Booking a Charleston Wedding Photographer

Couple just booked their wedding photographer close up of champagne bottle and champagne being poured

First of all congratulations on your engagement! Many clients are curious about the booking process of a wedding photographer. For many couples, this is their first experience with professional photography. Therefore, I am going to walk you through my exact booking process so you know what to expect while working with me.

Booking Process of a Wedding Photographer

What happens after I reach out?

As a first step, I email my pricing guide with the Collections I offer. Once you click the link in your email, you can get more details on each Collection. To get started, I love to chat with you on the phone to get to know you and your partner better. We’ll talk about your vision for your wedding and what photos are most important to you. We can then use that information to narrow down which Collection suits your needs best. I know this process can be overwhelming so I will follow up via email to answer questions, provide additional resources, and help with planning your day of timeline.

Booking a Charleston Wedding Photographer, Owner of Leigh Hayward Photography sitting at mint table outside

What’s included in your services?

Each Collection comprises of my services as a professional photographer and most include a second professional photographer on your wedding day. An engagement or bridal portrait session is included so that we can get to know each other better. Digital rights to all of your photos and a highlight video are additionally included. This video is especially important right now so you can share the story of your day with family and friends who aren’t able to be at your wedding. My turnaround time for your full gallery delivery is 3-w. This is way faster than the industry average. The number of  hours of wedding day coverage included varies depending on the Collection you select.

What goes into your pricing?

Lots of things go into my pricing including the expense and years of education I’ve put into becoming a professional award-winning wedding photographer. My years of experience have helped me truly understand how to get my clients to relax in front of the camera. This results in authentic photos true to them and their love.  I also believe in excellent communication and white-glove client experience from the initial inquiry onward.

What are your credentials?

I majored in photography in University in London and graduated with a B.A. in Visual Communications. I then went on to work at a London fashion studio for 6 years as a portrait photographer. Eventually, I became the manager of the photography team. However, in 2006, I moved back to the United States. Subsequently, I started my wedding photography business. My work has been published in Charleston Wedding Magazine, Wedding Row, Carolinas Magazine, and Black Bride. Not to brag, but I’ve also won lots of awards. Most recently, I won The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2021. Long story short with over 20 years of professional photography experience, I know how to get the best out of my clients and capture your special day!

How do we reserve our wedding date?

After we decide which Collection is best for you, I send a proposal. Once you sign the proposal and pay the $1500 retainer, I’m officially booked! The remainder of your balance will be due two weeks prior to your wedding date.  I then do a happy dance, because I’m so thankful you chose me to document this moment in your love story!!

 

You Booked Your Wedding Photographer; Now What?

 

Charleston wedding invitation suite detail shot

 

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You Might Also Like

Charleston Beach Proposal | Isle of Palms, SC

"Leigh is WONDERFUL! I have had two sessions with her... one being a surprise engagement!! We will cherish these photos for a lifetime. I would recommend Leigh no matter the occasion. She is sure to meet your needs and desires all while making you feel comfortable and...

Intimate Charleston Wedding | Danica + Nicholas

INTIMATE GARDEN WEDDING IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON, SC

5 Charleston Wedding Photographer Essentials

Hey friends! I'm Leigh, a Charleston wedding photographer based in Mount Pleasant, SC. Over my 20 years of photographing engagements and weddings, I've learned a few tricks to survive. I am currently prepping my gear and personal items for this weekend. I have my...

Intimate Charleston Elopement

"Leigh is an incredible talent, not to mention a beautiful person! Her work is unmatched to anything I have witnessed and I am a 13+ year wedding photographer myself. She is artistic, creative, imaginative and most of all organic! She captures the moments that matter,...

Charleston Engagement Photos | Liz + Troy

"Leigh is honestly phenomenal!!! She made us feel so comfortable, the pictures turned out amazing! She really listened to us and what we were looking for and the pictures came out better then I envisioned!! Love love love her and can’t wait to work with her for our...

Romantic Charleston Proposal | Brandon + Michele

"Leigh was awesome! She made both Brandon and I feel very comfortable during the photo shoot. The pictures came out amazing and everyone has complimented them. Leigh does a wonderful job! I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you for your beautiful work, Leigh!"-...

Toogoodoo Bluff Wedding

"Leigh was so professional and organized. Her ability to guide and direct the families and wedding party through the photos with ease and patience was nothing but amazing. She never stopped to rest, and did a wonderful job capturing all the precious and beautiful...

Hiring the Best Charleston Wedding Photographer: 5 Tips to Consider

Hello there, engaged friend! So you just got the ring from the love of your life ... now what? Most couples secure their dream venue first, and then a photographer to document their wedding day. But there are so many Charleston wedding photographers to choose from....

You Booked Your Dream Wedding Photographer; Now What?

Hello there, engaged friend! So you booked your dream wedding photographer; now what? 1. SCHEDULE AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION I include an engagement session with my wedding packages because its a win win for both my clients and I. This session will make a HUGE impact on...

How to Create a Wedding Day Timeline

Ensure your dream day runs smoothly with a wedding day timeline A well organized wedding timeline is a must for your wedding day! Either your photographer or wedding planner can help you create out a wedding day timeline to execute your dream day. More than likely not...

About Leigh

Leigh Hayward

Leigh Hayward

Charleston Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Hi, I’m Leigh! I’m an engagement and wedding photographer based in Charleston, SC. I’ve been serving ALL love and couples since 2006. I adamantly believe everyone deserves their love story to be told beautifully! 

Let’s Connect