Pricing & Packages
Almost Fantasy serves weddings and events all over southwest Michigan! Our home is Kalamazoo, so Portage, Grand Rapids, St Joseph, Allegan, Plainwell, Battle Creek, South Haven, etc are all considered "home areas" to us. We have a broad travel range of 150 miles with no additional fees. Working somewhere new is inspiring! Find your perfect set of collection options below, then connect to hold your date with 40% or a flat $1250 while you work out all the details!
A fun, cinematic edit to the duration of one song, with clear audio of your vows and speeches, set to music that suits your style. Online delivery to share and download.
$1000 as an add-on to another collection
+$700 upgrade to feature length
Cinema + Ceremony
A feature-length cinematic film (8-12 minute extended highlight) with your full ceremony provided as well! Both films will be delivered online so you can share, and download personal copies to keep!
$2600 without the ceremony film
Your ceremony filmed from three different camera angles with discreetly hidden microphones capturing your unique vows and the songs that were part of your day.
$600 as an add-on to another collection
A half-day option for short and sweet events. This five-hour time block includes 2 camera artists, fully retouched files, online hosting, and reprint rights.
Our all-day rate will cover ten hours of on-site time with a second photographer and provide an online gallery of images with a professionally printed photo book to display your favorite memories. Digital copies and reprint rights are included!
Your choice of fun locations and styles! All images will be fully retouched and hosted online for you to download, print, and use as you wish!
Creating Custom Options
Photo + Video
$2500 (half-day onsite: photos + ceremony film) | $2900 (half-day: photos + highlight video)
$4200 (full day: photos + highlight) | $5500 (full day: photos + feature highlight + full ceremony)
Weddings are unique. Adjustments are common!
Ala Carte' Hourly option
Commissions for hourly photo/video services include all necessary post-processing, digital download links, and permission to print or share!
The per-hour ala carte' rate is $450 with a 3-hour minimum, available for short notice or off-season dates.
Fuzzy Little Love Books
Velvety soft, professionally printed photobooks. These come in six colors with your choice of several embossing options. The standard size is 10x10 with 30 pages, and additional pages are $10 per spread.
8 x 8 books are available at $300
Fine Art Albums
A 200+ year archival album giclee' printed on cotton matte fine art paper. Truly unique cover art options. $60 per spread beyond 30 pages.
8x8 - $1250
10x10 - $1550
12x12 - $1850
or 12x12 with 50 pages - $2450
Parent copies available for $400 per
It's a digital world, but sometimes having a hard copy just makes sense. You can order your entire commission archived on a hard drive (SSD external), USB, DVD, or Blu Ray!
Fun Art & Fine Art
Oh yes, you really should display!
I have a list of options that I love, from the affordable and fun, to the fabulous forever! Wall art prices are custom quoted with size options from 16x20 to 30x40 inches!
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 $1250 (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 150 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 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!