I KNOW hiring your vendors for your wedding day is no easy task, but rest assured I have the experience of 10 years of shooting weddings. I know how to help with every situation and make sure that your wedding goes off without a hitch. If you are looking for an experienced Idaho Falls wedding photographer I have you covered!
I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help understand the process of working with me better.
How far in advance should we book our wedding photographer?
This all depends on the month you are getting married. July, August, and September are some of my busiest months for Idaho Falls weddings and book up the fastest. Sometimes I book weddings a year or two in advance. In addition, I limit the number of weddings I take on each year to assure that my creativity stays strong, my family gets to see me, and I have ample time to focus on each couple and wedding. I would say it’s worth reaching out sooner rather than later.
A signed contract and a non-refundable retainer are due to reserve your date and my services.
How many hours should we book for my wedding?
Ah, this is the hardest question. If I was being honest 6 is the minimum I would want as a bride so that I could get back detail shoots, getting ready shoots, ceremony, candids, receptions, toasts, ect. Most weddings are all day and a full wedding day is 8-10 hours. I always work fast and efficient and never waste a second on wedding days, but I always love a little more time to be flexible and creative.
For elopements, I would suggest 4 hours to have time to travel to different locations and really focus on the details. And for LDS temple weddings, I think having 4-5 hours is great for at the temple and reception photos.
Are your rates flexible?
Out of fairness to my clients who pay full price, my rates are not flexible. I do, however, try to adjust coverage or timelines so that I can meet a wide range of wedding needs. I would love to talk to individual couples and see how my service could be arranged to fit their needs. No matter the day or week or month of the year, all weddings are work. But it’s work I love doing!!
How much time do I leave for photos?
Wedding day timelines can be tough, and I’ve helped with lots. I’m here if you need help organizing a timeline for photos on your wedding day. I can walk you through how most wedding days progress and give your a breakdown of how long things take from portraits, bridal party, formal group, family photos, ect. It’s important to know that I will work hard to make your day go smoothly. But if I were to get everything I want, 45-60 minutes would be AMAZING to have on a wedding day for portraits.
What equipment do you have?
I bring two cameras to every wedding day. My main body is a Canon R6 mirrorless, which is mirrorless making it quiet and fast. I also always have a backup camera, my Canon R mirrorless, just in case something happens to my main. I love using my 28-70 mm f/2.0 lens, f/2.8 70-200, and my 100mm Macro. I love the variety that zoom lens offer me and I’ve bought the best lens as that makes the biggest impact on your photos. For lighting equipment, I have a lot. I use speed lights and a video light for your reception and party moments.
Do you bring a second photographer?
I’m use to working alone. I’m fast and try to keep a close finger to the pulse of the day. However, it would be nice to have a second shooter for ceremony and sometimes reception. If you would like to have two perspectives, let me know. I need 2-3 months before your wedding to find a second shooter. You can expect to pay $100/ hr for a second shooter.
Do we get the unedited images?
Can I tell you that you don’t really want them? I over shoot which means I get the same photo sometimes 5-6 different ways. I think photos begin to lose meaning if you have too many of them. I never want you to miss out on any part of your day, so I usually always overdeliver. And I keep the best photos, the ones with no closed eyes or funny expressions. The ones that will evoke a memory or a feeling.
How long after the wedding do we get photos?
Clients can expect a full wedding back within 3 weeks if not sooner.
Can we give you a list of specific shots we want?
Yes, I love to see what inspires and excites you! And I will try my best to get them. My top priority for your wedding is always to focus of memories and moments. You are welcome to send me inspiration photos or a pinterest gallery and I will try and get ones that are special to you. Trust me to see your day as it unfolds, not to try and copy someone else’s. We want to get your emotions on camera in an authentic way.
I value connection and celebration of moments over big production.
I will always try my hardest to service everyone I have in front on my camera with love and kindness and a genuine desire to help them feel beautiful and look their best. I love my job as an Idaho Falls wedding photographer.
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