Wedding Client Welcome Guide

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Thank you!

Let’s start by me saying thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so excited to be a part of your special day. As this will undoubtedly be one of the most important days of your life, I am honored you have chosen J.Michael Imagery to be a part of your day. I promise to do the best I can to capture your precious moments and memories from your wedding day.

ABOUT

 I am a photographer who strives to capture the most genuine memories of your wedding day. I got into wedding photography because I believe meaningful images are about honest and authentic moments and I want all my clients to experience that. I want my clients to look at their photos and feel what they felt in that moment on their special day. 

It’s about the story and I am on a quest to document that for all my clients. With a focus on capturing moments, I do not overly pose my clients. I love to let the day unfold and capture honest moments and interactions with loved ones. The result are unique images supercharged with feelings and emotions. It’s a different approach but one that ensures your day will be documented in the most genuine way!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Now that we have secured your booking, whats next? The process is generally straightforward from here. I have given an outline of what to expect below:

Setup the engagement session – If you purchased a package which includes an engagement session, we will set up a call to organize the shoot. During this call we will confirm the date, time, location, wardrobe and overall concept for the session.

Deliver the engagement session photos – Once your engagement session has been completed, I will deliver the edited images within 10 business days. Wedding clients can expect around 20 edited color images and 20 edited black and white images for a total image count of 40. 

Setup the logistics of the wedding – About 3 weeks before the wedding, I will setup a Zoom call with you to go over the logistics of the day. Here we will discuss the day of events, times, locations, venues and all other pertinent logistical details. At the end of the this call, arrival times and expectations will be documented to ensure everyone is on the same page for your wedding day.

Confirmation of payment balance – About two weeks prior to your wedding day, I will confirm that the balance for wedding day fees have been paid. 

Shoot your wedding day – It’s your wedding day! I will arrive at the agreed upon time and location to begin to capture your wedding day.

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ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Details & Getting ready Location -The location is important. That will help to personalize your photo-session. The location is important in terms of taking you back to the very beginning of your pure love when you first kissed. The location can be a hidden bench in a park you used to meet or modern art or an urban location. Choose a place that makes you both feel relaxed, so you can be more focused on showing your emotions. Do you go for a picnic with a red and white plaid cover and a basket full of fruits and wine? So why not capture this lovely moment? I am also here for suggestions. Just let me know. I have a bunch of ideas. (Limit: maximum of two locations).

Outfit –The next that comes to our mind is “What to wear?” Take it easy and wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Wear clothes that make you feel yourself. If you both are strictly T-shirt and jeans kind of people, you might choose that casual style. You guys, need to feel comfortable in the outfits you wear. The uncomfortable outfit makes you look and feel awkward in photos.

You need to complement each other by the look to tie everything together without being overly matchy-matchy. Matching outfits and patterned prints are not ideal for portrait sessions. When discussing the outfit, pay more attention to complementary colors and solid prints. Try to stay away from anything curly, as it can mess up photos.

Choose pastels, cool hues, and neutral tones, avoid anything neon. Focus on adding bright accents by accessories. Orange is the least photogenic color, but red is attractive.

(Limit: stick with a maximum of two outfits).

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A TYPICAL WEDDING DAY

So, what is my style of photography on a wedding day? This is a tough question and very early on I struggled with this. I am not editorial but I do have some editorial elements. I am not completely documentary but I do have some documentary elements. So, learning from some people I admire, I think its easier to give you a timeline of the day

Getting Ready – during this time, I do not pose much. I want to capture the energy and motion of the day. I want to document this as it happens. Outside of maybe a mom and daughter shot I just want to be a fly on the wall documenting what happens.

Ceremony – Similar to getting ready, there is absolutely no posing here. I am here to capture the moments as they occur in the most unobtrusive way possible. I do not want to be in the middle of the aisle or up front taking up too much time. I want your guest to enjoy the day without having to look around photographer.

Family Formals – This is a posed part of the day. Very standard posing but I do believe these images are important. I just don’t believe it needs to take too much time. Bride and Groom shot with parents, parents and siblings and one large group shot for each side of the family is the ideal formula for me as it relates to family formal sessions.

Bridal Portraits – Here is where we will have some posing. I will often pose the bridal part shots for balance and symmetry. Bride and Groom shots occur in a different location and much of my portrait training comes into play here. I want to get 2-4 different poses with about 10-15 variations. All I need here is about 30 minutes to get it all done provided everyone is on time.

Reception – No posing, no excessive editing and just documenting. Catching all the speeches, the laughs, the tears and of course the dancing! I love getting right onto the dance floor for some epic dance shots! I typically stay for about 30 minutes of the party.

Delivery – All of my images are delivered in color and black and white. My editing style is a little desaturated while keeping natural blacks and white and adding a tasteful warm filmic grain. The end result is a film like look which is classic and timeless. They are not overly vibrant or punchy!

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AFTER THE WEDDING

After your wedding day is over, there are a couple of things you can expect. I have outlined them below:

Sneak preview image – the day after your wedding I will normally send you a sneak peak image or two. This will normally be one of my favorites from the day and just a little token for you to have while the additional images are being edited. 

Image Retouching – For a typical full day wedding, I will deliver around 400 color images and 400 black and white images for a total of 800 images. This process normally takes 4-6 weeks to complete from your wedding day.

Image Delivery – Your images will be uploaded to your own private digital gallery. This will be password protected for your exclusive access. Here you will be able to see all of your final images and download them both in full resolution and web resolution. The album will stay active for 3 months after delivery so it is advised that clients download both the full resolution and web resolution variants of their images to a local hard drive and cloud storage.

Product Orders/ Delivery – Once the final edited images are completed, product orders are initiated. For all products, a proof will be provided to you for review and approval prior to placing an order. In my experience products are normally delivered within 4-8 weeks from order date. Once the products have been secured, I will contact you to set up a time and location for delivery. 

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FAQ

Do you deliver unedited images?

Under no circumstances do I deliver unedited images. Images are edited in a style consistent with my brand. Only images which have been edited this way will be delivered to clients. 

How would you describe your style?

My style is mostly documentary capturing the events of the day as they occur, stepping in from time to time to pose if needed. My editing style is a little desaturated while keeping natural blacks and white and adding a tasteful warm filmic grain. The end result is a film-like look which is classic and timeless.

How long will it take to get my digitals?

I normally deliver between 400-800 total images to clients. Our turnaround time is normally within 4-6 weeks to receive your digital images and an additional 4-6 weeks to procure any physical products ordered. 

Do you have backup equipment?

Yes I do! I Always shoot weddings with two cameras and often have a third in the car, just in case! Each of my cameras have two card slots as well, so all images are real time backed up. 

Should I add a second photographer?

I honestly think you should! This will give you the best flexibility with your day of event schedules and will result in a greater variety of images in your final gallery. 

Will you be shooting my wedding?

I am the lead photographer for every wedding I book. As such, I will definitely be at your wedding documenting your special day.

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