From our first meeting, to the design of the day's schedule, the engagement shoot and the big day... This is how we work and what you can expect.
At the first wedding consultation we discuss and arrange a payment structure that works for your budget planning.Typically we do 2 or three payments as needed.You tell me what is most important to you on the day of your wedding, what you think is most important to capture, and the style that you prefer.
We decide if a second shooter will be helpful and check the schedule to plan how many hours you will need our service.Most weddings fall between 8 and 10 hours, rarely less or more.
After our first wedding consultation, a contract is delivered. A retainer of one third holds the date for you. Congratulations on a great choice.
We schedule the engagement shoot- a nice way to get comfortable with me and I with you. This may be at the Rhinebeck studio or on location.
After the shoot we talk about what you loved and those not so much. We discuss how hair and makeup looked in camera, and what to be aware of.
Planning the Timeline
We plan our time for taking the required family photos and portraits of your wedding entourage. We also plan a time for a first look, if you will be doing this. With a first look all the family photos and portraits are done prior to guests arrival and ceremony. Many modern brides have one so they can attned all of cocktails. That said, I love the way a groom sees his bride for the first time in her gown, walking down the aisle. We can arrange to do the portraits after the ceremony efficiently too.
Consultation before the wedding
We will chat several times after this and approximately one month before the wedding we will have a final meeting to plan family photos, prepare the start time for prep shots, and all the rest of wedding day specifics.We are always available if you need a little hand holding, vendor recommendations, ideas of places to take portraits, etc. Nothing is considered silly or unimportant. Wedding planning takes a lot of time and effort and We are here for you.
Day of the wedding We bring a list of must have family photos which you have provided and we coordinate those quickly. Portraits are usually done in a light hearted and timely fashion, but we can get as creative as time allows. I always like to see my couples get to cocktails to enjoy them with the guests
Following the wedding you will receive notification once the photos are posted on your personal webpage.This takes no longer than two weeks, at least for the first round. These have been curated from many, and a cohesive story is the final resulting collection. The images may be downloaded right from the site. Shortly after that you will receive a flash drive and proof prints if they have been selected.
Album Planning and Production
The fun starts with album selections. Once I have those I design a album for you , and send you a pdf of the draft. You may make up to two full changes to the album design before we send the pages to the bespoke album company for printing and binding. This heirloom album is produced by the world's finest album makers and it will be something you will cherish. Parent books may also be ordered.
Images are stored for two years in the cloud, and in my studio on several hard drives.