First of all congratulations on your engagement! Many clients are curious about the process of working with a professional wedding photographer. For many couples, this is their first experience with professional photography. Therefore, I am going to walk you through my exact process so you know what to expect while working with me.
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 and decide which ones you’d be interested in discussing further. 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 the wedding and what photos are most important to you, and use that info to narrow down which collection suits your needs best. I know this process can be overwhelming so I follow up via email to answer questions, provide additional resources, and help with planning your day of timeline.
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!!
What you can expect after booking?
Engagement Portrait Style Guide
I really enjoy getting to know my clients ahead of time before their wedding. This can be easily done at an engagement or bridal portrait session. I’ve created this style guide filled with tips and tricks for preparing for our time together to ensure you LOVE your photos. By the time you’ve read through this magazine, you’ll have all your questions answered and feel more than ready and prepared for your session. Then I’ll take care of the rest! It’s more than okay to feel nervous! Please know that I do not expect you to be models. My job is to direct you in a way that helps you relax, feel natural, and be your true comfortable selves in front of my lens. Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me create photos you’ll love forever. Click Here to Read my Engagement Style Guide Magazine
Prewedding Couple Questionnaire
In my prewedding couple questionnaire I ask you more about your love story and what you envision for your big day in your own words. This is so helpful for me for various things such as your blog post after the wedding and when submitting your wedding for publication.
Wedding Photo Wish-List:
No doubt there are many wedding moments you want documented. The best way to ensure I capture the right moments is to fill out the shot list questionnaire I provide for you. I want to know those photographs that mean the most to you! It also helps me learn family members first names, relationships, and any special needs such as any handicapped or less mobile people. This helps me formulate a game plan in advance and manage my time to give you a stress free wedding day! It also makes it much easier for me to gather everyone and start posing them for family formals and wedding party photos. My goal is to photograph your requested photos efficiently so that you can get you to your reception to start celebrating your marriage!
This information is important in the event of an emergency on your wedding day. It is also needed if your wedding is submitted for publication. When submitting to any publication, they will need all of your vendor information. Also, your wedding planner and I will need to be in communication before your big day to formulate a game day plan.
When and how will I receive your images?
Most photographers take months to deliver your full wedding gallery, while I take no more than three weeks from your event. That means you’re only waiting three weeks to relive the best day of your life in swoon-worthy images. Your images will be delivered electronically via an online gallery. This is the quickest way for me to get the images to you. As soon as I finish editing, I can load the images to the gallery and send you the link. No need to wait for items to be shipped and delivered. It also allows you to share your images with guests, friends, and family. From your gallery, you can download all of the high resolution images directly to your computer. I reccomend saving them to a USB as well for long term backup.
Last steps in what to expect with working with Leigh
Request For Review
After delivering your full gallery, I follow up with you and see how I could improve the experience for future clients or what you loved most about working with me! As you can imagine, reviews are an incredible way for me to make sure that every client leaves as a raving fan and I want to be sure that every step along the way was memorable for you! My favorite platforms for gathering client’s feedback are The Knot and Google.
I try to get all of your dreamy weddings published in wedding magazines or wedding blogs. If for some reason they are not featured, I write my own blog post in my journal to boast about your beautiful day.