Do you have insurance?
Does Liz Lemon enjoy night cheese? The answer is an emphatic yes, and I am happy to furnish a certificate of insurance to you and/or your venue upon request.
Do you recommend that couples do their portraits
prior to their ceremony (aka a “first look”)?
I recommend we have a conversation about what the two of you value most in terms of your celebration experience and your photos, and decide with that in mind. I am all about advocating for what my couples genuinely want over any sort of trend in photography or weddings or whatever. For some of my couples, a first look relieves the anxiety of a very private moment being public during the ceremony. For others, waiting until they see each other in front of their community is the only traditional thing they want at their wedding. As your photographer, I’m there to help provide you with my insight gleaned over the past 6 years and 80+ weddings to help you decide what’s right for you.
Along that line of thought, my personal secret to wedding photography is that 90% of the work I do happens before I ever show up on your wedding day. We connect, get to know each other, plan together, and then once the day arrives, we all feel supported + that we have complete trust in one another. That’s when the magic happens. You can be fully present in the experience of your day, which to me will always make for the absolute best and most honest photos.
Do you offer albums, photobooks + prints?
Hell yeah. Personal usage rights for you are included in every collection, so you always have the option to design your own albums, photobooks and prints, or to work with me. If you know that working together to make an album or prints is important to you, there are collections that include them at booking. Otherwise, you can always add on design service + products after you book, even after your celebration. For more info on my approach to albums, photobooks, and prints, please visit the Albums + Prints page.
Can we see samples of a full gallery delivery?
Definitely. I’m always happy to provide additional full gallery samples, with the understanding that each celebration is a completely unique entity and none will look quite like your particular day. I think that’s an awesome thing!
How does the booking process work?
Finding your perfect wedding vendors is a bit like dating again. The right mutual fit is all about connecting in terms of visual style, personality, and collection offerings. After you’ve gotten in touch via the contact form/Inquire button, I’ll reach out with more information and to set up a time for us to connect via phone or video call. Once we know we’re on the same wavelength and ready to dive into our working relationship together, all that is required to secure your date is a retainer equivalent to 50% of your collection value and a signed contract.
I’m now booking for 2020 couples, with 15 spots total available for the year; limited dates are currently still available for December 2019.
For full weddings, I accept inquiries for commissions 3-12 months in advance; for elopements and portraits, 1-2 months in advance.
What happens once we book you?
I am all about open + honest communication and being part of your wedding day dream team. Once we are official, I’ll send you a wedding photography itinerary with important dates, and any relevant vendor recommendations you may want at that point (most couples book me after they’ve booked their venue + planner, but before DJ, hair, make-up, and attire, I am always happy to share with you my recs!)
From there, we stay in touch (especially over on IG @citylovephotog), and then six months out from your wedding, I send over to you a Wedding Info questionnaire for you to fill out all of the important info for your day. I find that this also helps couples figure out “what the hell are we missing?!” at the six month mark. By one month out, logistics are solidified, excitement/anxiety/joy are all happening, and we have our Pre-Celebration meeting (in person, if possible), in order to create our Photo Timeline and confirm your Community Photo groupings.
On the week of your wedding, I’ll be in touch to discuss any inclement weather plans or to discuss any changes in coverage, and then it’s time for you to get married.
Then: you’re married! This is the most important part.
The week after your wedding, you’ll get a sneak peek from me to share with all your friends + family.
4-6 weeks after your celebration, I’ll get back in touch and deliver your photos.
Then, it’s my hope that you truly do look at and enjoy the photos from your celebration always, allowing your relationship with them to grow and evolve as time moves forward. I hope that they bring to mind all of the moments of the day that you remember, and many that you don’t. Your college friends seeing each other all together for the first time in years. Your mother swaying with your grandmother on the dance floor. Documenting these moments and giving them back to you to have is my forever honor and joy.