Nothing is more important than holding on to love. Day by day, time erodes excitement with dishes, bills, and maybe even diapers! But choosing to invest in professional art that expresses your love, your story, and your joy is the first step down a path of creating the kind of love that enriches and deepens with time. Of course the butterflies will fade. The chaotic excitement of wedding planning will draw to a close. But you can keep the best parts - those exchanges and moments that seem almost fantasy. A real-life fantasy that's yours.
Photography OR Videography from "details to party"! Coverage starts an hour before you get dressed, to an hour after open dancing. Photography includes print rights. All commissions (photo or video) come with download links and permission to share!
Photo AND Video! Still onsite for "details to party" (no need to count hours), The Starlet includes ALL the extras! A cinematic highlight video, 2nd photographer, fine art album, & engagement session, in addition to both photo and video on the wedding day!
Everything included in the Starlet plus all day coverage, a statement sized fine art album, and a list of upgrade options (like love story film work, duplicate albums for parents, or behind the scenes moments)! Connect to see all the details.
Ala Carte' Hourly
Commissions for hourly photo/video services include post processing, digital download delivery, and permission to print and share! The per hour ala carte' rate is $450 with a 3 hour minimum, available for short notice or off season dates.
It's a digital world. I love how easy that makes things! When you are sure of your date and would like to lock in, I send out an invoice for 40% of your chosen collection, or a flat $1200 (for those who aren't sure which services they would like but want to reserve their date regardless). The entire balance can remain pending until 6 weeks before the wedding, or you may request that it be broken up into quarterly, monthly, or half-payments.
Whatever feels right to you.
Digital invoices are paid easily with debit or credit cards, but you are also welcome to mail a check, meet in person for cash or check payments, or use legal cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. (I can mark your invoice "paid" on my end when alternative financing is used).
How do you photograph weddings?
There are a few different styles of photography. There's a "take charge and direct" FORMAL method, a PHOTOJOURNALIST "behind-the-scenes ninja" style, and an EDITORIAL "high fashion" look with softbox light or parabolic umbrellas. I happily combine all three. It's awkward to let you struggle alone with how to look romantic during your romance session, so I typically guide a little and adjust your poses - unless you're absolutely rocking it! And larger groups of people do require a confident voice to gather and position everyone, so I'm happy to use a formal style for your formal family portraits. I love light and have lots of lighting options for that dramatic, editorial look, but I'm as sneaky as possible during the ceremony. You'll be co-creating with me, and we'll talk your vision through. I'm happy to adjust if your event requires more or less of anything. I'm here to get what's important to YOU!
Where are you based and do you travel?
Zac and I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan, halfway between Chicago and Detroit. And, yes, we travel often! Most of lower Michigan is "home base" for us, and we have teammates and colleagues to partner with for second shooting all across the nation! Travel fees for destinations over 200 miles from Kalamazoo and are simple all-inclusive brackets depending on where your event will be.
When will we get our photos/video?
Your will receive an online gallery link with all your photos typically within 8 weeks or so. You can download all the photos from the gallery, share them to social media sites, choose your favorites, and order printed art! Videos can sometimes take a bit longer depending on the length and style of film you ordered. Plan on about 10 weeks, and reach out for updates if you get anxious! I'm happy to tell you how it's going!
How many pictures will we receive?
Most galleries end up with between 625-750 fully edited images, with all-day upgrade events ending up around 1000 images! Connect to request access a full gallery to get a feel for what your final results would look like!
What if I only want a few hours?
You can absolutely choose a smaller time frame for either photo and/or video coverage. Ala Carte hours are $450 per (covering onsite time and post production). This hourly fee will provide two artists and you may choose to have them both capturing photos, both filming, or one on photo, one on video - however you'd like to divide your time. A three hour minimum is required for dates more than six weeks into the future. For one artist, the hourly rate is $350 (and will only cover photo OR a basic three-camera tripod video setup).
Why $450 per hour?
Each hour I photograph or film requires an average of 20 hours of curating, crafting, and editing! All that "behind-the-scenes" labor is actually what you are paying for to create your final film or image gallery! File maintenance is important too. I am a careful, detail-oriented artist. This means files are backed up twice on separate hard drives before I even start sorting, I save my projects at every step, and I aim to make every photo or film as perfect as it can possibly be. The TOTAL time commitment of each wedding is what makes $450 the hourly onsite fee.
Do you do other types of photography?
My first love is weddings. I adore them. They heal my soul and inspire me. But each wedding begins a new family. So often prior wedding connections will reach out for photographs of their new baby, extended family, parents anniversary party... etc.
All 2021 Non-Wedding Sessions (including boudoir and ala carte' engagement sessions) are booked with a $400 session fee and will include your favorite 5 files fully retouched to download and print.
Plan on a one-hour time block, a gallery of soft-proofed images to choose from, and $30 for vanity editing on each additional image (beyond your 5 favorite). Studio time and hair + makeup upgrade options are available.
Ready to Begin?
Hold your date or book an engagement session by connecting below!