmaids putting on their dresses.

Her smelling her bouquet in her robe.

Picture of mom and bride nose to nose.

Candid photos of bridesmaids and mother of the bride.  

 

GROOM/GROOMSMEN GETTING READY:

Groomsmen getting dressed.

Groomsmen goofing off.

Groom buttoning his shirt and putting on his jacket.

Groom fixing cufflinks.

Dad helping Groom into his tie.

 

BRIDE’S DETAILS:

Brides shoes.

Brides Rings.

Bride's veil, Shoes, bouquet, and ring.

Brides jewelry. (different pics of all of them)

Brides dress hanging on the wall.

Bridesmaids dresses hanging on the wall with brides dress.

Mother of the Bride lacing up corset/zipper.

The Invitations.

Engagement ring and wedding bands on the bible.

 

GROOM’S DETAILS:

Grooms shoes.

Grooms tie.

Grooms ring.

 

BEFORE THE CEREMONY BRIDE:

First look with mother and father of the Bride.

Bride with bouquet looking down facing the camera under her veil.

Bride facing away from me looking to the left smiling with bouquet behind her veil.

Full body shot of the bride with bouquet in right hand looking down and to the left, then looking at the camera, then close up.

Bride sitting down facing the side in her dress holding her bouquet with her veil draped over her.

Picture of the mother of bride hugging bride.

Bride facing the window with veil on, looking down at flower’s straight face.

Bride holding ring hand up facing out under veil.

Bride making silly faces with the flower girl, both under her veil.

 

BEFORE THE CEREMONY GROOM ONLY:

Groom looking at the camera.

Groom walking toward the camera, smiling then serious.

Close up the Groom smiling then serious.

Groom looking at camera smiling with teeth showing.

Groom leaning against a tree smiling, then serious.

 

CEREMONY:

Family walking down the aisle.

Each Bridesmaid individually walking down the aisle.

Flower Girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle.

Bride with father walking down the aisle.

Grooms reaction.

Father giving Bride away.

Bride and Groom at the altar.

Groom looking at bride side shot.

Bride looking at Groom side shot.

The vows.

The Rings.

The Kiss.

Shot of the Best Man.

Shot of the Maid of Honor.  

Shot of bride and groom walking away

Shot of all bridesmaids.

Shot of all groomsmen.

 

BRIDE WITH BRIDESMAIDS POSED:

Bride with each bridesmaid.

Bride with the maid of honor smiling, laughing and candid.

Bridesmaids split equally on either side of the bride with bouquets smiling.

Bridesmaids looking at Bride, Bride looking at the camera.

Bride and bridesmaids laughing at each other.

Making silly faces.

Doing the girliest pose.

Bridesmaids making an arch with their arms for the Bride to walk through.

From behind Bride looking back.

From behind bouquets held down behind them.

Bride a few steps forward from bridesmaids smiling, serious.

 

BRIDE WITH GROOMSMEN POSED:

Bride with the best man.

Bride and groomsmen doing the girliest pose ever.

Bride and groomsmen laughing.

Bride a few steps in front of groomsmen smiling, then silly.

Candid photos.


GROOM WITH GROOMSMEN:

Groom with best man.

Guys fixing cufflinks, jackets etc. serious.

Groomsmen split equally on either side of Groom.

Groomsmen making a V behind Groom smiling then serious.

Groomsmen and Groom looking at each other laughing.

Groom a few steps forward from Groomsmen smiling, serious.

Guys acting thug.

Guys fawning over the Grooms ring.

Groom force choking the groomsmen as they all jump in the air at once.

 

GROOM WITH BRIDESMAIDS POSED:

Groom doing a girly pose with the bridesmaids.

Groom with the Maid of honor.

Girls fawning over his ring.

Girls doing a thug pose with the guys.

Candid photos.

 

BRIDE AND GROOM WITH WHOLE BRIDAL PARTY:

Bride on left groom on right, guys on right, girls on left smiling then serious.

Girls doing a girly pose on one side, guys doing a thug pose on the other side.

Everyone laughing.

Bride and Groom kissing groomsmen and bridesmaids all around them cheering, then grossed out.

Bridal party praying over the Bride and Groom.

Bride and Groom kissing, then looking at me smiling while the bridal party is jumping in the back.

Guy girl guy girl walking toward the camera looking at each other smiling and laughing.

 

BRIDE WITH FAMILY:

Bride with mom.

Bride with dad.

Bride with both parents.

Bride with Grandparents.

Bride with Aunts and Uncles.

Bride with the whole family.

Bride with mom kissing the cheek.

Bride with dad and groom kissing her cheeks.

 

GROOM WITH FAMILY:

Groom with mom.

Groom with dad.

Groom with siblings.

Groom with grandparents.

Groom with aunts and uncles.

Groom with his whole family.

Mother of the Groom kissing his cheek.

Mother of the Groom and Bride kissing his cheeks.


BRIDE AND GROOM WITH FAMILIES:

Bride and Groom with Bride’s parents.

Bride and Groom with Groom’s parents.

Bride and Groom with both parents.

Bride and Groom kissing with both parents kissing on either side of them.

Bride and Groom with Bride’s grandparents.

Bride and Groom with Groom’s grandparents.

Bride and Groom with Bride’s siblings.

Bride and Groom with Groom’s siblings.

Bride and Groom with both siblings.

Bride and Groom with all of Bride's family.

Bride and Groom with all of Groom's family.

Bride and Groom with both families.


BRIDE AND GROOM:

Brides back to the camera hand on Grooms' shoulders, Groom hands around her waist making a heart.

Groom hugging Bride from behind kissing her on the cheek.

Groom twirling the Bride.

Bride and Groom back to me holding hands, Groom looks over his right shoulder, Bride looks over her left.

Groom lifts the Bride up in her dress.

Groom dipping Bride and kissing.

Bride and Groom chest to chest bouquet in front of them, nose to nose eyes closed.

Groom facing the camera smiling, brides back to the camera looking at the groom.

Full Body Shot of Bride and Groom holding each other's hands out to the side bodies and noses touching.

Groom facing the camera hugging bride with her back to the camera head on his chest.

Bride and Groom walking hand in hand toward the camera, then away from the camera and looking back.

Full body shot of the groom kissing the bride on the forehead.

Bride and Groom’s ring hands on a bible.

Photo of rings together on in a pinky swear.

Brides back to me groom holding her looking at the camera smiling.

Sunset Photos.

 

RECEPTION DETAILS:

The sweetheart table.

The centerpieces.

The decorations.

The Wedding Cake.

The guestbook table

 

RECEPTION:

Bridal party entering.

Bride and Groom entering.  

Bride and Groom at the sweetheart table.

The toasts & Bride and Groom’s reactions.

Bouquet toss.  

First dance.

Father-daughter dance.

Mother son dance.

Candid shots throughout the night.

I hope this basic shot list is helpful to you as you are planning your wedding day! This is the most important part because you want to remember this day forever and your wedding photos are the perfect way to do that. They will be treasures to pass down to your family for years to come. I hope you all have an amazing day and happy wedding planning!

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How To Plan And What To Bring To Your Wedding Consultation

Good afternoon brides and grooms! Today I wanted to talk to you about my wedding consultation process. If you decide to have me as your wedding photographer I require that we have a consultation to go over everything in your day in more detail so that we are all on the same page. In this post, I am going to go into every detail of how my consultation works and what you should bring to get the most out of this session. 

Let's start with what a consultation actually is. A consultation is a meeting where we sit over coffee at a coffee shop or my home and discuss every detail about your wedding day. The topics we will go over are. 

  • I will have you fill out a very detailed questionnaire to help me know every moment of your wedding day from your bridal party to your shoes.
  • We will discuss and start planning out your shot list.
  • We will go over timelines.
  • Talk about and plan your engagement session.
  • We will go over and sign the contract.
  • You will pay a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your date and time.

The consultation usually lasts for about an hour to make sure that we get every detail down and do not miss anything. So now that I have told you what we go over in our consultation I want to list a few things that you should bring along with you to make sure you get the most out of this hour.

  • A pen and paper to write notes.
  • Any questions you may have for me.
  • Your color pallet.
  • Any photos that you want in your shot list.
  • The contact information for your wedding planner, florist, venue, and any other vendors you may have.
  • Your $100 non-refundable deposit.

I hope this post has been helpful to all of you who are thinking of hiring me to be your wedding photographer know how the consultation process will go. I hope to be the photographer blessed enough to capture your beautiful memories! I can't wait to see what 2018 is going to bring! I hope you have an amazing day and happy wedding planning!

Photos were taken by my best friend Hanna Williams of The Overflow Brand.

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